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Pop-up blocker in Firefox

I’ve heard that Firefox’s pop-up blocker could be worked around, and W3 Schools have decided to do it. Bloody annoying…. Time to use an alternative?

Update: Wait – it has stopped happening…?

Roseneath, Wellington, Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

Browser testing machine is working!

I bought an old celeron on the most excellent trade me and tried the experiment again… so far so good – IE 3, 5, 5.5 and 6 all playing together. I’m a little worried about IE 4 – but I will check out its error message tomorrow.

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

World Bank Madness

Some mornings you wake up and the world is even madder than it was the previous day. Yesterday I couldn’t believe it when I heard the news that Paul Wolfowitz had been nominated to head the World Bank. An attempt by the Bush administration to further dominate weak developing countries? If I was from Mars I would think it odd to suggest appointing the current Deputy Defence Secretary to such an important development role. From the Independent Newspaper:

So far, the US has shut the World Bank out of the reconstruction process in Iraq, a decision in which Mr Wolfowitz was almost certainly involved. Much of his credibility in the new job is likely to rest on his ability to bring the World Bank back into that process.

And, the last word to z-magazine:

The respected liberal economist Joseph Stiglitz did bring a fresh air of dissidence to the Bank, but he was quickly shown the door out. That became a typical play during Jim Wolfensohn’s regime at the bank. Other independent-minded people were kicked out or told to tone down their analysis. With Wolfowitz at the helm, the bank’s climate is likely to get worse, not better.”

Roseneath, Wellington, Thursday, March 17th, 2005

Browser testing part two

Yes, Windows 2000 runs OK on a Pentium 166, but don’t try patching it with service pack 4 or 6 – that will srew it. ‘Page down’ on a website took about 10 seconds…. Back to the drawing board!

Roseneath, Wellington, Thursday, March 17th, 2005

Browser testing

I’m setting up a browser testing machine on an old Pentium 166 (with a respectable 64 meg of RAM). Incredibly, I’ve managed to install Windows 2000 on it, and it seems to run quite well.

In terms of browsers, I initially went straight to evolt.org’s browser archive, but then I discovered an article about running multiple versions of IE on a single machine.

I’m getting a network card for the PC today, and then I’ll ‘give it a go’. If it actually works, it should be much simpler than having a multiple boot machine with different versions of Windows 95/98…..

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

WOMAD in Taranaki

WOMAD 2005

WOMAD Festival in New Plymouth.

Roseneath, Wellington, Monday, March 14th, 2005

WOMAD in Taranaki

Off to the WOMAD festival this weekend. Another three days of music, portaloos and ‘festival people’. No tenting this time – we’re staying on a Marae. Can’t wait!

Roseneath, Wellington, Friday, March 11th, 2005

Marlborough Food and Wine Festival

Forgot to mention that I went down to the Marlborough Food and Wine Festival the other weekend. Drank too much wine and had the mooother of all hangovers the next day, but it was worth it to catch up with some great friends and sample some fine wine. Tash was photographed for the local paper too.

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, March 1st, 2005

Wellington Web Standards Group

Attended the Web Standards Group meeting on Thursday. The speakers (John Allsopp, Jonathan Mosen and Russ Weakley) were great, and it was fascinating to watch Jonathan, who is blind, surf the web using a speech reader. Accessibility was no longer an academic issue – seeing it used was an accessible-design affirming moment!

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, March 1st, 2005

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