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Just cause I want to remember this if I find I need it in the future ūüôā
FusionCharts (n.d.)[1] - http://www.fusioncharts.com/free/download/?_doPostback=561369948
  • FusionCharts Free helps you create free flash charts in your web applications.
  • It supports a variety of chart types including bar, column, line, area, pie, doughnut
  • (donut), combination, funnel, Gantt etc

Internet Explorer 8 – html editing (view source)

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Probably the dumbist thing I have seen in a while is the cobbling of IE 8s view source. IE8 has an amazing developer tools feature (press F12 in the browser or Tools > Developer Tools), however with all its magic it is unable to do a simple edit. 

However all is not lost, to change the View Source from the Default viewer, to either notepad or some other editor (I like pspad (http://www.pspad.com/en/) as its as quick as notepad but has better context editing).

  1. Open the Developer Tools (press F12 in the browser or Tools > Developer Tools)
  2. Select File > Customise IE View Source
  3. either select notepad or browse to where your editor exe file is stored (my pspad was in C:\Program Files\PSPad editor\PSPad.exe)

Makes you wonder why you get a glitzy viewer but no way to do simple editing. Would it be so hard to have a check box in the developer options to “enable web page editing” if they are worried about people accidentaly changing pages?? (And yes I know chrome suffers the same fate – but I am sure there would be a plugin for editing like in Firefox!!)

Thanks to Ramesh Srinivasan (2009) from Winhelponline for pointing me in the right direction.

Srinivasan, R. (2009)”The default View Source Editor has changed in Internet Explorer 8 – The Winhelponline Blog” Retrieved June 22, 2009 from¬†http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/default-view-source-editor-changed-in-ie8/

virtualBox – to test Development software

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An issue I have is trying to test different software packages which can be like octopus’s in my operating system (like .net development or WAMP). I used to have them all installed and inevitably my computer would run slower and slower.

Now I use virtualBox to create a virtual machine in which I only install the software relevant to the development environmment. It means the actual developmet environment runs faster and it doesnt handicap my working PC.

I have put some instructions on my wiki at http://www.virtualmv.com/wiki/index.php?title=VirtualBox

If you want to make modifications to the wiki entry you will need to create a userid and login. Apologies for this as I know this is not a “true” wiki thingy.

Another big advantage is that I can run virtualBox on another computer (e.g. my Vista one) and can use the virtualBox image without change and it includes all the set up stuff as well – which is brilliant. I found this particularly useful when my work PC was upgraded. My virtual machines were up and running with all their weird configurations once I’d installed virtalBox, copied over the virtualMachines and connected them up.

Mootools – a compact, modular, Object-Oriented JavaScript framework

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From JJ. 

MooTools is a compact, modular, Object-Oriented JavaScript framework designed for the intermediate to advanced JavaScript developer. It allows you to write powerful, flexible, and cross-browser code with its elegant, well documented, and coherent API.

  • Home page:¬†http://mootools.net/
  • Demos:¬†http://demos.mootools.net/
  • Ajax example downloads:¬†http://speckyboy.com/2008/04/09/41-of-the-best-mootools-ajax-example-downloads/


icons – some links

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Firefox extensions xpi error

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Have been toying with developing an extension for firefox and uploaded the file to my brinkster account.

Trying to create a web based install using the Javascript code http://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/Installing_Extensions_and_Themes_From_Web_Pages I created a xpi file and the JavaScript. (The xpi file is just a zip file renamed). Trying to install into my firefox gave a -223 error (I think that was it).

so…trying to isolate the error….

When I upload as a .zip I can download via my web page, but when I either upload as a zip or upload as a zip and rename the file it will not download correctly.

Download the xpi file then rename as zip. Then opening gives a file corrupt error.

One possible suggestion  ( http://support.on2.com/flixpublisher/faq/) was
You are using Microsoft IIS as your webserver, but the MIME type (also called “Content-type”, or “Internet Media type”) for XPI files has not been added to your IIS configuration.

To fix this problem, add the following to your IIS MIME types configuration:

Extension:      .xpi
Mime Type:      application/x-xpinstall

Brinkster added this to their IIS server and all is sweet now.

So, now onto adding some JavaScript to my extension :)

Apostrophes in Names

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Apostrophes in Names Stir Lot o’ Trouble
Associated Press (02/21/08) Odriscoll, Sean

Despite their sophistication, computers are still often confused when an apostrophe appears in a name, which can cause problems for users when they to vote, schedule appointments, rent a car, book a flight, or take a college exam. In addition to names with apostrophes, names with hyphens and names with surnames such as “van” can also cause problems.


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