Ben Langhinrichs

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Civility in critiquing the ideas of others is no vice. Rudeness in defending your own ideas is no virtue.


Mon 31 Oct 2005, 05:41 PM
Fortunately, it is only to go Trick or Treating.

Update: Phew, lots of candy and lots of scary monsters and beautiful princesses later.  My son only seemed to know three phrases, "Happy Halloween!", "Thank you!", and "Die, human scum, die!".  Fortunately, the first two were directed at the houses we visited, and the third seems to have been reserved for me.





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Mon 31 Oct 2005, 11:37 AM
I'll admit it, I have gone out of my way to avoid using JavaScript.  It just never seemed necessary when working with Notes/Domino, and it doesn't work well in the Notes Client, and, well, I just didn't really want to learn something new.  The times I have needed JavaScript, I have just reached out to the many smart people in Penumbra who know JavaScript and all sorts of wonders, so I didn't have to.

But working with these web based editors and CoexEdit has impressed me quite a bit.  You can do some pretty slick stuff with JavaScript (or JScript or ECMAScript or whatever the heck it is really).  I have had to actually dive into the inner workings of FCKEditor to add some new features I wanted to extend CoexEdit compatibility with Notes (adding local images and file attachments and doclinks from the web), and, with assistance, these are all working pretty well.  And, while I am hardly a JavaScript expert, I will start to count this as a language I am willing to learn to work with, rather than a language (such as Cobol) that I am unwilling to learn.  One baby step for most people, perhaps but one giant leap for me.

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Sat 29 Oct 2005, 07:32 AM
I read that Time stands still for Big Ben on CNN, and got all excited, but it turns out they mean the other Big Ben.

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Fri 28 Oct 2005, 05:45 PM
Man, what a week.

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Fri 28 Oct 2005, 01:07 PM
I am likely to expand on this later, but a reader in the support forum suggested I repost this here:

Question: Can text be placed on an image for display in a Notes Client?

Answer:  Yes.  In a few steps you can do it with native Notes and our Midas Rich Text LSX allows you to do it programmatically.  Take the following (disgusting) image:


Now, if you want to put a caption on this, you right-click on the image and get the Picture Properties



and I added a caption "Drop Dead Fred".  A hint here.  See how the option below the Caption is greyed out.  Click on the check mark and it will become available.  You can either have the caption below (but part of) the picture, or you can have it centered.  You can also change the font and color, although that is not obvious, by simply switching to the Text properties while you still have the picture selected.  Another trick, which I'll describe in my blog about this, will allow the image to be either above or below the center, to get:


I should warn you, Domino does not translate any of this to the web, so you might be better off making a table cell, having the image as the background image and then putting the text on top of that, which will translate to the web.  There are disadvantages to that approach, but it is an option in the Notes client.  Again, both options can be done programmatically with our Midas Rich Text LSX.


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Wed 26 Oct 2005, 10:51 PM
My daughter is coming home tonight from college for a visit, and if my wife is to be believed, my daughter is having a whole slew of blond moments.  Since she has always had lovely dark brown hair (for a somewhat blurry example and a glimpse of her awesome dress, see ABC News and Prom follow up), it is hard for me to picture my daughter blond, but they should be home in a few minutes and I guess I'll have a chance to see.  Which brings me, of course, to the subject of tattoos (my daughter does not have any of those, as far as I know, and if she does and I don't know, I don't want to know, so don't tell me).  Um, yes, tattoos.  How is it that a generation that thinks that no fashion should last more then about ten minutes and that thinks nothing of changing hair color, etc. etc. also likes the idea of permanent tattoos?  Did nobody explain permanent to them?  Yes, a green undulating lizard on your shoulder may be very "in" right now, but will it still be "in" next year?  It seems so long term for such a short term generation.  Oh well, if I understood, I guess I wouldn't be a parent.

I'll let you know how the hair looks.  I might even, possibly, be able to get a picture, but no promises.

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