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21. September 2007

Intro to Cron


When it comes to my development environment I have always been really picky. I need a clean and structured interface, not to cluttered, but still adjustable to my needs. I have tested countless IDE solutions in the past, but always seem to come back to Komodo from ActiveState.

14. September 2007

jQuery 1.2

jQuery 1.2 has been released.


29. August 2007

jQuery 1.1.4

Great speed improvement from the last release. I can hardly wait for version 1.2, which should be coming out sometime in September :)


29. August 2007

Komodo 4.1

portalZINE NMN | Development meets Creativity | activestate.com.70ae319859111e15a9e445382b019c39

Komodo IDE 4 is a powerful, multi-platform, multi-language IDE for end-to-end development of dynamic
web applications.

Komodo IDE makes creating robust web apps fast and easy, with a rich feature set for client-side
Ajax technologies such as CSS, HTML, JavaScript and XML, coupled with advanced support for dynamic languages
such as Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby and Tcl.”


29. August 2007

aptana IDE

portalZINE NMN | Development meets Creativity | aptana.com.d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427eThe Aptana IDE is a free, source-open, cross-platform,
JavaScript-focused editor and development environment for building Ajax

It features code assist on JavaScript, HTML, and CSS
languages, FTP/SFTP support and a JavaScript debugger to troubleshoot
your code.


10. August 2007

portalZINE cubicFusion lite

I have been developing a simple ajax solution for a couple of customers in the past months.

The gui currently runs on

  • XML
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript (jQuery)

and I have integrated PHP and ASP backend services for my customers.

Its a simple self contained solution, that I am currently cleaning up and plan to release. The system will be called portalZINE cubicFusion lite and will be a solution for those that mainly seek something simple for static sites.

The goal is pure static data for now, with the option to integrate different services down the road. I plan to provide plugins for PHP and ASP and maybe additional languages in the future.

If you are interrested in alpha / beta testing before release, I will provide access to a development newseletter soon, that will notify you once the first release is available. I will be providing more information, once I get closer to a release date.


1. August 2007

Super Grub Disk

portalZINE NMN | Development meets Creativity |Super Grub Disk is a bootable cdrom, usb or floppy specially designed for the restore of boot. Really handy when installing Linux and windows on the same system, as Windows often kills the Linux Grub MBR installation.

  • GNU/Linux is installed in your pc, you reinstall Windows and GNU/Linux no longer boots as Grub menu no longer appears on boot. You can restore Grub on your MBR automatically.
  • You have Windows installed in a second hard disk and it does not want to boot. If you swap it from Super Grub Disk you will be able to boot it.
  • You can not boot Windows because your MBR is corrupt or Grub installation is not well done or whatever. With Super Grub Disk you will be able to boot the partition where Windows reside.
  • No Active Partition Found message appears. With Super Grub Disk you can activate partitions.



This is not so much about the technique itself, as that thas been documented many times over the years, but about an easy way to handle the task of combining the images.

The Why
Normally for each image on a webpage a separate request to the webserver is required, each taking as much as a hundred millisecond. Does not sound much, but can add up fast.

The How
There is an easy way to overcome this by combining images into one single image and address the single images using CSS.

CSS for 1st image in row:
background-image : url(combined.png);
background-position : 0px -16px;

CSS for 2nd image in row:
background-image : url(combined.png);
background-position : 0px -32px;

Some more resources dealing with the technique itself:

The tool
I have been using this technique for some time now and always searched for a tool that would help me combine those images easily. That is why I decided to build my own, currently called pzImageCombine :)

Sure there are many options to do that:
–  Online with php (using GD, ImageMagick…)
–  Using Photoshop (photoshop actions) or similiar image applications

None of these really done it for me in the past.

This small tool allows you to choose an image directory and combine all png images into one single image. Its still in its alpha stage and far from feature complete ;)




Since the introduction of the blade interface on XBOX360, I have been looking for a simple way to accomplish this with javascript and css.
Last week I decided to give it a try myself.

As I am working actively with jQuery since its introduction, it was my library of choice. Using jQuery and some plugin magic, I succeeded.

This is still a project in progress, but thought I share it and give something back to the great jQuery community :)

I will be writing up a more detailed tutorial soon and add more functionality. I also have some other nice widgets I will be sharing in the future ;)

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