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CSS z-index Problems

I’m working on a tabbed UI within the browser using CSS. Everything looks okay on Mozilla, but not on IE. As near as I can tell, all the browsers I tested are ignoring the CSS z-index property, even though everything I read says it should be supported. I also uploaded the¬†source. Anybody got a clue what the problem might be? Am I just misunderstanding the use of z-index? Update: It’s fixed! Kim Grasman and Hugh…

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Gnomedex Wrap-Up

I didn’t really blog the conference. I missed some of it, anyway. I mean, who wants to get up for 9 A.M. talks when it’s a semi-vacation? ūüôā Here’s a smattering of random thoughts about the show. Speakers Nelson Minar¬†of¬†Google¬†talked about a lot of aspects of Google, but focused heavily on their advertising. To their mind, Google is not just about searching the web, it’s about presenting information that’s useful to people. To that end,…

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Power Tripping

For at least a week now, my desktop PC has been DOA from a problem that manifested itself as hard drive failure. The drives (2×120 GB SATA in a RAID-0) were making odd noises, screeches and whines and causing data delays. After talking it over with a couple people, I decided to crack open the case and take a look at the power situation. For some reason, I’d thought that I had my¬†Enermax 465¬†in this…

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New .NET Centric Article Site

I have launched a new community .NET-centric articles site at: http://www.dotnetdevs.com/ The site really has two purposes. The first motivation is to have a non-corporate site that provides high quality .NET related content. I want a place where smart people can come and publish their thoughts without the heavy infrastructure of a professional site, and without the random chaos of a public contribution site. I want people to think of DotNetDevs as a place they…

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Refactoring Tool

A Visual Studio.NET plug-in for¬†refactoring¬†is available from¬†www.dotnetrefactoring.com. I haven’t tried it yet, so I can’t comment on how well it works. A downloadable demo version is available on the site. Personally, I’m okay with paying for it (and the price doesn’t seem too outrageous), but¬†I’m a little dismayed that the source isn’t available, given the scant few refactorings it can do. A refactoring tool is only going to be useful when I can write my…

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MediaLounge

Someone asked me what my recommendation was for wireless media players for the home theater. I own an Audiotron, but it‚Äôs really a compromise device and shows it years old age. I dug around and found this little nugget:¬†D-Link MediaLounge Wireless Media Player with DVD Player. A seemingly impressive device for under $300: 802.11b/g wireless (with WEP and WPA) and 10/100Mbit Ethernet Audio support: MP3, WMA, WAV, Ogg, AIFF, CD Video support: MPEG-1, -2, -4,…

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Triple Boot

All my boxes (and Lisa’s, for that matter) have conspired to “fall apart” at the same time. Unfortunately, the time I spent a couple weeks ago toward making things work, just didn’t work. My dev desktop clearly needs to triple boot: Windows XP Home Windows Server 2003 Linux I have game issues when the dev stuff is installed, and my DVD ripping software doesn’t work in 2003, so I’ll use XP Home for games and…

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Microsoft and Standards

Back in 1993 and 94, I worked for a then-well-known software company called FTP Software. Their business was TCP/IP stacks and applications. (Bear in mind that the first web browser — Mosaic — hit the market in 1993, so back then the ‘net meant nothing to the average consumer.) We went to Microsoft in April of 1994, to an interop testing event held by Microsoft called the PPP-a-thon. The idea was that you got all…

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Power Loss

We loss power at the house yesterday, which served as a reminder that the insubstantial (and crappy) UPS that I’d been using was not at all up to the task of keeping my main desktop PC running. So yesterday evening I made a stop at Best Buy and bought a honkin’ big APC Back-UPS XS 1000. I’m reminded what a great quality product APC makes. The old serial interface has been replaced with a nice…

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ASP.NET on Windows 2003, Solved

Tomas Restrepo¬†led me to the solution to my ASP.NET 1.0 problem in IM tonight (see? it’s already paying off). The essential issue for me was one of security: the default settings for IIS 6 do NOT allow you to run un-approved ISAPI DLLs. There’s a¬†Microsoft support article¬†that sort of describes the process in a generic sense, but I thought I’d tell you what I had to do explicitly. When you run aspnet_regiis for ASP.NET 1.1,…

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