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Archive for April, 2009

Need Recommendation: Solid Web Shop

Our company is looking to re-do our corporate website with a more marketing focus. We’re looking for a solid web shop, with tons of experience re-doing sites, and if possible, some level of ColdFusion experience.
Must haves:

  • Marketing experience (How to design sites, SEO, etc)
  • Great CSS Skills
  • Great Graphic Design Skills

Nice to haves:

  • ColdFusion experience

Are my requirements too basic?

Chambers calls Cloud Computing a "Security Nightmare"

Cisco’s CEO calls Cloud Computing a nightmare.
Read more @ http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9131998&source=rss_news.

Oracle to Buy Sun!

Oracle will own Java, MySQL, Sparc, Solaris, etc! IBM lost this round!
Read more @

Sean Corfield Sucks! (jk)

C’mon, dude, how long have we known each other, like 5 and half years? (I love to create a little controversy, especially in times like these.)
But no, its nothing really, except that he stole my idea of comparing ColdBox with Mach II and Model Glue. Oh well, I’ll continue with some other documentation about my experience with ColdBox.
Check out his great preso @ http://corfield.org/blog/index.cfm/do/blog.entry/entry/Comparing_Application_Frameworks_recording.

Lousy ColdFusion Job Posting #3

Am I the only one suddenly receiving a massive influx of ColdFusion (and non-CF) related job offers and propositions?
Today, i received another one that made me wince. I’m going to paste it verbatim. The city is spelled wrong, the requirement are EXTREMELY generic, and the only reference to the actual job is that it has something to do with ColdFusion and Lotus Notes.
I don’t know where the recruiters get my information, I haven’t looked for a job since 2005.
Here it is:

Hi Sami,
I will appreciate if you can send me your updated resume and
professional references
Please send at least one reference from your present project.
Professional References:
Manager Name:
Contact # Off:
Official Email id:

Name of the Organization:
Manager Name:
Contact # Off:
Official Email id:

Name of the
Req. ID: Req-4969Cold Fusion Developer
Primary Skills: ColdFusion Experience with interface of LotusNotes 6-8 ,SQL and MS Access.
Description: Our client is looking for a Cold Fusion Developer.

Required Skills:
Strong ColdFusion Experience with interface LotusNotes 6-8 ,SQL and MS
Access. Excellent understanding of software development methodologies.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Strong problem solving
and decision making skills

Other desired skills:
Cold Fusion Developer

ColdFusion certification a plus.

Rate: DOE,
  Job Type: Contract,
  Start Date: ASAP,
  Duration: 6 Months,
  Number Of Openings: 1,
  Location: Huston, TX
Respond to this requirement.    
Please respond with Resume, Rate and Phone numbers of the Consultant. Make sure the Consultant’s skills match the requirement.
I will contact you, if I need more information.

and Regards,



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IE 8 Compatibility View – Meta Tag, User Agent

By now, you have probably had a chance to play with IE8. Couple things as developers to note:
First, if your website is having issues, add this meta tag while you figure out the problem.
<meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=EmulateIE7″ />
Next, if the problem persists, it may be related to code you put to purposely look for IE 7. Check those User Agent Strings.
For more details, see:

I especially like this explanation by Microsoft from the 2nd link above.

Update your site to render in IE7 Mode

You may experience one of the following issues when you use Internet Explorer 8:

  • Misaligned webpage layout
  • Overlapping text or images
  • JavaScript functionality issues and errors

issues may occur because Internet Explorer 8 displays webpages using
“Standards mode” by default, whereas most current webpages are created
and tested to work with Internet Explorer 7 Standards mode.
Getting Internet Explorer 8 to always render a site or page like
Internet Explorer 7 can be done by simply adding a tag. No additional
changes are required.
There are two options for doing this:

  1. On a per-site basis
    The site owner can add the HTTP header:

    <meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=EmulateIE7″/>

  2. On a per-page basis
    The site owner can add a special HTML tag to each document, right after the tag:

    <meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=EmulateIE7″/>

The meta
tag retains Internet Explorer 7 rendering behavior while still
accessing all Internet Explorer 8 has to offer. This allows your site
visitors who are using Internet Explorer 8 a seamless experience while
you work behind the scenes to update your web properties. When your
site is updated to render in Internet Explorer 8, you can remove the
tag or continue to leverage the tag functionality, as it will remain as
part of Internet Explorer 8 upon final release.
Adding the Internet Explorer 7 compatibility tag should address most
display issues. However, browser detection may also have to be updated
on your site. To learn more, please read about the User-Agent String and Version Vector.
For more information on this specific meta tag update please see Some Web sites may not be displayed correctly or work correctly in Windows Internet Explorer 8. Other compatibility options are described in Internet Explorer Compatibility.

My Bio is Up

If you’re interested, my bio has been added to the “About Me” section.
Read more @ http://www.bytestopshere.com/page.cfm/about-me.

Is Apple going to buy Adobe?

Is Apple going to buy Adobe? I doubt it, but a ZDNet Analyst think so.
Read more @ http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=16221.

A Good Laugh – Government use of Acrobat Connect

In case you need a good laugh, check out this webcast. At least they are using it, right?
Webcast @ http://tcg.na3.acrobat.com/p63062211/
Turn up the audio!

Subversion 1.6.1 Released

See the text of the announcement below.
I’m happy to announce Subversion 1.6.1, available from:


The MD5 checksums are:

    95708b96b920faeffca017f43ec96777  subversion-1.6.1.tar.bz2
    32014fe70397357fa1e0ef8f937a0232  subversion-1.6.1.tar.gz
    e6d1871ac64a16417773abc4da0a4520  subversion-1.6.1.zip
    4c76dd10a3767db04717e357dc090348  subversion-deps-1.6.1.tar.bz2
    75e1493c02a56b5aadc24326d963326c  subversion-deps-1.6.1.tar.gz
    081553b5693e0b0cb266f7ca56f25b10  subversion-deps-1.6.1.zip

The SHA1 checksums are:

    de01efed25505d689c369a67fbf9b2d2f02e4795  subversion-1.6.1.tar.bz2
    aad29d357ad58206570b0049bd8a565e9529d908  subversion-1.6.1.tar.gz
    c6a3653a08c9700fce3663e9e2a234bf958ea9f3  subversion-1.6.1.zip
    17dfee86ca0187b9171242db25087b6f48cbed8d  subversion-deps-1.6.1.tar.bz2
    1493f18ee9143da746356198ea7013823585f159  subversion-deps-1.6.1.tar.gz
    4cda3414d9aba0902db22181241bd678f6567bb9  subversion-deps-1.6.1.zip

PGP Signatures are available at:


For this release, the following people have provided PGP signatures:

   Senthil Kumaran S [1024D/6CCD4038] with fingerprint:
    8035 16A5 1D6E 50E2 1ECD  DE56 F68D 46FB 6CCD 4038
   Paul T. Burba [1024D/53FCDC55] with fingerprint:
    E630 CF54 792C F913 B13C  32C5 D916 8930 53FC DC55
   Mark Phippard [1024D/035A96A9] with fingerprint:
    D315 89DB E1C1 E9BA D218  39FD 265D F8A0 035A 96A9
   Bert Huijben [1024D/9821F7B2] with fingerprint:
    2017 F51A 2572 0E78 8827  5329 FCFD 6305 9821 F7B2
   Hyrum K. Wright [1024D/4E24517C] with fingerprint:
    3324 80DA 0F8C A37D AEE6  D084 0B03 AE6E 4E24 517C
   Arfrever Frehtes Taifersar Arahesis [1024D/0FF33963] with fingerprint:
    F699 87DA C1B7 BF23 B85F  13A5 60CF 6A81 0FF3 3963
   Kamesh Jayachandran [1024D/ED184C2C] with fingerprint:
    3E5B 5C1D 1CA6 A611 2787  9B4B DD61 EFC8 ED18 4C2C

Release notes for the 1.6.x release series may be found at:


You can find the list of changes between 1.6.1 and earlier versions at:


Questions, comments, and bug reports to users@subversion.tigris.org.

- The Subversion Team


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