December
30
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Website) by Justin on 2004-12-30

In going through some OLD web site code today for my company’s corporate site (old as in pre HTML 4I think), I found this as a form field:

<input name=”zip” size=”8″>

What a retarded size for a United States Postal Service Zip Code in a form field. Five obviously makes the most sense, but I wouldn’t have thought anything of it if it had been 9 or 10 to use the Zip+4 format with or without the dash.

Eight… what an amateur.

EDIT: Actually, it was HTML 3.2 as you can see:
<< !DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 3.2 Final//EN">>

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December
27
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Website) by Justin on 2004-12-27

I’m in search of a free (not necessarily Open Source – just freeware) XHTML-compliant WYSIWYG editor. Some of the data I’m publishing online at work simply mandates that it be in a table (because it’s tabular data obviously). I originally used OpenOffice to create the document, exported it to HTML, then spent an hour cleaning up the table code-bloat. Now, I just need a simple editor to allow simple changes such as inserting a new row or column or rearranging the items. It’s just simply too cumbersome to do it in Kate or Crimson Editor.

Nominate an app if you know of one – whether it be for the Linux or Windows platform. I’ve already looked at FCKeditor and ruled it out because it’s web/javascript based.

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December
27
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2004-12-27

I just got a much-lusted after Christmas gift: the Logitech MX1000 Laser Mouse. The box claims “Optical is obsolete” and “20x the tracking power of optical” and let me tell you how true that is. The battery comes almost fully charged apparently, so I plugged the cradle/wireless reciever right into one of my USB ports on the SuSE laptop and the cursor took off across the screen. After playing with it for a few minutes (none of the scrolling and extra functions worked on Linux), I moved the cable over to an open USB port on my workstation at work and again, the cursor flies around the desktop. I had to turn the tracking speed down about halfway in the control panel. I’m not gonna bother to install the Logitech software here at work, but I’ll give another report once I get a chance to play with it at home.

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December
26
Filed Under (Life, Peeps) by Justin on 2004-12-26

The wife and I are finally home after an exhausting three days. We haven’t slept in our own bed since last Wednesday night. We I got up on Thursday, went to work as usual and performed my usual morning routine there. What was to follow was definitely NOT routine at all and made for a very long blog post. A little over three days and about 500 miles later, our Christas festivities are now complete. If you want to hear more about our Christmas, read on.
Read the rest of this entry »

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December
25
Filed Under (Life, Peeps) by Justin on 2004-12-25

Merry Christmas!

family portrait
Do you have any idea how hard it is to get two cats to be still and look at the camera for 10 seconds?

new family member
And this is the newest member of our family. She’s a 5 1/2 week old chocolate lab!

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December
23
Filed Under (Life, Peeps) by Justin on 2004-12-23

I’m not sure how much time I’m gonna be around the computer for the next few days, so Apache and myself wanted to take just a few minutes and say Merry Christmas to all of our friends and family.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

apache yawning

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December
21
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Website) by Justin on 2004-12-21

I’m admitting that I’m really stuck/baffled/ticked/confused/miffed with a little positioning bug. If anyone wants to help me debug it, PLEASE comment and I’ll send you the URL to have a go at it. Heck, I’ll even give you temporary shell or FTP access if you want. If it makes any difference, I could even offer a hosting reward on behalf of Necessary Hosting. Or maybe I should just go back to my old design? I could fairly easily convert it to a 1.3 theme I think.

I just updated this post from a few days ago to note that I implemented Matt’s Asides with the help of fantastic tutorial from Podz’ WordPress Guides. This is especially funny after reading this post on his blog earlier.

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December
20
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Website) by Justin on 2004-12-20

No, this is NOT my design and is not at all permanent. The look is Kubrick for now until I can resolve these horrible issues I’m having with positioning. Although this Half-Life 2 demo might really put me behind schedule. I think this looks much nicer than the deafult 1.x WP theme though.

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