Notes on a web journey

posted on: 28 February 2006

Pompeii of the East

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On the BBC: Pompeii of the East


posted on: 28 February 2006

Tessa Jowell and Berlusconi

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On the Guardian: Jowell denies bribe

Apparently acting irresponsibly has consequences to pay, at least outside Italy..


posted on: 25 February 2006

The Style Layer

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On UX Magazine:
The Layers of Design: the style layer


posted on: 24 February 2006

Hi-Tech Prison

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I was browsing around the National Geographic
megastructures web site and I saw the episode about a hi-tech prison, NBCI - Maryland.
I searched around a bit and this is what I found.

I cannot help but wonder how come that in the 21st century we, humans of every nation, most intelligent form of life, are still building steel and concrete cages instead of schools and hospitals, why we keep trying to fix the effects rather then the causes. It's incredible that we just don't seem to learn, we appear socially stuck into the 12th century and unable to change way of doing things. What are we going to the Moon for if we are not even able to manage ourselves? We create poverty and then say that we want to eradicate it. We have brilliant technology and science but we still use it to make weapons. We destroy the environment that we need to exist and then say that we want to preserve it. The dichotomy is obvious but the solutions don't appear to be up to the problems. We only try to deal with the effects of our actions instead of act responsibly in the first place. If it wasn't dramatic it would be ridiculous.


posted on: 23 February 2006

Object Oriented JavaScript

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On Web-Grapics: OOJS - overhyped and overcomplicating.


posted on: 23 February 2006

Color Theory for Digital Displays

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Color Theory for Digital Displays:


posted on: 21 February 2006

Character encodings

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W3C character encodings in the Internationalization activity section:


posted on: 20 February 2006

MySQL Fulltext indexing

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MySQL Fulltext indexing: Dissecting MySQL Fulltext Indexing and
Implementation and Application of Term Weights.

Since the posts search on this site works using MySQL Fulltext indexing I found myself trying to delve a bit deeper into it. I cannot say that everything is as clear as it could/should be, for me anyway..


posted on: 18 February 2006

T-shirts and cartoons

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Update - 2006/02/19: Italian Quits Over Cartoons and
Italy cartoon row minister quits

On the Guardian: Nine killed in Libya over cartoon

The Italian minister that said is going to wear the T-shirt with the cartoons shouldn't be a minister at all. To work for a Country requires historic knowledge that that guy doesn't have, requires a degree of professionality that that guy never even knew existed. I'm Italian which unfortunately means it's also my fault for having people like that representing me, altough I did not vote them. Not that I think the rage sparked in February 2006 by some cartoons published in September 2005 (a decision that shows a serious lack of understanding and responsability from the newspaper editor, anyway) has anything to do with the cartoons really, it's just an excuse to manipulate opinion and create unrest used by people with the usual personal power agenda. I don't see any difference between the Italian minister and the manipulators, they are all the same, just trying to get whatever is it that they want through deception and violence. The same old scheme, repeated over and over all along human history...will we ever learn and change? The difference in the World is between people that have too much and people that have nothing. That's the same in the West, East, Middle-East and wherever else. Religion is a personal choice that should not prevent people from coexist peacefully and together create a better division of wealth and resources to assure dignity to everybody.


posted on: 16 February 2006

UN on Guantanamo

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On the BBC: UN calls for Guantanamo closure
(link to full UN report in PDF)

Finally..although I doubt it's going to make a difference.

Update 2006/02/17: US attacks UN Guantanamo report and
Judge's anger at US torture


posted on: 16 February 2006

Usability testing and SEO

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On Digital Web Magazine: Practical Usability Testing

On Evolt: SEO For The Big Three


posted on: 14 February 2006

Earth images

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Beautiful Earth images:

Earth Globe - Eastern view Earth Globe - Western view


posted on: 13 February 2006

Variable fixed width and front-end architects

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On Clagnut: Variable fixed width

Garret Dimon: Front-End Architects


posted on: 13 February 2006

Like Jesus ?

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On BBC:"I am like Jesus"

It's a difficult one to comment..Napoleon, thing is for sure, the man's ego is incredibly large which means he must have something else incredibly small to compensate for..


posted on: 11 February 2006

Pharaonic tomb find in Egypt and Greek tomb

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On BBC: Pharaonic tomb find (in pictures).

Update 2003/02/13 : Greek tomb find.


posted on: 10 February 2006

Unitless line-heights

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On Meyerweb: unitless line-heights.


posted on: 09 February 2006 and Technorati search forms

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I added two tags search "forms" for and technorati. Since the functioning of the "forms" is based on Javascript, the "forms" are created using the DOM so that, if Javascript is not enabled, they just don't appear.

I use Firefox and I have the search form in the toolbar but when I'm not using my computer I have to go to the web site or type the full address for the search. Now I can do it from anywhere as long as I have access to my web site.


posted on: 08 February 2006

Accessibility mistakes part 2

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On Digital Web: seven accessibility mistakes - part 2
link to the first part


posted on: 07 February 2006

Brothers in arms

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On the Guardian: Brothers in arms.


posted on: 06 February 2006

Metroblogging and Great Design

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Metroblogging is the largest and fastest growing network of city-specific blogs on the Web.

Joel on Software:

"Over the next weeks and months, if all goes well, I'm going to write a series of articles right here, on this website, on UI design for the modern age. The whole series will be, tentatively, named Great Design."


posted on: 05 February 2006

Designing a website

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On A List Apart:

Simple points that need to be remembered because it's easy to underestimate their importance.


posted on: 02 February 2006

The color Blue

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Design Melt Down on the use of Blue on the web.


posted on: 01 February 2006

Accessibility mistakes and IE7 beta 2

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On Digital Web: seven accessibility mistakes - part 1

Also, it's now possible to download a pre-release software of Internet Explorer 7 : Beta 2


CSS,Javascript and Php studies

Anti spam email
A solution to writing an anti spam email contact link
filed under: Javascript
Background image
A background image randomizer that I used in the second version of this site.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
Javascript menu
A menu that uses Javascript and session cookies.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
Experimenting with CSS and Javascript.A simple but, in my opinion, nice navigation “system”. The MiniSite is a one page site.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
Photo display
Protect copyrighted photos: a simple but effective solution.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
Photo gallery
A photo gallery made for a friend
filed under: Javascript
PHP menu
A PHP menu that can be updated without having to re-publish all the pages is on.
filed under: PHP
Pop-up menu
A very simple pop up menu powered by Javascript. It works also if Javascript is disabled.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
RSS feed
How to write and use an RSS feed
filed under: rss-xml
Tag replacer
The Tag replacer explained and a link to it.
filed under: PHP
Tags search
A search form build and powered using Javascript and the DOM
filed under: Javascript