Posts for 08/2008

17 August 2008 - 08:34
10 August 2008 - 07:07

DNS change or how to chase your customer away

I've been migrating my professional domain zudan.eu lately to a different host - wanted to tryout the services of Hostgator.
So far so good.

So just had to switch DNS servers at my current (Belgian) DNS provider, Hostway. Piece of a cake you would think.
And indeed I found my domain manager interface, found the place where to change the DNS servers, and promptly did so...

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08 August 2008 - 02:08

Crop Circle Time

Since many years, with peaks late July and beginning of August, the world has been witnessing this very special phenomenon of crop circles. Many appear in the UK, especially in one region, but since quite some time this mystery has expanded all over the world.

One site tracking this phenomenon year after year is the Crop Circle Connector. This year alone some very interesting formations have seen the light. They're often linked to deep symbolism, astronomy and especially the factor 'TIME', not to say 'Mayan Time' calculations.

Beyond the meaning, the authors, the art, the reasons why media and science seem to prefer to ignore the phenomenon, people testify how the circles actually DO something with them and have an effect on their consciousness.

Perhaps let the images speak for themselves and click through to have a look at some interpretations and see how it works onto your consciousness levels :-)

(images from Crop Circle Connector and Temporary Temples)

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(images from Crop Circle Connector and Temporary Temples)

Some interesting readings:

 

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07 August 2008 - 07:44

RSS feed validation

I've been testing Outlook 2007 lately, and more specifically today it's RSS feed capabilities... That's where to my astonishment I realised it choked on something... throwing an following error:

"Outlook cannot process the RSS content. The link may not point to a valid RSS source."

Gosh, with an atom script generated from within Expression Engine... where to start looking? Google of course, then up to the Expression Engine forums, where I found a link to a real gem: the Feedvalidator for Atom and RSS... and yes indeed after validating the page, I was reassured the Atom script validated BUT it also made me come across a variable in a link tag which had an error... once that corrected even Outlook 2007 now behaves well again.

Feed Validator

Great tool !

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06 August 2008 - 11:33

Setting up your local open source dynamic development environment

Setting up your local system for dynamic development with an open source environment was a challenging job initially. Those times have passed since quite a time by now.

Several years back I started using the self-installing package of EasyPhp. EasyPHP is a complete package allowing to use all the power and the flexibility that offers the dynamic language PHP and includes an Apache server, a MySQL database, PHPMyAdmin as well as some development tools for web sites and applications.

Another good Windows web development environment is WampServer, which equally offers Apache, PHP and the MySQL database, along with PHPMyAdmin and SQLiteManager to easily manage your databases.

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05 August 2008 - 03:59

Stupid User Syndrome

This rolled in my email box today ... and I actually read it ! :-)

Published by PeachPit, under the title "Stupid User Syndrome: Why We Become Idiots Online (And What Web Designers Can Do About It)"

It's good to meditate things a bit deeper from time to time, and sprinkle it with some psychology, to finally come to the conclusion that if you continue to do what you have always done, you'll end up getting what you've always got...

ps - if in a hurry mood, just read the last two sections or so ...

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03 August 2008 - 09:01
02 August 2008 - 11:20

Thunderflies

They are small, appear at hot weather creep in and love TFT screens... - when they get in, they might disappear, or die and fall off the inside of your screen, but in the worst case they die being stuck nicely 'in front of your nose but behind the glass' on top of the inside support, screwing up your monitor !
Thunderflies - they are a pest !

And of course PC and Notebook manufacturers don't consider this as part of the guaranty or responsibility ...

There's several YouTube video fragments available on the topic...(insect or bug in my lcd or TFT or screen...

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These are the two most interesting posts on the topic i found after several frustrated searches : http://lifeinhex.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=47 and http://www.sudhian.com/index.php?/forums/viewthread/101716/

If you want to add YouTube video materials to your pages which validate, have a read here

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