Notes on a web journey

posted on: 29 August 2005

Meta data

filed under: @ 10:08:13

I came across an interesting article:

" The intent of using a centralized metadata repository as the basis of navigation for a website is to separate business concepts from the content or functionality about those concepts. "

Then, in the news, a staggering scientific discovery:

Well, that's some advanced theory...


posted on: 26 August 2005

WordPress themes

filed under: @ 18:51:00

I switched to the WordPress themes "system", until today I had been using my old template from the previous WordPress version. I wrote my own CSS and modified some code to accomodate my design.

The way it all works is well thought out, easy to understand if you know a bit of XHTML, PHP and CSS and if not there are many ready to use themes to choose from.


posted on: 25 August 2005

ALA 4.0

filed under: @ 11:42:05

A List Apart 4.0 is up and running:

" New design. New structure. New server. New publishing system powered by Ruby on Rails. As the dog days of summer draw to a close, we present A List Apart 4.0 "


posted on: 23 August 2005

Upgraded again (WordPress 1.5.2)

filed under: @ 09:56:46

I upgraded again.

I really hope that I will not have to do it for a while because every time is a pain. I have a dial-up connection, it takes time to download and re-publish everything. Then I must be online to make my site look the way I want and the all thing becomes an expensive process.

I'm seriously thinking of writing my own code and be done with it. I use one tenth of all the WordPress features anyway.

I set up the whole WordPress thing on my local machine so I can work on it without being online..


posted on: 21 August 2005

Web design

filed under: @ 10:56:54

Design in-flight:

" Design In-Flight (DiF) is an online magazine devoted to art and design, be it graphic design, web design, illustration or architecture. Our mission is to entertain and inform, while encouraging dialogue with our readers and the design community. "

Also, check out Glen Murphy and Jeff Han.

Even if I have visited Jon Hicks 's portfolio many times, it is always a pleasure to look at his work and Denis Radenkovic 's.

I haven't been able to watch it because I have a poor-man dial-up connection but , if you have a high speed machine, go ahead and then let me know: the unseen video


posted on: 20 August 2005

I'm very scared now

filed under: @ 12:40:31

Checking out who's visiting my web site I noticed that I have been found by some spooks:

" The open source nature of the Internet poses threats to corporations and can take many forms. As a communications medium, activists use the Internet to plan rallies and boycotts. While some of these activities are peaceful and legal, other more extreme actions can be destructive and even life threatening. Personal information about executives, their families and activities such as travel plans are widely distributed. "

" One enterprise. Hundreds of offices. Thousands of employees and customers. A Sea of Data. Hundreds of thousands of documents. Different languages, topics, classifications, and repositories. Millions of words and images. All day. Everyday. "

Oooh, now I'm very scared..they are onto me, they found out I could be an activist (activist in what?), a threatening savage, ready to jump all corporate executives (never met one..) and bite their ass..getting probably poisoned in the act..

Actually the fact that companies like those exist is pretty sad. They are like vultures, taking advantage of scared corporate (or whatever) sissies and getting money out of them. But that is not the point either, everyone is free to give his money away, the point is that the simple existence of those companies is proof that the causes of "discomfort" are not addressed, only the effects. Doing so, there is always need for "treatments" because the problem doesn't get solved.

As far as I'm concerned, the only thing I threaten to do is using my brain instead of letting it be blindly influenced. Of that I'm proud, even if I manage to do it only sometime.


posted on: 16 August 2005

Security (php,MySQL and more)

filed under: @ 09:15:58

PHP Security Consortium :

" Founded in January 2005, the PHP Security Consortium (PHPSC) is an international group of PHP experts dedicated to promoting secure programming practices within the PHP community. Members of the PHPSC seek to educate PHP developers about security through a variety of resources, including documentation, tools, and standards. In addition to their educational efforts, the PHPSC engages in exploratory and experimental research in order to develop and promote standards of best practice for PHP application development "

Tech Tips is "a collection of tips on a very wide-ranging list of topics", digitalparadox is about all kinds of security problems, securityfocus is "the most comprehensive and trusted source of security information on the Internet", hackerscenter "group is aimed at researching into web applications security field".


posted on: 13 August 2005

Starving on Mars ?

filed under: @ 09:54:45

Still thinking about the article on hunger in Africa which I posted about yesterday:

Even if there is a scientific return from all that money spending, I still think health care and education on Earth should be of a higher priority then checking out Mars and flying around space. Why don't we fix our planet before we go destroying others? And, last but not least, the contractor is basically the largest "defense contractor" (arms manufacturer) of the world:

An excerpt from the Wiki on Lockheed Martin:

" Lockheed Martin won the contract to build the Joint Strike Fighter in 2001 with its X-35 design. This is the most important fighter aircraft procurement project since the F-16, with an initial order of 3,000 worth $200bn before export orders "

That's it, 200 billion dollars, they only need to find another 100 and they'll be able to halve the number of starving children in Africa by 2015. Well, since we (human beings) are obviously NOT an intelligent form of life maybe on Mars we'll meet one..and probably proceed to blast it into thousands of pieces.


posted on: 12 August 2005

Occupation, hunger and war budget

filed under: @ 14:43:42

An interesting article: It is not only Iraq that is occupied

Then this:

From the above article:

" In order to reach the target of halving hunger by 2015, at least $303bn (£167bn) must be invested - a prospect the report describes as daunting "

So I went looking around and these are some of the facts I found:

" Yet the costs for Pentagon operations are likely to pile up in years ahead. By 2010, war expenses might total $600 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Much depends on when - and how many - US military personnel can be withdrawn from the Iraqi theater of operations "

" The best analysis of the US military costs of a war in Iraq is the one provided by Professor William Nordhaus. His estimates, based on work from the Congressional Budget Office and others, suggests that the cost of a short and successful war would be around US$50 billion. Professor Nordhaus estimates that if the war became a matter of protracted urban warfare, then the US military costs would climb to about US$140 billion. It is important to note that these costs are for the conflict itself and do not include any consideration of the, likely larger, costs of peacekeeping after the conflict "

Now, how come that it's apparently possible to find all that money to spend on a war but it becomes a daunting prospect if the money is to be spent on starving children?


posted on: 10 August 2005

Cheat sheets

filed under: @ 20:51:49

I found cheat sheets for Javascript, CSS, MySQL, mod_rewrite,PHP and an RGB Hex colour chart:

They all come in PNG or PDF format "designed to be printed on an A4 sheet of paper and live by a developers desk".



posted on: 09 August 2005

Site navigation menu

filed under: @ 18:06:58

After six months I noticed that the nav menu wasn't behaving as supposed..

The links were meant to appear as plain text and red when on their target page but an error in the code was preventing it. I have fixed the error and updated the script in the studies page.


posted on: 08 August 2005

Serpent eagles

filed under: @ 18:58:40

I took a few pics of two serpent eagles flying over the house. I have published one in the usual place in the menu column, the other it's here:

Two serpent eagles - Bali


posted on: 07 August 2005


filed under: @ 15:36:16

From Dave Shea article on ALA titled:

about a CSS technique that makes use of the hover state to:

by Bryan that extends it to use the active state.


posted on: 06 August 2005


filed under: @ 20:24:11

Maybe to remember could help to change. The thinking behind the bombing it's still alive and kicking, let's hope that it's possible to learn from mistakes..


posted on: 04 August 2005

Updated to WordPress

filed under: @ 10:52:54

I just finished updating to WordPress I got hacked in twice (through that XMLRPC file) so I had no choice. Using a modem connection it took quite a while to download the new files, delete the old files and then upload again the all thing..

Once I'm finally done I check out how my index page looks and...there is nothing, not even one single tag showing. After much looking around I found out that I had to erase

 < ?php include(ABSPATH . 'wp-comments.php'); ?>

and replace it with

 < ?php comments_template(); ?> 

Now, so far, everything works.


posted on: 02 August 2005


filed under: @ 09:57:41

I have found the explanation to what happened to my index page a few days ago:

WordPress has in the meanwhile released a new version of their software, I suppose I could just upgrade it. It seems, though, that doing that I will also have to re-do all the templates (basically the way my index page looks). I have very little time so I'll see if it's possible to upgrade without messing with the appearance of my site.


posted on: 01 August 2005

Footnotes and mouse over

filed under: @ 11:47:31

Interesting technique:

This mouseover effect is also interesting because simple:


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