edit once tweeted

I tried to tweet this but… the Twitter server was down (again). Not even a a whale this time to look at 🙁

All I wanted to say was, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to edit a tweet once it has been tweeted!

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Mootools highlight() driving me mad

Just spent the best part of my Sunday afternoon trying to get what, on the face of it, was a simple task.

Using mootools, I wanted to have a simple highlight effect using highlight() as the mouse rolled over the elements and, when clicked, an ajax call would, asides from making various database checks and modifications, return a new class for the clicked element.

This new (css) class basically defined either a background image or/and a background color.

I had the highlight() call like this:

// highlight elements function
var highlight_it = function(){
  this.highlight(highlight_color);
}

// mouseover effect
clickable.addEvent('mouseover', highlight_it);

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CSS unordered list calendar

CSS unordered list calendarI a currently (finally) working on a new version of my ajax availability calendar.  I created this calender about a year and half ago and, whilst it has been very successful and is being used in many websites around the world, for a long time now I have been promising to create a new version.
see demo

This new version is going to have two primary differences, it will use mootools for the javascript requirements and it will use mostly css for the dates (the current version relies on images which was always going to be a problem) Read the rest of this article »

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Scanner problems with Officejet J4850 – resolved

Officejet J4850My old multifunction printer died on me a couple of weeks back so it was time to get a new one.
This time round I wanted to add a fax to my “want” list so I went for the HP Officejet J4850.
This is probably the smallest of the multifunctions available which was an important factor for my tiny office at home.
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Mootools Expandable Columns

For a current project I am working on I needed an admin tool that consited of 3 columns with dynamic adjustable widths.

Expandable ColumnsSuprisingly, I couldn’t find anything in google (using the mootools library) similar to what I needed so, always up for the challenge, I decided to code one myself.

In the hope that it might be useful to someone else, here is the code that I finally came up with.

See Demo
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Do Panic

As I mentioned in my Switching to Mac post a few days ago, I recently made the jump from PC to Mac, something I should have done years ago.
One of the reasons (other than budget) that I hadn’t done this sooner was my worry about having to learn a new work-flow.  I have been programming for nearly 10 years now and, as you know, hard habits are hard to break.  Clearly changing operating system would mean that I would have to re-learn how to do a lot of things.

One of my main worries was what I was going to edit with.  I have been using Homesite for the best part of the las 8 years (having broken away from dreamweaver as soon as I “saw the light”) and over that time I have become used to the way it works. Read the rest of this article »

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Mootools Drag & Drop & Download

Over recent months I have moved over to using the  mootools javscript library for all my javscript needs.
However, this has not stopped me from helping out when I can on the dhtmlGoodies forum with the scripts there and general javascript questions that users ask there.

Drag & Drop & Download

A couple of days ago somebody post a request about using drag&drop scripts to activate a download.  As an example, they posted a link to Ryan Scherf’s drag & drop download script using the prototype library.
I liked the look of this and, always up for the challenge, wanted to have a go at doing the same using Mootools.

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BBC radio on the mac via widgets

Phantomgorilla.com BBC radio widget

Phantomgorilla.com BBC radio widget

Since getting my mac, I am loving itunes.
I know that it was available for windows, but was always quite happy with windows player so never really looked at itunes.

However, one thing has been bugging me, not with itunes itself, but with the BBC’s lack of support for radio streaming via itunes.
Living outside the UK I have been listening to BBC radio over the internet for years. However I found it rather tedious having to open up the bbc web site everytime I wanted to boot up the radio and, worse still, having to repeat the process everytime the browser crashed (interestingly more often now with Firefox 3.5) so have tried endless “tricks” to get it streamed via itunes with no luck.

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WordPress Version uptade to 2.8

Finally made the jump to WordPress Version 2.8.
Now to find or make a decent template 🙂

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“A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…” switching to Mac

Well, maybe not so long ago and well, to be honest not really that far way, but, back in the UK when I started at Cumbria College of Art and Design (now part of the University of Cumbria) in 1989 my first dabblings with computers was with a Macintosh.

I remember that the college had 4 of them to share between c.400 students.  An unthinkable ratio nowadays no doubt.  But back then few people used them (or even knew what they were for I suspect) and I had one of them pretty much all to myself.  As I was studying graphic design at the time, I spent endless hours learning and working with probably some of the earliest versions of Adobe Pagemaker, Freehand and Photoshop.  All in black & white of course and probably on some ridiculously small screen by modern terms.
Unbelievably I still have some of the work that I did on those macs all those years ago 🙂

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