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Wikidot: CSS Per Category Posted 04 Feb 2012 07:23

Something that's slightly annoying about Wikidot is that when it comes to creating new pages that previously didn't exist, the Live Template isn't taken into account. That is, if you use the CSS module in the Live Template, then that isn't applied to the page until after you save the page. All proceeding edits work fine, but the initial edit doesn't look how it's supposed to.

But of course, they don't call me a Wikidot Super-Guru for nothing! Read on to see how it's done properly.
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Recovery Partition Cheat Sheet Posted 29 Jan 2012 00:03

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Wikidot: API — A New Age Posted 27 Jul 2011 06:09

Many many moons ago, Wikidot released something that they hoped, would change the future of Wikidot: Wikidot XML-RPC API.

I know right, I've never seen hyphenated acronyms before… and it uses the scary looking letter “X” and yet a third unknown acronym “API”.

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Wikidot: Yes, I truly have lost my mind Posted 05 Jun 2011 12:57

So as I've mentioned in the past, I have got this journal full of Wikidot ideas I come up with. It has well thought out designs and new mechanisms to solve problems. I never usually start on a Wikidot project without first drawing it out.

Until this weekend. I got an idea and acted upon it straight away.

So today, I am officially announcing my newest project:

The Wikidot Syntax to HTML Converter!!!

Yes, what a completely pointless project. I've lost the plot.
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Wikidot: Password Verification Server Posted 27 May 2011 14:21

So lately I've been fantasising several ideas for Wikidot projects I could do. And by “lately”, I mean over the past 08 Sep 2007 01:56 of my life (since I joined Wikidot). I actually have this journal dedicated to programming concepts and ideas for Wikidot, that has hand-drawn designs, lines of code, trial & error formulas, ideas and the main architecture of my Wikidot endeavours.

Anyways, today I'm launching something new:

The Password Verification Server

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iPhone: No More Memory! Posted 25 Apr 2011 00:34

When I made the decision to purchase an iPhone 3GS, I decided on the highest capacity at the time: 32GB.

The reason being, I wanted to contain my entire music library on it, as well as my entire photo collection, my entire movie collection and my entire… well, my computer really.
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Delayed April Fools Posted 03 Apr 2011 11:50

Oh DARN! I forgot to do an April Fools joke on my blog!!!
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Barcodes: An Exciting New Language! Posted 30 Jan 2011 12:39
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At work last week, there was this one particular product with a poorly printed barcode that couldn't be read by our barcode readers. The solution: Print new barcodes manually. However there aren't many simple online tools that do just that.

So during this weekend I decided to invest my time in researching barcodes. Fortunately, the Wikipedia's articles on EAN-8, UPC-12 and EAN-13 contained sufficient information for me to learn them properly. It was a lot of fun!

So to demonstrate my understanding of barcodes to myself, I created this little program which is compliant with EAN-8, UPC-12 & EAN-13 formatted barcodes. Check it out!!!
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iPhoto: Reclaim Your Memory! Posted 23 Jan 2011 00:45

As a Mac user, iPhoto is a regularly used application. It's fantastic for easy photo editing, and beautifully organises your photos. Personally, I love the face recognition technology.

However, as your photo collection grows, so does the database size. So if your looking for ways to free up your hard drive space, iPhoto is a great place to start.

“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” I hear you cry… “I don't want to delete any of my photos!!!!!!”

That's the best part about this neat trick. You don't have to! You can save gigabytes of memory without deleting any photos. And here's why.
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Wikidot: Descendant Database Posted 29 Nov 2010 12:34

I have some exciting news… I've just about completed a Wikidot project that has taken over a year to do: the Descendant Database.

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Launching: Multilingual Framework Posted 12 Sep 2010 04:40
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As mentioned in one of my previous blog entries, I had planned to release a framework for Multilingual Support within Wikidot.

Though at the time it was 90% complete in beta stage, I became extremely preoccupied with my day-to-day life. Only until this weekend have I been able to slow down and relax, which brought me to finishing this project once and for all! I present to you the:

MULTILINGUAL SHOWCASE!

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The Gays Aren't Going Away Posted 17 Jul 2010 09:22

With every slight change of government, with every country, there is always “The Gay Issue”.
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Happy Wikidot Birthday James! Posted 04 Jun 2010 16:03

Today is a special day! Today is the day I turn 1000 Wikidot Days Old!!!

Or rather, I'm 1000 Wikidot days young ;-)
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Multilingual Support Posted 10 May 2010 04:37
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Support for Cat-speak?
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I will be honest. I never cared a bit for multilingual support on websites. But throughout Wikidot, it is something that is cried out for time after time after time!

Whenever a new wiki is developed, there is always somebody to complain “It supports English only. Why can't you give us multilingual support”. And although I wasn't the target, I just always thought to myself “English is the universal language… why cater to anything else?”

But it is time I changed my attitude, and listen to the NEEDS of the people.
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Safe Passwords Posted 26 Apr 2010 13:29
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Passwords are extremely important for protecting your information in the modern digital world. Yet time after time people find that their accounts/computers are still being hacked into.

I'm going to show you how to effectively manage your passwords, and protect your information.
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Wikidot: Specific Users Only Posted 12 Apr 2010 07:19

One of the commonly asked requests in Wikidot is to show certain blocks of information to a special selection of users. For example, let's say that you have some administrator links and functions in your sidebar:

[[[site-administrators |Information for Site Administrators only]]]
[[[admin:manage |Site Manger]]]
[[module NewPage category="blog" button="New Blog Entry"]]

Now, you don't want to show this sort of information to anybody other than the Administrators on your site. It should be completely invisible to every anonymous person, every member and every moderator.

Would you believe me if I told you that the blog you are reading right now, has been doing this for three weeks now? Let me show you an image of what I'm looking at:

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VNC: Remote Control Posted 06 Apr 2010 03:11
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After recently converting to MobileMe, I decided to explore the special features of my Mac that I've always been avoiding. These are the features which require a MobileMe subscription to work.

One of these features is “Back to My Mac”, which allows you to essentially control your computer remotely. This is a really cool feature that I certainly would love to do!

Because Apple base their products on the “it just works” philosophy, you can expect that “Back to My Mac” works like a charm, every time. And just as you would expect from Apple, you can access your Mac from any computer, Mac or PC… Wait a second…
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Big Homo! Posted 01 Apr 2010 08:47

Thursday 01 April 2010

This is something I've been holding on to for the entirety of my lifetime — my hidden sexuality. As it turns out, I was born a

HOMOSEXUAL!

Why am I attracted to guys and not girls? Because guys are hot, goddammit!
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Wikidot Tip of the Day Posted 12 Mar 2010 04:15

Another day, another discovery.

Today I discovered that you can set an entire category to utilise ONLY the “Title” field. This has been made possible with data forms.
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Time for an announcement! Posted 15 Feb 2010 04:24
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I've got some exciting news!!! On the 18th of January in 2008, at 9:16pm, I released an extremely difficult puzzle to a community of highly regarded individuals. Two people solved it within the year.

On the 26th of April in 2009, I released the puzzle to the world.

Eight and a half months later, on the 12th of January 2010 at 10:30am, an individual by the name of graphmastur does not match any existing user name solved it.
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Where did James go??? Posted 10 Nov 2009 13:07

I have been struggling to think of something to blog about; hence, I haven't. So after 18 days, I've decided that I'm going to blog about my latest Wikidot projects:

STORIES AND FAMILIES

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Aussie Architect in Windows 7 Posted 23 Oct 2009 14:49

At last Windows 7 has launched, to directly compete with Mac's Snow Leopard and [snorts] Ubuntu's Jaunty Jackalope.

In looking at the wallpapers that come with it, the “Architect” theme jumped out to me at once… I recognised it immediately:

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James wonders... Posted 13 Oct 2009 14:00

BIRTH CERTIFICATE?

A document which certifies that an individual was born


This has GOT to be the silliest concept I've ever heard of. What IS the point?
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New Subdomain Name Posted 09 Oct 2009 15:32

James.Wikidot.com

Today I decided to rename my subdomain name from “jameskanjo” to “james”.

Please update your RSS feeds ! The new feed link is on my blog page.
You don't need to update your bookmarks or URLs pointing to the old site… I have made the old site automatically redirect to the reciprocal pages on this site. Also, if you were watching the site previously, you still don't need to change anything.

The only people who need to change anything are the people who use RSS feeds.
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Nightlight Sparings Posted 03 Oct 2009 13:44

It's that wonderful time of the year again in Australia: Daylight Savings, where we save 60 minutes of daylight by sacrificing an hours sleep. Hooray.

This would have to be the worst time concept to have been thought-up since AM/PM. Daylight Savings makes things so much more complicated when converting time zones.
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Intelligent Computers Posted 26 Sep 2009 10:36

Can a computer live, and have feelings? I say “yes”.

Why then is it that computers don't live or have feelings? I say, “because we don't let them”.

Indeed, there has been so much research into chatbots and passing a Turing test, but that's just a work of clever human programming. The computer software is not natural, it is forced upon.

I am myself a strong believer in Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Essentially, because the DNA replication process isn't perfect, there are occasional bits of DNA code that are completely different, and can therefore have an impact on the organism's functionality. A differing piece of code is termed a “mutation”. Mutations can be positive, neutral or negative for the organism. Here's a table to demonstrate these things:

Mutation Status towards organism
Causes ability to run faster Positive
Causes a pink eye color Neutral
Causes allergic reaction Negative

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Computers vs Humans Posted 19 Sep 2009 14:37

Which is more powerful? The animal or the tool?

Processing data

Computers process data with electricity.
Humans process data with electricity and chemicals.

Electricity is extremely fast. Chemical processing is (relatively) slow. This means that whilst our brains use the combination of the two, they will never be able to process data as fast as a computer.

In addition, humans are very prone to processing errors (miscalculations, selective memory and nonsense).
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Wikitip of the day! Posted 12 Sep 2009 13:22

Short post today.

When you view a file attached to a Wikidot page, you may notice that the URL in the address bar has changed the domain from wikidot.com to wdfiles.com.

If you are, like myself, one to manually manipulate address bar URLs, you may be annoyed to find that you can't view pages from your wiki if you're in the wdfiles domain. That is, http://james.wdfiles.com/blog:50 will not work.
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I'm wikifused Posted 10 Sep 2009 13:53

Today I was wikifused :-(

The new ListPages functions include the capacity to choose the “range” from your pages. That is, choose the pages before or after the current page.

[[module ListPages order="created_at" range="before" limit="1"]]

With the above code, I expected the interpretation to be:

  • List all pages created BEFORE the current page
  • Arrange them in ASCENDING ORDER (oldest to newest)
  • Choose the 1st item (the oldest item)

Based on this logic, to retrieve the first page that is older than the current page, just change the order to descending:

[[module ListPages order="created_at desc" range="before" limit="1"]]

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Wikidot: "Specify Title Only" Posted 07 Sep 2009 22:56

I can't wait for the wonderful autosave feature comes out… especially in terms of the Polls @ Wikidot application.

This application utilises nothing more than page titles to construct its interface. So when people go to create new options for their Poll, they need only type in the new option, and click the “Create new option” button.
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Why do babies have blue eyes? Posted 04 Sep 2009 08:06

Based on the theory of evolution, if a characteristic is common to all persons of a species, then there must have been something about that characteristic that has enabled the entire specie to survive.

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Interestingly, wehuman beings are one of the very few species with prominent “whites” surrounding our irises in our eyes. Why is that? It's so that we can tell whether another human being is looking at us or not.
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Unpopularised Music Posted 15 Aug 2009 06:39

If a sound has your exact taste of melody, rhythm, frequency and instrumentation, all of the human senses will suddenly become engaged with the song. This is the amazing phenomenon of music, and what every band, songwriter and music artist dreams of achieving with their work. Right next to profitability, of course.

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I have experienced this phenomenon with only a handful of songs, and it wears off after you listen to them for a while. But I found that it helps to become one with the music if it is really loud (which helps you to zone out of the world and the thoughts in your head, and you focus on the music).

There was a band at my school back in 2006 called Kobolt. When they played their song “Wake the Dawn”, it was so good that my back was constantly shivering and my body had goose-bumps everywhere. Have a listen to it:
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The Wonderful World of Colour! Posted 07 Aug 2009 12:54
RED GREEN BLUE

These are the primary colours of the visible spectrum — meaning that all human perceived colours derive from proportions of red green and blue.

In most popular imaging programs, you have the option to “invert the colours” of your image. So it changes each pixel to its opposite colour. The opposite of black is white. So all black pixels are made white. Likewise, all white pixels are made black.

But what about other colours? How can there be an opposite of blue? Or magenta? This is something I delved into recently, and here is what I've discovered.
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We want autosave! Posted 27 Jul 2009 07:19

What do we want? AUTOSAVE!
When do we want it? NOW!

Wikidot is an extremely powerful Web 2.0 engine. With its powers, it is easy to create sleek and uniform websites; for business, for education and for personal use. It is also powerful enough to create web-applications; this blog, for example.
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Nutella? Nutino? Hazelnut Spreads Posted 22 Jul 2009 13:03

Because I am a human being, I have an innate addiction to hazelnut-chocolate spreads. It takes only one mg to touch my tongue before I instinctively lurch forward to devour the entire source. But damn it can be an expensive addiction! So when I look at all of the varieties that Coles, I wonder which brand to take?

  • Do you take the cheapest?
  • Do you take the most expensive?
  • Do you take the brand-name?
  • Or do you take the nut-free variety with the goodness of calcium?


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I'm fighting a losing battle Posted 16 Jul 2009 02:08

As thinking human beings, we are constantly manufacturing our perceptions of the world — when we see something, we question whether it's right or wrong. But whatever we decide, we attempt to live our lives based on our newly developed belief.

What happens, however, when it seems like the entire world is contradicting what you think is right or wrong? How you continue to do the right thing, when nobody else is?

Music. Movies. Books. Video Games. Software. Operating Systems.

I'm talking about piracy. I see people around…
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I Hate Racism Posted 11 Jul 2009 06:34

If there's one thing I can't stand, it's racism. I hate racist people. There is nothing right about holding superiority or inferiority against a person because of their characteristics. Especially if you're black. There's nothing worse than a black racist. But you know, I do hold exceptions: the Asians. I don't mind racist Asians. It's hardly racism if it comes out of an Asian person's mouth.
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Natural Evolution has STOPPED Posted 30 Jun 2009 00:10

I'm a believer in Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. In short, the theory goes like so:

If the reproduction process was perfect, the offspring would have 50% of its genes from each parent. But sometimes it is not perfect, and what can happen is that some genes mutate from errors in the cell division process or from a means of radiation. Thus, the mutated1 gene is different from the same gene each parent passed on2. This means that the offspring with the mutated gene will pass on this mutated gene to future generations if it reproduces. Because each gene performs a function of some sort, a mutated gene can perform a different function previously unseen in the species.

Gene mutations have allowed species of animals to survive certain events in history, and hence, the species are more evolved (as they were able to survive). This is called "survival of the fittest".
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Mac Hacks Posted 18 Jun 2009 11:03

Today I'm going to share a few "Mac Hacks" that I've found useful on my Macintosh. Namely:

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More Music Mate! Posted 22 May 2009 04:24

There is this television advertisement for the Mitsubishi Lancer3 which had this awesome song in the background. I went to the Mitsubishi website, because most businesses who use music in televised advertisements tend to display the song and artist beside video footage of their commercial.
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Internet Hints Posted 19 May 2009 00:31

Today I have four "internet hints" to share. These are things that I had difficulty finding solutions for; so I'm publishing them here to make it easier for others to find.
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Miscellaneous Posted 17 May 2009 02:05

On this site, I have a section called my Notepad. It is merely a small database of notes, that I use for lots of things. For example:

  • Writing information to recall at a later date;
  • Storing ideas for future blogs;
  • Listing songs to purchase one of these days.

Today I decided that rather than creating numerous separate blogs on designated sub-topics of my notes, I'd just collaborate it together in this one. It's just becoming a little bit too messy with too many notes lately!
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What's the Sequence? Posted 30 Apr 2009 12:15
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Puzzle:
2, 8, 992, 1111099008, ?

Clue:
The pattern in this series is extremely difficult, so think of complex manipulation techniques to solve it.

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Crack the Code! Posted 26 Apr 2009 11:29
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Puzzle:
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10100010101
100010110110

Clue:
<B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B>O<B></B>R<B></B>S<B></B>E<B></B> <B></B>M<B></B>A<B></B>Y<B></B> <B></B>E<B></B>X<B></B>A<B></B>D<B></B>E<B></B>C<B></B>I<B></B>M<B></B>A<B></B>L<B></B> <B></B>H<B></B>A<B></B>Y<B></B> <B></B>O<B></B>R<B></B>S<B></B>E<B></B> <B></B>M<B></B>A<B></B>Y<B></B> <B></B>O<B></B>R<B></B>S<B></B>E<B></B> <B></B>M<B></B>A<B></B>Y<B></B> <B></B>I<B></B>N<B></B>A<B></B>R<B></B>Y<B></B> <B></B>B<B></B>A<B></B>Y<B></B> <B></B>P<B></B>A<B></B>C<B></B>E<B></B> <B></B>S<B></B>A<B></B>Y<B></B> <B></B>E<B></B>T<B></B>W<B></B>E<B></B>E<B></B>N<B></B> <B></B>B<B></B>A<B></B>Y<B></B> <B></B>E<B></B>A<B></B>C<B></B>H<B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B><B></B>

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Arthur's Big Hit Posted 17 Apr 2009 13:51

Now I remember seeing this particular episode of Arthur back in 2005 (although, this episode was released in the US during September '99):

Whilst the morals taught in Arthur are usually ethical, I really don't agree with what they're educating in this episode.
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Time Theory: Extended Posted 06 Apr 2009 03:27
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I have just realised that there is another possibility of what could happen if you tried to manipulate the past — and personally, I think that this theory is the truth of reality.

I should declare that the ideas mentioned in my previous post did not originally come from me — those ideas have all been thought up before; I merely explained them. The theory I am about to publish, however, was thought up by myself and myself alone.
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Time Theory Posted 04 Apr 2009 01:03
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If you have read about my interests, then you know how I just love Science Fiction; the very genre that “time travel” fits under =D

So firstly, what is time travel? If the term is not self-explanatory enough, it’s when you get from place to place by sitting in a new kind of vehical that is essentially a gigantic clock. This way you are always “on-time”.
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Is democracy REALLY fair? Posted 30 Mar 2009 05:25

I posed Timothy Foster a question the other day (see here):

In humans it is natural to have opinions on things that really don't concern us individually. In a democracy that when it comes to voting on a particular issue, everybody must vote to approve or reject the proposition. Is it fair that the people the issue does not concern, vote and their vote accounted for?

~ James Kanjo

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CSS — Complete ownership Posted 20 Mar 2009 12:18
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Today marks a day of complete ownership of my site layout.

Why? Because I changed the image in the page header to a creation of my own =D
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I violated the Wikidot ToS... twice! Posted 07 Mar 2009 06:02

Haven't I been naughty? I've done exactly what the title says: I violated the Wikidot Terms of Service, and I did it twice!

And you know what that means…
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It’s a beautiful day… for cancer Posted 28 Feb 2009 01:05

I was watching TV a couple of weeks ago, when this music video came on during the ad-break:

I thought it was brilliant. It's called It's a beautiful day… for cancer by Al Bino (yay, an Aussie!).
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New RSS feed Posted 28 Feb 2009 01:01
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Today I did some modifications to my site, trying to improve it.

You see, whenever I create a new blog post, or photo album, I tend to click the "save and continue" button quite a lot. It's a convenient safety habit I have to prevent data loss.

However; for those who use RSS feeds, you may download an "incomplete blog post"… that is, you download my "latest post" whilst I'm still writing it. Some RSS applications don't update particular posts if it has already being downloaded once. If you are one of these people, you may never see the post I intended you to see. Also, if you check out my photo albums, you may come across an empty one, because I still haven't finished uploading my photos.
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Upgrade? Posted 20 Feb 2009 12:58
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If you're always on the lookout for the latest news in the Apple community, then it will be no big surprise to you that thousands of people are anticipating their next operating system (OS): OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. The Microsoft community are doing the same thing with Microsoft's next OS: Windows 7.

But even when it comes out, we will still be challenged by the question that's been on our minds: Do we upgrade?
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If it ain't broken, then don't fix it Posted 15 Feb 2009 04:11

Pimples.

You know, I've never really had pimples. Supposedly, my healthy diet is one of the leading contributors to my healthy skin. Sure, I get the occasional pimple or two around my temples, but they are small, and I burst them within a couple of days.

Anyway, my mother gave me some anti-pimple cream some time last year. I said, "but why? I don't get pimples?", and just decided to avoid using it. But towards the end of the year, I decided to start using it everyday — it can't do any harm right? I mean, I don't even have pimples.
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New CSS Posted 10 Feb 2009 10:13

If you are an observant blog-watcher, you will have noticed a few changes in mine. For one, I changed the colour scheme to a deep red, and I've darkened the top navigators. You should also have noticed that the gaps between content-boxes has been significantly shortened — to 2 pixels, in case you were wondering.

Why?

The gaps between the tables are natural gaps — not manually configured ones. I had created extra columns and rows, using very complicated CSS to organise them (albeit, poorly). Whilst I thought that the larger gaps were more aesthetically pleasing, sometimes you just need to make sacrifices to keep things simple. It also improves the quality of the code in my site, and the coding itself is almost aesthetically pleasing! Compare the pair:
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Update: Worst day in history Posted 09 Feb 2009 06:10

UPDATE: WORST DAY IN AUSTRALIA'S HISTORY

The situation has now being dubbed the worst in Australia's history. The previous nine major fires have now become 26, with an additional 50 in New South Wales. The previous death toll of 24 has now escalated to 130. Police are now estimating it to exceed 200 lives. Entire towns have been wiped out completely — people are missing and families are displaced… everybody is traumatised. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has sent out the Army to assist firefighters against the numerous blazing horrors.
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Worst day in history Posted 08 Feb 2009 00:22

Yesterday, just after 3pm, was Victoria's hottest day in history — reaching 46.4°C (or 115.5°F). It so happens that I was working from 1 till 5, in an air-conditioned supermarket, and missed it completely. The cool change had come and when I left work it was just 42°C (107.6°F). Don't get me wrong, 42°C is too friggen hot for me; heck, 28°C (82.4°F) is too hot for me.

Bizarrely, the power didn't go out… it went out last week across the whole state — it couldn't handle the 45°C (113°F) weather. But on the hottest day in history, one week later, seemed not a problem at all. Perhaps they upgraded some electrical stuff or something.
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Daily achievements Posted 31 Jan 2009 04:19
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Going through all of my hoarded documents during my belated spring cleanout, I have been retaining useful ones, or extracting the useful information and storing it on my computer (so I can dispose of the space-taking papers).

I found this card saying "Where was Jesus in My Life Today?" Behind it are 10 questions that you are supposed to reflect on when you go to bed. Some of them are pretty decent, but others are just irrelevant to self-fulfilment… for example, Where was Jesus in my life today? That's just turning Religion into an intellectual sport (and we wonder why everybody is steering away from religion at younger ages).
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How to (un)highlight messages in Apple Mail Posted 28 Jan 2009 00:33

A great feature of Apple Mail is that you have the ability to highlight certain emails in your inbox. This is automatically done on all emails received from Apple (they are highlighted blue). You can create custom rules to highlight all emails from a particular person, subject or anything else you could think of.

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Piano: Reversed Music! Posted 24 Jan 2009 01:43
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Today I decided to experiment with my already made music… to play them in reverse!

Here is the reverse of Untitled:

℗ 2009 James Kanjo

Here is the reverse of Untitled 2:

℗ 2009 James Kanjo
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Mac Customisations Posted 23 Jan 2009 08:58

There were a few extra things I had to do to get my Mac the way I wanted it.

The most annoying thing that I found with my Mac was Apple's trademark startup sound:

Really, who wants to hear C Major when you turn on your computer first thing in the morning? And if you had your volume turned up loud before you turned off your computer, guess how loudly C Major will be played? You got it! Too friggen loud! I wanted to turn on my computer silently. And apparently, so do a lot of other people. I'm really surprised that there isn't an option in the System Preferences to do this… quite a mistake from Apple, in my opinion. There is a great program available to stop the startup sound. See here
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When we are doomed Posted 21 Jan 2009 22:13
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What was I like? What am I now? What am I going to be?

We tend to have a fascination with time, whether it be the past present or future.

There are people who judge others for something they have done. Then there are other people who say that that isn't fair as it doesn't matter who a person was, but who a person is now. But here comes along another group of people who ask "who are these people to judge somebody for what they are now? Is it not who they are going to be which is the most important?" So what is the most important? Is it the past; the very substance which our very present is the inevitible result of? Is it the present; our current perceptions and behaviour, our constant manipulation of the future? Or is it the future; the word that awaits us now, the result of our current actions and the complete story of our history? Ultimately, we are going about this the wrong way. Even if we discovered what is the most important consideration of time, who are we to question it, to change it?
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Piano: Untitled 2 Posted 18 Jan 2009 21:12
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The thing I don't like about my music is that it's a tad… repetitive. I get to a point where I play what I've already played, but in a different octave… or I might invert the hand roles. Here is the second song I've completed:

℗ 2009 James Kanjo

I really like this song… especially when the strings are in deeper octaves, which contrast nicely to the lighter piano chords.
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Piano: Untitled Posted 17 Jan 2009 01:00
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Here is the first song I've completed:

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MP3 Player Posted 17 Jan 2009 00:47

For quite a while now, I've been wishing for a web-based MP3 player to play MP3s specified via a URL address. Most MP3 players on the market require that you upload your songs to their servers, and create playlists for the MP3 player to run. This is quite tedious.

It was a great celebration when Squark posted how to do this on his developer blog.
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What is Utopia? Posted 15 Jan 2009 03:42

This is an article I published in September edition of The Heart of Saint Paul's back in '07. The Heart of Saint Paul's is the school newspaper that I created, as the school didn't have a student collaborated press. This was a huge achievement for me, as I was only in year 9 when I initiated it.

Anyway, I was in year 10 when I wrote this. It is extracted verbatim from the newspaper, I have not changed a thing:
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Everybody is perfectly equal Posted 09 Jan 2009 22:46

Today I posted my theory of perfect equality in a forum. Then I realised that I should be posting it here as well.

Everybody is equal because where one person is lacking, they have something else fulfilled, just as the next person. More explained, everybody has a container of skills that is the same volume as everybody else's, and everybody's skill container is full to the top.
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2009, tis a year of revelations! Posted 06 Jan 2009 11:05

Good evening!

I'm back from my Christmas Holiday and Camping trip at last! So much has happened in different communities whilst I've been away… it is difficult to catch up! And a few e-mails to read aswell.

I'm officially hooked with the Mac OS… line and sinker. Although the inconsistencies still bother me, it is such a sleek, refined, and natural interface. I would describe it as "humanised" with an intuitive interface (despite the difficulty of converting from other OSs). For example, one of my favourite features is the hand-gestures used on the trackpad to manipulate the system. With a quick swipe of the hand, all of my windows shrink and spread out neatly with Exposé. With a quick swipe in the opposite direction, all of my windows move out of the way to display my desktop. This is better than Windows' Flip 3D, as the windows overlap each other (thus concealing the window's contents partially).
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Quick evaluation Posted 22 Dec 2008 13:49

Okay, so today (well, yesterday… I'm up late tonight) is my tenth day with my MacBook. Let's have a quick evaluation.
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Hoorah! Computah! Posted 16 Dec 2008 11:28

I am very thrilled. At last I have saved up enough for a brand new computer. I actually bought the computer last Friday, but it took some time to set up.

Gone are the days of waiting 5+minutes to save a large picture file.
Gone are the days of "random bits of data corruption".
Gone are the days of not being able to watch videos or manipulate sound files.
Gone are the days of "random wifi disconnections".
And gone are the days of praying for an Apple Mac!
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Holiday Mode Posted 08 Dec 2008 03:47

Ugh.

It's finally that time of the year! You've been too busy with work/school/university and you haven't been able to get those small projects done. The excitement builds up and up, as the days counting down get smaller and smaller. And when the day comes, at last! You are free, and have all the time in the world to get those other projects done.
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Australia: A Baz Luhrmann Film Posted 30 Nov 2008 02:12

Last night I went to see Australia, the film that has been the advertising giant of all films for the past six months.
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Fake Viruses Posted 28 Nov 2008 07:26

My inbox had was intended to have this interesting life cycle:

  1. Recieve mail;
  2. Sort mail into folders.

But unfortunately, that didn't quite happen. Day after day my poor inbox is poluted with junk mail after junk mail. And I'm not talking about the kind from spam companies — I'm talking about the ones from my family and friends.

Now I don't mind the funny joke e-mails (in small doses), or the occasional "amazing photo" e-mail. It's just the chain e-mails that hooligans start up to create panic amongst ignorant computer users.
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My CSS is complete... sort of Posted 25 Nov 2008 10:20

intro: "intro: \"Hooray! I have finally completed the CSS code for this website!\n\nPreviously I was using a slightly modified version of Squark's Glass theme. I didn't like using it for a few reasons:\n\n# It wasn't my own work. I want my website to be something that I made;\n# Because the Glass theme is available to the public, it means that my website will not be unique;\n# As Squark mentions on the page, \\"[he's] still working on it. It needs some improvements.\\". He is referring to the fact that it is slightly incompatible with Internet Explorer 6;\n# The theme used many image files to make it look professionally pretty. This increases the page-loading time, and some web-browsers aren't clever enough to cache the images (downloading them again and again for each page).\n\nThe simpler your page is, the less complications across browsers.\"\nmain: \"I designed the current theme from Squark's Glass theme. I actually stripped his theme down slowly piece by piece, so that I could understand the code. When I felt that I finally understood how the CSS code worked, I rewrote my CSS code from scratch. Although it is not as appealing as Squark's, I like the simplicity.\n\nThe only thing I retained is Squark's image, which I have inverted the colours of to create a new image (which I quite like).\n\nThe reason I say my CSS code is \\"sort of\\" complete is because I can't make up my mind on something. I can't decide whether the outside colour should be grey (#E1E1E1) or blue (#4FCCEC). What do you think it should be? Click on the links to display each version.\n\nI'm happy now because I have finally got my first comment, and can see how the \\"Recent Posts\\" section renders comments =D\"\nsig: '1'\nafter: '[[module ThemePreviewer noUi=\"true\"]]'\n"\nmain: "intro: \"Hooray! I have finally completed the CSS code for this website!\n\nPreviously I was using a slightly modified version of Squark's Glass theme. I didn't like using it for a few reasons:\n\n# It wasn't my own work. I want my website to be something that I made;\n# Because the Glass theme is available to the public, it means that my website will not be unique;\n# As Squark mentions on the page, \\"[he's] still working on it. It needs some improvements.\\". He is referring to the fact that it is slightly incompatible with Internet Explorer 6;\n# The theme used many image files to make it look professionally pretty. This increases the page-loading time, and some web-browsers aren't clever enough to cache the images (downloading them again and again for each page).\n\nThe simpler your page is, the less complications across browsers.\"\nmain: \"I designed the current theme from Squark's Glass theme. I actually stripped his theme down slowly piece by piece, so that I could understand the code. When I felt that I finally understood how the CSS code worked, I rewrote my CSS code from scratch. Although it is not as appealing as Squark's, I like the simplicity.\n\nThe only thing I retained is Squark's image, which I have inverted the colours of to create a new image (which I quite like).\n\nThe reason I say my CSS code is \\"sort of\\" complete is because I can't make up my mind on something. I can't decide whether the outside colour should be grey (#E1E1E1) or blue (#4FCCEC). What do you think it should be? Click on the links to display each version.\n\nI'm happy now because I have finally got my first comment, and can see how the \\"Recent Posts\\" section renders comments =D\"\nsig: '1'\nafter: '[[module ThemePreviewer noUi=\"true\"]]'\n"\nsig: intro: "Hooray! I have finally completed the CSS code for this website!\n\nPreviously I was using a slightly modified version of Squark's Glass theme. I didn't like using it for a few reasons:\n\n# It wasn't my own work. I want my website to be something that I made;\n# Because the Glass theme is available to the public, it means that my website will not be unique;\n# As Squark mentions on the page, \"[he's] still working on it. It needs some improvements.\". He is referring to the fact that it is slightly incompatible with Internet Explorer 6;\n# The theme used many image files to make it look professionally pretty. This increases the page-loading time, and some web-browsers aren't clever enough to cache the images (downloading them again and again for each page).\n\nThe simpler your page is, the less complications across browsers."\nmain: "I designed the current theme from Squark's Glass theme. I actually stripped his theme down slowly piece by piece, so that I could understand the code. When I felt that I finally understood how the CSS code worked, I rewrote my CSS code from scratch. Although it is not as appealing as Squark's, I like the simplicity.\n\nThe only thing I retained is Squark's image, which I have inverted the colours of to create a new image (which I quite like).\n\nThe reason I say my CSS code is \"sort of\" complete is because I can't make up my mind on something. I can't decide whether the outside colour should be grey (#E1E1E1) or blue (#4FCCEC). What do you think it should be? Click on the links to display each version.\n\nI'm happy now because I have finally got my first comment, and can see how the \"Recent Posts\" section renders comments =D"\nsig: '1'\nafter: '[[module ThemePreviewer noUi="true"]]'\n\nafter: "intro: \"Hooray! I have finally completed the CSS code for this website!\n\nPreviously I was using a slightly modified version of Squark's Glass theme. I didn't like using it for a few reasons:\n\n# It wasn't my own work. I want my website to be something that I made;\n# Because the Glass theme is available to the public, it means that my website will not be unique;\n# As Squark mentions on the page, \\"[he's] still working on it. It needs some improvements.\\". He is referring to the fact that it is slightly incompatible with Internet Explorer 6;\n# The theme used many image files to make it look professionally pretty. This increases the page-loading time, and some web-browsers aren't clever enough to cache the images (downloading them again and again for each page).\n\nThe simpler your page is, the less complications across browsers.\"\nmain: \"I designed the current theme from Squark's Glass theme. I actually stripped his theme down slowly piece by piece, so that I could understand the code. When I felt that I finally understood how the CSS code worked, I rewrote my CSS code from scratch. Although it is not as appealing as Squark's, I like the simplicity.\n\nThe only thing I retained is Squark's image, which I have inverted the colours of to create a new image (which I quite like).\n\nThe reason I say my CSS code is \\"sort of\\" complete is because I can't make up my mind on something. I can't decide whether the outside colour should be grey (#E1E1E1) or blue (#4FCCEC). What do you think it should be? Click on the links to display each version.\n\nI'm happy now because I have finally got my first comment, and can see how the \\"Recent Posts\\" section renders comments =D\"\nsig: '1'\nafter: '[[module ThemePreviewer noUi=\"true\"]]'\n"
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Convert images to Wikidot tables! Posted 22 Nov 2008 12:26

On the 18th of November 2008, I thought up an idea of how you could display images. As you can specify almost all attributes of a table, including cell size and background colour, you could construct an image by making cells as small as possible and perfectly adjacent. I thought that perhaps I could convert normal images into tables.
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I've finally launched it! Posted 22 Nov 2008 04:03

Hooray! I have finally launched the site!

I've had the site deactivated in "private mode" for over a week now, and today I have set it up enough for it to be a pretty decent site. The hardest part was the home page. What do you put on the home page of a website dedicated to yourself?
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My first blog! Posted 14 Nov 2008 12:05

Well, this is my very first blog.

I must say, it has taken hours and hours to set this thing up — not because it is difficult, but because I am fussy and want to customise the CSS theme of this site. And I am cheating right now, you see, because at the moment there is something wrong with the "Hosted by Wikidot.com — get your free wiki now!" text at the bottom. It is too high up and should be on the same line as the "help|terms of service…" section. Also, there appears to be some unusual display in Internet Explorer 7.

Grrr. I will get around to fixing it soon though.
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