Earth Hour in Manila

29 03 2008

It’s currently earth hour, and everything is dark.  I’ve decided to participate with the global event.  Using the laptop isn’t considered as having my lights on right?  At least what I understand about the mechanics of the event is that only the lights are to be turned off.


Survey Monkey Blooper

27 03 2008

Survey Monkey Blooper

Make up your minds! Are you affiliated with third-parties or not? Haha.

GGclient.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

30 01 2008

Ever had this problem using GGClient?

GGclient.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Sucks doesn’t it? As soon as you log-in to the program, and it loads the front page, it will show you that error message and close the application.  Some forum posts advise that you just re-install the program and hope it works again.  Well, this didn’t work for me, and it just got me more frustrated than I was before I re-installed the program.

Fortunately, I’ve found a workaround to this problem – and it’s pretty simple.  All you need to do is to click on the “Settings” button just before the error appears.  That’s right, as soon as you log-in and the front page appears, quickly click on the “Settings” button at the upper right of the application, and stay on that dialog for about 30 seconds until the program fully loads.  Click on “Ok” and presto, your problem is solved.

Hate Technology #1: Automated Flush

10 08 2007

One of the things that really frustrate me is the automated flush in toilets.  I mean, okay, it will definitely help with hygiene and keeping the comfort room clean.  But it really gets annoying when the sensors are so sensitive!  Just this night, I was happily attending nature’s call, when that stupid automated flush kept disturbing our meeting.  During the entire session it auto-flushed at least 5 times.  To make things worse, sometimes the water even splashes all the way up (eww, haha).

Even the auto-flushes in the urinals tend to get annoying when it auto-flushes in the middle of my relief, like it’s taking revenge.

Okay, it may help keep comfort rooms clean but it definitely doesn’t help conserve water.

Bad trip.

Quick Tip #4: fValidator – Javascript Form Validator

6 06 2007

For the web developers out there who spend a lot of time doing code on form validation, this little piece of “open-source” script might help. It’s called fValidator and it was created by Fabio Zendhi Nagao.Here’s a little quote from Fabio regarding his script:

Nowadays everybody knows that javascript can be used to validate input data in HTML forms before sending off the content to a server. Despite of that, when there are many fields in the form, the JavaScript validation becomes too complex and boring to code. That’s why fValidator exists, with it form validations are many times easier.

I specifically like the fact that it automatically validates your fields as you type your data – well, actually it’s not as you type, but as you move to other input fields. It also makes use of iMask, which is a tool for masking your input text fields or textarea fields. For instance, if you are expecting an input in this format: _ _ / _ _ / _ _ _ _, the input text field will display those characters as you type (see the attached screen shot for understanding). Aside from displaying those characters, it also restricts the input of letters if you only want numbers, and vice-versa.This tool really becomes helpful if you are creating registration forms for sites, or any other types of form for that matter. I personally am not bothered by using other people’s scripts to make my life easier. It’s really practical.Hopefully one of these days I might be able to contribute my share to the open-source community as well.


5 06 2007

It’s been a while since I last posted an entry here on my blog. That’s just because I’m… well, me – let me explain. You see, I get excited easily, and when I do, I tend to get engrossed with that which I am excited about and leave other things behind. But my excitement has the tendency to easily die down. When I first started this blog, I was really excited and kept posting at least two posts per day. Then I became a post per day. Then a post per week. Then a post per month. Then zero. I may not be making any sense here, but here I am, posting again and the excitement is on once more.

This may not make any sense, so I’ll just go right back at the topic: WordPressDash. WordPressDash is a Dashboard widget for the MacOSX which enables its users to quickly post articles on their wordpress blog, right from their dashboard! It’s a small application, only 84kB in size when zipped.

What’s so cool about it? Well, it’s a dashboard widget! All you need to do to write articles to your blog is to press F12 and start typing right away. No need to load your browser, and then log-in to your blog and all that. However, there are a few set-backs. As of version 0.4, the one I’m currently using, you still can’t put in any styles or any hyperlinks and images. You can assign categories to your article, but you can’t create categories.

Here’s a screenshot:WordPressDash

I guess it can be used to create quick posts which you can then later edit (if you want to insert hyperlink and styles and images) later in the day.

HowTo: Add XGL Compiz like Functions to MacOSX

7 04 2007

Xgl Compiz ScreenshotFor the Linux enthusiasts here, you guys might be familiar with XGL or Compiz composing window manager. It’s basically an eye-candy that makes use of your graphics accelerator card’s power. One of the most popular features of compiz is the ability to switch between desktops or workspaces by showing an animation of a cube rotating. It gives you the illusion that your desktop is actually a cube, with each of the faces representing a workspace.

You can actually have the same effect on a Mac. You need only to download a freeware called Desktop Manager. Although I admit that I am lying here, it doesn’t sport all the features of XGL Compiz, only the part about animating the switch on workspaces and most importantly adding workspaces to your MacOSX. I named the article as such because these are the popular functions of XGL Compiz, at least for me, and that’s what I think people will be searching for.

Here’s Desktop Manager’s description from it’s website:

Desktop Manager is a free virtual desktop manager that places an unobtrusive desktop pager in the menubar and allows fast switching of desktops either with hotkeys or by clicking in the pager. It is designed to be fast, lightweight, and Just Works. It is released under the GNU General Public License.