24 Jul

A List Apart – Prefix or Posthack

In terms of repetition and annoyance, yes, the two are very much alike. But they’re fundamentally different in this way: Prefixes give us control of our hacking destiny. In the past, we had to invent a bunch of parser exploits just to get inconsistent implementations to act the same once we found out they were inconsistent. It was a wholly reactive approach. Prefixes are a proactive approach.

via A List Apart – Prefix or Posthack. This is an interesting opinion but I see the logic, eliminates the possibility of broken CSS styles as browsers change and create new standards and abilities.

24 Jul

Friendly Atheist – An Iowa College’s Response to Blasphemy Day

This is why Blasphemy Day is so important and why I’m now such a strong supporter of it.

It’s not about mocking religion or calling a believer names.

It’s about the freedom of speech and the idea that religion (along with other strongly-held beliefs) should be open to criticism.

No one should be able to silence you because they don’t like what you say.

via Friendly Atheist – An Iowa College’s Response to Blasphemy Day. Couldn’t agree more.

23 Jul

APOD – The Crown of the Sun

During a total solar eclipse, the Sun’s extensive outer atmosphere, or corona, is an inspirational sight. Subtle shades and shimmering features that engage the eye span a brightness range of over 10,000 to 1, making them notoriously difficult to capture in a single photograph. But this composite of 7 consecutive digital images over a range of exposure times comes close to revealing the crown of the Sun in all its glory. The telescopic views were recorded from the Isla de Pascua Easter Island during July 11’s total solar eclipse and also show solar prominences extending just beyond the edge of the eclipsed sun. Remarkably, features on the dim, near side of the New Moon can also be made out, illuminated by sunlight reflected from a Full Earth.

via APOD – The Crown of the Sun. What you wind up with is a remarkably beautiful image.

18 Jul

CakeFest

CakeFest is the official conference for CakePHP. Thanks to my work with Smartfield in building and launching CropInsight I’ll be attending CakeFest this year in Chicago from September 2nd through the 5th.

CakePHP is a fantastic web development framework that I absolutely love working with every single day. CropInsight is a web application built using CakePHP, jQuery and a whole lot of sweat and time. Not only do I work with CakePHP for my full-time job, I also use it for personal projects, it’s a great tool for PHP developers. Trey Reynolds and I will get to spend time learning more about the inner magic of Cake and hopefully helping the core developers of Cake learn more about one of their users.

Photo Credit from Flickr user: koyhoge.

18 Jul

THINQ.co.uk – TV business kisses HDMI goodbye

Designed by a coalition of consumer electronics manufacturers, including Sony, Samsung, LG and Valens, HDBaseT promises to not only carry video and audio signals, but also provide a network connection, a USB signal and even electricity using a single cable.

You won’t even need to buy a fancy new cable to use it. According to the HDBaseT specification chart, you can "use existing network wiring" with a standard Cat5e/6 LAN cable and an RJ-45 connector. The HDBaseT Alliance, which is made up of the aforementioned electronics companies, has just finalised version 1.0 of the spec, and says it will be available for licensing within the second half of this year.

via THINQ.co.uk – TV business kisses HDMI goodbye. This would be awesome, I love the idea of two things, first a single cable to carry everything and second is that it’s a cable already in use. However, just about every 6 months I read another story of a new standard that never goes pass the concept phase.

18 Jul

Internet Systems Consortium – ISC Praises Momentous Step Forward in Securing the Domain Name System

ISC joined other key participants of the internet technical community in celebrating the achievement of a significant milestone for the Domain Name System today as the root zone was digitally signed for the first time. This marked the deployment of the DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) at the top level of the DNS hierarchy and ushers the way forward for further roll-out of DNSSEC in the top level domains and DNS Service Providers.

The DNS Security Extensions, DNSSEC, extends standard DNS to prove data came from an authoritative source and has not been modified, thwarting the so called ‘man-in-the-middle attack’ and enabling the development of more secure internet applications and transaction processing. DNSSEC adds new resource records and message header bits which can be used to verify that the received DNS data matches the original data, and has not been altered in transit.

via Internet Systems Consortium – ISC Praises Momentous Step Forward in Securing the Domain Name System. This is an important step towards the security of the internet. DNS is the basic address system of the internet and DNSSEC essentially allows for addresses to be validated and ensure that the website you are going to, is the correct web site.

12 Jul

Boing Boing – Brazil’s copyright law forbids using DRM to block fair use

It’s a fine and balanced approach to copyright law: your software locks have the power of law where they act to uphold the law. When they take away rights the law gives, they are themselves illegal.

via Boing Boing – Brazil’s copyright law forbids using DRM to block fair use. Finally some balanced copyright and DRM laws.

11 Jul

Wired.com – With World Watching, Wikileaks Falls Into Disrepair

Would-be whistle-blowers hoping to leak documents to Wikileaks face a potentially frustrating surprise. Wikileaks’ submission process, which had been degraded for months, completely collapsed more than two weeks ago and remains offline, in a little-noted breakdown at the world’s most prominent secret-spilling website.

via Wired.com – With World Watching, Wikileaks Falls Into Disrepair. What a failure, Wikileaks really is a great resource for transparency.

08 Jul

A List Apart – Never Use a Warning When you Mean Undo

Merely removing warnings doesn’t save our work from peril, but using an “undo” function does. Let me say that again: The solution to our warning woes is undo. With a robust undo, we can close our work with reckless abandon and be secure in the knowledge that we can always get it back. With undo, we can make that horrible “oops!” feeling go away by getting our work back.

via A List Apart – Never Use a Warning When you Mean Undo. Rather than use a warning consider using the ability to just undo. Less hassle to do the action and easy to fix in the case of a mistake.

08 Jul

Stack Overflow – Flash CS4 refuses to let go

I have a flash project; it has many source files. I have a fairly heavily-used class, call it Jenine. I recently (and, perhaps, callously) relocated Jenine from one namespace to another. I thought we were ready – I thought it was time. The new Jenine was better in every way – she had lost some code bloat, she had decoupled herself from a few vestigial class relationships, and she had finally come home to the namespace that she had always secretly known in her heart was the one she truly belonged to. She was among her own kind.

via Stack Overflow – Flash CS4 refuses to let go. It gets even better.