I'm going to be in Mexico next week, so, of course, I am trying to figure out the internet connection availability. Not looking good so far. Thank goodness for my Blackberry. Looks like I can get voice and data for the low, low price (ha!) of $1.49/min and $.015/kb. Needless to say, I won't be doing too much yapping or surfing. I was planning to post daily pictures of the trip, but that doesn't look like it will happen. Where's a Starbucks when I need it?!
My lastest project at work has been to create a web form. Nothing too fancy, although the form does have to work in IE 5+, NS 6+ (I'm battling very hard to NOT have to code for 4.7), as well as Firefox .8+ and Opera 7+. I want to avoid tables if at all possible.
After doing a bit of googling on the latest web form trends and standards, I came across http://www.quirksmode.org/css/forms.html (since IE is a poor supporter of css). Seemed simple enough, but didn't work in NS--the label text disappeared. Addionally, my form was complicated because I had some navigation on the left (floated) with the form on the right; the
<br> tags screwed up the layout in IE 6--they cleared the first line of the form until the bottom of nav text on the left. I eventually fixed the second problem by floating the form wrapper
float:right instead of the wrapper for the nav
But still my NS problem remained. I then discovered that the NS disappearing
<label> text is a known phenomenon, but I wasn't happy with the workaround. My simple
<label for="name">First name<label><input id="name"...>
<label for="name"><span>First name<span></label><input id="name"...>
<span> added so that NS would display the label text.
But it didn't work in NS 6.0.
So I then decided to heck with the accepted norm of stying the form and I replaced all of that label code with a simple, styled
<h5>. My code now looks like this:
font:bold 12px arial, sans-serif;
<h5>First name</h5><input name="fname" ...>
My code is valid XHTML 1.0 Strict (valid css, as well) and displays in all tested browsers (haven't tested in IE 5/5.5 yet), so if my code is so 'bad' why does it work so good? And just how 'bad' is it?
We're in our new place (yah!) and things are good: plenty of parking, quiet neighbors, etc., but we have 1 problem. The way the condo is situated, it is virtually impossible for the DirecTV dish to get a clear view of the southern sky. We had to give in and get Time Warner cable instead. Yuck.
Although they have a DVR option, it isn't as easy to use as the real TiVo. And it is 30% more expensive. But the worst part of all is that we no longer get Nick 2. Now our SpongeBob and Cosby Show viewing is reduced by at least half. We're quite bummed out by this. On the up side, we do get Food Network on demand.
I admit I'm a little slow, but for those of you slower than I, here's an update: Webmonkey is no more. Now I have to find a new resource for all my web-related questions. Bummer.
My homework has been suffering this weekend because Bob & I are playing a new (to us) game: Rise of Nations. It's a bit of Age of Empires and Civilization rolled into one. Great game. Our enjoyment playing Age of Empires was one of the things that attracted us to each other when we met.
I finally did it. After 11 years as an AT&T Wireless (McCaw Cellular) customer, I finally switched carriers. After doing some research and on Rich Tong's recommendation, I went with a BlackBerry 7230 from T-Mobile. So far, so good.
For Christmas, Santa brought me a new camcorder. (The little Sony I bought in 1993 finally died, which wasn't so bad since it was analog anyway.) It isn't the 'must have' Mini DV format because the main purpose in owning the camera is to convert my 20+ Hi8 tapes to home DVD movies. I figured the cost to have someone do the work for me or to buy a gadget specifically for analog to digital conversion was the same price as the Sony TRV350, and this way I get the bonus of the camera to use for a least a few more years.
If I were one to make New Year's Resolutions, I would resolve to have all of my Hi8 tapes converted by year-end; however, since I am so far from even starting the first 2 steps in this process, I am fairly confident I won't get everything done by this time next year.<sigh>
For starters, I need to figure out what I'm doing. We played around with analog conversion a bit last spring with a borrowed camera, and the results were less than spectacular. I will be spending a lot of time online trying to figure out the best way to go about this. I'll likely start over at The Tong Family Blog where Rich has some pretty good info to get me started. I may just have to go over to Connie's dad's house since he is right up the road from me...
The second part of this adventure involves actually finding my old Hi8 tapes. I am 99% certain they aren't in the apartment anywhere, so that leaves 2 places—storage #1 or storage #2. If they are in storage #1, I won't find them until we move. Yes, it is that bad.
In the meantime, if you have any advice for me I would love to hear it. The comment line is open now...
Still haven't made a decision.
Came across a little site that helps you choose from all the plans: www.cellupdate.com. Enter your area code in the "Quick Search" on the left, answer a few questions, and the best plans for your interest will display. Pretty cool.
Also, the results of a poll about switching.
Monday is the big day I've been waiting for—I can switch carriers and keep my phone number. Problem is, now I don't know what I'm going to do; shall I stay or shall I go?
I have been an AT&T (McCaw Cellular even, I think) customer since 1993. And although I've had different phones (I think I still have enough of them somewhere around here that I could open a cell phone museum), I have had the same phone number for the past 10 years. This has been very convenient for friends in Seattle to call me at my Seattle number, even while I lived in Spokane, Denver and now San Diego.
My hesitation to switch carriers stems from not knowing whether it is my current phone or my phone service that is so horrible. Actually, I know my current phone is horrible—it is that dreadful little Nokia 3360 that often 'hangs' when I try to dial, has the alarm that only works part of the time and dies during calls (not related to a dead battery). The only reason I haven't upgraded it is because I didn't want to be stuck in another contract when this glorious number portability day finally arrived! Then again, maybe my service here is awful too—a lot of dropped calls. I have to admit though, that the service in SD beats the service in Denver.
Bob is a big Nextel fan. He is putting the pressure on me to switch; however, the handful of times I have used his phone I have heard a noise that I can only equate to a lawn sprinkler. I find this too distracting to have a conversation. He insists it must just be his phone, but I have yet to be shown otherwise.
Then there is the issue of plans—Nextel (if I can find a sprinkler-free phone) has a National Shared Plan, but it is only 1200 minutes/mo. Granted, our monthly minutes would be reduced by using the walkie-talkie feature, but 1200 minutes still isn't enough for both of us.
Then I looked at the Verizon plan, but I can't seem to find a family plan with the same coverage I currently have with AT&T (I have the 'Digital One Rate Plan' that they don't offer anymore...I can call from anywhere to anywhere without roaming or long-distance fees. None of this 'home area' stuff). I haven't heard enough good things about Cingular and Sprint to spend the time looking at their plans.
So the big happy day will likely come...and go...and I still won't have made the switch. It will probably come at a moment of weakness when the first cell phone salesman grabs me at a mall and tells me he has just the plan I need...