Weekly Roundup - June 9th 2008

Posted June 9th, 2008 in Weekly Roundup

This is my weekly roundup for the week of June 2nd to June 8th 2008, where I look back at the posts I made over the past week as well as useful and interesting articles on other websites and blogs that I might have read.

Articles posted on my blog

I posted twice on Thursday (first time I've ever posted two articles in one day) because my marathon pics were finally available but I didn't want to scare off my regular LAMP readers with too many running posts so thought I'd better do one of each.

Monday: Weekly Roundup - June 2nd 2008
Tuesday: Christchurch Marathon 2008
Wednesday: phpMyAdmin "operation could take a long time" message
Thursday: Christchurch Marathon 2008 Photos & Using "group by" and "having" with MySQL
Friday: Dreamhost Promo Codes and Vouchers
Saturday: Which browsers support which versions of Javascript
Sunday: View email message headers in Outlook 2007

Interesting articles found offsite


Six Revisions posted 25 Excellent Ajax Techniques and Examples, including an Ajax RSS reader, a quick calendar using Ajax and PHP, an Ajax rating widget, and Ajax auto-completer tutorial.


cssglobe.com posted "tablecloth", a lightweight, easy to use, unobtrusive way to add style and behaviour to your html table elements. The example on the page demonstrates the useful effects you can use.

Antonio Lupetti posted "beautiful CSS buttons with icon set" on his Woork blog.


bytes.com had an article explaining database normalization and table structures.


Asus has demonstrated their new Eee Box, which is based on their Eee PC subnotebook.


Microsoft's IIS web server finally gets a rewrite module with IIS 7. Ruslan Yakushev posted how to use the URL Rewrite Module in IIS 7 on learn.iis.net

Internet Explorer

A full featured Internet Explorer 8 beta #2 is planned for release in August, as reported by the New Zealand Herald. There is not yet an official release date for the final version of Internet Explorer 8. Here's the blog post from the official IEBlog as well.


84bytes.com posted a list of some large popular sites that use jQuery and 3 modal dialog boxes.


Linux Journal posted how to use brace expansion in the bash shell with several examples.

The How To Geek posted how to disable Ctrl+Alt+Backspace from Restarting X Windows, should you have some need to do this (for example on an Internet kisok or similar, although you'd be wanting to lock down a lot more than just Ctrl+Alt+Backspace).

The Ubuntu Geek posted how to enable the universe and multiverse repositories in Ubuntu using GUI (graphical user interface) tools. There are screenshots of each step in the process. The universe and multiverse repositories are official Ubuntu repositories, with safe, well-tested programs. The only difference between them and the repositories enabled by default is that the universe and multiverse repositories are maintained by the Ubuntu community rather than by paid Ubuntu developers.

And the Ubuntu Geek also posted how to install KDE 4.1 beta 1 in Ubuntu/Kubuntu 8.04


The MySQL Performance Blog has a list of tools for monitoring MySQL, such as maatkit, mysqlreport, vmstats and mysqlsla.


Watching the Net posted how to backup your RSS subscriptions in Google Reader.

Search Engines

Google's Webmaster Central blog posted how Google defines IP delivery, geolocation and cloaking. These are useful notes to read through if you change your content depending on user's IP addresses etc.

SQL Server

lessthandot posted links to good SQL Server articles.


Watching the Net posted how to open a command prompt when installing Windows XP. This allows you to run other apps like the taskmanager and windows explorer which you can then use to browse the install CD, computer and network.

The How To Geek posted how to open a command prompt from the right click menu in Windows Vista.

Other Stuff

Stefan Grothkopp posted Goosh - the unofficial Google shell. Goosh lets you do searches etc using a CLI (command line interface) style web page. It is not an official Google product.

StationStops.com posted a list of 10 tips for working from home.


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