Thursday, November 30, 2006

Top 1% local talent

I can't agree more with David's comment on my last post.

I haven't tried out [tag]EditGrid[/tag] yet therefore it's not really suitable for me to comment on their merits against other similar products.

There is however one thing that came to my mind, is there anything that these local top 1% talent can do for the community here?

I heard recently about how much paper our schools are wasting here. What if someone could build something to help them for free and get sponsorships from local businesses or suppliers doing businesses with these schools? E.g. a portal for online storage, archives and retrievals of digitized documents.

I know hosting and data centers are expansive here but as big enterprises have been saying that they support education and would be socially and environmentally responsible I don't see why project like this isn't a 'good cause'?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Local Talent

I thought I have read enough about IT matters, I am wrong.

Not until recently I didn't know we have locally based IT superstars. Hongkongers are really capable of competing in the global arena on software/IT.

EditGrid is an online spreadsheet which is as good as (or better than?) Google's docs & spreadsheet or [tag]Zoho[/tag]'s Zoho sheet. Proudly say it's purely Hong Kong.

Another hero is Network Box who has good reputation of providing UTM, unified threat management, using 'push' technology giving you around the clock protection.

Finally launched

My main site has finally adopted this [tag]Sunset[/tag] theme. Now also successfully added border to images on the sidebar and a bit of color on the background within the box. I hope this reduces the contrast between the image in the box and the dark background.

I found it difficult to add a border to the [tag]meebo[/tag] box because it uses embed tags which doesn't allow adding of border. May be I should give it a outer box?

New Look

Pretty dark isn't it? No need to turn on lights I hope.

This is a new look called [tag]Sunset[/tag] which is truly mine. I have been WordPressing for more than a year now and this is my first [tag]theme[/tag]/template. The image you see above is also mine.

You don't see theme switcher now on the sidebar. The 4 other themes that I have tweaked using sidebar codes from NewZen is no longer my favorite as codes from dhtmlgoodies is better. E.g. you could click open and close any of the sidebar groups. Which one to slide open on page load is also programmable. It uses just one javascript file and the codes are very clean. The only downside as far as I can see so far is that if your computer is slow then the slide open speed is noticeably slower. Firefox uses upto 40% of CPU's time in my DELL D600 while I click open a group.

PS: download is available at this page.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Clean Air

I was at the Clean Air conference this Monday. It was filled with all major business leaders and without doubt our CE made a very good speech. The controversial part of it of course is about life expectancy of male and female in Hong Kong. I don't believe he should be so defensive, by quoting facts about life expectancy, at such an event where we expect the government to be visionary in a long battle for a better environment for the future generations.

I like David Eldon's speech. He made few points which were, incidentally, similar to my comments made in 9 October! I made specific disclaimer to the Chamber that comments were mine personally therefore I guess I am not risking my job to post them here.

In particular I was glad to hear that

  • It is a long battle as there are some 300,000 companies in Hong Kong and 82,000 companies in pearl river delta which are owned by Hong Kong enterprises....i.e. the long tail.
  • HKEx should consider making mandatory for listed companies to publish EHS (environmental, Health and Safety) report....."goal and measure"
  • A section added in the business guidebook about IAQ affected by printer and copier etc....and not quite promoting [tag]paperless[/tag] office instead mentioned 'think twice before you copy or print'


My original comments were:

My concept of any successful initiatives is "role modeling", i.e. there got to be a role model for the rest to follow. If the initiators don't have faith in what they are promoting that project is doomed to fail.

Some 200 hundred companies have signed the charter. The wording used is "statement of commitment". If they have committed, what have they delivered? It'll be good that in the website one could see what they have delivered. Odd examples from xxx or yyy aren't enough.

The guideline IS INDEED a bit complex. On the contrary to other comments I think ERM has done a great job. The CLEAN AIR Project itself isn't simple and there is no simple solution. The guidebook is a pdf download, I would prefer it to be webpages for environmental reasons. It's normal that one will download it and save it for printing in that format. Hundreds of companies will then print it out which is likely to be a complete paper waste. If it is purely webpages then it's far more convenient for visitors to navigate between pages and jump to external resources (web links) provided to them. If users really want hardcopy you could provide printer friendly version for each page (not the whole document) then users will have to "stop and think" before printing, i.e. add more clicks to discourage printing. You could also allow user to post enquiry via the site requesting hardcopy to be sent (if HKGCC intends to print booklet).

I don't want to sound discouraging but I would not be surprised that a substantial portion of those companies that signed the charter have not made much progress in delivering their "commitments". It is important that these companies are demonstrating to the public and potential "new followers" that they are not doing "lip-service" by signing up, i.e. no costs free rider advertisement. Imagine that HKGCC has a thousand more companies that signed the Charter every year and the sky is still grey most of the time?!!

As the project has set the "goal" there must be "measures". Have HKGCC thought about "measures" on those companies who signed the charter? I would have thought that for large companies a link to their own website showing their progress of implementation is needed. I know large enterprises such as Swire or CLP and the like would publish their EHS or Sustainability report etc for a matter of course. Again they are the role models. Good guys doing good jobs deserve bigger logo and credits at the "Project Clean Air" website.

Going back to the website it is said at the outset "...over the years...API has led to growing public concern, threatening not only health....". I would suggest some visual impacts by graphs (increasing API or number of blue sky days etc) or figures (health cases due to respiratory illness etc) to draw attention.

Again on the website I suggest there are online calculator such that users can do quick calculations on "total costs of ownership" or payback of some typical "investment" for clean air or power conservation. I read an article recently that many estate/mall management companies are constrained by yearly budget. An online calculator like this would make it easy for them to show to their senior management that they could be doing good thing for the community by over spending for one year but gaining on smaller electricity bill over a longer period.

Furthermore the website should provide easy access (such as account and password) for responsible environmental managers of HKGCC members who signed the charter for posting of recent progress/achievements (to be moderated by editorial of HKGCC before publishing of course). This again is a way of maintaining the positive image of these companies and set good examples to new followers. At a later stage HKGCC could also consider building online forum such that "new followers" can interact with environmental managers of large companies who may volunteer their time "coaching".

In particular on page 20 about "upgrading ...to T5 tube with electronic ballast". E.g. a friend of mind (head of facilities management of KMB), told me sometime ago that they have replaced all the fluorescent tubes of their fleet (not sure if it's T5?), this sort of example could be very good for an online calculator showing "new followers" how much energy (hence diesel of the running buses) and pollutant can be saved by investment like that. Companies such as KMB could contribute to the building of this online calculator by showing HKGCC a "real-life example". Imagine that these 200 companies all contributing examples in building the online calculator you'll have few hundred examples!!!

A little bit about IAQ for offices. I'm a great promoter of "use less paper". The government hasn't done anything meaningful about this. There is nothing new required from technology as some may argued about heavy investment on IT. It's the mindset that has to be changed and government/big enterprises should be taking the lead/setting the example. Excess use of paper leads to "solid waste" to landfill. Unnecessary copying leads to health hazard (due to ozone and other chemicals/VOC etc) see this from Labour Department. Pulp and paper industries during production of paper consumes lots of energy and generates difficult to treat solid and liquid wastes. Last but not least we still have to kill trees, which help cleaning contaminated air, to produce paper!! In the business world today in Hong Kong nobody can get away from using a lot of papers because there is no much initiatives by the Government/large enterprises in promoting "paperless trading". May be ERM could think about adding a section just for this.

In my mind, though I don't have scientific proofs, a Project like this fits "the long tail" theory. Most people would tend to believe that "let's get large companies doing the right thing then we'll be OK....". In a way YES because large enterprises can afford the initial investments in doing the right things and they could be very good role models for new followers. However it could be the "long tail" that is really hurting the environment most. It is of course disgraceful if the large enterprises are simply doing "lip-service" and have not really committed to the charter they signed.

If the above is too heavy, you have my standard disclaimer "...the above is my personal opinion and doesn't represent necessarily the opinion of my employer ....etc".

Monday, November 27, 2006

Site Stats

Got a comment here from Colleen about addicted to checking of site stats on my earlier post.

I have stopped using any kind of stat plugin telling me fine details of visitors or what platform they are on. Instead I use another free Google service Google Analytics which I described in my earlier post here. May be this doesn't tell you that much about your visitors but I think the information is good enough for example you can tell visits by source, visit counts, pageviews and a Geo Map overlay etc.

Also you could monitor multiple sites under one single account, what else could you ask for from a free service?

Friday, November 24, 2006

Sunset 0.4 for download

This theme is now available for download, it's there at the download page.

I forgot about link/archive page template and various little things at page.php and pages.php (default page and page with comments template) now I have those fixed. This is more or less complete I would say I'll later do a similar one in lighter/brighter color.

links for 2006-11-23

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Show/hide content

I figured that out now.

There are 3 default class selectors namely dhtmlgoodies_question, dhtmlgoodies_answer and dhtmlgoodies_answer_content. In the sidebar.php dhtmlgoodies_answer_content is not required, typically it's like below





// content to be displayed .....



The dhtmlgoodies_answer_content id selector is really for the style referenced by the javascript.

Doctor of Philosophy

This Monday I went for a drink with my 'old' classmates, I go only once in a blue moon.

For some reasons we touched upon religion as Eric said talks and books by celebrities sell because they have Ph.D. and we don't although we don't agree with their 'theories'.

Philosophy is a hard subject to me and I didn't say much on this as I don't think I'm capable. A while ago I get below story over email, disclaimer I have no means whatsoever to prove the truthfulness of below.

An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God, The Almighty. He asks one of his new students to stand and.....
Prof: So you believe in God?

Student: Absolutely, sir.
Prof: Is God good?

Student: Sure.
Prof: Is God all-powerful?

Student: Yes.
Prof: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to God to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God didn't. How is this God good then? Hummmm???
(Student is silent.)
Prof: You can't answer, can you? Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?

Student: Yes.
Prof : Is Satan good?

Student: No.
Prof: Where does Satan come from?

Student: From...God...
Prof: That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

Student: Yes.
Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything. Correct?

Student: Yes.
Prof: So who created evil?
(Student does not answer.)
Prof: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness?
All these terrible things exist in the world, don't they?

Student: Yes, sir.
Prof: So, who created them?
(Student has no answer.)
Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son...Have you ever seen God?

Student: No, sir.
Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your God?

Student: No, sir.
Prof: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, and smelled your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God for that matter?

Student: No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't.
Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?

Student: Yes.
Prof: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?

Student: Nothing. I only have my faith.
Prof: Yes. Faith! And that is the problem science has.

Student: Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Prof: Yes.

Student : And is there such a thing as cold?
Prof: Yes.

Student: No sir. There isn't.
(The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don't have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.
(There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.)

Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn't darkness?

Student: You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light.... But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn't it? In reality, darkness isn't. If it were, you would be able to make darkness - darker, wouldn't you???
Prof: So what is the point you are making, young man?

Student: Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Prof: Flawed? Can you explain how?

Student: Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Prof: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.

Student: Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?
(The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going.)

Student: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavour, are you not teaching your opinion, sir?
Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

(The class is in uproar.)

Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor's brain?
(The class breaks out into laughter.)

Student: Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor's brain, felt it, touched or smelled it? ....No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?
(The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable.)
Prof: I guess you'll have to take them on faith, son.

Student: That is it, sir... The link between man & god is FAITH. That is all that keeps things moving & alive.
That young man was ALBERT EINSTEIN.......


What do you think Einstein's answer was about life after death?

Sunset version 0.4

This is the latest version 0.4 for Sunset. If you don't see this select "0.4-sunset" under "VERSION ROLLBACK" on the sidebar.

This uses a great piece of javascript code from dhtmlgoodies for show/hide content with sliding effect. This is a lot easier to implement on WordPress themes for sliding effect.

I have learnt elsewhere similar act such as that from the NewZen theme which uses a set of 6 files (prototype.js moo.fx moo.fx.pack prototype.lite etc). dhtmlgoodies's way is much cleaner in the sidebar.php and CSS.

I have yet to try again changing the default div class names to something easier to type and meaningful such that if you download this theme to play with you will feel more comfortable.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

EMBA Conference

The EMBA Conference I went to last Saturday 25th was an exceptionally good one.

The one by Hon Audrey Eu is very good. Her tone English and feeling were so perfect that I thought I was listening to a recording. It was so beautiful that I lost focus and don't remember what she said now.

The one by Dr Wong is quite alarming. A lot of us are actually within that 75% of mentally unhealthy group. How do we know really? Most of us don't understand our own self which is the main issue how do we bring up our next generation? Check out the ICAN website for more details.

Dr William Fung's speech was very entertaining. I like his sense of humor and can't believe that Li & Fung is an accidental empire. It's also hard to believe that such a large family owned business (market cap of US$10billion) practices meritocracy.

The last, certainly not least, was John Wood founder and CEO of ROOM TO READ. I admire him naturally as I simply don't have the guts in my DNA to do brave undertaking like that. May be it's what Dr Wong said, it is value->perception->emotion->behavior. An average Chinese would still like to help the kids and fight literacy but they probably don't have the DNA to quit a nice job at 35 to "Change the World".

I nearly have missed this one as I had to rush off early for Mahler No 3 by the Philharmonic. I did stay until the end and rushed outside for his book Leaving Microsoft to Change the World.

Styling for ezLogin plugin

Got comments from Brandon about using my plugin or really it was a styling issue of ioerror's original login scripts, more about this in this post.

It is the entire purpose of transforming the script into [tag]ezLogin[/tag] plugin. It's so much easier to implement and to do necessary styling. You could do styling using a bit of your html knowledge but that could be tedious. The clean way is to do this. Firstly of all you have to add the call to the plugin like below in your sidebar.php:



Then you need something in the CSS file to format display in your sidebar, e.g. an id selector such as below


#loginout {
color:#707070;
padding-left:7px;
font-size:1em;
text-align:left;
}
#loginout a:link, a:visited {
color:#88C9DE;
display:inline;
text-decoration:none;
}
#loginout a:hover {
color:#B8B8B8;
display:inline;
text-decoration:none;
}


Now you can finish this off quite easily in the sidebar.php file



The above example is for the theme currently used by Brandon which is called Azuro 1.0.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

ezLogin plugin

Got a comment from Brandon about login script at sidebar in my earlier post here.

Brandon, I have turned the scripts originally by ioerror into a plugin which makes it a lot easier to implement. Check out details here in this post and the latest version is described here. Download page is here where you could grab the latest version 0.2 of this ezLogin [tag]plugin[/tag].

If you want to format it nicely you could wrap the call to the plugin by a class or id selector in your CSS. You could also adjust the width of the input box to suit the width of your sidebar.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Which is more popular

Just checked my download counter and found that the first version 0.1-bb-left has the most download among other [tag]theme[/tag] template.

Also [tag]ezLogin[/tag] 0.1 [tag]plugin[/tag] has a lot more download than version 0.2 I just don't understand why people prefer older versions?

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Quintura search

I love to see new things. If you think Google is already very good you'll be surprised that even better things are coming up.

Quintura is new (a year or so) and you'll be impressed at least by their interface. If you are searching something difficult it surely will save you time navigating through pages of typical Google results. The good thing I like is that you could easily adjust keywords you entered, i.e. changing your mind along the way. If it is a difficult search you are unlikely to have guessed the right keywords. By adding or removing keywords you could very quickly shorten the result page.

If you prefer desktop client they have one here. If you have Google desktop installed Quintura can search through Google's index and give you instant results.

links for 2006-11-15

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Do you want followers or you want to follow $$ ?

TIME named Linus Torvalds in the 60 years of Heroes.

It was truly a movement that has never been undertaken before. I read his book JUST FOR FUN perhaps it's time to dig it out and read it again.

I surely like doing things just for fun if I could afford it. This demonstrates again that if you wanna be happy, famous and successful don't follow $$ because these can't be measured by $$. Do something that will draw followers.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Does integrity sell?

I saw it a while ago in newspaper. Jack Walsh in one of his expensive talks to students said 'integrity' is nothing because it's not measurable. Anything that is not measurable is useless...something like that.

This is very debatable. What exactly is integrity, does it sell in your organization? Is your integrity visible or do you want it visible? Does it help if your integrity is visible or could that be harmful?

Depending on the circumstances answers could be very different. So what can you say to the younger generation, your team-mates or your kids?

I like to use cooking/food as analogy because that's what you do everyday. Integrity is like healthy food that upkeep your health. You don't suddenly get better by having a healthy meal with right proportion of vegetables/water/meat for just one day or finish the good soup that you mom asked you to consume. It has to be a consistent act of a good habit. The discouraging part of it is that no experts/doctors can guarantee your longevity even if you do eat healthy food everyday. That’s the question. Does integrity give you strength to climb the ladder?

Lots of people choose to take delicious food for pleasure. Some of them realize they have been hurting themselves before it's too late, some were not that lucky even to know before they were dismissed.

I have my body check recently, first time in my life really for such a thorough check. I was lucky as most measurements are satisfactory. I am thankful to my dear wife at home who likes healthy home made food.

I don’t have an answer about integrity, nobody does I guess as every situation is unique. What I have been doing is be myself. While getting old I come to understand a bit more about my two closest friends they are my body and my soul. I do have a pile of healthy food by my pillow which I consume before going to bed.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Plugin names

I obviously didn't think deep when I name my plugins. I googled ezCount and ezLogin and found there are identical domain names.

I guess I'm lucky because if you use 'ezcount plugin wordpress' then you probably will find this site on the first result page.

Father and Son at the beach

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Simple Recent Comment plugin

I still couldn't figure this out.

I have removed AND comment_type=' ' from the query so everything is displayed. I inserted the filter get_comment_type() there but I'm getting return of 'comment' for all 5 of them. In fact 2 of them are actually pingbacks.

In the ezCount plugin using comment_type='pingback' in the query I can separate these 2 pingbacks, I wondered why?

Friday, November 10, 2006

Ajax, Web 2.0, Web 2.1 and Fjax

If you are still wondering what Ajax is (Wiki definition here) you have a lot to catch up. Here comes Fjax. If you are still somewhat between Web 1.0 and 2.0 Fjax is getting into Web 2.1 already.

The demo in their site is quite impressive especially the tooltip example.

I downloaded the SDK to have a look at their examples and to see if it's really simpler even for newbies like me.

For more indepth and technical coverage see this at Ajaxian.

Trackback experiment for ezCount plugin

This is just a test on my ezCount plugin version 0.2 with some slight improvements.

PS: trackback didn't work, now linked to a post there from this post (12 Nov 2006)

ezCount 0.2

Now I have added 2 new arguments for this ezCount plugin. You can see at the sidebar that the count is right, i.e. there are 3 comments and 2 pingbacks instead of just showing a total of 5 comments.

I'll do some trackback experiement before releasing this plugin for download.

I've posted in the forum a question about the simple recent comment plugin, currently it's showing just comments but not any pingbacks or trackbacks.

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Theory of 'the opposite'

To solve complicated issues you simply have to resolve it to simple matters. In my life experience I have learnt that people made mistakes because they have "started on the wrong foot" or sometime the wrong direction. This is a simple and naive theory, try this

  • To start learning computer, switching it off first;

  • If you want your kids to listen to you, stop talking (or shouting in most cases) start listening back;

  • To earn respect (inward) firstly you must respect others (outward);

  • To win, learn to be a loser

  • To climb, learn how to fall

  • Best learning is to teach

  • If you want to see, close your eyes use your heart to feel

  • If you want to hear, shut your ears('cos words are cheap) use your eyes to judge (behavior)

  • If you want to lock-in your customers, open it up for them to choose

  • If you wanna be happy, don't get rich

ezCount Plugin improvement

I noticed that there is a mismatch of count from the plugin ezCount. The simple recent comment plugin returns 3 comments as you can see in the sidebar but the ezCount plugin returns 5 Nos of comments. What went wrong is that there are 3 comments and 2 pingbacks from my other site.

Now to correct the error I added below to the ezCount plugin


$s = "SELECT COUNT(*) FROM $wpdb->comments WHERE comment_approved = '1' AND comment_type=''";


The comment_type='pingback' is required if I want to return number of pingback. I'll later on add a new argument 'pingcount' to this plugin to return number of pingbacks.

links for 2006-11-08

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Border for the technorati icon - Sunset Theme

The default technorati icon is on white background so it doesn't look nice on this dark [tag]sunset[/tag] theme. I now added a frame around it with some white background padding. I like this better. It goes like this in the CSS

a img {
padding:2px;
background:#fff;
border: 2px solid #9F9F9F;
/*border:none; */
}


PS: The same is done to the 'codebox' class as well.

Sunset Theme now ready!

I have now fixed errors I mentioned in last post. I have 8 errors from validation, 7 from the ezLogin plugin that I did and 1 due to Technorati search.

Now this [tag]Sunset[/tag] theme looks close enough in IE7 and Firefox 2.

Paperless solution demonstration

I went to see a demo recently. I was surprised to have met someone I knew from Asta System. If fact there is a story behind my encounter with that gentlemen. I published an article in ASP101 some years ago about paperless solution. That gentlement read that article and emailed me so I said 'hey we are in the same little city, let's meet'. Then we came out for a chat and his company sells paperless solution.

To be honest the demo I saw the other day isn't too impressive. I just said to myself 'I could write that too, just give me couple of years....'. Of course I couldn't possibly be capable of producing a commercial product like that, still it wasn't that attractive at first glance. I think it's about 3-4 years behind.

There is another firm here in Hong Kong called Axisoft who is providing paperless solution to a few government departments here. I wish I could have a look one day.

Sunset Theme version 0.38

I never like dark theme. I did this one for sake of practicing. I think dark themes are not long lasting and it doesn't look good when you have images or icons which are not made specially for the 'darkness'. E.g. scripts that are provided free from Technorati or Google searchbar may not look good in dark themes, perhaps I'm not skillful enough to tweak these to suit.

The header image is a very nice one I took earlier at the little Disneyland theme park here. I was quite tired when I took that picture but the beautiful colors in the sky attracted me.

Things yet to do for this Sunset theme are:
  1. sidebar indent looks right on Firefox but a bit too much for IE7, must be fixed

  2. 9 errors on validation mostly from the ezLogin plugin

  3. remove a:visited from sidebar links

  4. On IE7 the 'h3' font size looks a lot larger on sidebar

links for 2006-11-07

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Office 2007 to be available 1 December

I last wrote about my experience of the public beta of Office 2007 here.    According to PC World Microsoft Office 2007 will be available to enterprise customers (volume licensing) by 30th November.    Starting from 1 December you could download a 60-day trials.



I may try that again to see if the final version will work with older version of exchange server at work otherwise that'll be no good to me as I have no control as to when our exchange server will be upgraded.

Monday, November 6, 2006

What if Microsoft is turning its body?

I said Microsoft is turning its head here. Today if you type in "Microsoft, Novell, Agreement" in Google you'll get few million results. Perhaps this is the hottest topic in the IT World.

Reaction from the stock market is mixed about Novell's move. Checking out NOVL's market capitaliztion you'll see they are only 2.25b compare to MSFT's 282.43b. If MSFT is so positive about the marriage why don't they simply buy NOVL over? My naive insight is that this is not the right time to buy with NOVL's P/E at 332 times.

I think MSFT is taking a wait and see attitude as the pack is said to be valid until 2012. Intelligence of the crowd will determine MSFT's next move. If it works out and the customers like it and IT community approves it the cash rich MSFT can make this turn permanent easily.

Google's Eric Schmidt comes from Novell I wonder what is in his mind right now?

Saturday, November 4, 2006

testing from flock 0.7.7

This is a test from flock 0.7.7

Friday, November 3, 2006

Powered by WordPress

Powered by WordPress - WordPress Blogs Directory

In order to include this blog into the Powered by WordPress Directory I have to include the above link. The instruction says I have to add it to the template of this blog which I did by putting it in the footer but their automatic detection failed to find the link. By putting the link in this post it worked.

Code Search by Google

You will like this new Google service named code search if you are like me only code once in a while. I think those publishers that do so called "must have shelf" references will be in trouble soon.
code search

Zune is out, the website

Zune is coming out in less than 2 weeks. Their website is here, how do you like their look?

I think data, not cash, is king in 21st century. I have so much songs (10G) in iTune library and my iPod unless there is a simple and quick way of migrating I really don't want the trouble even if I'm given a free Zune.

Hey Bill give me 3 compelling reasons why I should switch!

links for 2006-11-02

Thursday, November 2, 2006

When Microsoft turns its head...

Even for beginners like me, who can only do simple scripts, I won't attempt running PHP on IIS. I know you could setup IIS that comes free with XP to run PHP but the risk is that something weird may happen knowing what Microsoft is like. They just don't like supporting open source platform.

Now MSFT has changed tact, strange isn't it. Microsoft and PHP specialist Zend have worked hand in hand to provide support, using FastCGI, for PHP on IIS platform. See this Yahoo news or the official statement from MSFT/Zend for more details.

It looks like that MSFT sees that more and more competitors are providing free support to PHP, e.g. Google's Zend data client library and IBM, so the community is getting larger and larger that they can't ignore.

This proves again my belief, i.e. there is also cost of ownership for knowledge, if the community is large enough transaction costs of acquiring the knowledge is lower hence making it easier and more attractive for beginners. Although I have little bit of background VBScript and ASP I found it difficult to catch the ASP.net train. It was a lot easier for me to self-taught PHP if I didn't know something I just "google it...".

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

The professional way

See how the professionals do it at CSS Library. They provide you with a set of dynamic drive CSS layouts which are tableless, CSS based templates. Anyone could learn by checking out the CSS and the html structure of the template. Visually you can select how your template will look in full size by clicking the link next to the thumbnail layouts.

Releasing my second one

Again this isn't my own design but I felt the need of putting various small ones together in a single [tag]plugin[/tag] for convenient sake. The 6 original small plugins are the work of Anders holte Nielsen. These plugins do counting for your blog.

I just put them together into one single plugin so instead of moving/deleting/activating or deactivating 6 times I just need to do it once. Putting them together also allows me to add formating text before and after and returned count as arguments in the plugin. I described it here in this post and download is here.