Monday, March 24, 2008

A family to keep in your prayers

Make sure to keep Nicole Paultre, her daughters and family in your prayers as she is keeping strong after her fiancee was killed by police. Read the interview she had with Essence.

I posted about this sad story awhile ago.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Safari web browser on Windows

Have you ever wanted to test to see how your web site looks on an Apple computer with the Safari web browser but you only have a Windows system? Well now you can with a Windows system. Apple has released a version of the Safari web browser that works on Windows systems. You can download it on Apple's site.

Lots of talk about IE 8

Microsoft has decided that IE 8 will now "by default, interpret web content in the most standards compliant way it can." (source) They were going to have it default to the way IE 7 interpreted web pages but there was lots of discussion and outcry by the web community, so they actually listened. This is good news for web developers. We won't have to write special code for IE only.

Some notes about IE 8 (from a Sitepoint newsletter):

There are plenty of details available for interested developers. In CSS Improvements in Internet Explorer 8, Microsoft details the new style features in the browser:
  • support for data URIs, which let you embed small images directly within your style sheets for improved performance
  • much less buggy CSS floats, which has enabled Microsoft to abolish the hasLayout hack previously used to work around these bugs.
  • correct support for margin collapsing
  • support for generated content, including automatic counters, using :before and :after pseudo-elements.
  • support for the :focus pseudo-class
  • support for CSS outlines (borders that don't affect layout)
  • orphan, widow, and page break control in print output
  • support for CSS tables, enabling much easier and more powerful page layout with CSS
  • and many more smaller improvements!

And these CSS improvements are just the tip of the iceberg. Improvements for developers in IE8 beta 1 can be seen in almost every part of the browser:
  • The IE Developer Toolbar has been greatly enhanced. Its CSS debugging and live editing features are now just about on par with the much-loved Firebug extension for Firefox. And the toolbar is now built into the browser by default!
  • JavaScript has gotten a big speed boost, and Microsoft has fixed the notorious circular reference memory leak.
  • The Document Object Model (DOM), the primary API used by JavaScript developers, is now much more standards compliant, bringing it up to the same level found in the other major browsers.
  • IE8 supports the W3C's new Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) standard, enabling accessibility tools like screen readers to work with slick, JavaScript-powered user interface elements.

Read more about IE 8 on Microsoft's IE blog.

No more Pepsi for me

Well I'm going to try and make a big change in my life, at least to me it seems big but to others it probably isn't. I'm going to try and stop drinking Pepsi and other drinks such as Coke and Sprite. I got to lose some weight and get more healthy in my life. So this is day 2 of my Pepsi ban. It's going to be hard but it's something I got to do. I know I'm addicted to it, as I write this I want to get a big cold glass of Pepsi, but I got to fight the urge. :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

New Sims 3 site with screenshots

Today EA has updated their Sims 3 teaser site with The Sims 3 screenshots and information about the upcoming new The Sims 3 game. I included one of the screenshots below, but you can view them all here. The screenshot images look cool and more realistic than previous Sims games. But we're going to have to wait until 2009 for The Sims 3.

I'm excited about this game and I'm hoping it's better than The Sims 2.