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Html Email
Date: 15/11/2004
Html and Email don't mix.

Firstly, while styled text is generally much nicer than plain text, it doesn't mean you should send an entire webpage with a bazillion external images and 4000 nested tables in your newsletter.

Secondly, if you have to use HTML in email, then get the frickin tags right! Things I've seen in recent ebay notifications:
<table>
  <tr>
    <td>

      <table>
        <tr>
           <td>
             ....content....
           </td>
        </tr>

    </td>
  </tr>
</table>
Frickin hilarious. And then:
<table>
  <tr>
    <td>


    </td>
  </td>
</table>
A laugh a minute.

What sort of clowns do ebay employ in their IT dept.? They obviously hand code the email messages, because they are written ala 1998 style HTML and they screw up the nesting, miss tags or get them incorrect. They regularly use 1x1 tables (i.e. a single cell) instead of a div tag. There is a hideous amount of duplicated code which could easily be done using CSS styling.

Putting the 'e' in the ebay I guess.
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FireFox 1.0
Date: 9/11/2004
If your still using Internet Explorer to browse the web then you should really check out FireFox v1.0 which has just been released today. It's a cut down version of Mozilla which was originally Netscape Navigator.

Some of the features that make it worth installing are Popup Blocking, Tabbed Browsing, better Privacy and Security, Smarter Search tools and better Standards Compilance than Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer might have a marginal speed advantage but that is mostly due to it playing on "home turf" (i.e. Windows) making good use of being built into Windows. But on the whole it's just as fast and responsive.

I hope you rediscover the web with the rest of us!
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Book - Internet - PayPal
Date: 5/11/2004
I want to buy a book. I want to do it from my computer using the "intaweb thingy" (i.e. now dammit) and I want to pay using PayPal.

Should be easy I thought... just jump on Google...

Easy... yeah come on... somewhere here... surely.

What... huh? Oh man... someone has to have done this before.

Alright fine... I'll drive-park-walk into a flamin bookstore with my credit card. Fine FINE FINE!!!!

Not Happy Jan!

And whats with every stupid online bookstore requiring you to create an account just to see what delivery options they have, and thus how much it'll cost to get the book to my doorstep? They could put that on the page that describes the book surely? But nooooooo, you have to login. How about: I never login, I just click the "Buy Now" PayPal button and give you a shipping address. It's not hard people!

Hmmmm. I see a mighty large business opportunity here... _easy_ online bookstore! (with PayPal - batteries not included).
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George W[ar] Bush
Date: 5/11/2004
Oh, what a shame, George is baaaack!

So now we can expect more:
  • Unprovocated invasions by the US.
  • Civilians killed or displaced by US armed forces.
  • Stand over tactics to force countries into unfair trade agreements because, hey they like to use oil... which the US now controls more of.
  • Even more arrogance from the US administration. "We screwed Iraq over... and no one did anything. Cool... why don't we..." etc etc.


The problem with this is that if any country unilaterally invades enough other countries then it's not going to end nicely. For instance take WW2, 2 countries start invading all their neighbours. 1 gets into a protracted land battle that ended with it's entire civil and industrial base destroyed, the other got nuked.

Gee I wonder which option the enemies of the US will choose?

Basically the US is asking to be nuked. As their administration gets more and more out of control the "terrorists" are eventually going to _have_ to nuke the states to put them back in their place (i.e. a country in Northern America, not the world's government and police).

I think it'll be a shame that 20 million people will have to die just to get the message through to the US gov. that what they are doing is not OK with the rest of the world. A real shame...

(Btw while we're at it, anyone who thinks that 9/11 was unprovoked has got their head firmly in the sand)
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Uninstaller Behaviour
Date: 1/11/2004
Because Scribe is moving towards a stable build, I'm going to start include .exe installer versions again... for the mainstream users... yeah.

Anyway, I'm looking at the section for uninstalling Scribe and I'm planning on having it remove all the executable code, program resources, help files... but leaving the folders.mail2 file that stored all the email and contants the user accumulated over the time they used Scribe. The other option of course would be to blow away the entire directory, mail, contacts and all. This however could land me in hot water... on the flip side... some people will complain either way. But I'm erring on the "safe" (e.g. leave the mail) rather than "sorry" side right now.

So, dear reader, what would you expect the uninstaller for an email app to do?
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Spring
Date: 25/10/2004
It would seem to me that after you got kicked out of one home you would be wary of making the same mistake twice. But it appears that the local miner birds aren't that smart. They have, over the last few days, tried to colonise the automatic roller door on the garage of our house. They did this last year at the other end, and I had to claw all the nest material out and board it up.

So this year they had a cunning plan. The OTHER END of the roller door! Which is mostly obsured by the motor that drives the door up and down. But it seems no hole is too small, and no obsticle too difficult (I stuffed the holes with plastic bags, which they removed). And now that end is filled with twigs and leaves and other litter. So now I've cleaned that out, scraping my arm on the gears and metal edges. And boarded that end up as well.

But the add insult to injury the door mechanism is now faulty, when the door reaches the bottom it gets confused and heads back up to the top unless someone manually turns it off.
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