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Webmaster Answers! in Chinese?

July 27th, 2009

Surfing around online, I just discovered that a book I wrote has been translated into Chinese and is being sold in China. This would be more exciting if I had heard about it from the publisher and/or received any money for it. Looks like an inquiry into Osborne/McGraw Hill is in order.

Webmaster Answers in Chinese

This reminds me of a story… About five years ago a friend was in Brazil bragging to a girl he had just met that he was credited in a book’s acknowledgments section. To prove it, he took her into a bookstore and showed her. Several minutes into relating the story to me (apparently the woman was quite stunning), I learned that my book had been translated into Portuguese.

When Google books is fully online, will it be able to inform me what languages this book has been translated into?

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New Firefox Extension

July 27th, 2009

FlipClock Icon
FlipClock, my new Firefox extension is now available for download. The extension is still awaiting approval by the folks over at Firefox and has been in-queue for about 10 days, but who’s counting. When it is approved it will be available for download from the official Firefox add-on site.

FlipClock Display Options

FlipClock sits in your browser’s status bar and simply tells the time in a variety of styles.

Flipclock displays the time in your Firefox status bar

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Non-Rectangular HTML Text Blocks

July 10th, 2009

I was playing with non-rectangular HTML text blocks today and thought I’d share my results. The goal was to come up with a way to present HTML text in a parallelogram shape.

I tested the code in IE6, IE7, Firefox 3.5, Safari, Opera, and Chrome (all on XP) and the page rendered correctly in all of them.

The dotted lines are visible to show where div tags were used.

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The HTML for the page is available here.

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WordPress Installation Woes

July 2nd, 2009

Installed WordPress today on my laptop (Windows XP). Ugh. Apache and PHP were already installed, and MySQL installation was a breeze (MySQL Administrator and MySQL Query Browser make life much easier). Configuring PHP to run on a new port was annoying but ultimately successful (Port 9000 wouldn’t work but 8001 would %$*&#!). The problem came when running WordPress for the first time. The error was:

Your PHP installation appears to be missing the MySQL extension which is required by WordPress.

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