30 May 2007

Morning Article Roundup

Hacking Firefox: The secrets of about:config
Another collection of great Firefox configuration tips, with quite a few that I didn't even know about.

Which ISPs Are Spying on You?
The results of a survey that Wired.com did with the major ISP's in this country on matters such as data retention, the distribution of customer browsing information (oh, you know they sell that stuff, it's marketing gold...), and privacy. Don't expect much—the results are pretty much what you'd expect.

It's stuff like this that has made me start using things like the TrackMeNot extension and 2048-bit PGP security (it's not as impressive as it sounds).

25 May 2007

It's about damn time.



Ubuntu Linux, courtesy of Dell. (As seen on Dell's homepage this morning.)

HTML DOM name Property

HTML DOM name Property

Hey, kiddies! Want to know a tip? If you're ever messing around with HTML "form" tags and are trying to change the "name" attribute, make sure you don't have a bloody field named "name" inside! Just try referencing that with "document.forms[0].name"!

Ha ha! Took me nearly an hour to find that out!

24 May 2007

Ext JS - JavaScript Library

Ext JS - JavaScript Library

I am now starting to use—really use—the Ext library with Domino, and I have realized something...

Everything I've done with JavaScript and Domino up until this point has been nothing. Child's play.

22 May 2007

Microsoft will not sue over Linux patents

Microsoft will not sue over Linux patents - Software - News - ZDNet Asia

Well, la-di-da. Imagine that. How gracious of them. (I guess their lawyers just told them about Laches.)

In other news, it looks like WordPress is slowly moving to jQuery (it's a bit down the page) for their Ajax and DHTML needs, instead of Prototype+Scriptaculous. While I still have many, many, many beefs with WordPress, this is a step in the right direction for them.

17 May 2007

Engadget Knocks $4 billion off Apple Market Cap on Bogus iPhone email

Engadget Knocks $4 billion off Apple Market Cap on Bogus iPhone email

"Then, whoops, at 11:49 AM EST Engadget posted saying that the iPhone and Leopard operating system launches would be seriously delayed. They based the story on an internal Apple email that was forwarded to them.... Apple’s stock promptly tanked on massive selling, going from $107.89 to $103.42 in six minutes (11:56 - 12:02). This wiped just over $4 billion off of Apple’s market capitalization. A lot of people lost a lot of money very quickly."

Wow -- never underestimate the power of rumor. Someone really had it out for Apple by releasing this bogus email.

16 May 2007

Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection: Flickr = Censorship

Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection: Flickr = Censorship

I knew there was a reason why I never liked Flickr. I post photos I take on my own domain using Gallery -- I'd advise you to do the same.

14 May 2007

Microsoft claims software like Linux violates its patents (yet again)

Microsoft claims software like Linux violates its patents

From the article:
"At the same time, Smith was having Microsoft's lawyers figure out how many of its patents were being infringed by free and open-source software. Gutierrez refuses to identify specific patents or explain how they're being infringed, lest FOSS advocates start filing challenges to them."

I think that statement right there pretty much sums it up. They're scared that the FOSS community might start filing challenges against them? Wow, they're not really too confident on these supposed "patent infringements," are they?

Groklaw has a pretty good sum-up of it, if you'd like to read it. They explain it pretty well with the following parody of what Microsoft's trying to say:

"Our precious IP is worth beeelions, and you must honor our sacred intellectual property, which is behind this curtain. We can't exactly show you or identify it with specificity, but trust me, it's worth oodles and boodles, and you are violating it. We just can't show you precisely where and how. But we don't want to sue you, so we will let you use Linux anyway, if you just sign on the dotted line and pay us for code we didn't write but we'd like to tax because it's winning in the marketplace and we don't know how to make money fair and square against it."

Seriously, folks -- please, take whatever Microsoft says with a huge grain of salt. We're talking about a convicted predatory monopolist here, okay?

11 May 2007

Ext JS - JavaScript Library

Ext JS - JavaScript Library

I am finally—after months and months of planning—using EXT.

You can't even call it by its old name (YUI-EXT), because Jack ported it to both jQuery (yay!) and Prototype/Scriptaculous (meh...).

After I learned exactly what libraries and stylesheets one needs to include through testing (and this took awhile -- where the hell is this documented, anyway?), it was a piece of cake. The built-in Vista theme is going to work great in the coming months, too, as I'm slowly moved into a Vista programming environment.

I was worried that it might not work well in Domino's required HTML 4.01 DOCTYPE, but it turns out it works fine -- it's what the Documentation for EXT is made in!

(Special thanks go out to my boss, who allowed me to upload the entire 15MiB SDK to the Domino server in one big chunk -- there's no way to explain how easy that made everything).

BBC NEWS | Technology | Google searches web's dark side

BBC NEWS | Technology | Google searches web's dark side

According to the BBC, "One in 10 web pages scrutinised by search giant Google contained malicious code that could infect a user's PC."

Get it right, boys -- it should be: "One in 10 web pages scrutinised by search giant Google contained malicious code that could infect a user's PC, if that PC is using Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer."

There -- fixed that for you. "Drive-by downloads" mean nothing (and are harmless) if you're using Firefox.

08 May 2007

My Web, My Way -- BBC


Just a little something I found whilst clicking around links on the BBC's news section -- it's a little "help with this site" section, with all sort of tips about screen readers, making your text size bigger, etc.

Pretty standard fare, and nothing you don't see on news sites in the States, except for one big exception -- it has a Linux section... and a damn pertinent Linux section, too, obviously made by someone who knows what they're talking about. It covers how to turn on screen readers in both of the two popular Linux window managers (KDE and Gnome), how to enable a high-contrast screen theme, etc.

Even if I don't need screen-accessibility options such as what it described, it was still neat to read through and see such respect for my favorite operating system.

01 May 2007

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Nothing to see here, just move along.

Dell picks Ubuntu for Linux PCs | CNET News.com

Dell picks Ubuntu for Linux PCs | CNET News.com

To users of other distros of Linux -- please, for the love of God, stop your bitching. It doesn't matter what distro you use, this is a boon to them all. If one distribution works perfectly with certain Dell computers, all distros will.


That being said, I hope this isn't another "let's quietly offer Linux on our computers without advertising the fact, and then when nobody buys them, claim that there's no demand"-situation, like IBM, HP, and even Dell have done in the past.