CSS Reboot Spring 2006

So, I’ve decided to join in the CSS Reboot Spring 2006.

What is CSS Reboot?

The CSS Reboot is a community event for web professionals. May 1st, 2006 at 18:00 GMT Rebooters from all over the world will launch their web standards-based redesigns simultaneously, bringing traffic, interest and a little respect to their sites. There are no prizes or arbitrary winners, just great exposure and the knowledge that we all participated in something great.

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Thunderbird Update

I have been using Mozilla Thunderbird as an email client for years now. Today, while checking my email, I was notified that version was available. The client automatically downloaded the latest version behind the scene. I was then asked if I wanted to close and restart the client. I said no, not just yet, not until I send this email. When I finally restarted Thunderbird, it ran the install and updated my email client to the latest version. From first glance, I could not see the difference between the old and the new. I had to look at the Release Notes to see what’s new.

What’s New in Thunderbird

  • Improvements to product stability
  • Several security fixes
  • does not include Universal Binary support for Mac OS X.

I’m for product stability and security fixes. I like the automatic update feature as well. To date, I have been very happy with the Thunderbird. The client works fairly well with my Yahoo and Gmail accounts.

Guess What

Yes, can you believe it? More rain coming by tomorrow, but weather forecasters are saying it will only last a day. It has been the wettest spring ever. Unbelievable.

Google Taskbar

I installed Google Taskbar the other day. It was nice to know that this website has a rating of 6/10 in Google’s PageRank. Unfortunately, I had to part ways with it. The taskbar was very obstrusive. It had changed the way my browser (Firefox) rendered HTML forms particularly the search and input fields on my site. The input fields in the HTML forms were displaying a yucky yellow background color. It overrode the CSS rules. How rude! I wasted an hour troubleshooting it. I thought I did something in CSS since I changed it the night before. Then, it occurred to me, it was Google’s Taskbar. Off it went. Off my computer. Uninstalled.

HP Laptops

HP is recalling 17,500 laptops due batteries that could potentially be a burn and fire hazard. Several cases of batteries overheating have been reported in the United States. According to HP, the batteries were made in China. Hmmm, I’m wondering if I can get a replacement battery for my Fujitsu laptop. It does the same thing. It gets too hot on my lappie. I’ve been happy with my laptop. I just have a couple of complaints. Sometimes it gets too hot, and at other times, I get a hardware error when I flex the unit. Other than that, no other problems.

Oracle Linux

This is big. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison hinted that he may start a new Linux version. What will they call it? O’Linux. That sounds too close to be an Irish name. Ellison calls it the “bundled stack” with application and O/S rolled into one product. It’s going to be an interesting development in the coming months if this play will come to fruition. In the meantime, Redhat, Novell, Microsoft, IBM and Sun Microsystems are probably scratching their heads how this move will potentially affect their business.