Stupid Geek Tricks

Way Too Much Math

posted: February 15th, 2008


I’ve lately started playing Warhammer after a pretty prolonged absence. To get back into it and to get use to the new rules I played a couple of small skirmishes, orcs against high elves, and I noticed something odd. Very often when my block of orc spearmen would come up against a smaller block of high elf spearmen it was the elves who would break. (more…)

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Stupid Geek Tricks

Fully Compliant, Baby!

posted: June 16th, 2006


valid-xhtml10.pngWell, after much mucking around with my theme and the editing of a few posts I am now fully compliant with XHTML 1.0 (strict, not transitional) and CSS 2.0. I did this because the Firefox browser on my Ubuntu box wasn’t rendering the content correctly.

Because of various minor errors in my code I was sending anyone browsing the pages into ‘quirks’ mode. So I cleaned up everything with the help of W3C’s validator. Once I did that the page wasn’t rendering the way I wanted since it was relying on quirks mode to put certain things together in certain ways, so I had to update everything. Then I had to go back through any previous posts where I had put in extra code and make sure that code was compliant and rending correctly.

It’s been a royal pain and I’m not sure how long it will last since every post I write has the potential to break it but since it should speed up the rendering of pages and produce much more reliable results across multiple browsers I think it was worth it.

Of course Firefox is still rendering the page wrong.

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The latest and greatest release of Ubuntu (named ‘Dapper Drake’) was released this morning. Ubuntu is a flavor of Linux and I’ve been running it for a while on one of the computers in my house.

Ubuntu is an African word that means ‘humanity to others’ according to the site, but it is really a sort of ethic. Desmond Tutu in an attempt to define ubuntu said this:

A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.

Ubuntu as a Linux project was started up by Mark Shuttleworth and has been rock solid for me and probably the easiest Linux install I have ever done.

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