Notes on a web journey

posted on: 30 June 2005

James Bond vs Austin Powers

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The CIA in Italy saga goes on:

The abduction of Nasr, who court documents say was flown to Egypt and tortured there, threatens to rattle U.S.-Italian relations three months after U.S. troops shot dead an Italian intelligence agent in Iraq without facing disciplinary action.

I don't care much for the relations between US and Italian governments, what leaves me wondering is the fact that it's considered normal and right to kidnap someone anywhere in the world for whatever reason and torture him/her in the name of...I'm not clear in the name of what.

The CIA has broad powers to abduct terrorism suspects overseas and transfer them to third countries under a classified directive signed by President Bush days after the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. officials have said.

Terrorism suspects? Wasn't "Innocent until proven guilty" ? This is VERY dangerous stuff to let happen, these are idiots steering the boat and can only get it stranded. Is the “Might is Right” theory, spiced up by the “No moral comparison” belief..

On to nicer things, Database-driven tree structures with XML and XSLT is an article that I found interesting and has a few useful links.

From this article by Joe Clark came Roger Johanson and Douglas Bowman articles.

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posted on: 29 June 2005

Control arms

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The issue is simple. The unregulated supply of weapons makes it easy for criminals to murder, for soldiers to kill indiscriminately, and for police to arbitrarily take lives. Today's weapons are quicker and more powerful than ever before. And in the wrong hands, faster and more powerful weapons mean more abuse and more wasted lives. It's not just unlawful killings during wartime that is on the increase. Military and security equipment is being misued by soldiers, paramilitaries, and police to kill, wound, and commit terrible atrocities against civilians during peacetime too.

Go to control arms.org

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posted on: 28 June 2005

CSS: workaround vs. hacks

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I agree with Alessandro of web-graphics.com on the topic of CSS hacks. I don't like to use them and I always try to work around them.This is the article, I have to say that the best solution would be to have browsers that render CSS properly..

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posted on: 26 June 2005

(Counter)terrorists?

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..no, it goes on.

Apparently is a matter of procedure, beat them first then ask or ask and then beat them?

This Parmalat stuff is another thing Italy is sadly famous for:

creative accounting..

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posted on: 25 June 2005

Territorial squabbles..

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“They” are apparently chasing each other around:

“They” MUST be watching too many movies..and all of us simple citizens can only hope not to get caught in the professional secret web “they” weave all over. Maybe it's so secret that even “they” have difficulties to see it ?

Is all this idiocy ever gonna end ?

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posted on: 24 June 2005

Microformats

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Microformats have their own site on which there is a link to an explanation of what they are.

Also, May 1st Reboot 2005 is finished.

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posted on: 24 June 2005

Backward Italy

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I'm Italian so I can express my opinion on national politics knowing what I'm talking about (if it's at all possible..):

What I want to say is that all the italians that think that immigrants are criminals should think about when Italians where the immigrants (Germany, France, USA, South America, Australia) and the things that “we” were doing (and sometimes still do) at the time. Also, criminality in Italy is everywhere, it's always been and probably will always be, especially when the government is so corrupt. Those guys asking for castration are supposed to be the leaders of the country and I'm deeply ashamed by the lack of intelligence they display at every turn. A country that has such a long beautiful history should come up with better representatives, should have a deeper understanding of history and change, should inform his own people better on all important issues. Every time I go back to Italy it surprises me how little people know about the real motives behind most of the political choices made by “the world leaders”.

Ultimately, it's just sad how a nation of supposedly great culture can be lowly and hollow.

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posted on: 18 June 2005

Development (?)

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Multimillion contracts to add a wing to the latest American resort:

..and the contractors are the usual suspects..

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posted on: 12 June 2005

' and Internet Explorer

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It's old news, I know, but it's also useful to have a link to the complete ISO Latin-1 Character Set for Internet Explorer 4.0 and later to avoid seeing an ugly ' instead of the intended apostrophe.

For whoever does not know what I'm talking about, Internet Explorer does not support the ' entity added to the XHTML 1.0 specifications (since ' is an XML entity), which means that insted of showing an apostrophe it shows just '

Use ' whenever you need an apostrophe and everything will be all right.

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posted on: 09 June 2005

Link added and deleted

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A link to a “Web Site Promotion Software” was added to my links list on the 7th of June.

I checked it out and it's a commercial web site tool. I don't think that links to commercial web sites belong in my list so I deleted it. I don't know who added it so, if you read this post, I apologize but I prefer to link to non-commercial web sites, people that like design and the web as a free communication tool. I have a warning that I deserve the right of deleting out of place links but I will specify that also links to commercial web sites are not welcome, my mistake for not doing it before.

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CSS,Javascript and Php studies

Anti spam email
A solution to writing an anti spam email contact link
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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
MiniSite
Experimenting with CSS and Javascript.A simple but, in my opinion, nice navigation “system”. The MiniSite is a one page site.
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Photo display
Protect copyrighted photos: a simple but effective solution.
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Photo gallery
A photo gallery made for a friend
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PHP menu
A PHP menu that can be updated without having to re-publish all the pages is on.
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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
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Tag replacer
The Tag replacer explained and a link to it.
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Tags search
A search form build and powered using Javascript and the DOM
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