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Windows 8

I have finally taken a look on the new Windows 8 and it is truly a beauty, but, it is visually made for e-pads and not for normal PCs.

The welcome screen is like a big gadgets block with access to a app store. No more the old style Windows bar when you hit the windows key.

Annoying things:

  • the scrolling is side-ways so your mouse is useless
  • finding the control panel is a pain in the ….
  • most of the stuff is very well hidden

Fun things:

  • cntrl + alt + del still works
  • trying to find how to turn off the windows

Playing with it today I learned, with a friend of mine, a very good trick, with the welcome screen open, if you right click on a empty space, the full menu with the control panel will appear.

Windows 8 is an open space for a change on the current PCs and it clearly makes space for e-pads, phones, and a lot of new small apps in the same way that Google Chrome and Apple app store have.


Internet Explorer cannot display this feed

XML is the format mostly used, together with JSON, to give access to data without giving access directly to a database. Most of the browsers are XML compatible, but IE, in some versions (any one older than IE 8.0.76) cannot display a XML feed even if this one has passed the W3C XML validation.

I have faced this problem when dealing with an API. A couple of methods where giving the famous error: “Internet Explorer cannot display this feed”. After a lot of searching on the net with no success I finally decided to use the oldest of the scientific methods to figure this out: test and error.

After a bunch of tests I finally have found out why it was breaking: If the XML has any CDATA tag inside, it will not render in IE.

Workarounds:

  • Install newest version of IE (that might not be available on all versions of Windows)
  • Remove CDATA and html encode (php htmlentities) any field that has CDATA

These are the workarounds and solutions for a well constructed feed, so, before checking those, make sure that your XML pass the W3C validation.

Have fun!

 


How to get Zend_Tool working under Windows 7

This is a great post and resource form Calevans Blog. It’s a small step by step on how to get the Zend Tool working under XAMP in a Windows 7 environment.

http://blog.calevans.com/2010/02/23/how-i-got-zend_tool-working-on-windows/

Have fun.


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