Zeke Franco

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quasarkitten: Yesterday I posted about swfobject, a script that embeds flash...

Yesterday I posted about swfobject, a script that embeds flash files for you in an unobtrusive way. Today I found jQuery Media Plugin. It basically converts a standard link to to the proper embed method. For example it will write embed tags for ie, and object tags for firefox.

Here is how it works:

Let the script know which class you are applying to your media files, for example 'media'. Then create you markup in your html file. <a class="media" href="karaoke.mov">Quicktime movie of me singing staying alive</a>

That's it! The script will turn the anchor in to the proper embed markup.

Here are some of the formats it supports. mp3, aac, wav, real media and other audio formats quicktime movies, real, and even youtube videos. silverligh and even sIFR.

Which is awesome because setting up sIFR can be a pain.

Of coarse this is an overview, check out the link for the actual overview, demos, and details.

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quasarkitten: Anyone ever played around with swfobject? It seems pretty awesome!...

Anyone ever played around with swfobject? It seems pretty awesome! Flash is a pain in the ass, but this script makes it pretty seemless. Stupid IE, STUPDIER Embed tags! Sidenote: one of the reasons i like Vimeo is they give you valid mark for embedding videos. Although it's not too hard to make youtube's markup valid.

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quasarkitten: Anyone want an invite to evernote. Its an desktop app...

Anyone want an invite to evernote. Its an desktop app and webservice that "allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from anywhere"

I have 10 invites.

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quasarkitten: If you had to pick a partner based on their...

If you had to pick a partner based on their profession which professions would you choose? It can't be the same profession as your own.

My List (in no order) 1.) Copywriter 2.) Illustrator/Designer 3.) Physicist 4.) Open source loving server-side programmer.

I asked my friend at work (Jane--the copywriter), what profession she would choose...

1.) Someone who works for a humanitarian non-profit. 2.) A Professor 3.) Chef (I like this one as well)

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quasarkitten: Loving the new promo materials in Starbucks. Everything is pseudo...

Loving the new promo materials in Starbucks. Everything is pseudo cork board with little stickers (colored dots) holding up notes and photos. Not too fond of the stickers, they are too perfect looking--they are literally perfect circles that are a solid color, they need a wrinkle or fold or something.

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SXSW ‘08: Friday Plus the Last 24hrs

This trip has been pretty crazy… Twenty-four hours ago I was in an emergency hospital. I was at work and suddenly became intensely dizzy and nauseous. After running back and forth from my cube to the restroom, HR called an ambulance. I stayed in the hospital for about five hours—they did some blood tests, blood pressure testing, and a CAT scan. Finally around 10pm last night I was released from the hospital with a diagnosis of vertigo possibly due to a viral ear infection. So I go home and pass-out due the be given large amounts of dramamine and valium. I luckily woke up at 5:40am and realized shit I have a flight to catch by 7:47am, and I haven’t even pack. So I through my laptop in my bag, through a bunch of clothes in my luggage, and scram out the door. As a side note that night my laptop and been dropped and know looks all ghetto. Before I left for the hospital I incorrectly packed my laptop away in my backpack, when my roommate went to put my backpack upstairs it flopped right out. I guess it will be a good excuse to buy a Macbook pro, when they come out with the new chipsets. Luckily Ontario airport is a very quick airport to get through so I easily made the flight to Salt Lake City. My flight to Austin was delayed an hour on top of my two hour overlay. So that was fun.

Once I got to Austin it has been smooth sailing. I got to my hotel at 7:30pm ran to the Convention center claimed my SXSWi badge and goodies bag. The goodies bag didn’t have anything great in it. The coolest thing was a Linux magazine and Create Magazine. I’m going to try to go to sleep early so I can enjoy all the great talks. I’ll be posting another entry tomorrow night about any activities that happen during the day, and which talks I attended.quasarkitten.net | twitter.com/quasarkitten

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Yahoo User Interface Theater (Videos)

I just recently found out about the YUI Theater. It is a collection of videos about the web development world. I’m really enjoying them so far. I have already watched Douglas Crockford: “The JavaScript Programming Language—Part 1”. It was very informative about the history of JavaScript. I look forward to watching all four videos. Also on my list to watch is Shawn Henry’s “ Web Accessibility Guidelines Update” I enjoyed hearing her speak at An Event Apart Seattle 2007. So I’m excited to watch this presentation. As of today there are 44 videos in the YUI Channel. I can’t wait to watch them all. Here are some of the ones I’m looking forward to watching.

An Introduction to Screen Magnification Software An Introduction to Screen Readers Welcome to Firebug 1.0

Yahoo has even posted twenty-three of it’s video on iTunes as a podcast that you can subscribe to. On a related topic the recent FLOSS Weekly podcast interviewed Nate Koechley, a Yahoo front-end engineer and designer. They talked about The Yahoo User Interface Library, a collection of open source JavaScript utilities and controls with cross-browser, cross-platform support. So to wrap this up if your a developer pay attention to what Yahoo is doing because they are bringing out a lot of content, services, and code for us developers.quasarkitten.net | twitter.com/quasarkitten

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Use Automator to Auto-Install Widgets

I posted an article called Automated Dashboard Widget Installer on July 4th, 2007 about a workflow I wrote that automatically installs dashboard widgets for me. Leopard contains a new version of Automator which breaks my workflow. So I’ve created a new workflow for OSX 10.5 Leopard. The BOMAchiever in Leopard has seems to have been improved. In Tiger if I selected five or more .zip files it would choke when trying to unzip them all at once—at least on my system. Now that I’m running Leopard this has been fixed. So if you download ten widgets that are contained in .zip files, you can install them all at once. Instructions

Download the Install User Widget(s) workflow file Double-click to unzip it Double click the .workflow file which will open it in Automator Then Select Save as Plug-in—a dialog will pop-up Name the Plug-in (In the text field Save Plug-in As:) Make sure the Drop-down list is set to Finder (see Figure 1 below) Press Save

Figure 1 I have also created a video demo which shows how to use the workflow and how to install the .workflow file. You can watch the HD version on Vimeo if you to actually want be able to read the screen text.

Click on image to play video.Use Automator to Auto-Install Widgets

If you want to learn more about Automator or maybe just download some other workflows then check out automator.us. Automator.us is the personal website of Sal Soghoian who is the AppleScript product manager at Apple. If you head over to twit.tv, Sal has done some video podcasts showing some really cool things you can do with automator. Just do a search for automator to find the shows.

Install User Widget(s) by Zeke Franco is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Based on a work at http://www.quasarkitten.net. quasarkitten.net | twitter.com/quasarkitten

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Background colors not printing?

Today I was working on a little report for work. So I designed a neat xHTML page that has some stats listed in a pretty little table, and then I realize people at work tend to print things out, so I better make a nice print style sheet. So I add my link tag: <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/css/print.css" media="print" /> then started working on my print style sheet. Since I use CSS for all the layout all I really need to do is a few of things.Remove the non-relevant section such as the page headerAdjust the browser defaults:Remove coloring and underlines from linksRemove dotted border from abbreviationsSet my logo image to display as blockRestyle the table so that alternate rows are different colorsAdd some Javascript to make the link’s url visibleSo after doing all these I’m try to do some test prints. In Firefox and Opera everything is fine. Then in Internet Explorer 6 the background color for the alternate table rows isn’t printing. So I’m thinking it’s some sort of IE bug. After spending some time fiddling with the CSS I noticed that which ever element I applied a background color to it wouldn’t print.Then it hits me… The browser preferences. If you go to the file menu and choose Tools << Internet Options A window will open. Choose the tab called Advanced. Then scroll down to the printing section and check the option “Print background colors and images”. See Figure 1.Figure 1Once you’ve done this your background colors will print.I also noticed this happens in Safari for Mac. The preference to change this lives in the print dialog. Once your in the print dialog box, expand the dialog by pressing the upside down triangle thing next to the printer you’ve selected. Then check the box that says “Print Backgrounds”. See Figure 3.Figure 3As a web designer it reminds me that you can’t depend on anything so make sure that your print style sheets do not depend on background colors. For example what if you wanted to have some light grey text or white text on a background color, well if the user has their background colors unchecked, which by default it is, the white text will be printing on white paper. Not good. I guess the lesson here is to test, test, and then do some more testing to make sure everything is working.quasarkitten.net | twitter.com/quasarkitten

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