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« on: January 11, 2007, 11:22:20 AM »
Hope that isn't misleading.

Anyway I thought this thread might be good for posting links to things that help people with blogs, websites etc.

At this link are a few tools including one which will make buttons for your sidebar.

http://tools.dynamicdrive.com/
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2007, 12:20:02 PM »
The scary part on your link is under "What is my IP address?".  It is accurate.  The link is reading my IP and it knows which browser I'm using and which version of Linux.  What else does it know?  How much spam is it going to send my way?

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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2007, 12:46:26 PM »
Well Dynamic Drive has been around a long time. I don't think they are in the habit of sending out spam.

And really just being a part of the interweb is going to mean you are going to get spam.
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2007, 01:30:56 PM »
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The link is reading my IP and it knows which browser I'm using and which version of Linux.  What else does it know?


The link that referred you to the site. Your screen resolution. Whether or not your browser supports the .png graphics format. Your geographic location (in general terms). And possibly some other stuff depending on how sophisticated the logs are or what kind of code is on the site.

And there's not a thing that's unusual about that. Your IP address is recorded in the server logs on virtually every website you visit.

(Depending on the site, it may need to check your browser and version. I've spent quite a few hours this week looking at different ways to solve a problem on a website and rejecting them because while they work in all the other browsers, they break in Internet Exploder. I may have to go back and implement some conditional code that only executes when the user is running IE.)

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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2007, 09:38:10 PM »
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I've spent quite a few hours this week looking at different ways to solve a problem on a website and rejecting them because while they work in all the other browsers, they break in Internet Exploder. I may have to go back and implement some conditional code that only executes when the user is running IE.)


To make matters worse, my understanding is that M$ has "fixed" some of the IE6 problems in IE7 and so some of the work-arounds that web wizards do to make their sites "work" on IE6 will break in IE7.   So with M$, you just can't win ...grrrr....

By the way there's a sort of "unofficial" bug release version of the WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) web editor "Nvu" that's called "KompoZer".   It's available for Window$, Linux and MacOSX.

You can get it here:

http://kompozer.net/

Nvu is/was a stand alone and slightly "souped up" version of the "Composer" programme built into the old Netscape, then Mozilla then Sea Monkey web suite.   Basically it's a very "minimalist" tool that allows someone who really doesn't know that much about html etc. to put a fairly basic website together.

As I understand, the lead developer of Nvu was a little pokey slow at putting out a new version (post 1.0) and fixing some long standing bugs, so another developer went off on his own and put together "KompoZer" and then released it.    One of the nice things about free and open source software is that software developers can do this sort of thing.

Here's the original Nvu site:

http://www.nvu.com

And here's the site for "Sea Monkey".

http://www.mozilla.org/projects/seamonkey/
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2007, 11:24:20 PM »
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To make matters worse, my understanding is that M$ has "fixed" some of the IE6 problems in IE7 and so some of the work-arounds that web wizards do to make their sites "work" on IE6 will break in IE7.   So with M$, you just can't win ...grrrr....

To be more precise, IE7 no longer honours a workaround that was used to deal with IE6 problems. From a site called Position Is Everything which was created to "explain some obtuse CSS bugs in modern browsers" comes this explanation:
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Be aware that most of the demos in this site employ the Holly hack to work correctly in IE, but now IE7 fails to read the old star-html hack which was the vehicle for feeding the Holly hack hasLayout fix. Further, IE7 cannot be shown a small height to trigger hasLayout as has been customary. These changes require that modifications be made for the demos to work correctly, and these mods are detailed here. As time permits we will be correcting all the pages on PIE, along with numerous client pages, so please bear with us during this trying time.

So first you had to take extra steps to support IE. Now you have to take even more extra steps to support both IE versions prior to 7 and 7.

ETA re: the "star-html hack":

With versions of IE prior to 7, you could add code to a cascading style sheet that IE would execute but other browsers would ignore by putting it on a line by itself and starting the line with "* html".

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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2007, 09:20:23 AM »
I'm embarassed to not know this, but how does one display an RSS feed on your website?

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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2007, 09:28:16 AM »
everything you ever wanted to know about RSS but were afraid to ask.  :D

http://www.faganfinder.com/search/rss.php

http://www.rss-specifications.com/display-rss.htm
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2007, 06:03:43 PM »
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So first you had to take extra steps to support IE. Now you have to take even more extra steps to support both IE versions prior to 7 and 7.


Where's the emoticon for "pain in the ass" ;)

I'm no web guru, but I can stumble along.   On my personal site I have a number of .png graphics and IE6 could never display them properly...my solution was ... not to bother to try to fix it. :)    But it's not something you can get away with doing work for a customer or for your employer.

One thing I noticed is that finally in IE7 you can properly view .png files.

Here are some sites that have open source or "creative commons licensed" website templates that you're free to use:

http://www.opensourcetemplates.org/

http://www.oswd.org/

http://www.openwebdesign.org/
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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2007, 06:39:04 PM »
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On my personal site I have a number of .png graphics and IE6 could never display them properly...my solution was ... not to bother to try to fix it.


 :D I don't have a web site, but if I did, I would have a disclaimer that says, "For best performance, use an open source browser."  Or maybe, "Not compatible with IE."

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« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2007, 10:35:57 PM »
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I don't have a web site, but if I did, I would have a disclaimer that says, "For best performance, use an open source browser." Or maybe, "Not compatible with IE."


I don't say exactly that but I do say some appropriately snarky stuff ;)
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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2007, 01:55:38 PM »
Any free reverse telephone listings?

I got a call from an 866 number (lik 800 and 888) and it was blank.
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« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2007, 01:59:12 PM »
Chances are it won't show the info you're looking for, catwoman, but try http://www.canada411.com.  Click on Find a Person and there should be an option for Reverse Phone lookup.  There's something similar on http://www.whitepages.com.

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« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2007, 03:06:46 PM »
Nah, almost all 800, 888, 866 numbers are businesses and such. I tried the white page thingies,and all the yellow page thingies asked me for money.
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« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2007, 03:54:34 PM »
you can look up 800 numbers from here

http://findaperson.canada-411.ca/reverse_phone
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