Archive for the ‘News’ Category

CSS List Style Nightmare

Friday, February 24th, 2006

While CSS and CSS2 support various ways of styling list items, the capabilities are still limited. list-style-type allows to select different predefined list styles (bullets, squares etc). list-style-image allows to select custom images. Unfortunately, no option to use custom characters exists.

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Blog upgraded: WordPress 2.0.1

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Quickly upgraded blog to WordPress 2.0.1, and while being at it installed SpamKarma 2 (including plugin for Akismet), as over the last days suddenly hundreds of comments where waiting for moderation. This should keep the blog clean and my attention focused.

Other interesting plugin no WordPress user should do without is Admin Drop Down Menu.

WordPress 2 Polls plugin

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

Found this WP2 polls plugin. Working fine (change add_action(‘wp_head’, ‘vote_poll’); to add_action(‘init’, ‘vote_poll’);), but the CSS for displaying the poll results will need some work.

Google releases Web Comments extension

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Google published Blogger Web Comments. Similiar to my TechnoBar extension, blog comments for the current page are displayed. As of writing, Google only supports blogger.com comments (TechnoBar uses Technorati as information source).

GoogleMaps API for Java

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Found this excellent GoogleMaps API for Java. Contains all classes to draw (custom) icons, map places, show controls etc. Requires SWT. Awesome…

Updated: GreaseMonkey script for Heise Ticker

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

I’ve updated the Updated: GreaseMonkey script for the Heise news ticker
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Software Update RSS feed available

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Tired of checking all your favorite software sites regularly for updates? Here’s the solution: I’ve created a new software update service at laurisch.net. The site features an RSS feed with recent software release. Amongst the software packages we’re currently monitoring are:

  • Mozilla, FireFox and Thunderbird
  • Mysql Server, Administrator, QueryBrowser
  • Apache, PHP and a number of popular PHP applications

Is your favorite software missing? Send me an email and I’ll add it to the list.

If demand exists, I’ll add email notifications as well.

Geocoding RSS feeds

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Web sites and blogs can be geo-coded, revealing their writer’s physical location. Popular service (or really the only one I’ve seem sofar) is feedmap.net.
Geo-coding a blog’s RSS feed is a bit more tricky since the XML name spaces need to be correctly declared. Kwebble has a detailed description how to do this for WordPress.

PHP Frameworks

Friday, November 11th, 2005

I’ve found this interesting post Stupidly Easy MVC in PHP regarding MVC frameworks in PHP.
I’ve some time ago tried to do something similiar: phpApplet. It supports from/list, edit/insert and search and uses Smarty.
The next step to do would be view logic to control multi-applet behaviour (master/detail relationship and so on). This is what I like so much about Siebel CRM software- configuring complex logic on top of database abstraction is just so easy.
Any thoughts on where to find such a framework for PHP?

Ex-IE Developer recommends FireFox

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

Read for yourself here.