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Microsoft Can't Make Their Own Pages Work in IE


Check out the screenshot of Windows Live search in IE5.5 - they did not even try to make it work, forget it! We as devs have to deal with all their crap browsers and stupid quirks, but hey, when they put a site up, screw testing! We are only the creators of the piece of junk we call a browser, why would we make webpages that work in it?

Blogging with ScribeFire

First test using this cool firefox plugin derived from performancing's previous extension. Technorati Tags: ,

Main Page - IEs4Linux

IEs4Linux is the simpler way to have Microsoft Internet Explorer running on Linux (or any OS running Wine).

No clicks needed. No boring setup processes. No Wine complications. Just one easy script and you'll get three IE versions to test your Sites. And it's free and open source.


Big Brother casts its eye over this year's V Festival

Claims from inebriated festival goers that they spotted a UFO hovering near the festival site at this weekend's V Festival in Stafforshire may actually be more fact than fiction.

News - Police accused of using provocateurs at summit

Protesters are accusing police of using undercover agents to provoke violent confrontations at the North American leaders' summit in Montebello, Que.

Such accusations have been made before after similar demonstrations but this time the alleged "agents provocateurs" have been caught on camera.

The Equation to the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything

if (argc > 1 && strcmp(argv[1], "-advice") == 0) {
printf("Don't Panic!\n");

— Arnold Robbins in the LJ of February '95, describing RCS

Mencoder AVI to FLV Conversion

Here is what I am using so far:


mencoder -forceidx \
-lavfopts i_certify_that_my_video_stream_does_not_use_b_frames \
-of lavf -ffourcc FLV1 \
-oac mp3lame -lameopts abr:br=56 -srate 22050 \
-ovc lavc \
-lavcopts vcodec=flv:vbitrate=250:mbd=2:mv0:trell:v4mv:cbp:last_pred=3 \
-vf scale=360:240 \
-o $1.flv $1

UPDATE (07-05-2008):

Photo Tagging with DigiKam and Gallery2

I have been playing with tagging massive amounts of photos and importing them into Gallery. Gallery has a new keywords album feature that auto extracts the IPTC keyword data and then provides dynamic albums based on the keywords. It is unfortunately still somewhat of an afterthought, without a dedicated tagging system or UI, but it works so far, and it makes handling those huge collections far easier.

Next step is geotagging everything at the same time, and making a workflow and script to speed things up even more.

Hadda Been Playing On The Jukebox

The Beats tried hard to change things with their words... they showed us a new way of life in America, a free, fun, crazy way to look at things, a new world view.

The ensuing events with the flower children seems to have minimized and made ridiculous this new way of thinking... it became the druggie's dream, the slacker's soliloquy, the loser's last hope. The PTB capitalized on this break in ourselves to dismiss, redress and be remiss in moving forward.

We lost the way. We stopped valuing intelligence and free thinking, we rewarded buttoned-down suits for their sharp teeth, we knew criminals ran things, and we did nothing. The good people got erased, the bad people grew larger than life, to become untouchable. The mafioso and the government dons joined forces. We watched in disbelief.


Web Spiders are mostly harmless, just like in real life, they live in the background of everything, and you are never far from one. As soon as you make a piece of internet real estate by making a post for instance, there are suddenly hundreds of spiders that spin across it, ingest it, and transport the contents back to their parent.

Group Formed to Support Linux as Rival to Windows - New York Times

Linux, the free operating system, has gone from an intriguing experiment to a mainstream technology in corporate data centers, helped by the backing of major technology companies like I.B.M., Intel and Hewlett-Packard, which sponsored industry consortiums to promote its adoption.


Agrajag is a piteous creature that is continually reincarnated and subsequently killed unknowingly by Arthur Dent each time.

Victor Wooten

Just saw Victor Wooten [2] at the Montreal Spectrum.

He was as expected virtuosic and sublime. Very complex and exciting show, with plenty of long involved solos, as well as a touch of humour as we have come to expect from Victor.

We were treated to a rendition of the hallowed Amazing Grace, which was totally mindblowing. This was led into from Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas>Good King Wenceslas.

Victor was joined by 2 of his brothers, Regi and Joseph, and when you learn that Futureman is another of Victor's siblings, one has to wonder at the disproportionate amount of musical genes deposited in this family.

In all a great show, and this is the 4th time I see Victor (3 times with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones [2]).

See some Victor Wooten video here.

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