the-inbetween posts categorized as Web

Catch-ups

This weekend has been the catch-up weekend. Today alone, I caught up with various online writings and news, got some neglected cleaning done, watched a pair of movies that I bought weeks ago but never even opened, reorganized my gaming set-up, got some badly needed groceries taken care of (no longer do I have fridge consisting of a jar of mayo, some old mustard, two onions, and some beer), rejigged n0wak.com, updated some minor things here and, somehow, even managed…

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New Browser Day!

You know how it goes by now: Thunderbird 0.5 is available, as is, er, the browser-formally-known-as-Firebird 0.8 (which was formerly known as Phoenix). Great browser and all, but this constant name changing is getting tiresome. Firefox? Bah. It ruins the whole “bird” connection with Thunderbird, which should have — logically, one would assume — been renamed Thunderfox anyway. Large scale open source lesson: never leave naming and branding in a programmer’s hands! That beef aside, the browser is still good…

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Partial Recall

The WayBackMachine now has a beta text search called Recall. It’s still very beta-ish, as the results aren’t that great, but the ability to search the archives by text content rather than URL is interesting. Personally, I like the little zeitgeist like graphs they provide, which show good historical trends. The above search should be an obvious one: “y2k”. A sudden and massive upswell in “Y2K” related content just before January 2000, followed by a very quick decline upon the…

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New Google Features

There’s some new Google features. Complimenting the sometimes useful calculator is a new definition engine. Just type “define whatever” or “define:whatever” to get it. Kinda useful, especially if you have a Google search bar embeded in your browser. However, if you’re using Mozilla/Firebird this is negated by Quick Search Keywords. Just type “webster whatever” in your address bar and you get a superior definition to the ones google provides. Next, Google should find a way to exploit Diebold’s voting machines…

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RSS Firebird Extension

My kind of luck. Just as soon as I get started on my own RSS reader, I find Firebird Ext. – RSS Reader Panel. An RSS reader that very easily and very seamlessly integrates into Firebird’s sidebar. It’s nice and small, and I had it working almost instantly. There are a few problems, though. For one, it’s not very lax on the RSS validation. A malformed feed will generate errors, and you’ll end up getting nothing out of the feed.…

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Coder Curiosity

Here’s a pretty good list of RSS readers. I think I’ve tried about five of them, and none of themleft me satisfied. They were either too bulky, or too buggy, or too slow. The stand-alone desktop application factor was annoying as well, as I wanted something far more transparent. Earlier this month, I came across Feed on Feeds. Milov was using it and I liked what I saw. It was simple, clean, web based, and it used the very familiar…

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Three Sea Shells

Having just watched Demolition Man for the nth time, I have just realized that one aspect of the movie is turning out damn-right prophetic. It was once a slight jab at the other action star. Now, the “Arnold Schwarzenegger Presidential Library” doesn’t seem so improbable. Another fun little trivia fact is that the movie Predator featured two future state governors — Arnold Schwatzawhatever and Jesse Ventura. According to this trend, the guy that played Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies,…

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Election Time

Hah. The Liberal party of Ontario is claiming endorsement from the Canadian Idol winner (I’m sold!) However, more importantly, Dalton has a blog. Now we can hear the leader of the provincial Liberals talk about his love for Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and we can finally get an answer to the all important question: “boxers or briefs?” I bet you never imagined boxers! … Seriously. This important message brought to you by a posting on Freddie.ca Interested by this, I…

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Mellow greetings, sir. What’s your boggle?

I don’t write down nearly enough of my thoughts. It’s unfortunate, as most of the good ones happen during the most inconvenient times. At times when they are most likely to be easily forgotten. I think I could write five novels based around the great thoughts that I know I once had, but can’t for the life of me remember. If a person does not expect to live much past their forties, is it fair to assume that their mid-life…

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Javascript is fun

/snip: removed so that it doesn’t ruin the page completely. On the negative side, this little script really shows how IE MAJORLY outpaces Mozilla based browsers when it comes to Javascript processing. It can still be viewed in the individual entry, though it does lose some of its fun.

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