Archive for December, 2005

Destroying a Muslim Cemetery to build a Museum of Tolerance?

Posted on the December 31st, 2005 under Uncategorized by

This is exactly what the Israelis are doing, probably to the satisfaction and delight of some people. Just goes to show that Zionist disregard for the heritage of others and human rights knows no limits – sickening!

The Halaal Christmas Cake

Posted on the December 31st, 2005 under Uncategorized by

Is this controversial? Well, judging by ‘Letters to the Editor’ in Cape Town’s newspapers, there are some deeply offended people. How dare there be a moon and a star on their spiritual cake? Are the damn Muslims imposing themselves all over? Well, lets tackle the issue (not the person):

When it comes to foodstuff, Halaal refers to a ‘dietary standard’.

This dietary standard essentially says that no pork or alcohol was used in the preparation of the foodstuff. Theres a whole list of things that shouldn’t be used, but that will be going off the topic.

The question could then be asked, if a Heart Foundation sticker appears on your Christmas Cake, would you be offended? If not, why make an issue when the sticker of another dietary standard – whether Halaal, Kosher or Vegetarian (not sure if Hindus have a special name for theirs).

A product being Halaal and being declared Halaal.

Your Christmas cake can be Halaal if it is made without the forbidden ingredients. Having it declared Halaal is an additional test to verify and then publicly declare the product as Halaal. This provides consumer confidence as well as marketing. When in doubt, Muslims would shun certain businesses because they are not considering Muslim dietary needs.

So maybe it is Halaal, but why bother to declare it?

In short, easy market access. Whats the use you have a product but it does not have access to a certain market because of a verification process. The returns outweighs the investment. Many charities sell Halaal Christmas cake as a means of fundraising.

By removing certain ingredients, they instantly have access to a wider market. This is foresight, which if implemented, makes the product more accessible without affecting the quality of the product.

Why do Muslims go for Christmas Cake?

  • Do you support charity?
  • Do you enjoy delicacies?
  • Do you get hungry?

Do I have to be Muslim to eat Halaal products?

Do I have to be Jewish to eat Kosher products?

Will Halaal Products affect me spiritually?

Halaal products are not ‘jinxed’ – they are a dietary standard. Halaal products may however affect your outlook on food. If you choose to only go Halaal, it will keep you away from unhealthy intoxicants and their effects.

Lastly, though Halaal is a dietary standard, not all Halaal products are necessary healthy. Eat too much ‘Halaal’ sweets, you still risk getting diabetes.

Are you Mxit-ing?

Posted on the December 31st, 2005 under Uncategorized by

Does your daily dose of sms consist of numerous receive-and-reply to a single person? In that case, you’re able to cut costs by simply mxit’in with your friend – estimated to be around 40 ZA cents for three hours!

Mxit is an instant messenger-like program for cell phones that works of GPRS/3G, not SMS. By the way, it also hooks up to MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, AOL and ICQ. (I got MSN to work, ‘timesout’ with Yahoo).

When I first went on to the site, my Samsung Z130 never had a version available. Later on, I tried the Samsung D500’s one – and it worked, so it helps trying the files of another model if your phone is not supported.

With telecommunications in South Africa extremely expen$ive, no doubt this is becoming popular with South Africans. This program was made in South Africa, Stellenbosch to be exact. – If you are going to use your phone, go straight to:

Crossover Cable Network – Windows XP and Windows 2000

Posted on the December 31st, 2005 under Uncategorized by

Here is another one of those success stories by an idiot! I bought myself a crossover cable to network my PC and laptop, but, as usual, spent two weeks trying to get them to work. PnP (Plug and Pray) didn’t work, nor the ‘tips’ in numerous forums by ‘techies’.

Luckily, I managed to find these step-by-step, take-nothing-for-granted guides at CellarStone. Hell, they even have a flash demo for those totally in the dark. Now this is the type of service IT people should strive towards!

In any case, nothing can express the joy of home networking:

  • Sharing Files
  • Shared Internet Connection
  • Shared Printer

Lastly, what was that small single thing which is so simple yet overlooked and prevented the whole damn thing from not working:

The workgroup names weren’t the same 🙁

Internet Explorer’s Box Model Bug and Percentage Widths

Posted on the December 21st, 2005 under Uncategorized by

Just been wondering on this point, but is IE’s box model bug is a blessing for percentage based widths?

A summary of the bug is:

Take a box, and add margins, borders and padding to it. The W3C recommends that these additions be around the box thus in essence increasing making the box bigger.

Previous versions of Internet Explorer applied these items inside the box. So the width of the box remained the same, but the content width became smaller.

I’ve been experimenting with layouts at different resolutions, and frankly, it is a guessing game trying to get a perfect percentage, unless of course there were some sort of mathematics in CSS.

So here’s a viewpoint, which frankly, I’m hoping to be proven wrong and given a solution.

IE’s box model bug actually suits itself better to percentage based css layouts.

Besides the fact that it is the opposite of the W3C recommendation, where does the damage lie?

If Microsoft were to take over Google

Posted on the December 21st, 2005 under Uncategorized by

Multimedia Business Analysis

Posted on the December 7th, 2005 under Uncategorized by

Web Application Development has a much more rosy future thanks in part to the development and standardization of interactive technologies. Not to go off on a tangent, lets suffice with a comment that Jakob Nielsen and Luke Wrobwelski are alerting everyone that there are differences between web design and application development.

Noting these differences becomes important as it impacts on the outlook of your project, particularly if one comes from a ‘web background’ as opposed to a software development background. There is definitely becoming more than one web, or the web is becoming more than what it was.

But as the web and software lines blur, it seems that traditional business analysis is being superimposed as is on the web – an unfortunate scenario in my opinion, and hence I’ve been thinking alot of a conceptualisation of Multimedia Business Analysis in recent days.

The web changed the world with its emphasis on design, interface and interactivity. And with web application, we seem to be losing this. The web can be used for application purposes, but without losing the sizzle that people seek in websites.

In his latest alertbox, Jakob Nielsen touches on Video on the web. He presents the guideline of “avoid using video if the content doesn’t take advantage of the medium’s dynamic nature“. I’m sad to say: even without bringing in video that WE ARE NOT taking advantage of the web’s possibilities.

At a time when broadband is becoming the norm, and we have the ability to generate graphics and flash (GD and Ming for the PHP guys), it is belittling that the multimedia aspect is lost. We lack the vision to present information in a multimedia format. Multimedia defined as: the presentation of information in text, image, animation, sound and video format.

Business Analysis particularly for the web, needs to be revisited. The web is growing fast, and I don’t think BA is keeping up. You snooze – you lose.