December 20, 2005

CFMX 7 Verity Error: com. verity. organize. WorkSpaceException

When creating collections in ColdFusion MX 7 via the Administrator or code, you might encounter the following error:

Unable to create collection {collection name}.
An error occurred while performing an operation in the Search Engine library.
Error opening the collection: com.verity.organize.WorkSpaceException: Path not found [VdkError_PathNotFound]. (-104)
The Verity collection directory tree contains a subdirectory called ws to act as a work space during collection creation. When that directory starts to accumulate directories and files, Verity may report this WorkSpaceException.

The work space directory on a "Server Configuration" installation would be

$CFHOME\verity\Data\services\ColdFusionK2_indexserver1\ws\ whereas if Verity was installed in J2EE configuration on WebSphere on Windows for example the Verity work space directory would be {driveletter}\ColdFusionSearchService\Data\services\ColdFusionK2_indexserver1\ws\ where the Verity bits were laid down in the ColdFusionSearchService directory as a sub-installation routine.

To resolve the exception and create Verity collections again, stop the ColdFusion MX 7 Search Service, remove all the contents of the ws/ directory, then start the Search Service.

December 15, 2005

Some Great CSS Tips

An ongoing collection of various CSS tips, experiments and techniques.

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December 10, 2005


OpenVPN is a full-featured SSL VPN solution which can accomodate a wide range of configurations, including remote access, site-to-site VPNs, WiFi security, and enterprise-scale remote access solutions with load balancing, failover, and fine-grained access-controls. Works on Linux and Windows

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November 20, 2005

The Search Engine Experiment: Who Really Has The Best Results?

A public experiment discovering which of the top three search engines (Google, Yahoo, or MSN) really offers the best results. By taking the test you also find out which engine you personally prefer (and it's a blind test, so prejudice won't effect the outcome).

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November 16, 2005

CableCARDs for PC's in '06

The real question is how long is it going to be before the DRM is hacked out of this thing? Press release as follows...

REDMOND, Wash. and LOUISVILLE, Colo., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp. and Cable Television Laboratories Inc. (CableLabs(R)) today announced they have reached an agreement that will allow Microsoft and PC manufacturers to bring to market digital-cable-ready Windows(R) Media Center-based PCs in the holiday 2006 time frame.

These Media Center PCs, capable of supporting a CableCARD(TM) module, will allow consumers to enjoy one-way cable programming, including premium high-definition cable content, on their personal computer and throughout the home on compliant network-connected devices, such as Xbox 360(TM), while protecting cable operators' investments in high-value content in a digital environment. Microsoft is working closely with CableLabs to document final approval of Windows Media(R) Digital Rights Management (DRM) as a content protection technology for OpenCable(TM) products that receive one-way cable content under the terms of this agreement.

"This agreement is an important milestone for our customers who want access to high-definition digital cable content on their PCs and a major step toward enabling a solution for the delivery of that content," said Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of the Windows eHome Division at Microsoft.

"The cable industry is very interested in having the PC serve as another means to allow consumers to enjoy cable programming," said Richard R. Green, president and CEO of CableLabs. "By working with Microsoft and the IT industry, we have come up with a solution to enable consumers to enjoy the wide range of entertainment options they want."

"This agreement carefully balances the need to preserve the flexibility of the personal computer for consumers with the need for cable operators to be confident that the hardware and software shipped with compliant Media Center PCs will function like a CableCARD-enabled digital television," said Glenn Britt, chairman of CableLabs and chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable.

The agreement is the culmination of more than two years of extensive evaluation and technical reviews performed by the two entities under the CableLabs OpenCable process to develop specifications and test suites for the new solution.

The specified OpenCable architecture allows for multiple DRM systems to be used in the device and ensures content providers of protected delivery of content to the PC. Microsoft(R) Windows Media Digital Rights Management is the first major DRM system to complete the due diligence necessary for approval by CableLabs.

The OpenCable project will continue to play an important role as the new agreement moves forward, allowing the cable industry to work closely with the consumer electronics and IT industries to innovate rapidly on the new specifications developed by Microsoft and CableLabs.

CableLabs will host interoperability events to enable vendors working on products based on these specifications to test products in CableLabs facilities and conduct more formalized certification testing. More information about the OpenCable project is available at .

Media Center PCs deliver advanced computing and easy-to-use integrated digital entertainment experiences. To date, Microsoft has sold more than 4 million Windows XP Media Center Edition licenses, and more than 130 PC manufacturers are offering Media Center PCs around the world. The cable industry supports more than 370 models of digital televisions manufactured by 22 companies that display one-way cable content via CableCARDs.

About CableLabs

Founded in 1988 by members of the cable television industry, Cable Television Laboratories Inc. (CableLabs) is a non-profit research and development consortium that is dedicated to pursuing new cable telecommunications technologies and to helping its cable operator members integrate those technical advancements into their business objectives.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

November 14, 2005

Night of the Nixie (clock) - Attack Of The Case

You know. These case has turned out to be the toughest part. I almost gave up.

If you seach Ebay and Google long enough, you can find all product ever made.

BEHOLD, the Nixie Case:

My name is Klaus. I am the BossMaster. All your concept are belong to me.

Google Analytics now live

Google is offering Urchin website analysis tool for free now.

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November 13, 2005

If you're happy and you know it, WATCH THREADS!

A bit dated perhaps (ColdWar Doomsday Era), but still effectively chilling in its delivery of the ultimate nuclear holocaust.

I stumbled across this movie while looking for the 80's TV Show The Day After. Someone made a comment that Threads made The Day After look weak, so I had to check it out. I don't want to give anything away, but this movie is awesome. I don't think there is a threat of total world destruction like this, but a global pandemic or biological attack could probably do the same.

As of late, I have had a knack for selecting movies with abnormal endings, and this one fits the bill. Set in Sheffield, England, the movie follows a few characters through the trials and tribulations of GLOBAL THERMAL NUCLEAR WAR. It is, without a doubt, one of the most depressing films I have ever seen. The Science Film-type narrations add to the effect.

Like I said, I don't want to give anything away, but if you watch the movie, pay attention to the manner in which the media is controlled and handles the whole crises.



November 11, 2005

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BBC Spooks

Just caught the final episode of Season 4. Unbelievable. Spooks has to be the only show that kills off every character without wrecking the whole lot. If you haven't seen it, you should. It's even chick-friendly.


Night of The Nixie (clock) - Part 1

So you want to make a cool Nixie clock but you have no skills? Me too, me neither.

Here is what I have some up with so far....

The best logic board/processor is from They sell it in both kit and assembled form. Since I have no solder skills to speak of, the assembled kit will do.

Now most GEEKOIDS will disagree (because they have yet to reach my level), but THERE IS NO GLORY IN THE BACK OFFICE. Maybe I will explain this in some future post, but the important thing to remember here is that 90% of the time/energy on this project should be making it LOOK COOL. No one really wants a PCB with some wires hanging off of it sitting on their desk. On with the show....

We need a case: There. I just saved you 4 hours of Googling. By they way, the technical term for these cases are Project Boxes. Duh! Why didn't that immediately come to my mind??

How about a power supply. No big deal, right? Wrong!

What about that GPS Receiver with the RS-232 interface. Well, it turns out that the RS-232 units are not nearly as prevalent as the PS/2 or USB models. They best I found is a Globasat BR-304. All others seem to require a cable kit which adds $$$$. Avoid Garmin.

Ok, so the core is done. Cut out the case to fit the boards in, etc. You will need to extend the 40pin plugs with a cable. These IDE Extension cables are expensive. You should make your own to save money, but here it is:

To add some flare to the project, some old school meter will due to trick. Try this search:
Look for the old looking ones (round). Pay attention to the scale of the gauge. You don't want to hook up a 1-300 volt gauge on 12 volts. That would be boring. Attaching a 1-200 volt dc voltmeter to the last seconds digit will yield a pendulum effect. Add another measuring the input voltage (12) and maybe the amperage (1).

Some cool switches are required. Check ebay. For the buttons one and two, they need to me Momentary Switches.

Ok, so all of the gauges and such are on. You need some cool graphics.
Print some stuff and the put the decals on.

Well. That is as far as this project plan has gone. Should have some pics and such in the next 2 weeks.


DVP 642 Divx Fix

Ok, if you are watching some 'homemade' videos on your Phillips DVP 642 that are encoded in Divx and the video is all choppy and pixelated, hit the system menu on the remote and then exit. The video should be fine.

This was originally discovered by Dr. K, but I am posting in his lazy absence.


November 10, 2005

New Linksys Wireless-G IP phone

"A new Linksys Wireless-G IP phone WIP300 has appeared to the public on the FCC pages. It will allow you to make phone calls using your braodband connection whether your at home, in the office or a public hotspot."

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November 9, 2005

AJAX PHPMyAdmin Database Manager Alternative

A single-page solution for exploring and editing databases from a browser. Edit data just like you would in a desktop application, without submit buttons or page refreshes.

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November 7, 2005

Only 37 out of 836099 gamers have 2 GB RAM or more

Valve Hardware survey results page. 47.77% AMD, 52.22% Intel Processors. 41.31% of gamers have under 512MB RAM. Kinda interesting to see how many low end "gaming" systems out there being used to play the Half Life family of games.

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November 4, 2005

My Myspace

I've been playing with this for a couple days. It's kind of fun. Add me as a friend!

Check me out!

October 12, 2005

Security consultant convicted of typing ../../../ into URL!

This poor guy has actually been convicted of hacking a site he was just checking out because he suspected it of being a phishing site. All he did was type ../../../ into the url.. what is the world coming to?

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October 11, 2005

UFO sightings using Google Maps

UFO Maps overlays Google maps of the US with sightings data from the National UFO Reporting Center.

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October 7, 2005

Call Level 3 - they're the ones that broke the Internet

If you can't connect to half the 'net, it's because Level 3 and Cogent are having a hissy spat over who's carrying more traffic, and Level 3 has responded by blocking access to their backbone. Call them at 720-888-1000 to tell them what you think.

Here's a link to cogent's site that shows their network status.

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October 3, 2005

Phone numbers of 20 congressmen who want the Broadcast Flag (again)

Twenty suicidal congresscritters are calling for the speedy adoption of a broadcast flag, trying to unmake the work that the courts did this past May when they killed the initiative.

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September 29, 2005

Atari re-releasing 2600 console

The console itself looks like a scaled-down version of an old Atari 2600, with faux wood paneling and other dated details. There are no cartridges to plug in, as technology advances have made it easy to stuff all of the games onto a small chip inside. And the controllers are exactly like the Atari 2600 joysticks of yore.

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September 27, 2005

Installing and using MythTV: Checking prerequisites.

You must ensure that any firewalls (either hardware, or a software firewall installed by your distribution) will not block access to the ports that will be used by the MythTV clients and servers on the "inside" LAN. The ports for MySQL (TCP port 3306) and mythbackend (TCP ports 6543 and 6544) must be open. It is strongly recommended that you do not expose the MythTV and MySQL ports to the Internet or your "Outside" LAN.

September 23, 2005

Spot the black helicopter, win t-shirt - Google Earth

Our recent spate of Google Earth and Google Maps probes - highlighting how the firm's tasty satellite imagery is threatening all decent Christian, democratic values with its hi-res imagery of military hardware - has provoked a mini-airburst of reader activity.

It doesn't necessarily have to be military stuff: more of Adolf Hitler's US hideouts would be welcome, as would hi-res imagery of nudist beaches or Steve Ballmer throwing furniture.

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September 21, 2005

At long last, MAME 0.100 is now available.

The latest official MAME release is version 0.100. Here is a list of whatsnew in the current release.

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PSP on your TV!

For only $120-$150, you can play your Sony PSP on your TV! You can even use a PS2 controller.

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Now that Opera Browser is free...

Once you download the new browser, heres a wiki page with tips and getting the most out of Opera.

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Indecent Request

What happens when you get a couple of $12 bottles of wine in you? Poor guy. Caution mild adult theme language.

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September 15, 2005

Google It You Moron.

Internet Lesson 101: Always check Google before asking a question.

Someone thinks you are a moron, and just gave you a link here because you asked a question that would have been easily answered with a quick Google search.

Next time search Google before asking a question, and only if you couldn't find anything should you ask someone for help.

Have a good day. ;)

I, Cringely . NerdTV . Archive . Guests | PBS

NerdTV is a new weekly online TV show from technology columnist Robert X. Cringely. NerdTV is essentially Charlie Rose for geeks - a one-hour interview show with a single guest from the world of technology. Guests like Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy or Apple computer inventor Steve Wozniak are household names if your household is nerdy enough, but as historical figures and geniuses in their own right, they have plenty to say to ALL of us. NerdTV is distributed under a Creative Commons license so viewers can legally share the shows with their friends and even edit their own versions. If not THE future of television, NerdTV represents A future of television for niche audiences that have deep interest in certain topics.

AJAX:Getting Started - Devmo

AJAX is a newly coined term for two powerful JavaScript features that have been around for years, but were overlooked by many web developers until recently when applications such as Gmail, Google suggest and Google Maps hit the streets.

The two JavaScript features in question are that you can:

- Make requests to the server without reloading the page
- Parse and work with XML documents

The term AJAX is an acronym. Its A is for "asynchronous", meaning that you can make an HTTP request to the server and do other stuff while waiting for the response. JA is for "JavaScript" and X is for "XML".

September 7, 2005

Save Carnivale

I'm pissed they aren't going to have a 3rd season of Carnivale. They cancelled it because the general public is too stupid to understand it. Thanks reality TV.

August 31, 2005

"Completely" silent uninstall for Acrobat 5 on Windows XP

The script line for the command prompt or batch file is as follows:

C:\WINDOWS\ISUNINST.EXE -y -a -f"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\NT\Uninst.isu\" -c"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\NT\Uninst.dll
-y bypasses the first set of prompts
-a sets "no to all" when or if it encounters shared files

August 25, 2005

Scheduling Robocopy Jobs

You can create Robocopy jobs that run regularly and automatically in the background to maintain local mirrors of remote directory trees. In Windows 2000, use the AT command, or use the SOON command with the Windows 2000 Schedule service. (The SOON command runs Soon.exe, a Windows® 2000 Resource Kit tool named Near-Future Command Scheduler.)

By default, the Schedule service logs on as the system account for the local system, which has no network access. Scheduled jobs run in the same context as the Schedule service. To run a scheduled Robocopy job, however, Robocopy must connect to network drives, which requires some additional configuration. The following sections describe two ways to accomplish this.
Using the Local System Account

You can leave the Schedule service running in the context of the local system account. You can then schedule batch files by using the following commands:

NET USE \\remoteserver\IPC$ /USER:userid password
ROBOCOPY \\remoteserver\sourcepath \\localserver\destpath ...
NET USE \\remoteserver\IPC$ /DEL

June 20, 2005

June 16, 2005

The end is nigh!

Now to see whether the future will be more like terminator or iRobot...

June 9, 2005

Install os X on your PC

I didn't try it but it seems like it should work. Post some comments if you try it and get it to run.

June 7, 2005

Don't copy that floppy!

No more Carmen Sandiego, no more Oregon trail! Tetris and the others will all fail! Holy crap its the end of the computer age!

Ub3r n3rd says that there are great reasons to own your own software. Like documentation!

Be a part of teh team, no more thiefn and stealin!!!1!1!!!one!!11!

Wiggy wiggy don't copy that floppy.

June 2, 2005

May 25, 2005

BBS Movie

I may or may not have had an 3lit3 C64 setup in my closet as a kid. And I may or may not have been arr3st3d by the f3d3rally.

This is a must view for eveyone who missed the glory days!

Sunburn Deep Itching Solved

Last night my sunburn started itching. This was very suprising since the burn actually occurred some four days ago. The itching sensation was maddening since it was very deep and nothing seemed to satisfy it.

I tried the following with no success:

Cold Shower (1 hr+)

Ice Packs

Calamine Lotion


Oatmeal Bath

Manually stretching the Skin (painful but no help)

Nothing seemed to work, so I went for more drastic measures. The following combo fixed it after about 30 minutes:

100 mg Benodryl

2 Tylynol PMs

2 BG Headache Powders

Liberal application of White Vinegar to the affected area.

Your results may vary and I do not suggest or condone the Benodryl dose.

May 21, 2005

The Darknet and the Future of Content Distribution

I found this on a post that was about the Episode 3 torrent and how George was going to lose .000024% profit. Since all of the people that will be downloading it will also be going to see it in the theater or buying some licensed product. He probably made all of his money for production back in licensing before the first ticket was sold.

May 17, 2005

Yahoo forces RIAA staff cutbacks?

Mark Cuban has a good point here. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

"As Barry Ritholz smartly pointed out in his blog, the introduction of Yahoo’s Music Unlimited Service sets the new marketvalue for all the music you can download in a month…5 bucks.

The RIAA can no longer claim that students who are downloading music are costing them thousands of dollars each. They cant claim much of anything actually. In essence, Yahoo just turned possession of a controlled music substance into a misdemeanor. Payable by a $5 per month fine."

Original story from

May 14, 2005


you.jpg needs you to google juice his way to the top. And he can only do it with his fans! Kindly place a link named you to on your website. If you do not have a real website, then put it in your blog, blag, online journal, web diary or whatever you kids are calling it these days.

May 11, 2005

Korean and Chinese IP blocks

Should you ever want to block the entire country from your servers.

CIDR subnet calculator

This calculator will show IP addresses with subnet masks in CIDR notation (

This will get you escorted out of the building.

Check out the source code on this site that offers web-design. While your at it make sure that your web developer understands that if you type something into a dreamweaver field it will probably show up somewhere...on the internet of all places.

April 19, 2005

April 7, 2005

Fun with Serial Consoles

Any cast iron rabbit wielding geek is bound to make it to the internet underground hall of fame. Its like the BK chicken but geekier.

April 1, 2005

Free DNS service - Easy, web-based domain manager -

Managed DNS Service - Did your registrar sell you a domain name, then leave you without any DNS? provides DNS, with an easy front end. Just type in a domain name and an IP address on a web page, then browse to the domain you've created, instantly!

Secondary Name Service - ZoneEdit's high-speed managed network is located across the US/Europe. Adding more DNS servers to your domain results in reliability and speed.

WebForward™ - Do you have a web site with a complicated address? Would you like to have a ""? Use our pathed WebForward™ service, and visitors will get transferred automatically!

MailForward™ - Easily forward to other email addresses using MailForward. You can set up a 'default' email for every domain as well.

Branded Site - Get your own nameservers and your own control panel to complement your firm's existing website. Give your clients secure access to only their own domains, and they'll save you time and money by editing their own DNS entries.

Our Network - All of our servers are colocated at top-tier NOCs, with redundant fiber connectivity, diesel backup and climate-controlled environments.

Dynamic DNS - Full free dynamic DNS support allowing cable modem, dsl, and dial up users to run web sites on your home pc.

Failover & Load Balancing - monitoring, failover and load balancing services for web servers

Backup Mail Service - Want to run your own mail server, but you're afraid of missing important e-mails? Our optional "Store and Forward" service will accept e-mails for you while your mail server is down or unavailable, and redeliver them when you're back up!

free DNS service and domain management for the first 5 domains that you add to your account

March 30, 2005

Find free disk space available on Windows with CFMX

This code will list the fixed disks and the free available space on them.

<cfobject type="COM" action="create" class="Scripting.FileSystemObject" name="Application.fso">
<cfset driveSpace=StructNew()>
<cfloop collection="#Application.fso.drives#" item="curDrive">
<!--- A DriveType of 2 indicates a fixed disk --->
<cfif curDrive.DriveType IS 2>
<cfset driveSpace["#curDrive.DriveLetter#"]=curDrive.availablespace>
<cfoutput>#curDrive.DriveLetter#: #int(trim((curDrive.availablespace/1024)/1024))# MB free</cfoutput>

March 21, 2005

WinMX - The best way to share your media?

WinMX - The best way to share your media?

What is WinMX?
WinMX is a FREE file-sharing program like no other. It allows you to connect, download, and share files with MILLIONS of other users through the decentralized WinMX Peer Network. Once WinMX is installed, you'll have access to one of the largest and most diverse networks of shared media files in the world. And unlike many other 'peer to peer' software providers, we respect your privacy and will never sell you out to spyware. When you download WinMX, you're getting WinMX and only WinMX, no bundled spyware, no ads, no B.S.

High performance peer-to-peer protocol
Multi-sourced downloading for maximum speed on broadband connections
Auto-Complete feature continuously seeks out new download sources, even after WinMX is restarted
Detailed bandwidth monitoring and throttling controls
Complete upload and download queuing system
Fully decentralized chat
OpenNap connectivity for expert users
Powerful docking window interface great for hi-res and multi-monitor systems
Compatible with most LAN configurations
WinMX respects your privacy and doesn't contain spyware

Windows 98 / ME / 2000 / XP
Pentium 166 w/ 64MB ram or better recommended

Sounds good, runs ok, overall not as good a Shareaza. Which can be found here.

Add your URL to Google

Add your URL to Google

March 10, 2005

Project Honey Pot

Project Honey Pot: Welcome!

Project Honey Pot is the first and only distributed system for identifying spammers and the spambots they use to scrape addresses from your website. Using the Project Honey Pot system you can install addresses that are custom-tagged to the time and IP address of a visitor to your site. If one of these addresses begins receiving email we not only can tell that the messages are spam, but also the exact moment when the address was harvested and the IP address that gathered it.

March 1, 2005

Stripe Snoop :: Homepage

Stripe Snoop :: Homepage

Stripe Snoop is a suite of research tools that captures, modifies, validates, generates, analyzes, and shares data from magstripe cards. The data is captured through different hardware interfaces (or stdin), the contents decoded into the correct character set, and then a CDDB-like database attempts to figure out what the contents mean.

February 25, 2005

February 24, 2005

Opening and writing to sockets with cfscript

I think I'm pretty close.

myString = javacast("string","test=Some crazy stuff here");
s = createObject("java", "");
os = createObject("java", "");
osw = createObject("java", "");
s.init("", 80);
os = s.getOutputStream();

<cfdump var=#s#>
<cfdump var=#os#>
<cfdump var=#osw#>

February 11, 2005

Booting raid1 second drive in rh9

You have to use grub to install the mbr and set the active boot partition on the second drive


device (hd0) /dev/sdb
root (hd0,1)
setup (hd0)

This should get it down...unplug the primary drive and reboot.

February 4, 2005

Simple non-bloated pop-up div info box for text links

Style Sheet Code:

BORDER-RIGHT: black thin solid;
BORDER-TOP: black thin solid;
FONT-SIZE: 10px;
BORDER-LEFT: black thin solid;
COLOR: #333333;
BORDER-BOTTOM: black thin solid;
POSITION: absolute;

Javascript Functions:

function Show(notes)
x = event.clientX + document.body.scrollLeft;
y = event.clientY + document.body.scrollTop + 15;"visible"; = x; = y;
Popup.innerHTML = notes;
function Hide()

Default Div:

<div id="Popup" class="HoverNote" style="padding: 6px; "></div>

Link Code To Display Text In Box:

<a href="#" onmouseover="Show(this.notes);" onmouseout="Hide();" notes="Text to display in box">Link Text </a>

January 27, 2005

This page contains both secure and nonsecure items

When using frames over https (ssl) some content must be present between the <noframes><body></body></noframes> html tags.

Dreamweaver leaves this blank by default which causes IE 6 to display the "This page contains both secure and nonsecure items" warning. Drove me nuts for an hour.

January 24, 2005

Someone stop the madness please.


Gregg Easterbrook offers a "Law of Doomsaying'': Predict catastrophe no later than 10 years hence but no sooner than five years away -- soon enough to terrify, but far enough off that people will forget if you are wrong.

January 20, 2005

Changing the display of the default "directory browsing" columns in IIS 6

You must edit the MetaBase.xml file of the IIS server. The default file location is C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\MetaBase.xml

MSDN DirBrowseFlags Reference

January 7, 2005

Dreamweaver MX 2004 startup crash fix.

Try deleting the site cache files, worked for me.

C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Macromedia\Dreamweaver MX 2004\Configuration\SiteCache

Macromedia - Dreamweaver TechNote : How does the site cache work?