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School Report

I am working on finishing up a report for school today. Basically I have to pick one of thirty different types of navigation styles and then describe the function–with relation to the navigation–of every HTML tag and CSS rule. This includes how one rule may relate to another or why one rule that would commonly be used isn’t. So far I’m on page four of the report.It’s actually fun, because it forces you to think about how each rule affects another. The one thing I’ve learned so far is if you use the CSS background declaration and you don’t specify the background-position in it, then the user agent will use the default of 0 0 (same as top left)—I knew that part. But if you do specify the horizontal position, but not the vertical position the user agent automatically changes the vertical position from top to center. ie.:{ background:inherit url(..images/image.png) repeat-x scroll 20px; }will be the same as{ background:inherit url(..images/image.png) repeat-x scroll 20px center; } even though if you would have done this: { background:inherit url(..images/image.png) repeat-x scroll; } it would be equal to this { background:inherit url(..images/image.png) repeat-x scroll top left; }I’ve tested this in IE6, Mozilla 2+, Safari 2 (as well as 3beta), Opera 9+ with all of them doing this. If anyone know why please let me know, I’m just curious, as it doesn’t cause any problem for me or my coding.quasarkitten.net | twitter.com/quasarkitten

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Patas the Kitten

Patas is a kitten my g/f found in 90F+ weather a couple of days ago. He is polydactyl and is about 4 weeks old. He is up for adoption, and we have two potential owners. Below is a youtube video of Patas.UpdatesPatas (renamed to Bigfoot) was adopted today, Sept. 15, 2007, he is going to a great home, his new buddies will be Dawn and her golden retriever Wakko.She has sent me some pics and vids of Patas in his new home. Here are links to two movies: Playtime & Forbidden Love. Photo taken by Dawn Photo taken by Dawnquasarkitten.net | twitter.com/quasarkitten

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Haircut

I cut my hair! Yes, its true. Now I am going to grow it back out, but I wanted to cut off all the dead stuff, and since the hair underneath was always shaved I cut it extra short So that all the hair can grow long at the same time. I think it looks kind of funny the way it is now, I look like a young version of Snape. lol. Anyways here is some before and after pics.Before After#1After #2quasarkitten.net | twitter.com/quasarkitten

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Open With... Menu shows Duplicates.

Edit 01/03/2008: This article was written for Tiger. But I’ve added the new terminal command for Leopard below. Remember use this information at your own risk!

I install a good amount of Apps each week. Which means I get a lot of clutter. One of the tool’s I’ve used since I have been on the Mac is AppZapper. It great for uninstalling all the lame preference files that don’t get removed when you drag an App to the trash. This reduces the worries of worry about having a bunch of crud all over you hard drive.

The dilemma I had was when Apps update themselves. I’m a web developer/design student. Being such I’m always installing and updating different browsers to do testing. I also have multiple programs for editing html and/or other markup/programming languages. So I noticed the problem this week when right-clicking an html file and finding that I have a bunch of options.

Now, I like having a bunch of options, but why do I have the same App listed multiple times? It is because a lot of Mac Apps update themselves by downloading the new .app file, then putting the old .app file to the trash, and then placing the new .app file into the Applications folder. Apparently doing this will cause the updated version of the App to get added to file association list again which causes you seeing the same App twice in the “Open with” contextual menu. At least that is what my assumption is… Solution So what’s the solution? It appears to be a long command in the terminal. Tiger Terminal Solution /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user Right-click and choose Save as to Download text file of code for Tiger.

Leopard Terminal Solution /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user Right-click and choose Save as to Download text file of code for Leopard.

Here is what it looks like in the terminal. The terminal doesn’t give you any sort of feedback so to test just right-click an item and see if the problem as been fixed. I was happy to see it didn’t require a restart. I was able to find the information in a post called How to rebuild the LaunchServices database from the Mac OS X hints website. The article details what the command does as well as the commands options are. I’ve only tested this on an Intel Macbook running Mac OS X.4 Tiger, so I can not vouch for other systems. If the only problem you are having is that Apps that are no longer installed are still showing up in the “Open with” contextual menu then try this tip from Apple.com. I tried this before I tried the terminal command and it didn”t work for the duplicated apps.quasarkitten.net | twitter.com/quasarkitten

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