PHPDevHead Web Development Ramblings and Ideas.. Mon, 02 Mar 2009 00:15:47 +0000 en hourly 1 Speed dial in Firefox 3 Mon, 02 Mar 2009 00:14:31 +0000 admin The release of Safari 4 public beta saw another browser move towards using a starting page with a panel of ’screens’ showing you your most popular sites. It’s a cool feature and one which other browsers like Opera have had for a while. I’m still sticking with firefox, so I had a search around for similar functionality and found this: “Speed dial” for Firefox. Basically replicates the functionality and is pretty handy! gogo!

iPhone is a dick!! Tue, 10 Feb 2009 23:36:36 +0000 admin Saw this video this morning from college humor.  Who knew iPhone was such as arsehole. My favourite line: “Dialing up brain tumors left and right”

Banned Peta Superbowl Ad Wed, 28 Jan 2009 22:40:35 +0000 admin Checkout the banned PETA superbowl ad. Sex is so offensive to Americans for some reason? Probably all of the christianity on their brains.

‘Veggie Love’: PETA’s Banned Super Bowl Ad

George W Bush and his hollidays Tue, 20 Jan 2009 00:34:31 +0000 admin Yes another George Bush post… I promise no more after this (for a while). I know I ranted about George Bush the other day but I also had to point out a couple of articles I saw recently.

CBS News mentioned that Bush didn’t really spend that much time at work while he was president. Out of the last 8 years, he spent 487 days relaxing at camp david and 490 days relaxing at home in Texas. That’s right, out of the last 8 years George Bush spent 977 days (or 2.67 YEARS) at camp david or at home at the ranch. That’s not counting the time he spent traveling or on holliday at other locations.

So in addition to being the “worst president in American history”, he was also the president who had the most hollidays and spent the least amount of time actually working in the white house.

In addition, Harper’s Magazine, published some facts and figure blurbs about Bush’s time in office. Some that stuck out for me…

Minimum number of Bush appointees who have regulated industries they used to represent as lobbyists: 98
Percentage of the amendments in the Bill of Rights that are violated by the USA PATRIOT Act, according to the ACLU: 50
Minimum number of laws that Bush signing statements have exempted his administration from following: 1,069
Number of U.S. cities and towns that have passed resolutions calling for the impeachment of President Bush: 92
Percentage change since 2001 in U.S. government spending on paper shredding: +466
Percentage of EPA scientists who say they have experienced political interference with their work since 2002: 60

]]> Webkit Javascript Debugger Mon, 19 Jan 2009 07:56:34 +0000 admin 202px-webkit_logoWhen I have to work with Javascript I prefer to use jquery. When I do AJAX aspects with Jquery I occaisionally find myself with bugs either caused by syntax problems or poor planning. That’s when I turn on Firebug and can usually find the problem pretty quickly thanks to its comprehensive debugging options.

However, for me, Firefox is sometimes slow, crashy and a pretty poor choice for general browsing. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great browser, but I have stacked in so many great plugins, I think they adversely affect its performance (and I am on a Mac, which is renowned for have the poor cousin port of Firefox). So I often use Safari or Webkit for everyday browsing. But when using that I didn’t have quick access to JS/DOM debugging if I was curious about a page behaving badly.

Well I just met Drosera, a JS debugger and utility knife for Webkit. If you haven’t heard of it, check it out. So far all good and if I didn’t have all of my bookmarks in Foxmarks it might be the final straw for me moving to webkit permanently (I might have to start using delicious again so I’m not pinned down to Firefox for bookmark management).

Google Knols best? Sun, 18 Jan 2009 22:17:09 +0000 admin Interesting article this morning in Mashable, mentioning the fact that Google Knol has passed 100′000 pages. Knol is Google’s answer to the VERY popular wikipedia. Wikipedia is somewhere around 2.7 million pages, so it has a few more pages to create just yet.

I hadn’t visited Knol for a while, so it kind of perked my interest. I went to the site and noticed the different style many of the knol articles have. Some of them read like how-to articles or have more of a Yahoo Answers vibe to them. Some articles tackled how particular cultural habits have been established, which is pretty interesting. Opposed to wikipedia which is straight out factual data (citation needed), knol has a broader take on what is valuable information.

As it has grown it has turned into something which is ‘more’ than wikipedia is. Perhaps in a year or two, when Knol has reached the million page mark it will be putting up some serious competition to wikipedia, which it’s how-to + dictionary/reference style. Knol.

Worst President Ever? Sun, 18 Jan 2009 03:06:06 +0000 admin As we approach the innauguration of Barack Obama, many people are reflecting upon the last 8 years under George W Bush.  With Bush’s current approval rating at 22%, most of the reflection hasn’t been too favourable towards him.  The biggest standouts imo were illegal invasions, torture, wiretapping his own population, complete disregard of the environment and politicizing of what should be purely scientific organisations (EPA, NASA and more), so that corporations get away with more.

The 2 videos which best sum it up are Olberman’s scathing review and a punk metal song I found on the interwebs.  Enjoy!

Heart Attack Grill Thu, 15 Jan 2009 23:44:55 +0000 admin I’ve been a vegetarian for about 16 years now, so I don’t much on huge slabs of meat. However I kinda like the ethos of this restaurant, they are saying ’screw it, I’m going down living the way I want to live, and eating myself to death’. At the heart attack grill there is unlimited french fries, no diet foods on the menu and huge huge hamburgers. Also very hot watresses who will raise your blood pressure.

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Flashback: Ballmer on the iPhone Mon, 12 Jan 2009 23:48:52 +0000 admin I stumbled across an interesting post on appleinsider website the other day, which mentioned that there would be no Zune phone from Microsoft (despite rumors).  The post had an interesting couple of quotes from Steve Ballmer of Microsoft circa 2007.  From the article:

Shortly after the iPhone was announced at Macworld 2007, Ballmer lambasted the Apple handset as the “most expensive phone in the world” while noting that Microsoft sells “millions and millions and millions of phones a year” while “Apple sells zero.”

“I’d prefer to have our software in 60 percent or 70 percent or 80 percent of [mobile phones], than I would to have 2 percent or 3 percent, which is what Apple might get,” he said. And just this past September, the Microsoft headman predicted that the iPhone’s tight integration with all things Apple would cause it to “lose out” in the long run.

Could Ballmer have been more off the mark?   Phone users embraced the iPhone, and compared to the dying windows mobile, the operating system of the iPhone is a thing of beauty.   Ballmers prediction of “60 or 70 or 80 percent”  of smartphones running Windows mobile is actually 13.6% in 2008 and decreasing and developers abandon the platform.

Inline with the traditional windows marketing strategy, windows mobile only offers touchscreen capabilities on the ‘professional’ version of the software.  Meanwhile Google’s android and iPhone (OS X) have 1 version which does everything.  Also funny that Ballmer cites Apple’s tight integration with all things Apple as a problem for the company - considering Microsoft is one of the most proprietary driven and closed box companies in the IT sector.

Best Buy free bluray player deal! Fri, 09 Jan 2009 22:54:54 +0000 admin This is a pretty sweet deal I just read about. If you buy a 50″ Pioneer 1080p Plasma TV, pioneer will throw in a free blu-ray player. I already have a playstation 3, otherwise I’d go for the deal myself.

I’l definitely tell my relatives about it though, bargain.
Best Buy offer Valid 12/21-1/17