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$%&#$% Music labels

So, a couple of days ago Alicia Keys did a concert in Portugal, and Radio Comercial is always playing what I assume to be her major hit, No one. I got curious about the rest of her music so I decided to buy one album to see if I like it. So I clicky-click to the iTunes store only to be greeted by this: Now, this is not some obscure artist.

Dear lazyweb: CSS question

This is something that I want to do for quite some time, but I haven't figure it out how. If I have a HTML table styled with width: 80% but the total size of the content on each <td> is smaller than the 80% size, then the browser will try to make all the columns the same width, and add extra spaces at the right side of the cell. What I wanted is to specify that some columns should shrink to the smallest possible size without causing line breaks in the content.

Happy fathers day

To all fellow fathers out there, happy fathers day! I'm going to give myself a present today, I'll post pictures when I get it, but in the meantime, damn you Carlos! On a parting note, have you called your father already? Don't do it like me who always leaves this for last and then forgets about it.

Israel response to the US

Great response of Israel to US about copyright laws. Choice quote: Israel objects that it is under no obligation to implement such a system, and notes that it chose the current arrangement for a reason. "A 'takedown' system which operates on the basis of a mere allegation of infringement would be an invitation to censorship and abuse of process," it says in the filing. "It is not the role of the ISP or Host to become a policeman of content.

Elections 2008

I've been following the Democrat primaries with a particular interest. The weight of super-delegates and the delegate count, and how low can the democratic party can go if their candidate in the end is the one with less delegates. I'm not pro-Obama, nor pro-Clinton. My opinion doesn't count either. But if it did, I think that the latest Obama speech in Pennsylvania would force me to choose. I haven't seen such a good speed in a long time (and I'm the strange kind of person that actually likes to listen to speeches, when properly delivered).

IETF Wayback machine

So the IETF has a solution for all our bandwidth problems, taking us back to 2000 levels. No, its not a super-chip design for a mega-hiper-refixe-router, its something that you can find installed on most PCs and Macs. But fear not, as you can read at the bottom of the article, the porn industry is well aware of the technology and they will take care of bringing us back to the future in no time.

IETF Wayback machine

So the IETF has a solution for all our bandwidth problems, taking us back to 2000 levels. No, its not a super-chip design for a mega-hiper-refixe-router, its something that you can find installed on most PCs and Macs. But fear not, as you can read at the bottom of the article, the porn industry is well aware of the technology and they will take care of bringing us back to the future in no time.

When you develop with Catalyst, if you have an error condition, you get a pretty interface with access to all the major objects in the request. At the top, Catalyst will place the classical perl error message like "Caught exception in MODULE, at FILE line LINE." This hack takes that classical format and links the "FILE line LINE" with a txmt: link. If clicked, it will open directly into your project in TextMate.

Bye, Bye, MSN

When I worked at SAPO, I started using a MSN account to keep an eye on the pyMSNt transport that we have there. Eating your own dog food and all that. So now is the time to stop using it. I'll unsubscribe the MSN account from the Gateway, and I'll no longer be available on the MSN network. You can add my XMPP address as a buddy: [email protected] Right now, you have a lot of open and decent XMPP servers out there: SAPO Messenger, Google Talk, Jabber.

Negative priority

One of the things I mentioned in my XSF Membership application was my endless curiosity about negative priorities in XMPP. When most people talk about XMPP, they focus on the Instant Message network thats built on top of the XMPP federated network. Some also focus on the aspects of application automation. But even this second group rarely dwells into the wonderful and mystic world of the negative priority. For those out of the loop, the <presence> stanza you send at the start of the session to signal your availability has some child elements.