Weekly Roundup - November 24th 2008

Posted November 24th, 2008 in Weekly Roundup

This is my weekly roundup for the week of November 17th to 23rd 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

- Weekly Roundup - November 17th 2008

- Links roundup November 18th 2008
- Zend Framework 1.7.0 released

- Get the class name and parent class name in PHP

- 5 PHP job and programming experience tips

- Running Update November 21st 2008
- Windows XP Update includes Internet Explorer 7

- Opening a new window with Javascript

- Google search changes 22nd November 2008

Interesting articles found offsite


WpRecipes looked at how to display Adsense ads to search engine visitors only in Word Press, based on the assumption that repeat visitors to your website don't click on ads but search engine visitors to. The code on this post will work in any PHP website, not just Word Press. Note, as per the comments, if you have any form of caching enabled it's not going to work as expected and it may be better to implement something like this in Javascript.


Antonio Lupetti posted a list of 10 free content management systems on his Woork blog, looking away from the more popular ones such as WordPress, Joomla, Mambo etc. Some of the ones on his list are Frog CMS, Liferay, ImpressCMS and the New Zealand based SilverStripe.


Jacob Gube at Six Revisions posted about Resetting Your Styles with CSS Reset looking at the reasons behind doing a CSS reset, tips and best practices, and some further reading.

Robert Nyman posted why inline CSS and Javascript code is such a bad thing, explaining what it is, why it's bad, how you should develop and finally asked "what about the major players, like Google?"


Smashing Magazine listed a whole bunch of favicons noting that you should pay close attention to the small details of the design. Each favicon is linked through to the respective website.


techradar.com listed 40 Gmail tips and tricks which include: retrieving email from other accounts; using the Google Email Uploader to transfer emails to Gmail from your old email client; creating filters for incoming email; and how to use the searching function with labels.

Google has added 30+ themes to Gmail so you can "spice up" your inbox. Screenshots of 18 of the themes are on the linked blog page and you can change themes in Gmail by selecting the themes tab under settings. Note that it's being rolled out over the next few days so may not be available to you yet. Design Float has decent sized screenshots of 17 of the themes.


The How To Geek posted how to import Gmail contacts into Outlook 2007 should you decide to move from Gmail to Outlook. Although it's not covered in the post, you could then easily enough copy all your email from Gmail to Outlook by creating a Gmail IMAP account in Outlook and copying all the emails from the "All Mail" folder into your local account.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome was released to the dev channel only as a bugfix only release with no new features. To find out how to switch to the dev channel read my post here.

Google is looking to make deals with OEMs to have their Chrome browser installed on new computers. Read more at Ars Technica, Ostatic, PC World and Slashdot.

Internet Explorer

The release of Internet Explorer 8 has slipped to sometime in the first half of 2009, with a release candidate coming out in the first quarter of 2009.


James Padolsey at Nettuts posted how to mimic the iGoogle interface by creating a customizable interface using jQuery. View the demo here.

jQuery Delay Plugin allows you to add a delay before calling jQuery functions by doing this: $(this).delay(1000,function(){ ... });

Jeff King at the Visual Web Developer Team Blog posted a jQuery IntelliSense for Visual Studio FAQ, covering questions like "I have a ton of Content Pages, do I need to put script references for IntelliSense in each one?" and "How do I hide a file from IntelliSense?"


The Ubuntu Geek posted how to install mplayer and multimedia codecs in Ubuntu 8.10.

Linux/Unix Desktop Managers

Damien Oh at makeuseof.com looked at 8 alternative desktop managers for Linux and Unix which are more lightweight than KDE and Gnome: XFCE, Enlightenment, FVWM-Crystal, LXDE, IceWM, Fluxbox, Window Maker and AfterStep. There's a screenshot and brief descripton of each and a link through to the respective desktop managers' websites.

Geoff Palmer at PC World NZ posted a couple of screenshots of KGRUBEditor, a GUI Grub Editor for KDE. Rather than write much about it he decided to let the pictures do the talking!


The new Star Trek movie is due for release on May 8th 2009 and the first trailers were made available online on the Apple trailers website this week. You need Quicktime to view the trailers. There's also the obligatory Slashdot discussion about the new movie.


Baron Schwartz at the MySQL Performance Blog looked at how to calculate a good InnoDB log file size, pointing out that your log file needs to be big enough to let InnoDB optimize its I/O, but not so big that recovery takes a long time and shows a rule of thumb that works pretty well.


The LIFE photo archive dating back to the 1750s is now available on Google image search. Read the official Google blog post about it here and view the collection here. There is currently about 20 percent of the archive online; there will be about 10 million photos in the collection when Google has completed digitizing it.


Antonio Lupetti posted a list of 20 PHP frameworks on his Woork blog. These include the well known ones such as CodeIgniter, CakePHP, Symfony and the Zend Framework, as well as some lesser known ones such as Kohana, Limb and BlueShoes.

A stupid post was made on Smashing Magazine titled "10 Advanced PHP Tips to Improve Your Programming" which was anything but and in fact offered some really bad advice (very surprising from Smashing... and I'm not going to link to it). Later in the week 21 Gun Studios posted a response "How NOT To Learn PHP Programming"

Star Office

Sun released Star Office 9 which includes support for Mac OS X and improved document format support. Read more about the release at PC World and buy/download it from the Sun website. If you want pretty much the same features for free then go for openOffice.org instead.


The BBC is to begin streaming BBC One and BBC Two live on the Internet from next week, showing all programs online and not just those they have online rights for. Content will be restricted to the UK based on the visitor's IP address.

Web Development

Jacob Gube at Smashing Magazine posted a list of 15 Helpful In-Browser Web Development Tools, which include the Firebug, Web Developer and YSlow extensions for Firefox and the Web Developer Toolbar for Internet Explorer.


Wine version 1.1.9 was released. Wine allows you to run Windows applications on Linux/BSD/etc.


Aaron Brazell at TechnoSailor looked at 10 Things You Need To Know About WordPress 2.7 which include the new vertical menus, the dashboard, threaded comments and comment paging, and configurable layouts. WordPress 2.7 is still in beta and will be released soon.

WordPress 2.7 Compatibility

If you use WordPress and want to upgrade to the 2.7 release when it comes out, check out these pages on the WordPress website:
- Core Update Host Compatibility which looks at web hosts known to work with WordPress 2.7, those that work with caveats, and those that don't.
- Plugins/Plugin Compatibility/2.7 which looks at WordPress plugins that are known to work with the 2.7 release with no issues, and ones that don't work or have issues.
- Themes/Theme Compatibility/2.7 which looks at WordPress themes that are known to work with the 2.7 release with no issues, and ones that aren't compatible. The list is small at the time of this post and currently there are no themes listed under the incompatible section.

Other Stuff

techyshit posted "25+ Images That Might Give Geeks a Hard On". I'm not sure about giving you a hard on but they're mostly pretty funny (if you're a geek...)

dvice.com posted 5 tech predictions from 1968 that were dead-on (and 5 that were completely nuts) from science fiction writer James R. Berry. Among those he got right were online shopping, the rise of home computing and laptop/tablet computers.


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