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New home for web apps

I’ve migrated the web apps to their own subdomain, so you can find them over at apps.mingteo.com—I hope people find them useful ^_^ Chinese flashcards This app is tailored to the Confucius Institute’s (孔子学院) classes, currently from Beginners up to … Continue reading
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Making the switch

I don’t know much about databases and system administration and all that jazz. I’m quite willing to admit that, without an easily pressable and instant Undo button, I am most likely awful at it. However, thanks to a couple of … Continue reading
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An iPhone happy website

Developing websites for mobile devices has come a long way since I first started research on the subject; the only vaguely useful device for browsing was the Palm, and it had a really, really awful stripped-down version of Internet Explorer … Continue reading
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Let us settle this please

Look, I’m not saying Google Chrome is a bad browser. In fact, I do quite like the responsiveness, address bar intuitiveness, and modular nature of the tabs. I’m not as much a fan of the fact that there isn’t much … Continue reading
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Mayday, mayday, (S)FTP is going down

SFTP and FTP users of blogger will no longer be able to do so. So says the powers that be, they’ve (almost ironically) created a blog to the matter, Blogger FTP info. While I didn’t necessarily mind initially, reading up … Continue reading
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Quirky margins on inline elements

We all know that IE 6 will display a carriage return after a block-level element inside another block-level element, one such example being an unordered list, converted into menu navigation. The simple fix is to set the list-items to display … Continue reading
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Trials and tribulations

When I set out to connect to the work network from home, I thought it’d be a fairly easy thing to do™. All too soon, I was to find out, this is certainly not the case. I am convinced that … Continue reading
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Google Chrome

Positives It’s really fast The UI is quite easy to use and comprehend Tabs containing the address bar, navigation buttons et al, rather than the other way round, actually is more semantic and intuitive It uses webkit, not a proprietary … Continue reading
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Anchor pseudoclass issues in Internet Explorer 6

I’ve never come across this problem in all my years as a developer, and needless to say, it frustrated me no end. Everyone knows the LVHA rule, or LoVe HAte (if they don’t, they should know that :link comes first, … Continue reading
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A List Aparts Web Survey 2008

I took it:
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Announcement

I forgot to mention one last thing: I have let the onegaishimasu.info domain expire, due to spam issues with *.info domains. I will continue everything as normal with the mingteo.com domain.
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Marrying strangers in coffee shops, and Firefox 3

Well, managed to find it. Marrying strangers in coffee shops. Hope you enjoy … whoever’s there. By the way, Firefox 3 came out today. Go get it. It’s pretty cool. I’m not really seeing this supposed “smaller memory footprint,” but … Continue reading
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Digital SLR

I was lucky enough to have a few things to help me in my decision not just whether or not to buy a Digital SLR camera, but also which. One is the Internet. There’s a lot of useful information if … Continue reading
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Are the spots worth it?

I personally like White Bengal Tigers better. But, I suppose to be fair I should give it a go and make some kind of semi-objective judgement. I’ve had Leopard since a couple of days after it came out in Australia. … Continue reading
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Email followup

I’m sticking with Thunderbird. Its filtering system is more robust, accessing emails is faster (though, I notice a decent wait on getting emails through Gmail IMAP, though I hope if it’s popular enough they’ll upgrade services and make it faster) … Continue reading
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