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Archive for April, 2005

An ode to IE 4

My cross browser machine runs 5 different versions of IE and is a great lad.

Although some of us thought that IE 4 was a bloated hunk of resource gobbling junk when it was released, it has stood the test of time remarkably well. I’m glad that it’s rare to see an IE4 entry in one’s site usage statistics, but I still like to test my sites in IE4 if possible. I’m generally happy how they come out too – a bit wonky, but usable and retaining the overall visual gist of the site. And we’re talking sites that are completely tableless and all CSS…. no browser sniffers, no tricks, and all browsers using the same stylesheet.

I never thought I’d say this – wait for it – but well done to the developers of IE 4 for their attempt at an implementation of a standards rendering browser. A shame that the momentum of this initiative was lost. Also, it’s too bad about the predatory business practices of Microsoft, but hey.

Roseneath, Wellington, Saturday, April 2nd, 2005

Busy busy…

Not much time for bucketFountain at the moment. Have just launched my first big (by my standards) PHP/MySQL site for a client in the UK. The application is OK. I mean, its all CSS, it’s generally fully compliant and accessible HTML, but as its also a CMS so I need to catch a few more things in the way of user input to make sure that it stays that way. Then maybe I’ll post a link here….

Happily I have found a work around for the IE4 issue I was having on my cross browser machine. Simply open URL’s by using ctrl + L, rather than typing them in address bar. I declare that running multiple versions of IE on one machine not only possible but freaking easy (thanks to the fine efforts of sidesh0w and skyzyx)!

National Radio’s Morning Report celebrated its 30th birthday on Friday, and I was surprised to learn that the most excellent Geoff Robinson has been there since the beginning. Well done – I grew up listening to that programme.

Sadly, Papa in Roma is near to the end. Sad although this is, surely we should be paying a little more attention to the appointment of Wolfowitz to the World Bank. He aims to get ‘real success’ in reducing poverty. And with no strings attached, I bet….

Roseneath, Wellington, Saturday, April 2nd, 2005


Chinese Pagoda
This was a gift from New Plymouth’s sister city in China. It rocks. You will find it next to the botanic gardens


Offshore open air nuke testing, and look at the UFO in the sky obviously overseeing the test

Not just a myth, the radiation men live under Mount Taranaki

Not just a myth, the radiation men live under Mount Taranaki

Roseneath, Wellington, Saturday, April 2nd, 2005


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