Archive for September, 2006

talkdigger, now available

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Talkdigger, a site that written about earlier has emerged from alpha. After exploring the site for a bit, I’ve found it to be a usable resource for tracking links and conversation about a site.

Here is the talkdigger cleverhack tracking page.


Rutgers 5-0

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Rutgers 22 - South Florida 20

[tags]Rutgers, Rutgers Football, Rutgers Alumni[/tags]

Vulcan Everest RSS Crawler

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

If you follow the URL found in the user agent string below, you’ll discover that Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s tech company, Vulcan, is developing a new next generation Web services technology. In other words, some sort of RSS reader service.

Agent: RSS-Reader/0.2 (R&D project;

[tags] RSS, RSS crawler, RSS reader, Vulcan, Everest [/tags]


Monday, September 25th, 2006

From the SeaMonkey home page - it’s a Mozilla derived all in one Web browser, e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC client, and HTML editor.

The SeaMonkey project is a community effort to deliver production-quality releases of code derived from the application formerly known as “Mozilla Application Suite”. Whereas the main focus of the Mozilla Foundation is on Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird, our group of dedicated volunteers works to ensure that you can have “everything but the kitchen sink” — and have it stable enough for corporate use.

Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20060909 Firefox/ Mnenhy/

[tags]Mozilla, SeaMonkey, Web Browser, Email client, Newsgroup client, IRC client, HTML Editor[/tags]

Fantasy Football week 3

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

My starting lineup and bench players for week 3. No LaDainian! I’m little worried about my RB options. This week I’m hoping to stay alive, that Green Bay may pass the ball some and that the Seahawks playing at home will overwhelm the Giants with their noise. And yeah, I think my whole team deserves a Blue Cross/Blue Shield Card for their injury reports.

Also interesting reading is this story in the NY Times Magazine about the story of Michael Oher, an impoverished homeless kid in Memphis TN, and how he made it to being one of the most highly anticipated left tackle prospects.

Starting Players
Pos Player Team Opp Bye Avg Total Last
QB Chad Pennington NYJ @BUF 9 20.0 40 20 Probable (Calf)
RB Ahman Green GB @DET 6 10.5 21 8
RB Brian Westbrook PHI @SF 9 18.0 36 17 Questionable (Knee)
WR Laveranues Coles NYJ @BUF 9 15.5 31 16 Questionable (Calf)
WR Andre Johnson HOU WAS 5 10.5 21 11
TE Alge Crumpler ATL @NO 5 5.0 10 2
PK Shayne Graham CIN @PIT 5 11.5 23 10
Def Seahawks, Team Defense SEA NYG 5 10.5 21 11

Bench Players
Pos Player Team Opp Bye Avg Total Last Inj
QB Tom Brady NE DEN 6 13.0 26 12 Probable (Shoulder)
RB Mike Bell(r) DEN @NE 4 9.5 19 5 Probable (Finger)
RB Thomas Jones CHI @MIN 7 6.0 12 6
RB LaDainian Tomlinson SD bye 22.0 44 24
WR Santana Moss WAS @HOU 8 7.5 15 7
WR Hines Ward PIT CIN 4 6.5 13 2 Probable (Hamstring)
TE Jason Witten DAL bye 3 3.5 7 4
Def Broncos, Team Defense DEN @NE 4 6.5 13 10

Heh, the Eagles-49ers game featured a flea flicker by the Eagles.

[tags]Fantasy Football [/tags]

Get RSS updates with Yahoo Alerts

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Messing around on the Web tonight, I found this nifty Yahoo Alerts service. Yahoo Alerts allows you to receive updates via RSS to your Yahoo Mail, Yahoo IM or Yahoo Mobile account.

And of course, you can try out receiving breaking news such as it’s Saturday night and I just washed my hair cleverhack updates with Yahoo Alerts.

[tags] Yahoo, Yahoo Alerts, RSS, RSS feeds, RSS to Desktop, RSS to IM, RSS to email, RSS to PDA, RSS to Phone [/tags]

Rutgers Football

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

It’s still early in the season, but 4-0 with some overwhelming final scores is quite nice.

Update: I was told by another alumni that Rutgers cracked the AP top 25 poll. Awesome!!!

Here’s a little blurb to warm your Rutgers heart.

Off to its first 4-0 start in more than two decades, Rutgers has reached another milestone: its first national top 25 ranking in 30 years. A day after routing Division I-AA Howard, 56-7, Rutgers was ranked No. 23 in The Associated Press poll yesterday, ahead of Georgia Tech and Missouri. The previous time the Scarlet Knights received a ranking was in 1976, when they finished 11-0 and were ranked as high as No. 17. A year ago, the Scarlet Knights went 7-5 and earned a berth in the Insight Bowl, their first postseason appearance in 27 years. It was Rutgers’ first winning season since 1992.

That winning season in 1992 was my freshman year. And in 1976, I was two years old. That’s how long it’s been.

[tags]Rutgers, Rutgers Football, Rutgers alumni [/tags]

project overview

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Not that I was ever really gone, it’s just that my energies were directed elsewhere. Nice to say that the project went well, at least on my end.

Five observations for you.

1)My CSS skills are getting stronger. I still prefer a mixed environment of tables for quick and dirty horizontal positioning when I just have to get something done. Also, I hope that the CSS3 spec will be implemented and supported sometime in my lifeftime. That would be helpful.

2)One CSS method I used for this project was the hover psuedo-class. My goal was to make buttons that would change color if a user hovered their mouse cursor over them. Easy enough, you would think. As it turns out, it is easy to implement such an idea in Mozilla based browsers as you can set an element hover declaration (i.e. ul li:hover). Of course homie don’t play that in IE 6 - although according to this MSDN document, element hover will be supported in IE 7. IE 6 only supports anchor (the a in an a href) hover. So to make the effect work in IE 6, I did what any other right thinking person would do, I employed spacing to make the anchor cover most of the button.

Yes, I do know that there is javascript which would help with the IE 6 hover issue but the least amount of javascript I have to deploy, the better.

3)Also on this project, I have the opportunity to work with Flash (or, well SWF files to be specific). While I’m not usually patient with editing multimedia, in these SWF files it seems that all you do is edit the appearance, effects and timeline for each individual object. Which is very similar to any other multimedia software including, say, Garageband or iMovie or Audacity.

4)I have made my peace with PhotoShop. Over the past few years, I’ve never really enjoyed using various versions of that program - just too many options to choose and buttons to push, but now I’m at the point where I can say I need X effect and I can execute it in an efficient manner.

5)Last but not least, the upper left hand corner of your page is the most active part of your design. Remember that.

[tags]Web design, CSS, HTML, usability, multimedia, Web browsers [/tags]


Sunday, September 17th, 2006

Feeder/0.2 looks like another in development feed reader/feed aggregator type of service. The originating IP belongs to the creator’s company and the referrer is the creator’s blog.

Http Code: 200 Date: Sep 17 06:28:02 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 25996
Agent: Feeder/0.2

[tags]RSS, RSS reader, RSS aggregator[/tags]

Dear Tom Brady,

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

I know, I know, it’s early in the season and you’ve at least won your matchups so far. But it isn’t enough, not for me at least. I’m sorry to say this, but despite your piercing blue eyes, your endearing Independent voter registration and your Super Bowl rings, you, quite frankly, stink as a fantasy QB. And with that in mind, next week I’m going with someone older, smarter and blonder than you.

His name is Chad and he’s from NY. I’m sorry Tom.

[tags]Fantasy Football[/tags]

Subscription Pages for RSS feeds and Web Bookmarklets

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Two add your RSS feed or Web site to multiple services at the same time subscription pages for you tonight.

FeedButton is the first, with a link which will allow you to subscribe a feed to some of the more popular services. There’s a FeedButton javascript button option that didn’t work too well on an earlier version of this blog post. So here’s the cleverhack FeedButton link.

Taking that subscription page to a not as slickly designed but all encompassing level of thoroughness is Add to Any. Add to Any gets my vote because it offers so much.

The cleverhack Add to Any Bookmark Manager button Add to any service

The cleverhack RSS feed Add to Any RSS Reader button Add to any service

[tags]Add to Any, FeedButton, subscription page, RSS, RSS feed, RSS reader, bookmark manager, Web 2.0 [/tags]

As seen hitting the podcast feed

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Agent: iTunes/7.0 (Windows; N)

iTunes 7 was released today and I’ve noticed a number of people have already upgraded.

[tags]Apple, iTunes, software [/tags]