Archive for January, 2006

Zend Framework Raises Interesting Problem

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

In a recent Webcast, Zend showed off the syntax for their upcoming implementation of ActiveRecord. However the syntax shown is simply not possible in PHP5 – which has lead to a number of questions and comments from the community. Check out this post from Jeff Moore for some interesting reading…

PHP 5.1.2 Released

Friday, January 13th, 2006

The PHP development team just announced the release of PHP 5.1.2. This release combines small feature enhancements with over 85 bug fixes and addresses three security issues.

The feature enhancements include the following notables:

  • Hash extension was added to core and is now enabled by default. This extension provides support for most common hashing algorithms without reliance on 3rd party libraries.
  • XMLWriter was added and enabled by default.
  • New OCI8 extension that includes numerous fixes.
  • PNG compression support added to the GD extension.
  • Added –enable-gcov configure option to enable C-level code coverage.
  • getNamespaces() and getDocNamespaces() methods added to SimpleXML extension.

For a full list of changes in PHP 5.1.2, see the ChangeLog.

Thunderbird 1.5 Released

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

ThunderbirdThe new version of Thunderbird was released yesterday. Thunderbird 1.5 introduces several new features including a software update system, spell check as you type, built in phishing detector, auto save as draft, and support for deleting attachments from email messages. Message filtering has also been improved with new filter actions for replying and forwarding. Saved search folders can now search folders across multiple accounts. A great update to a great product.

Run Windows OS on a Mac

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

According to a comment yesterday by Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, the new Intel-based MacBook Pro and iMac will both be capable of running Microsoft Windows. Schiller noted that Apple:

"won't sell or support Windows itself, but also hasn't done anything to preclude people from loading Windows onto the machines themselves . . . That's fine with us. We don't mind . . . If there are people who love our hardware but are forced to put up with a Windows world, then that's OK."

First Intel Computers released from Apple

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

Apple has released the MacBook Pro running a Intel Core Duo processor and claims it runs 4 times faster than the PowerBook G4 with 8 times the graphic bandwidth. Features of the new portable include a built-in iSight camera, IR Sensor, Apple Remote, ATI Radeon x1600 video processor, and a new, innovative magnetic power plug.

For the desktop Apple has released the highly anticipated Intel-based iMac. It will be another interesting year for Apple as they roll out other Intel PC's in quick succession.

Firefox Tip: How to view the Cache easily

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

Here is a quick tip that I found very handy today when I needed to view the files in my Firefox Cache. To do this simply type about:cache in the URL bar and hit enter – you can then search though your cache and retrieve images and files easily.

Uploaded Wedding Photos to Flickr

Monday, January 9th, 2006

F1010018I have set up a Flickr account and just finished uploading our wedding photos. In the future I will integrate the Photo Albums (Sets) from Flickr with my weblog. So far quite impressed with Flickr…

Google now distributing Packaged Apps to the Desktop

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

Google not only is distributing videos now, it's handing out software. The Google Pack, announced at the Consumer Electronics Show, offers a single control panel for installing key software helper applications.

The Google Pack, available now, is able to install the following software:

Google Earth
Google Desktop
Google Pack Screensaver
Google Toolbar for IE
Mozilla Firefox with Google Toolbar
Adobe Reader 7
Ad-Aware SE Personal
Norton AntiVirus 2005 SE
GalleryPlayer HD Images

The service requires Google Updater, a smart application that can scan the computer's hard drive and determine whether it contains the latest versions of the applications, only downloading what's needed. There's one user license agreement and one console for all the applications.

Yup, Google is taking over the desktop…

Live Preview of Windows Vista

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

If you are keen to see what is coming in Windows Vista check out these two short videos from the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show:

The lazy way to create a Favicon.ico

Friday, January 6th, 2006

The favicon.ico is a small icon file that sits at the root of your website. It will display next to your website details in the browser address bar and in a Favorites/Bookmarks list. I have created a ICO file for this website which you should see in the address bar right now – it looks like this How did I create it? It couldn't be easier:

  1. Use imaging software to create your image 16×16 (pixels).
  2. Use the online FavIcon from Pics tool to convert your image to an ICO file
  3. Follow the instructions from FavIcon from Pics:
    – Download the ICO file
    – Upload the ICO to the root folder of your website
    – Insert the code in your HTML as described