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Mac -vs- PC

March 20th, 2007  · stk

Mac vs. PC ... You've seen the Mac ads on television, where Mr. PC ends up looking like a goof? Well, here's an underground reversal that had me giggling. You'll find it funny too!

MacIntosh vs PC

You've seen those Macintosh ads on television, where there's a guy that represents a Mac computer and a guy that's supposed to be a PC? Clever, for sure! Well, here's a different spin on them and they're a tad in PC's favor! (An underground backlash, if you will).

 Bill Gates Steve Jobs

Interestingly enough, after finding these videos, I did a quick search for "Mac vs PC" on google.ca and what did I find as the number one entry? APPLE! But the funny part is that they list TEN reasons to get a Mac. (If you go to the site, they list SIXTEEN reasons. Can't they count? Not that more isn't better, but why say 10, when you supposedly have 16?) :p

Honestly, I'm not a die-hard PC fan. I've had my share of problems with Mr. PC and I'm not married to a brand. In fact, I nearly considered getting a Mac for my last purchase. OSX is cool. The ability to run UNIX and Windows. Sweet. But for some reason, Mac seems to hold their technology a tad too close to their chest, which is why I find this video so humorous.

I hope you do too!

More humor on the next page ...

 

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Mapping the Sciences

March 20th, 2007  · stk

An intriguing "Map of Science" shows the relationships between research topics & reveals how scientific disciplines are interrelated. Scientists will be interested to see where their specialty lies & non-scientists will be interested to compare the scientific focus of different countries. An excellent intellectual exercise in data-mining and visualization (or a grand waste of time?) You decide

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Visualizing the Topical Inter-connectivity of Scientific Research -or- (Where's Dr. Waldo?)

 

This intriguing illuminated diagram is either an accurate portrayal of the bond that ties various scientific topics (and fields) together, or it's a result of someone having too much time on their hands.

The premise: Examine roughly a million published scientific papers for keywords, sort them by topic (or "paradigm") and note the authors that are cited, with papers from different fields. Then plot the topics as "nodes", the size of which is directly related to the number of papers published. Distribute the nodes by applying a universal repelling force between them. Then bind the nodes with an attracting force, the strength of which, is determined by the number of overlapping authors.

The result is the two-dimensional graphic shown here. There are 776 topical paradigms (nodes) with a distribution separates the purest of scientific fields and shows how sub-disciplines interrelate.

If you click on the image, above, you'll be taken to an interactive map, where you can compare the data by discipline, country (U.S. -vs- Japan), city (Paris -vs- Boston), selected industries, govt. institution [US-DOE -vs- US-NIH), or University (Harvard -vs- MIT).

Some of the comparisons are very interesting. For example, the U.S. has a real focus on medical research, while China is more prolific in physics and Japan - chemistry.

For more information on the technique, the data, resources and a detailed keyword map (find out where you sit in the scheme of things) ... read on.

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About Quirks-Mode

March 12th, 2007  · stk

I recently had to fight with CSS for a web page served in Quirks-Mode. What is quirks? Why is it bad? How do you tell if a page is in quirks-mode? All this (plus a couple of extra cents, tools & links)

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Using PZ3 in Quirks-Mode

A reader wanted to use PZ3 for a page that was authored in "quirks-mode". In an effort to help, I found a way to make it work in IE6.

browser quirks mode

Now that IE7 is out, I wish I hadn't. Let me just say that it's awful thing to do (author pages in "quirks-mode") and I recommend against it. You will thank me, your children with thank me and your descendants will visit my grave and thank me!

However, even though it goes against my own advice, I have found a way to render a very-close approximation to PZ3 for BOTH IE6 and IE7, in quirks mode. If you absolutely must deploy PZ3 on a quirks-mode page, you will want to see the work-a-round (and maybe even the quirky problem).

PZ3 aside, I thought this a good time to weigh in on quirks-mode.

  • What is "quirks-mode"?
  • Why is quirks-mode bad?
  • Why do people need quirks-mode at all?
  • How do you tell if a page is in quirks-mode?
  • How does an author pick the mode (standards -vs- quirks)?

For all this (and a tad more) ... carry on.

 

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Christmas Photo Gallery

February 21st, 2007  · stk

Have a look at my first pass attempt to find a pure-CSS photo gallery that be displayed with in-line text. Display as many images as you want to impose on your visitors! Demonstration uses family photos from Christmas photos

First-pass at a Pure-CSS PZ3 Photo Gallery

pz3 photo gallery

Around Christmas, I had an idea for a way to display a multitude of images in a pure-CSS photo-zoom gallery, utilizing Photo-caption Zoom v3 (PZ3).

Many people like PZ3, but some try to use it to build a photo gallery. I designed it to add zoomed images (and an optional caption), into XHTML pages. While it works great - is easy to deploy, saves page real-estate, looks nice - it doesn't handle multitudes of images very well (at least, not "out of the box").

Until now.

I've finally taken the time to play with it a bit (it took most of yesterday morning to hack through the details ... and then most of the afternoon and night to put it all together into a demonstration). :D

If you're into CSS, like PZ3 ... or want to see 40+ family Christmas photos ... read on! (Dial-up visitors beware ... image data ahead!)

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Writing an SPF Record

February 7th, 2007  · stk

Spammers are forging sender email addresses to make it look like their SPAM comes from our domain! ACK!! SPF to the rescue! Learn what it is, how it works & how to write your own SPF record.

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A Case for SPF Records

Nearly a month ago, we reported that our Randsco domain had been hijacked by spammers. They were sending their SPAM email, around the world, using bogus sender addresses from randsco.com. To anyone receiving the SPAM, it would look like it was coming "From: randsco.com"! 88|

The cure for this was to add a Sender Policy Framework (SPF) record to our DNS. For mail servers that check, the SPF record tells them if the email is really from randsco.com or not. Spammers will quickly learn that their "From: Whoever<at>randsco.com" emails won't get through and quit trying to forge the randsco.com domain.

Every domain owner should publish an SPF record.

If you own a domain, you should publish an SPF record. Even if you never send email from that domain, spammers can hijack it, which may result in your site being blacklisted and it also erodes people's confidence in the email medium.

Publishing an SPF record is easy. Knowing what the SPF record should contain can be confusing, depending on your email situation. Here is what I learned in publishing ours. Hopefully, it will be of value to you.

To learn about how SPF works and how to publish your own, read on ...

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