Weekly Roundup - August 4th 2008

Posted August 4th, 2008 in Weekly Roundup

This is my weekly roundup for the week of July 28th to August 3rd 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. I've been really busy the last few weeks getting the JK Kids Gear website finished off so haven't had much time to write new blog posts and keep falling behind. Therefore I didn't have any new posts on Saturday or Sunday, whereas my aim is to have a new post for each day of the week.

Articles posted on my blog

Monday: Weekly Roundup - July 28th 2008
Tuesday: Upper case and lower case strings with MySQL
Wednesday: List stored procedures with MS SQL Server
Thursday: 303 redirect with PHP
Friday: Monthly Roundup - August 2008
Saturday: No post
Sunday: No post

Interesting articles found offsite


Following up their "A Small Design Study of Big Blogs" post from last week, Smashing Magazine this week had further findings, looking at structure (where the navigation is, how many posts on the start page, etc), advertisements (how many per page, in the content area or not), functionality (social buttons, rss feeds, tag clours, pagination etc), and then a survey conclusion showing the most commonly used of these.

Free Fonts

Smashing Magazine posted some more free fonts: Fertigo Pro and FF Nuvo.

Free Icons

acomment.net and Developer Fox posted links to many free icon sets. I've seen a lot of these before (Smashing Magazine regularly posts links to free fonts and icons but it's always useful to post more. As always, check out how free the icon sets really are before using them in your commercial projects.


PC World USA posted a positive review of the ASUS Eee PC 1000 which started shipping around mid July. It has a 10 inch 1024x600 screen resolution and its keyboard is 92% of the size of a regular laptop keyboard, making it a fair bit bigger than in the older Eee PC models.


Joomla 1.5.5 was released, containing a number of bug fixes and improvements.


The jQuery Hotkeys Plugin lets you easily add and remove handlers for keyboard events anywhere in your code supporting almost any key combination. It takes one line of code to bind/unbind a hot key combination. It works with Safari, Opera, Firefox and IE.


The much anticipated KDE 4.1 was released on July 29th. Read the release announcement on the KDE website, and more about here at Linux.com and Ars Technica and discussions at Slashdot and OSNews. Softpedia posted how to install KDE 4.1 on Ubuntu 8.04.


The "House of Lan" posted a shell script for backing up MySQL and your files using rsync. The script supplied backs up to a mounted disk or USB device etc but it can easily be modified to rsync the files to a remote server if you have shell access.

Ars Technica posted an article showing how to install Ubuntu on an Eee PC using the SD slot and replacing the default customised version of Xandros.

makeuseof.com posted an introduction to the Linux command line, asking what it is, why you should use it and some of the stuff you can do from the Linux command line.


Antonio Lupetti posted some code for a news ticker with horizontal scrolling using Mootools on his Woork blog.


The MySQL Performance Blog posted how to convert tables to InnoDB.


Nettuts posted an introduction to PHP, giving a brief overview of what PHP is and some of the basics, and then offsite links to some other introdcutory articles.

Akash Mehta at DeveloperTutorials.com posted how to use cURL with PHP to download multiple pages simultaneously. This can be a real time saver if you need to download many pages at once.


phpMyAdmin was released as a bugfix-only release with security fixes. Read the security advisory here; it affects all versions prior to 2.11.8.


PHPTAL 1.1.13 was released with a few fixes and cleanups. PHPTAL is a templating engine for PHP5 that implements Zope Page Templates syntax.


PostgresOnline.com posted a cheatsheat for backing up and restoring postgres databases.

Red Hat

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.7 was released featuring a number of fixes and enhancements for the 4.x branch of RHEL. Read the release announcement and release notes on the Red Hat website.


Blogging Tips n Tricks posted links to 20 RSS Readers. These appear to all be web based readers.

Search Engines

The new cuil.com (pronounced "cool") search engine was launched. It's been put together by a group of ex-Google workers with the aim of challenging Google in the search market. There's been a lot of hype about this new search engine which should help it get at least some amount of market share. The search results are laid out in quite a different way from traditional results so go take a look.

Cuil has had a lot of negative press since its launch and a Yahoo exec even made Yuil, a skin for Yahoo! which looks like Cuil. Read more about this at Techcrunch.


Peter Jalbert at GoogleTutor.com posted how to have Google Analytics email stats to you automatically. This can be a real time saver because it means you don't need to log into Analytics each day to check your stats.

dev102.com posted how to track clickthroughs with Google Analytics. The only issue I can see with the method presented on this page is that it uses the Javascript onclick() event, which can be triggered on a right-click as well as a left-click. So although the user may not actually click off the page on right-click it will still be tracked. I've also found in the past from my own testing that if you middle click a link to open the link in a new tab/window then it doesn't execute the Javascript onclick handler.

Web Services

Roshan Bhattarai posted a summary of the different types of web services: SOAP, XML-RPC and REST.


Watching the Net posted how to have Windows expand control panel items in the start menu instead of the default behaviour which is to open up a new window with the items listed.


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