Notes on a web journey

posted on: 31 March 2006

Rise and fall?

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On Newsweek: rise and fall

I hope common sense (the fall) will prevail otherwise my Country really deserves what she's going to get.


posted on: 31 March 2006

Logo design

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On Authentic Boredom a nice logo design article by Cameron Moll.


posted on: 27 March 2006

Floats and optimizer

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CSS links:


posted on: 27 March 2006


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I want to write a bookmarklet to copy a quote from another site and save it formatted with a link to it. Just to make things even easier..


posted on: 23 March 2006

Nifty Corners,Yahoo site explorer and WCAG 2.0

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Via Web-graphics: nifty corners by Alessandro Fulciniti

Yahoo's site explorer "allows you to explore all the web pages indexed by Yahoo! Search"

An essential guide to understanding and using
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0


posted on: 22 March 2006


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"The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro"
World Water Day


posted on: 21 March 2006

Terror Insurance

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On the New York Times: terror insurance

Is this the 21st century? Sometimes it feels rather like the 12th century..except for the insurance, which is a modern scam.


posted on: 21 March 2006

Realignments and redesign

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I have been following Simplebits's realignment because that's what I also do. I didn't know it had a name and it was actually something people wrote about. I tend to tweak the layout even if just a few pixels at the time, trying to find the best balance in the position between every "piece" of my site. I'm now trying to modify my logo to give it a less stark appearance, I'd like it a bit softer. So far no joy..The most important thing for me, though, is the clarity of presentation. I get often "lost" looking for posts and articles on many web sites. For example, And All That Malarkey is a site I visit often and every time it takes a lot of scrolling up and down, reading all over the page trying to locate the interesting bits and what's new. A List Apart, it doesn't stay inside my window, it goes out laterally and I have to scroll sideways to read topics and part of the main menu. Many web logs have a recent comments section, confusing for me that surf quite a lot and hand coded all my site, never mind for some occasional user..My point is, content is first, then comes an easy presentation so that anybody visiting the web site for the first time doesn't have to scroll all over the place and read tons of stuff just to understand what is where. I like Simplebits because is fairly straightforward, even if why a notebook? Why not just notes then? Maybe it seems not so clear to me just because English in not my first language. Web-graphics is another easy-to-use web site. Anyway, for me, efficiency is the key word, simple and interesting are the goals.


posted on: 20 March 2006

Third anniversary

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20th of March 2006, third anniversary of the war in Iraq:
the start of the US-led campaign

As in any war, killing and torturing: Secret Unit's "Black Room"


posted on: 19 March 2006

Oxford dictionary

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Useful Oxford dictionary faq


posted on: 18 March 2006

PHP reading list

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Compiled from a variety of online sources by Web application developers in IBM's Global Production Services organization:


posted on: 18 March 2006

Cunning vs. intelligence

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On the Guardian: Berlusconi is the devil

"Berlusconi is a dangerous man to become entrapped with. He deals in the dark sides of Italian political life. His party, Forza Italia, worked tirelessly to ensure that it inherited the mafia vote from the corpse of the Christian Democrats. His financial tentacles have abused and disfigured Italian political life. He regards the law to be malleable, negotiable and corruptible."

To me as an Italian the problem is that Berlusconi was voted by the Italian people even if many knew what he was involved in and how he made his money. In Italy there is a tendency to call a thief "clever" if he's not caught, to confuse cunning and slyness with intelligence. Now we all have to pay the price for this.


posted on: 17 March 2006

Media 2.0

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On UX Magazine: this is Media 2.0


posted on: 15 March 2006


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On the Guardian: invisible city


posted on: 13 March 2006

Font Freedom, Logos of Web 2.0 and Picture Cloud

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On Be A Design Group: five steps to font freedom

On FontShop: The Logos of Web 2.0

Picture Cloud free 360 degrees images.


posted on: 13 March 2006

Install motherboard and CPU

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On Lifehacker: install motherboard and CPU


posted on: 11 March 2006

Low Italy

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The sad Italian reality: Tipping Italy

I live abroad and have no chance to avoid the shame of being associated to what the Italian Government calls its policy. They always say that they represent Italians, I feel offended by what they do and by who is supposed to represent me. People that mistake personal beliefs for a Country point of view. People that ignored a huge amount of citizens in the streets of Rome condemning the war in Iraq, for example. People that consider a Country as a company, to be run by managers. Except I'm NOT an employee of my Country, I'm a citizen, I cannot be fired from being Italian, the people supposedly representing me, on the other end, CAN be fired from their posts, they are employees of all Italians. Unfortunately I don't think there is a chance for people like that to listen or be willing to change because to do that requires too much courage and the choices they make are the result of fear.


posted on: 11 March 2006

Old men rule in aging Italy

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On Reuters: old men rule in aging Italy

A very good article, there should be many more like this, in Italy is almost impossible to do and say anything anymore. The world is changing very fast and Italy is just sitting and watching stuck in a twilight zone.


posted on: 10 March 2006

Lost innovations of Islam

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On the BBC: charting the lost innovations of Islam


posted on: 10 March 2006


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On the BBC: Water policy "fails world's poor"

Water, too often, is taken for granted and wasted. Take the quiz and see what you know about water usage.

Water is a primary necessity, see the hotspots.


posted on: 09 March 2006

New friends

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On the Guardian: Bush's new best friends


posted on: 09 March 2006


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On A List Apart: getting started with AJAX

I have read comments and opinions about AJAX breaking accessibility rules. AJAX is a tool. As such it's not inherently "good" nor "bad" but defined by the the use that it's made of it. A hammer can be used either to build or to destroy a house.


posted on: 08 March 2006


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Mimosa flowers

In these times of confusion is more then ever necessary to remember the struggle of women for their rights. The International Women's Day is not a commercial recurrence but a reminder of the necessity to be together , men and women, to build a better life for everybody.
As it is now:


posted on: 07 March 2006

Replacing trackback and Lightbox gone wild

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On Particletree:

Very nice. I downloaded the files and I'm going to study them to see how it's done.


posted on: 07 March 2006

Netdiver Best of the Year 2005

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Netdiver best of 2005


posted on: 06 March 2006

CSS photo gallery and removing dotted links

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On Sonspring:


posted on: 06 March 2006

Ships locations

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Via ships locations


posted on: 03 March 2006

CSS layouts and web authoring statistics

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Forty layouts based on the same markup, each with valid CSS and HTML, without hacks nor workaround and a good cross-browser compatibility: layout gala

Google code: web authoring statistics


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