jQuery Plugin for Keyboard Hooking.

I rewrote (granted permissions by author) the great JavaScript module by Binny V A shortcut.js as a jQuery plug-in.

Code Sample and download a pre alpha version are available at Google Code

Cheers,

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Uncache IE Ajax Cache (XHR GET)

In IE (v: 7.0.5730.11) all GET request are cached. Go figure why.

In order to solve this issue, you can either switch to POST, or add a time stamp to any url you send.

function uncache (url){
return url + "&uncache=" + new Date().getTime();
}


Who made reddit?

Today I noticed that Aaron Swartz’s name is missing from the list of those who made reddit. For some reasons I think the name is missing on purpose.
When I read Aaron’s post Office Space, I felt the same as I felt When I read How Software Company Dies. These are the mistakes done every day everywhere by so called decision makers.

As far as I can tell, in my opinion, firing Aaron Swartz is one of the biggest mistake a software company can make. There aren’t many Aarons in the universe, and if you were lucky enough to came across one, and shake his hand, leave your hand at there, that is, don’t let the person go. It seems like the guys at Wired probably don’t get it.

Making mistakes is one thing, being evil is another.

This is the current page at reddit.com
(http://programming.reddit.com/help/team_reddit)

current-who-made-reddit.png

This is the one I managed to find at Internet Archive
(http://web.archive.org/web/20061222002224/http://programming.reddit.com/help/team_reddit)

archived-who-maed-reddit.png

Related links:

PS: It would interesting, seeing this post in reddit


Looking at gift horse in the mouth (or Google Reader is missing a core feature)

I know they said: don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Yet, since I have been riding on this horse for so many miles, I feel comfortable to point out few missing features I believe would make this a-grade web application even better.

I could not believe that a *Made In Google* application will miss a search function. Can you?

Every day I go over dozens of RSS/ATOM feeds, I sometime tag the important/interesting/future reading post, or even share them. Yet, if I ever wanted to re-visit a site or blog for an article I’ve read, or wanted to read but didn’t have the time when it was originally posted, and I found myself scrolling over thousands of post hoping to get lucky and finding what I am looking for.

In sum, Google Reader Team, Thanks for this great application, It helping me allot and saves me time every day. However, I believe that by adding a search capability, is necessary.

Update:
Google reader now has that desired function: See at
http://googlereader.blogspot.com/2007/09/we-found-it.html


10 Years of Rendering Proprietary Vector Graphic Content

1997 was the releasing year of Macromedia Flash 2. Since then, GNU/Linux became the most progressive operating system, mySQL is one of the most popular database on earth. Firefox has bitten and beaten IE, and Open-Source software is the hottest thing Intel processors ever calculate. Yet, at this moment, in case my artistic soul has the desire of rendering slickly content over the web I am bound to do it using proprietary software.

The only browser which fully supports SVG is Opera, Firefox implements many features but not all. VML comes from the same streets that Windows came from. Canvas is owned by Steve Jobs, Flash is a proprietary of adobe [and I don’t feel like going into WHATWG and HTML5 and all the political arguments].

In March 2001, that is 6.5 years ago, Jeffrey Zeldman published an article titled: “SMIL When You Play That” and yet, I can barely remember myself seeing websites using this method.

On the other hand, in the  DHTML/DOM/JS field, we have many of the same, a great collection of community supported cross-browser libraries such as: YUI; Prototype+Scriptaculous;  jQuery; Mochikit; Dojo and many more, each of which dose more or less the same, making web development as easier and elegant as possible.

I wish I had enough time and knowledge require to push this into Mozilla. I just think it is time to do to Flash whatever was done to IE and Windows, taking away the monarchy and give us the freedom and comfort of open sourced technology.