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FlashHacker - fullscreen flash video for dual monitors

Posted by james on April 4, 2010

FlashHacker - found this via Lifehacker, and it's improved my dual-screen video watching *immensely*. I've hated that all flash video can go full screen, but then when I'm working in another window there's no way to keep it there. It keeps going back to tiny window.

With FlashHacker, any full screen flash will stay that way until you press Escape, which means I can be working on my main monitor while full screen flash plays on the second. Amazing!! So simple, but it's increased my flash satisfaction by roughly 80%. Love it.

Thanks google, still annoying for multiple-email addresses

Posted by james on Feb. 23, 2010

I use gmail, and love it. I have no less than 10 different "From" emails that I can send mail as, for my different roles in different companies/friends/public/private, etc. And I have even more emails that all forward into my mailbox. This is great.

However, I also use google docs, calendar, and chat. These are amazing tools that do note work with multiple emails. I just got a calendar invite from someone to my @something.com email. However, I want to use it with my gmail, which is an @gmail.com account. I receive the email in my @gmail.com inbox, I can click on the link, but then I'm forced to log into my @something.com google account to see that calendar.

I don't want to do that. I want to add this calendar to my main gmail account. I can't do that without telling the person to resend another invite to my @gmail.com account. So even though they may email me at james@business.com, or james@personalwebsite.com, I'll have to tell them "Please resend to embarassing_personal_email@gmail.com account."

The same goes for google docs and chat. I constantly get confusion over what my "real" email is. It's definitely not the one I keep sending around to people so they can add me to their google chat/talk/docs/calendar apps.

So there's google apps for domains, which seems like it should handle this quite nicely. Instead of @gmail.com, it directly handles an @mydomain.com account. It also works for docs and calendar. Great! Except--- it DOESN'T SUPPORT CHAT!!! What the heck??

Plus, there's the glaring fact that I still cannot have a single account with my @personal.com calendar invites and my @business.com calendar invites all in the same place.

What google really needs are account aliases. Forget google apps for domains, which is a 60% solution. Just give me the ability to add "james@business.com" to my existing "something@gmail.com" account, and then I can use that for ALL their apps where I would normally use my gmail.com address. So people can chat with me at james@business.com or james@personal.com, and the same with docs / calendar / email. On my end they'll all dump into the same "inbox" (or calendar, or chat window, etc) and I can then choose to filter to different inboxes (like gmail), or leave it all merged.

This would solve so much. Please google. Clean up your mess!

More IE madness: Internet Explorer 7 does not support min-width for tables

Posted by james on Feb. 4, 2010

This is maddening. IE7 "supports" the CSS min-width property. I use quotes, because it truly doesn't. This works:

<style>
div {
width:80%;
min-width:500px;
}
</style>

<div>
This grows with the page, but has a minimum width too.
</div>


That's great, and very useful. But this does not work:

<style>
table {
width:80%;
min-width:500px;
}
</style>

<table>
<tr>
<td>
This is broken.
</td>
</tr>
</table>


So while IE7 supposedly supports the min-width property, it doesn't work in this situation. What a huge pain in the butt. And how completely typical for IE.

This is a quick-fix hack:

<style>
div {
width:80%;
min-width:500px;
}

table {
width:100%;
}
</style>

<div>
<table>
<tr>
<td>
This grows with the page, but has a minimum width too.
</td>
</tr>
</table>
</div>


Since the fix is so simple, you might think this isn't that big a problem. It is. Buggy browsers are always a problem, and cost a *ton* of money. I'm sure it would be completely staggering to calculate the amount of dev hours wasted (and therefore money lost) on working around CSS bugs in IE, and that's not even considering the non-browser that is IE6.


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