A little adventure into web dev

My real life has been holding me off from blogging and all that stuff for the last month. However, as I was sick and staying at home for the last two days, as there was nothing on TV (I really oughta get that satellite dish!), I pulled out my Dreamweaver...

First, I conscientiously fixed all open bugs on b2evolution and released a maintaince package. Then I went on playing with the homepage at http://b2evolution.net/ .

Check out that totally fluid 3 column layout. Try resizing the window. Try changing the font size. What do you think? ;)

By the way, tweaking with CSS layouts is a very efficient way to kill time! :>>

Anyway, the most interesting part of that new homepage is in the right column. There is a list of recently updated b2evolution blogs. I had added a feature in version 0.8.6 where b2evo sends a ping to its homesite everytime it is used to post a blog somewhere on the internet (unless you disabled that pinging in the conf). These pings actually get stored and here they come out of the darkness.

Now the homepage is different everytime I visit it and I can see b2evolution in action even when I don't feel like blogging myself! :D

Okay, enough self pride...

URGENT BUSINESS PROPOSAL blah blah blah...

Ever wondered how it comes you now receive at least five of these urgent requests for assistance a day?

Check it all out at this pretty complete site: http://www.scamorama.com/

Make sure you read at least one of those hilarious stories where the spammed actually manage to scam the scammers/spammers! :))

About nutrition...

Below are a few excerpts from this fascinating webpage about how to improve your nutrition I stumbed across today. If you're sort of an absolute beginner at the age of 30 as I am myself, you really want to read this! ;)

Some of the most important nutrients are highly perishable fatty acids that occur in extremely small amounts, yet have vast repercussions in one's body. Commercial food preparers are unlikely to find it convenient to use fats that contain these highly perishable fatty acids in their products, so they will substitute fats with a longer "shelf life."

If I have eaten nothing and then eat a good orange, I get a sensation of sweetness. If I eat candies, and then eat the same orange, I get a sensation of sourness. My senses are relative, but my sensations are absolute. By omitting the candy, I would have experienced no sourness. In common language, candies cause sweetness. In reality, candies cause sourness.

Nutrition takes time. It takes time for every animal to get its food, prepare it, eat it, and clean up. We suffer from food inflation, in which food is plentiful, quick and easy to get, but unfortunately some necessary nutrients are in short supply.

IE 6 not refreshing

Just stumbled upon yet another funky IE6 "bug" (if I may say so...

When you want to automatically refresh to another page, you send a header that looks something like:

Refresh:0;url=http://blah.blah.blah

The funky thing is that if that header exceeds the maximum size of 263 characters, IE won't do the refresh!

Okay there's got to be a limit, but why so low? And why "263" ??

No need to say, auto refreshes work fine in Firebird with headers much longer than that.

I guess this is why you still need to put some dirty message underneath like 'if nothing happens, please click here! :/

PS: Please don't tell me to use a Location: instead. This would make it impossible to set cookies.

Microsoft killing the browser: scary movie...

Sometimes I fear that Microsoft stopping the development of IE 6 is a lot worse than we think...

It looks more and more like they have a master plan beyond terminating the free browser program... (we don't care, we have open source browsers, right?)... Actually, it looks like they plan to terminate the browser concept itself.

With their .NET client technology, they actually intend to promote applications that directly and transparently connect to web-services. You don't "see" the internet any more. What you see, is the funky XP GUI interface of a native Windows application!

Once most online services will work only with their dedicated Windows client (yeah the providers don't care, that's 95% of their market anyway), what's the use of a free open source browser going to be? Oh yeah... it will let you browse the old, poorly maintained, "compatible" w-e-b-site (which already only works well in IE! :/)

Wow! Waking up... I just had a terrible nightmare! Luckily something like this could never happen... right?   right?

2015 update: something like this is actually happening with phone apps... Ironic? ... or did someone take a page out of Microsoft's early century book?