w00t! IE is no longer the dominant browser

IE took an EPIC nose dive in April and May and is down to 25% market share worldwide and 31% in the US. IE lost 10% of it's US share in April and May. Hopefully that downward spike will continue.

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How much does it cost to run a cluster of four physical machines running Adobe ColdFusion?

Thirty four thousand dollars.

Let that sink in for a bit. $34,000 for a 4 machine cluster and that is just for the software alone.

Imagine yourself pitching the next "big thing" to venture capitalists and telling them that you need $34,000 in order to get a four machine cluster up and running.

"So every physical machine that we add to the cluster will cost us an extra $8500 just for the software?"

"Well yeah, but it is Coldfusion!!! It makes developers very productive!"

"So does RoR, Groovie, Grails and a boatload of other FOSS/Free frameworks and technologies. Sorry but we need to keep the lights on... Next?"

Seeking recommendations for a drop down menu (tabs)

I have a very finicky and non trivial CSS based layout that I have finally worked all the kinks out of. Actually it is only finicky in IE. Now the powers that be want to add drop down menus (tabs) the top nav bar that use the sliding door rounded corner technique.

I have tried a bunch of menuing systems: Dynamic Drive menus, Spry, some jQuery plugins, Massimo's hiermenu and a bunch of stuff I found off of the Google and all of them have problems of one sort or another. I can't position it correctly, it trows off other page elementsm the drop down columns are mis-aligned etc... forever and ever, world with out end. Amen.

I posted this to CF_talk a few months back (the site got shelved since then and it is back in production) and though I would hit up the blogosphere.. Has anybody out there had any luck with this and can recommend a tabbed menu dropdown solution?

The primary requirement are:

  • It can have sub menus
  • W3C XHTML compliant.
  • Allows for text based links

These are the Menus that I have tried so far:

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Pleas leave a comment below. Many TIA!!!

This is something I would do...

And the same thing would happen to me. I have often said that I would write a script to wash my car if I could. It all starts out innocent enough until I have to explain it to the authorities. At times my life seems to be an exercise in taunting that Murphy's law fellow.

Baby Jesus, browser hell and Half Life 2 on a 42 in. screen

My life sucks right now. All I can say is IE6 and CSS makes Baby Jesus cry.

After three weeks of browser hell I am adjusting the sites on my sniper rifle and looking for a bell tower. Seriously, how (or even better WHY) can it take 12 hours to fix one pixel on 5 browser versions?

Thank God for video games. I SOOOO need to kill something right now. 42 inches of flaming high def death is just what what the doctor ordered.

Kill em twice.

Why does Comedy Central want me to break the law?

I catch up on the Daily Show and Cobert Report every Saturday morning on the comedycentral.com site. It used to be Bugs Bunny and Daffy back when I was a kid. Now it is Steven and Jon.

It is bad enough that you see the exact same commercial 4 times per show. Before, if I want to back up and see something that I missed that crossed a "commercial line" I see another commercial. Fine. Today I am seeing the same commercial, twice, for every commercial break AND every time I even *MOVE* the the little video progress bar. So now I have to start at the beginning of the clip and hope I don't forget not to touch the progress bar because if I do, I have to watch the same commercial again (TWICE) and start from the beginning of the clip (AGAIN).

My other option is to get a torrent of it and break copy right law.

And no, I don't have cable TV hooked up in my home, nor has it been for 15 years.

Mail Goggles - Beer Goggles for email.

I have a 2 beer limit for sending email. This will help help enforce that limit.

From the Google Blog: http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/new-in-labs-stop-sending-mail-you-later.html

"When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you're really sure you want to send that late night Friday email. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you're in the right state of mind?

By default, Mail Goggles is only active late night on the weekend as that is the time you're most likely to need it. Once enabled, you can adjust when it's active in the General settings."

Some times Google is too cool for words.

Writing a super simple Login

I have an old wiki that I really like that had no login. I wanted to lock it down with out having to write a bunch of code. Nothing super important but important enough to keep people out. Just add a couple random vars and poof - problem solved.

<cfparam name="url.Action" default="">
<cfparam name="url.Snuggums" default="">
<cfparam name="session.logedin" default="false">

<cfif url.Action EQ "eamyrfg338645dddesdjft3" AND url.Snuggums EQ "phlarph">
   <cfset session.logedin = "true">
</cfif>

<cfif url.Action EQ "logout">
   <cfset session.logedin = "false">
</cfif>

<cfif session.logedin EQ "false">
   <cfabort>
</cfif>

It just works.

Today I loaded up some old video games (Battle Zone 2 and Half Life) on my new Lappy (running Vista). It has shared video memory on a fairly low end 17" home laptop so I wasn't expecting much. I thought that they would run like crap if they even ran at all. I used to game a lot so I know that it used to take a bit of messaging/patching/finagling to get some games to work. I have not played a video game in at least 3 years so I did not know what to expect.

Much to my surprise they worked.... In fact they worked GREAT.

Gordon Freeman... long time no see!!

Yesterday was another story.

I was trying to set up a *nix based Jboss/Java Dev Environment using a VM.

First RedHat.

I am a RedHat guy from WAY back... So I saw that they had an evaluation version of their JBoss Server stack for VMware and I thought: Sweet!!!

So I signed up for an evaluation of the RedHat Enterprise server w/the JBoss AS via the Vmware site. I download everything and get the VM set up, and I have to run through a hoop after hoop trying to figure out how to get entitled so I can patch the RedHat VM.

After an hour I just give up.

I go to the VMware site again so I can get a Linux based VM to run Jboss and I D/L this one.

http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/362

I try to unzip it and I get the "Unexpected end of Archive" error. So I think... OK it got corrupt. It happens.

So I try again......and......FAIL!!!

Then DL the both of the OpenSolaris VMs from the VMware site.

I can't get either of those to work.

Nice.

Then I go to SUN so I can get a Solaris VM right from the source. 5 minutes verifying my account and getting user/pass. Now I have to wait until it downloads... approx 3 hours from now (it is now 10 pm).

I have a 6 meg connection and SUN's download manager only DL's one file at a time.

Then I find out I cannot run the Solaris VM on VMware player on a 64 bit system... Another 20-30 min to DL and uninstall VMware player then install VMware server.

THEN the VMware tools install hangs.

Fark it. I give up.

12 hours later.. No Linux. No Solaris. No Jboss.

I D/L Jboss for Windows. It works the first time.

How is it I can get a ten year old Video Game to work but not the latest "Enterprise grade" Software?

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

Bash MS all you want but most of the time it Just Works.

FireFox Sucks

I have a love hate relationship with FF. The plugins are great. But it is a ram and CPU WHORE.

This is what FF does when I surf on my 2.8 gig P4 laptop. See all those EXTENDED periods where the proccessor is pegged? This is me clicking on links on standard web plain jane web 1.0 html pages.

So this is the crown jewel of open source?

Is it me or is something very, VERY wrong here?

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