HTML5 Test Page Update

Yes, it’s been a long time since I have posted anything on here. I guess that’s the way life goes. Anyways…

I have updated the HTML5 test page. There are a couple of notes. The first being that Opera is moving to WebKit. The second is that Apple has decided to stop making Safari for Windows. Whether this is permanent or not is the question. The last version is 5.1.7.


A Brief & MX Player For Android

It’s been quite a long time since I have posted on this blog. I’m sorry about that. Life’s adventures have taken a great deal of my time. I have a few posts planned over the coming weeks.

I wrote a post a couple of years ago talking about my n900 – which was new back then. Times have changed and contracts have expired. I decided to switch over to Android – and my first Android phone is the Samsung Galaxy Note. I’m using the WordPress app and the Swype keyboard to write this post.

I’m also listening to Scarling’s album “So Long Scarecrow” via Spotify.

What I just mentioned above is a couple of things that have really set apart my experience with this phone and my old n900.

MX Player For Android

Until VLC comes around, MX is my go to player for playing videos on my note. While the note comes with a capable player, the MX can play more formats including one that is dear to me – the .rec format. It was also able to play .mp4 vids that I downloaded. These vids are apparently encoded differently than the ones I make.

So, if you have videos that don’t play right in your stock player, give MX a try.


A Long Time Since Posting

For those that follow along. I am sorry that I have not posted anything new in quite a while. I have been working on shopping cart site for the last 3 and a half months. That takes up all of my free time. Once I am finished with that, I plan on writing on here again – until the next project begins!

In the meatime… RIP MCA. Loved the show you, the Beasties and L7 put on in ’92.


NO: SOPA/PROTECT IP

I am a content creator.

I do care about my copyrights.

I also care about freedom and Due Process.


Philips DVD Player Unlock Code

We recently bought a Philips DVP 3880 DVD player to put in our daughter’s room. I accidentally turned Disc Lock on (because I navigate too fast for my own good sometimes) and I could not play any discs. There is no default code listed in the manual. Fortunately, I found the code, 136900, via a blog post on RejZoR’s little secrets.

Enjoy!


My Domains Transferred Away From GoDaddy

Despite GoDaddy’s early dismissive attitude about the backlash and naysayers of said backlash, the situation fire-balled into a controversy that GoDaddy just could not ignore. Over a week ago, GoDaddy announced that it is no longer supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act. Even the initial support was enough for people like myself to transfer away from GoDaddy.

Other hosting and domain name companies came forward with special offers to entice people away from GoDaddy, while pointing out that they did not support SOPA.

Even though the official boycott day was the 29th of December, I moved my domains and hosting away from GoDaddy during Christmas weekend. Both my hosting and my domains are with other companies now. There was some downtime for Gophanet and my HTML5 test page but, everything is up and running. While others have experienced delays while having their domains transferred, I could not tell if my transfers were delayed because of the Christmas holiday.

Apparently many domains have been transferred from GoDaddy however, it should be pointed out that they are the top domain name service. They have daily transfers in, numbering in the thousands. It could be some weeks before we can get a picture of just how much business GoDaddy lost and there has been some confusion over just what counts as a transfer out (read the comments as well).

Now… what to do about the NFL?

More reading

A Step-by-Step Guide to Transfer Domains Out Of GoDaddy


Silent Updates To Begin For Internet Explorer

These are the words web designers, the world over, have been waiting to hear for a very long time.

Microsoft announced the decision earlier this week to roll out silent updates – starting in January – for users who have not, for whatever reason, updated to the newest version of IE. There are a few points:

  • If you are on Windows XP, you will be upgraded to Internet Explorer 8. IE 9 does not work on XP.
  • Windows Vista and 7 users not using IE 9 will be upgraded to IE 9.
  • Windows Automatic updating must be turned on.
  • Corporations unable to upgrade their IE 6 legacy applications OR corporations who have IT staff who test upgrades before rolling them out to the rest of the company, will be able to opt out of the upgrade using the IE 8 and IE 9 Automatic Update Blocker toolkits.

Truth be told, I have stopped developing/supporting applications for IE 6 and 7 and I only marginally support IE 8. If someone is using IE 8, there’s no reason why they should not switch to IE 9. If their favorite site works in IE 8 but is broken on newer browsers then the problem is the people developing the site. Write them and tell them to join the rest of us.