May 25, 2009
Even though I search from Opera’s search toolbar, the suggestions JS still comes back to bite me, because I can’t actually get to the page linked from the results. Not unless I use the mouse anyway. What happens to blind people who are totally reliant on the keyboard?
I can’t stand this new seach suggestion thingy. Please get rid of it.
Filed in Outraged, Opinion, Web Design.
May 8, 2009
I wonder whether there’s a way to set a favicon on a blog on WordPress.com the way you can on normal websites, like this article on favicons says.
I tried looking into the Media section, but it’s just a list of pictures I’ve attached to posts or my banner. I’m not sure if I’m looking in the right place though. Or whether such an option is even available.
Filed in WordPress, Web Design.
May 5, 2009
Rob Weir did some tests of the new Microsoft Office 2007 SP2, which is supposed to provide support for the Open Document Format, ODF, out of the box. From his tests of an ODF spreadsheet, ODF files created by Office 2007 SP2 can be interpreted only by Office 2007 SP2 and no other application that supports ODF. And Office 2007 SP2 cannot read/interpret ODF files created by any other application. And we’re talking about a large number of applications here: OpenOffice, Google Docs, KSpread, IBM Symphony, Sun’s ODF Plugin, and the CleverAge ODF plugin.
Interestingly, all the other applications are able to create ODF spreadsheets that are readable by each other, except in the case of the old version of KSpread, which the reviewer used for reasons given in the article. So it’s not the case that the ODF format does not give enough details for spreadsheet formulas to be properly interpreted. Everybody else managed to implement it correctly.
Is this a case of Microsoft paying lip service to standards, so that they can gain inroads into governments’ procurement systems that demand open standard document support? If so, it means that they think all government officials are suckers and idiots.
If that’s not the case, then you’ll have to blame the Microsoft developers: are they so imcompetent that they cannot implement an open standard when everyone else and their grandmother has implemented it correctly? And it’s not as though they cannot see how the others have implemented it: OpenOffice is open source after all. Perhaps they will say ODF is not clear where spreadsheet formulas are concerned. Then how is it every other application is able to implement it correctly?
Filed in Outraged, Opinon, News, Software, Windows.
April 1, 2009
As usual, there are lots of interesting April Fools’ Day jokes around. Here are 3 that I found amusing.
- The UK newspaper, Guardian, is about to switch completely to using Twitter for news and are even in the process of converting its old news archives, dating back to 1821. Old articles that have been converted include: “OMG Hitler invades Poland, allies declare war see tinyurl.com/b5x6e for more” and “JFK assassin8d @ Dallas, def. heard second gunshot from grassy knoll WTF?”. This is the best joke I’ve heard this year.
- Google now allows you to search your brain. You are, however, requested not to use Brain Search on others without their permission.
- In a shocking development, Warner Bros acquires The Pirate Bay. It was the only way they could deal with the dismal showing of the prosecution against the Pirate Bay in the ongoing trial.
Somehow, I found Google’s joke this year to be less funny than previous years, including last years’ search the future joke. Maybe it’s getting old.
Update: Another good one is Opera’s Face Gestures.
Filed in Humor.
March 31, 2009
I just noticed from my other blog that uses the downloadable version of WordPress that it inserts the wordpress version number into the HEAD of the blog pages. Why does it do that? Leaking this information in this day and age only lets hackers know that a particular blog is vulnerable, if it hasn’t been updated yet.
It’s interesting that blogs on wordpress.com do not have the version number inserted into the HEAD. So why the hypocrisy?
Filed in WordPress, Security.
February 18, 2009
I got a good kick over this: Microsoft.com is on the list of sites that is incompatible with IE8’s standards view. As mentioned there, the list can be obtained by typing
res://iecompat.dll/iecompatdata.xml in IE8’s address bar.
Filed in Browsers, Web Design, Software.
December 17, 2008
How observant are you? Take a look at this Color Changing Card Trick. Can you spot the trick? Well, it’s not what you think…
Professor Wiseman has a few other interesting videos at YouTube, as well as a website called Quirkology that deals with these quirks of psychology. It’s worth checking out.
Filed in Entertainment, Humor, Science, Video.