]> tangent's blog http://www.intraplanar.net/blog/1 en Tabbed browsing comes of age http://www.intraplanar.net/node/45 <p>It looks like tabbed browsing will finally get the usability boost it needs in Firefox 1.0. A recent check-in adds the needed ability to open links from either a webpage or from an external application in a new tab instead of in a new window.</p> <p>I can finally feel good about not working on the <a href="/project/tabprefs/">Tabbrowser Preferences extension</a>. I had hoped this functionality would be added eventually anyway.</p> Sat, 2 Oct 2004 13:08:59 -0500 Drupal hacking http://www.intraplanar.net/node/41 <p>I am running the devel version of <a href="http://drupal.org/">Drupal</a> and I have necessarily been making lots of code tweaks to get it up to par. If you have encountered any bad links or other strangeness, that is the reason.</p> <p>The next release of Drupal promises to be much better than the current version which is why I am going through the pain right now. The final release should be much less problematic than what I have now. In the meantime, bear with me.</p> Mon, 27 Sep 2004 18:17:13 -0500 Up for debate http://www.intraplanar.net/node/29 <p>What's the sign of a good relationship? Bitter, endless arguments of course! At least it works for <a href="http://www.thingsmygirlfriendandihavearguedabout.com/">this guy</a>. <q cite="http://www.mil-millington.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/indexfaq.html">...the secret of a successful relationship is to become irretrievably embroiled in a bitter struggle to the death.</q></p> <p>The most disturbing part is that I don't really disagree. While I consider myself quite lucky in most regards, it is rather impressive how Mil so eloquently describes many of the same conversations that I have had. In particular, I think the following quote will strike home with most of us.</p> <blockquote cite="http://www.thingsmygirlfriendandihavearguedabout.com/"><p>Margret jack-knifes from argument to argument, jigs direction randomly and erratically like a shoal of Argument Fish being followed by a Truth Shark. It's fearsomely difficult to land a blow because by the time you've let fly with the logic she's not there anymore.</p></blockquote> Thu, 16 Sep 2004 21:47:53 -0500 CSS input opacity exploit http://www.intraplanar.net/node/26 <p>Peter-Paul Koch recently published an <a href="http://www.quirksmode.org/dom/inputfile.html">article</a> on <a href="http://www.quirksmode.org/">Quirksmode.org</a> explaining how to use the CSS3 "opacity" style (or equivalent proprietary opacity styles) to change the appearance of file input form fields. While the technique presented in the article might appeal to designers, it also demonstrates a security vulnerability which apparently exists in most modern browsers and which should be fixed.</p> <p>The article explains how the text box and browse button elements of a <span style="font-family:monospace;white-space:nowrap;">&lt;input type="file"&gt;</span> form element can be replaced with similar graphics. The problem is that a malicious webpage could easily replace the input with a different kind of graphic, one which could deceive the user into unknowingly uploading a file.</p> Mon, 13 Sep 2004 21:00:21 -0500 New CMS http://www.intraplanar.net/node/23 I've been working on switching my <abbr title="weblog">blog</abbr> from <a href="http://www.nucleuscms.org/">Nucleus</a> to a more full featured <abbr title="content management system">CMS</abbr> called <a href="http://www.drupal.org/">Drupal</a>. There are a lot of things to like about Drupal, and a few small issues as well. I am still working on migrating my existing content into the CMS as well as updating the site theme. There are some issues but I'll hopefully get everything working smoothly soon. Mon, 13 Sep 2004 14:59:00 -0500 BJCP style guideline update is published http://www.intraplanar.net/node/14 <p>After a lot of hard work, I've reformatted the style guidelines in XML and generated newly formatted html pages. I am happy to say that the pages validate as XHTML 1.0 strict and are much more accessible and easy to navigate now. I took the opportunity to mark up abbreviations and create hyperlinks between the styles.</p> Sat, 4 Sep 2004 13:09:43 -0500 Preaching security to banks http://www.intraplanar.net/node/13 <p>I feel somewhat lucky in that my bank supports, to some extent, browsers other than MSIE. My one complaint is that printing in any other browser sucks.</p> <p>There is a "print" feature offered following transactions (e.g., bill payments, transfers) that prints a nice transaction report. Attempting to use this feature in <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/">Mozilla Firefox</a> or any other Mozilla browser may cause it to hang or at best simply leave you with a bad print job in your print spooler. Printing the entire webpage works of course, but I end up with a lot of garbage on multiple pages which I would prefer to avoid. Because of this small issue I usually just switch to IE for my online banking. No More!</p> Mon, 30 Aug 2004 21:13:31 -0500 Driving sucks but the Midwest doesn't http://www.intraplanar.net/node/12 I returned from my trip to Indiana and Wisconsin early tuesday morning, and it took me most of this week to recover. I ended up driving over 2000 miles (3200 km) in total and I felt like a wreck by the time I got back. The trip was largely successful though. I picked up several New Glarus beers and some interesting imports. Fri, 27 Aug 2004 17:04:54 -0500 Great lakes beer run http://www.intraplanar.net/node/11 <p><a href="http://www.newglarusbrewing.com/beers/belgian.html" style="float:right;margin-left:1em;"><img src="http://www.newglarusbrewing.com/images/l_belgian.gif" width="114" height="128" alt="New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red" /></a>I'm off on a beer run in Indiana and Wisconsin this weekend. I am hoping to pick up some <a href="http://www.newglarusbrewing.com/beers/belgian.html">New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red</a> (and perhaps their raspberry tart). If this beer is anywhere near as good as <a href="http://ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=7688&amp;Show=0&amp;SortedBy=2">others make it sound</a>, it's going to be great. I think I'll also be picking up some <a href="http://www.threefloyds.com/">Three Floyds</a> beer along with whatever else looks interesting. </p> Thu, 19 Aug 2004 01:31:57 -0500 What's on tap? http://www.intraplanar.net/node/10 <p>Well, I've finally managed to fill my beer fridge. I have 5 kegs of 4 different beers on tap: a pale ale, a Witbier, and 2 porters. It feels good to have a selection of draft beer to choose from again.</p> <p>Last time I had any amount of beer in the fridge I ended up drinking almost everything before I brewed again so the delay factor was pretty distressing. I have to remember not to let that happen again.</p> Tue, 17 Aug 2004 11:28:34 -0500 Hello World! http://www.intraplanar.net/node/9 <p>I'm finally getting this set up. Please ignore the bad layout and any weirdness until I can clean up further.</p> Thu, 16 Sep 2004 12:59:12 -0500