Dave2002 convinced me to try Opera 7 the other day, with his positive review of the program. I’ve used Opera before, back in the days of ‘it fits on one floppy’. I’ve been running 7 for a couple days now and although I’m largely impressed, I’ve already noticed several silly bugs that I can’t believe they left in.

For example, my cursor never changes appropriately to indicate when I’m hovering over a link. I presume it should, because without that indication it can be difficult to find links in, say, image maps.

There also appears to be a rendering bug when you go back one step in the history – some pages re-render really oddly.

I also noticed that Opera seems to default to pretending that it’s Internet Explorer 6 (unless it was reset from the last Beta). I know they do this because some webmaster types get iffy about non-IE browsers and start writing IE-specific code but this is really unnecessary. The ability should be there to change it for those websites that are just ignorant of non-IE browsers (to be followed up by a cross email from the user!) but surely such a standards-compliant browser shouldn’t default to disguise itself? We should be getting people out of the habit of writing IE-centric code and then instantly barring all other browsers or providing inferior code, not quietly running along with it.

I also think that the opposite is true, that it’s necessary to be honest about which browser you are because there are IE-specific options (channels I think, HTA, some more will come to mind) that are perfectly legitimate to use in IE and useful! but cause errors to the poor unseasoned user in Opera, and in those cases it’s not the webmaster’s fault at all!

I’m still getting used to Opera and overall I’m impressed with the amount you can customise, could do with a few bug fixes though! Roll on 7.01

New Links Incoming

I always find the most interesting sites when I’m supposed to be busy doing other things.

Acts of Volition is a site that discusses, in extraordinary detail, various aspects of the Semantic Web, W3C standards and various blogging issues. It’s a very nicely designed site and extremely well written – just wish it was on Blogwise already ;-).

I’ll be adding it to my list of sites shortly, alongside Dave2002 – an interesting blog written by David M., who regularly updates with posts reflecting his experience with setting up the site.


Hooray \o/ Final exam was today. Means I can get back to doing more useful things…

The exam was about Software Analysis and Design, since you asked. Part way through my mind started wandering, and for some unknown reason I started trying to work Fatboy Slim song titles into the answers. Some were quite easy: “Java was our weapon of choice“, Because we Can was a piece of piss, Michael Jackson made an appearance as one of my team member’s names (we had to use fake names to protect the guilty…)

Slightly more difficult would’ve been You’re Not From Brighton, The Rockafeller Skank, and Love Island for example, but hey – I’ve got to take these exams seriously ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hate exams.

Busy Weekend Ahead

184 pending submissions on Blogwise.
exams begin Monday.
145 emails to deal with.
Want to redesign a site….

This weekend will be busy. ๐Ÿ™

In other news…., I suck at bowling..

Cafepress UK?

Does anybody out there know if there’s a UK-based version of Cafรฉpress? I have loads of ideas for T-shirts, clocks, etc. but I’d rather avoid all the import costs and delays. I looked around and I can’t believe there’s nothing there.

Fuck Cilla Black? Are you sure.

This was the Guardian’s G2 cover yesterday. A lot of people have been completely annoyed at this language, although however you view it this shock piece of “art” (their definition of art is another blog’s worth…) I reckon the Guardian has probably picked up a fair amount of publicity and possibly a good few extra readers because of it, more than “will never read such filth again”. I certainly doubt that this has done them an extraordinary amount of damage or the editor would have never released such a controversial cover with such ease…

Super Lightweights

The BBC reports that researchers in New Zealand have discovered that memory problems may be part-perceived, rather than wholly induced by alcohol. Students who thought they were drinking Vodka showed signs of memory loss, despite actually being given tonic water with lime. Bunch of lightweights ๐Ÿ™‚

Bowling for Columbine

Just got back from the new movie Bowling for Columbine, which is an excellent documentary about American gun culture by Michael Moore (British readers might make comparison to Mark Thomas, for his comedic yet dramatic and to-the-point journalism). Very good movie – I thoroughly recommend it.

 On a slightly different cinematic note my belief that Portsmouth’s Warner Village cinema is an expensive and over-rated place were furthered today by a notice in their cinema telling punters that car park tickets were only redeemable (ie. your ticket only costs a pound) if the time between parking the car and validating the ticket was less than four hours. This has only appeared very recently, say – since The Two Towers was released – which is 179 minutes long. Add to that the 15-25 minutes minimum for ads and trailers; and the queueing time on the front for such a popular sequel, and you’d be in the cinema for just over four hours. Call me a cynic but isn’t that rather convenient?

Jack Ass vs. Jackass


A man in Hot Springs, Montana is suing Viacom (who own MTV) because he claims Jackass is defaming his name.

“Ass filed a six-page complaint against Viacom, which owns MTV, for “plagiarizing” and “defaming” his name with a TV show and a movie depicting young men who, among other things, snort lines of wasabi and pee on snow and eat it”

Funny old world, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚