Music faves from 2009

It seems that 2009 is the year when I shift­ed my atten­tion back to rock and pop music. Dub­step still holds my atten­tion but not to the extent that it did back in 2006 when it took over my brain. Here are the things I enjoyed most in 2009, in no par­tic­u­lar order.

Best Albums

Thanks to my friend, Tony, who first men­tioned this band to me. The XX are a young bunch who make lean pop music con­sist­ing of boy/girl vocals, hand-played drum machines and per­fect­ly placed gui­tar lines. This album quick­ly became a habit.

The XX — Islands:

The XX — Night Time:
Con­tin­ue read­ing “Music faves from 2009”

Solution to “display:table-row” causing pain and suffering with IE

I recent­ly came up against a sit­u­a­tion where I want­ed to add rows to a table via javascript.

Not a prob­lem with jQuery, EXCEPT that my table rows were being added with ‘style=“display:block“ ‘.

What’s wrong with that, you ask? Well, in Fire­fox the row was being append­ed to the table but it looked all scrunched into the first cell like so:


OK, fine. Let’s give it a dis­play prop­er­ty of “table-row.” That should work, right? Yes, it works here but not in IE. IE hates this, in fact. IE wants to get a dis­play of “block.”

The solu­tion turns out to be to set the dis­play val­ue to an emp­ty string. Then, each brows­er will give the row its default val­ue and every­one is hap­py.


Google Reader Beautification: Helvetireader

helvetireaderSo crisp and clean!

I have been a Google Read­er for a good while now and I think it is a very fine web appli­ca­tion. It does what I expect it to do and it does it well. It is util­i­tar­i­an. It is use­ful. I use it dai­ly.

But now, I find it even more enjoy­able to use. Two grease­mon­key scripts have turned my stan­dard Read­er inter­face into some­thing beau­ti­ful and even more use­able (imho).

Fav­i­cons for Google Read­er

There are even instruc­tions for using the scripts with Flu­id. If you are not famil­iar with Flu­id, it is a util­i­ty for cre­at­ing site-spe­cif­ic browsers based on Safari (WebKit). Get famil­iar. You’ll like it.

So go, make your Read­er pret­ti­er (and sub­scribe to this blog’s feed).

Found it!

I love when I find some­thing that I for­got that I was look­ing for…

I used to search for this song at every record store I vis­it­ed from around 1996–2000. It was not a new song at the time, but I real­ly want­ed it on 7‑inch. Amoe­ba Records in San Fran­cis­co had a cor­ner filled with shelves which were filled with long box­es of Jamaican sin­gles and I would flip blind­ly through those records, not real­ly know­ing much about most of them.

I nev­er found the record.

But today I stum­bled on the song again in mp3 form! An old old itch has final­ly been scratched.

Sim­ple­ton — Coca Cola Shape

AA meltdown

battery leakage
Let this be a les­son to you. Do not store elec­tron­ics with the bat­tery inside.

My mini­disc recorder had a bat­tery leak and now it is bro­ken.

If you plan on stor­ing some­thing for a while, remove the bat­tery before plac­ing in stor­age.

RTFM, my friends. RTFM. And, also, fol­low your own advice.

PNG‑8 with alpha transparency

I learned a new web trick today.

Appar­ent­ly, Pho­to­shop’s inabil­i­ty to save PNG‑8 with alpha trans­paren­cy is not a lim­i­ta­tion of PNG‑8 but a lim­i­ta­tion in Pho­to­shop.

For years, I have been oper­at­ing under the assump­tion that I need to use PNG-24 to achieve trans­paren­cy effects in my web projects. This is usu­al­ly a com­pro­mise in terms of file size and brows­er com­pat­i­bil­i­ty (requir­ing ie-spe­cif­ic hacks). But it does­n’t have to be…

[Enter Fire­works]

Fire­works to the res­cue:

  • Open your big Pho­to­shop-export­ed PNG-24 with nice alpha trans­paren­cy in Fire­works.
  • Change the file for­mat to PNG‑8.
  • Change the trans­paren­cy option to “alpha trans­paren­cy”
  • Rebuild and export your PNG‑8
  • Rev­el in the MUCH small­er file size

Bonus points for ie6 com­pat­i­bil­i­ty!

Learned this from Brenelz’s screen­cast which was linked on Net­Tuts

Internet Explorer image resizing tip

Who knew?

Though it’s not best prac­tice to resize images in the brows­er this could real­ly be use­ful in the right sit­u­a­tion:

img { -ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic; }

This lit­tle snip­pet will vast­ly improve the image resiz­ing abil­i­ties of ie — bring­ing it clos­er to the resized image qual­i­ty expe­ri­enced with Fire­fox or Safari.


[seen at devthought via css-tricks]

TivoSlimserverClient support forum

Even though it has been a very, very long time since I updat­ed TivoSlim­server­Client it seems that there are peo­ple who are still dis­cov­er­ing it and using it.

Though I am usu­al­ly hap­py to respond to email or blog com­ment ques­tions, I think it may be more ben­e­fi­cial to all users to bring the dis­cus­sion into the open.

I am pleased to announce that I have just opened the TivoSlim­server­Client forums.

So please feel free to ask ques­tions there, and hope­ful­ly I will get to you soon. Or even bet­ter — some help­ful fel­low user might see fit to answer your ques­tion for me.

Go: TivoSlim­server­Client forums