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The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
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River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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So yeah, I have so much to rant about... >_>

For the past month and a half, I've been rotting, wasting away in my own personal Hell. Like seriously, if I majorly screw up my life and I die and find myself face to face with the red guy, he'll let out a hideous laugh and make me replay the creation of this last website for all eternity.

It all started when we inherited a client from one of our competitors. We were told we'd be styling a ZenCart, which I know to be a decent system based around the concept of XHTML and made with CSS styling in mind. Well, if more of the world knew what valid web markup was, this competitor would be out of business tomorrow. What we got was a completely "customized" version of the ZenCart template system - written in 2003 with markup techniques from 1998 - intermingled with a few bits of osCommerce, and laid out completely in tables! UNHOLY TABLES THAT HAUNT MY DREAMS! WHY!? WHY WOULD YOU REWRITE *tranquilizer* ...

Uhhhhhh... Mmmhf. Whoa... sorry.

Seriously, you may have had a few chuckles in the past at my occasional tirades against website layout techniques that use tables - "Heh, listen to the funny crazy man, but don't get too close 'cause he's got rabies" - but trust me if you don't know firsthand: Taking a designer who expects a semi-semantic XHTML layout, handing them tables, and asking them to style it anyway is like telling a lumberjack to cut down a tree, but instead of a chainsaw, handing them a Dremel. Yeah, it can probably be done, but it will take significantly longer and be incalculably more frustrating.

Case in point: The site design I created uses a fill effect with an upper highlight behind the page header, and this fill effect extends to the very edges of its content area. My design used an h1 nested in a decorative div to accomplish this using the CSS background and border properties. The problem?: the templates used tables with an inline attribute declaration of cellspacing="2px" cellpadding="2px", moving the content area four pixels away from the top and side edges it needed to abut. Instead of being able to change a CSS property, I ended up having to change the same line in every template that outputted a header.

And this wasn't a nice easy number, oh no. Instead of having an actual "template" template system, this system equates "template" with "page with PHP conditional statements on it that echos HTML". I found myself deluged by a torrent of 'templates" - 86 page templates, 36 section templates, and 23 structure templates. Of the myriad, I ended up having to change the same line in 77 of them.

And don't even get me started on IE6. The layout worked perfectly in the test area where I developed it, all nice and CSS-y - even in IE6 - but once the tables were inserted, it was "goodbye" to sanity and "hell-freaking-o" to interminable troubleshooting. Miscalculated container margin glitches cause properly-calculated 100% width blocks inside to clear below the sidebar, transparent PNGs still don't work (yeah... <_<), and something I've never encountered before caused a hard-crash of IE6 on XP systems (why the heck they'd still be running IE6 on XP I'll never know) - it doesn't replicate in the stand-alone extraction of IE6 I used for troubleshooting on my computer, so I can't even recreate the error to know whether or not I've fixed it.

So yeah, Dan's been gone for a while again. Dan's been in Hell, and he doesn't want to have to go back. :cry:

But anyway, how's everybody doin'? Oh wait, this is the Rants thread - probably not the best place to ask. ;)

I am not a mechanism, I am part of the resistance;

I am an organism, an animal, a creature, I am a beast.

~ Becoming the Archetype

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Glad you could come up for air CMD. Things are going fairly well over here. I just finished a paper that's due in 15 minutes. :wink:

Oh yeah, a rant. Uh, Our computer teacher just "upgraded" the computers in the computer lab to dual core Celerons. Bleagh.

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Now wasabi nuts, they iz da metaphorical bomb! Once you've got past the burst of flame that erupts inside your mouth, they taste so, so, sooo nice!

*Looks at where I'm posting this* Oh, wait:



"I am the anarchist, I am the antichrist, I am the walrus, G'JOO G'GOO G'JOOB!"

I dig a pygmy, by Charles Hawtree and the Deaf Aids. Phase One, in which Doris gets her oats.

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My rant: I have been installing Visual Basic.net for atleast an hour and all I've gotten to is installing the .NET framework 3.5 SP1, and its been sitting there for almost the full duration of time.

When I installed that, it took a while and it looked like it wasn't moving at all, but it should start zip through it soon...at least that is what happened to me.

My Rant: too much homework, too little time :shock:

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You actually plenty of time, just need to stop procrastinating less. :wink:
Actually i don't have that much homework, I just couldn't think of a rant cause I was just trying to reply to aeonix's post.

(Going to do my homework now) :wink:

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Yeah it just zipped through after that. :D

Thats the downloader. It downloads the framework and then installs it. It did the same for me as well for both VB.NET and C#.

(one of the things I like about Java, you install Java that is needed for web apps and programs and you got the tools for compiling Java programs. All you need to do is open up notepad and make your program.)

RANT: I am at work for 4 hours with notthing to do at all. I got a program to write but it will only take me two mins to do the last few lines of code. I got UNIX Labs and Assignments to get done but I am not in the mood to play with UNIX or Linux. I would start doing my website layout for a website I am hoping to get up and running soon but I don't got Paint.NET. What makes that look even more bad is the fact that a year or more ago I did a tutorial on how to take Paint.NET with you with out installing it :roll:.

.... What to do, What to do. .... The computer I am on has a DVD player and I know it can play movies as I installed the codecs for it ... wait I would need a movie for that idea :(.

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I found a way to pass the time and now only got 15 mins left :P. I did something I like doing, building computers. Well I did part one of it. I made a list of parts and prices for a mid range build of a computer that is good for office / programming / gaming / upgrading with no problems. A friend is in the market for a new computer to replace there 6 year old one and wants to get in on trying some gaming. Seeing he does not know what hardware to look for and does not want to pay to much for something that is over kill or pay to little for something that is garbage. I did up a system that will be no problem for his programming as he is a programmer, no problem for playing games like CoD4 on Max settings, loads of storage for video and burning files, and fast.

Total: $1,133.45 CAN

When I build my system it costed me $5,000 CAN. Now parts are so cheap that when I did up his computer what would of costed $2,500 - $3,000 a few years is now only for about $1,200.

So I will show him the specs on Monday and see what he thinks. I can still take off a few $$$ for him and still have a mid range system. NOTE: My term of mid range is more then likely what you call high end. High End for me is servers, Overkill is above servers lol.

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My rant: A pixel on my screen is angry. I don't know where it is exactly, but I know that there's a small area on the middle-right of my screen that, whenever a bright area is near it, makes a high-pitched noise. Very annoying.

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