After Wednesday’s new iPhone announcement I should have thought of posting this before today. If you want an iPhone delivered to your door as soon as possible the pre-order process can be an adventure since millions of other people are trying to do the exact same thing at the exact same time. Besides online stores being down, slow, or showing incorrect information (think DDoS), there is one other factor that can drastically affect when you actually get your phone.
Public betas are terrific and makes everyone happy. The public is happy to be able to play with the next version way ahead of everyone else. The system owners are happy to get valuable feedback of beta systems hoisted upon masses without being liable for their quirks, issues, and just plain not-quite-there-yet (see Apple Maps launch with iOS 6). However, after participiating in the iOS 9 Public Beta it feels like a joke to be asked to participate again.
Macintosh Security posted PAC Attacks When Using HTTPS! VPN To The Rescue with more good reasons to use VPN to secure your sensitive internet work. Since everyone already does that or uses only secure networks (right?) I was intrigued by the DNSCrypt information at the bottom to secure my internet address lookups.
Over the years I feel like I’ve learned a thing or two about building new systems. “New systems” is a generic term you can apply to just about anything you do. This could apply to adding a new feature to a car, or coming up with a new idea for an app, or anything in your field of interest or expertise. While the shiny and whiz-bang features get all the attention, none of it matters one bit if the development of this new thing doesn’t start with the following three S’s.
In the age of movie reboots, this is another reboot of my blog.
My personal site was started back in the mid-90s as static html converted to SSI over time and you can still find a glimpse of it here. Then it was converted to Textpattern and languished again which you can see here. Then it was redone in Blogger and after a few posts sat again.
If you are a Smarty expert then this will be very dumb. I knew about the cool Smarty tag, strip, but hadn’t found a really good use for it. When you are using Smarty you are changing the how the HTML is created when the page is loaded. In some cases, how the code is formatted affects how the browser displays it, especially for IE. One of the most common areas I’ve seen this is when formatting using an indented structure and having an image at the end of a block. By having the closing block tag (/div, /td, etc.) on a new line an extra bit of space is added behind or below the image. This extra space is usually noticeable and causes page rendering differences among browsers. Here is an example of this piece of code:
<img src="myimage.gif" alt="" /> </div>
Yeah, I said it. Sales tax. It has to be one of the uglier sides of configuring online shopping carts. Now there are rumblings that some states are going to require that tax be collected by e-tailers for each state, county, city, or municipality. That is a lot of tax. No one seems to really know how it’s supposed to work. Everyone seems to have a different opinion, including accountants. I’m not a tax expert, and work hard at keeping it that way, but I still have to work with it here and there.