Friday, October 24, 2003

Today I ran into another really annoying CSS bug in Internet Explorer at work. I was trying to fix a table header in place with the body below that so that people wouldn't have to keep scrolling to refer to column headings. I found a very elegant way around this which involved putting the header into a <thead> tag and the body of the table in a <tbody> and then used a single line of CSS to wrap the body of the table: tbody {overflow: auto;}. This worked beautifully in Mozilla but did Internet Explorer show it? Did it bugger.

This really gets on my nerves, especially since development on standalone IE has all but stopped and to upgrade you will need to buy a new version of the operating system, meaning that for all intents and purposes we're stuck with really bad CSS support for many years to come. This is holding back the development of the web, and it's my view that it will eventually see a shift away from IE to alternatives such as Mozilla (well, here's hoping anyway).

Today sees the final flight of Concorde. I'm really sorry to see this lovely plane go. Concorde may be old, elitist and not particular efficient, but it was a beautiful aircraft and it was the realisation of a dream. If Concorde had being replaced then I wouldn't have been so sorry, but it seems like the era of non-military supersonic travel is over for the forseeable future. I am, however, hopeful that I will see a return to supersonic travel within my lifetime.

Thursday, October 23, 2003

I watched Gregory's Girl this evening and despite a few cringeworthy moments, it was a wonderful film. A romantic comedy that was both romantic and comedic. The best moment has to be with the penguin – understated yet hilarious.

Monday, October 20, 2003

OCW 2.0 finally went live yesterday, being quickly followed by 2.0.1 and 2.0.2 today to add a couple of features that various people wanted and fix one or two important bugs. After all the build-up, it'll be interesting to see how the take-up for it is – not to mention how successful that the software framework is. I've also just finished the long-awaited "annoy students" button in ObSys which will let me send an email to about 10,000 students at the click of a mouse (supposedly to remind them to do their IT Certificate). The temptations for abuse are enormous, heh heh heh:-)

I feel really quite drained. I'm still recovering from the flu-type bug that I had a couple of weeks ago, and am just at the 'feeling tired a lot' stage now. I'm looking forward to going home for Diwali, but would like a longer holiday. I've still got a couple of days of annual leave left from last holiday-year and may take them at the end of this month. Hopefully I'll feel better after that and ready to get back to work properly.

Friday, October 10, 2003

I missed the deadline for the new version of my Online CourseWare system to go live today which I'm a bit miffed at, but the great thing about my job is that it's not that important. The deadline's been shifted to Wednesday now, to give us time to finish things off. In this case, it's not totally my fault (honest, 'gov :-)) since I'm still awaiting material from my colleague. That and me not being well really hasn't helped. Dammit, I hate these lingering coughs that take forever to go away after you're back on your feet again.

Sunday, October 05, 2003

It seems that plans are afoot for compulsory licensing in the P2P world, by which you would pay extra to your ISP for downloaded music. Miriam Rainsford's article is balanced, but I just don't like the sound of this. There are just too many opportunities for corruption, both at the collection end and by the major record labels. It has the potential to be terribly invasive to privacy as well, as the article explains.

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