Tony's ramblings on Open Source Software, Life and Photography

IE7 handles objects way differently

For the past several weeks I've been trying to figure out why IE7 was displaying my embedded flash movie squished. The size was all wrong.

Turns out, IE7 applies CSS sizes to the object, and since my object was called 'logo.swf', it was getting styled the same size as my 'logo' div.


Another night of Microsoft hell...

So I got a report that some code I'm testing isn't working right in IE7. I've done all my testing with IE6 and Firefox so far, so I broke down and installed IE7.

I'm progressing beyond anger at Microsoft into the rage category.

For instance:


The left nipple split

Don't you just love regular expressions? It's about as close to English readable as Swahili is.

I was trying to generate a php 'preg_split' line of code that would split a sentence based on both comma and space, but keep the separators. I finally figured out that you must have parentheses in the expression, leaving me with what looks like a set of breasts within the quotes:

preg_split('((,)|( ))', $mydata, -1,
PREG_SPLIT_DELIM_CAPTURE | PREG_SPLIT_NO_EMPTY);
What happened to the person's left nipple? I guess it split.


Acclaim's 9Dragons contains Nazi symbols

Just noticed this while playing the open beta tonight. When casting a particular 'buff' as a Shaolin, the animation is a Nazi Swastika. When viewed from the normal camera angle of behind your character, it's oriented the right direction. In this screenshot it's reversed.

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Windows is inherintly insecure

Windows is tougher to secure than Linux due to design. Check out this article on zd.net that explains visually why by graphing system calls by a Linux web server versus a Windows web server.


Wal-mart starts DVD downloads - except for Firefox

Don't even try the site with Firefox:

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Music managers for Linux

Typically I stream all my music online, but after getting the Violent Femmes CD 'Viva Wisconsin', I went looking for something to play it with that did better than xmms.

I thought Violent Femmes were a one-hit-wonder band, but turns out they've had a long and semi-successful career.

Here's my review of the different media players...
First, XMMS

XMMS is great, and the way it does flawless streaming of all the online content I listen to is just amazing. It's small, themeable and cool looking. Unfortunately it doesn't have a decent playlist manager and without finding a plugin, it doesn't do crossfades - seamlessly blending one song to the next. If you are a Windows user, it looks a lot like Winamp, but it hasn't really been updated in years, and it lacks some of the features you demand in a media manager/player today.

For listening to a ripped CD, I got these horrible dead spots between songs that were originally recorded live, so it sounded awful. Not to mention the playlist situation. These two things alone caused me to reject it.

Rhythmbox


Verizon finally got us reconnected

Wow, even going to the executive level of complaint took forever. I finally got my new static IP today. I just finished configuring my Linux firewall / router to handle both the T-1 and the DSL connections so I can fail over if one goes down. I'll be writing a little tutorial on that in the next couple of days.


Beryl tidbits and review

You may have noticed by my recent posts that I've installed Beryl on my system. Beryl is an OpenGL accelerated desktop system for Linux. For nearly a decade, graphics cards in computers have rarely had their potential tapped. The few hours a day that a user might spend gaming is about the only time that the full potential of a graphics card is used.


Beryl twinview skydome

I run twin 1280x1024 screens, so finding backdrops that are 2560x1024 is pretty tough. I decided to make my own to use behind the desktop cube with Beryl. Here it is for your enjoyment.

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I created it using The Gimp. The solar flare was the hardest, and I'm still not 100% happy with it, but then again...

Grab the full size background (3.2 MB).

No, the 'maro.net' logo is not on the big one.