Game of the Week - Deadly Neighbours

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This week's game is an interesting twist on a turn based RPG game. The weapons in the game are part of what makes it fun. They range from pillows to an axe. So, have a great Friday and enjoy playing Deadly Neighbours.

You can play the game here.

Top Gadgets of the 1980s

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It is hard to believe it, but 1980 is now 30 years ago. As Christmas is coming up quickly, it is kind of fun to think of what we wanted as a gift way back in the 80s. Well, over at GeekProject.net they have put together a list of the top Gadgets of the 80s.

Below is an excerpt from the list.

Nintendo Entertainment System or Nintendo NES entered the Japan market in 1983. The 8 bit game console very soon got fantastic popularity due to the great range of game program products, for instance the Super Mario Bros that became the mascot of Nintendo company. More than 500 000 of consoles were sold for an average cost of about $ 250. In the middle of the 1990s the Nintendo NES yielded to the 16 bit systems like Sega Mega Drive.

With the advent of Sony Walkman the new era in the history of portable audio devices began. A prototype of the Walkman was developed in 1979 for Akio Morita – the co-founder of Sony, to give him the great possibility to listen to opera music during frequent flights. In 1980 the Walkman entered the Japan, USA and European market. In 1980 the possibility to take your favorite music with you anywhere seemed to be something incredible. Cassette players became fantastically popular.

For me the top gadget was the Nintendo (a.k.a NES) system. Check out the entire list to see what you where dreaming of owning in the 80s (the list is only of gadgets, so don't expect to see a Porsche 928 on it).

You can read the entire list here.

jQuery CSS and Effects - Video Tutorial of the Week

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This week's video tutorial is about creating effects using jQuery and CSS. jQuery is one of the best Ajax libraries available and if you want to learn more about it, then this tutorial will help.


Game of the Week - Elite Forces: Warfare 2

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It's Friday again and even with the holiday week, it is time to share another Friday game. So, if you are looking for something to do after "Black Friday" shopping, then this week's game may be up your alley. This week's game is a Multiplayer (there is also a single player mode) RPG game called Elite Forces: Warfare 2.

You can play the game here.

Ajax Drag and Drop Shoping Cart Tutorial - Video

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This is the first of what will be a weekly tutorial video. This week's video is about creating a drag and drop shopping cart system. You can watch the video below.


Game of the Week - Street Fighter 2

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It's Friday and time for a bit of fun. This week the game of the week is the classic Street Fighter 2 game. You can play it by using the link below.


Click here to play the game.

This is the first of what will be a weekly post of on-line games, so finish out your week by playing a game.

Facebook Wins!

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If you remember when Facebook first came out, it was kind of a niche site that catered to college students. At the same time MySpace was a giant network the size of Goliath! But, now we can see that David does in fact beat Goliath as Facebook has put MySpace in a position to partner with what has become the more used network.

The partnership, which will be announced later today, is expected to see almost all of the changes visible from MySpace. MySpace users will be able to connect their MySpace profile to their Facebook profile, so that their status updates on Facebook will appear on their MySpace profile. Users will also be able to connect to MySpace using their Facebook account. Facebook will get in return user profile information that will help with targeted advertising.

Facebook has become the most used Social Network and is currently showing no signs of stopping (they are even going after e-mail now). Having said this, it will be interesting to see what happens in a few years. Will Facebook be even bigger or will they find themselves in the same position as MySpace?

Ajax File Upload Tutorial

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As you are writing an Ajax application, you may want to allow users to upload files through an Ajax form. The folks over at AnyExample.com have put together a good tutorial on the subject. The tutorial uses PHP for the back end, but the principal is the same for any server side language.

Below is an excerpt from the tutorial.

How IFRAME file uploading works?

  • There is a simple <form... which contains only <input type="file" ... > field.
    Target for this form is a hidden IFRAME (with "display: none;" CSS style) and
    OnChange event for the file field is set to JavaScript function which checks file extension (optional for this example, but
    very useful in general) and submits form.
  • Special part of the script (marked FILEFRAME, see comments) saves file upload, checks for uploading errors and outputs JavaScript code to that
    hidden IFRAME.
    The javascript code uses parent.window.document object, which allows to modify parent document (visible page, which users is viewing).
    It sets filename value and enables submit button on the other form using getElementById method.
  • The other form has 'description' text-field and hidden field 'filename'. User may fill 'description' field while file is uploading.
    When file uploading is finished, user press submit and "file information" page is generated (based on filename from hidden field and user's
    file description).

Possible drawback of this method is file garbage: files are uploaded even if user does not press submit button. You may need to write 'garbage file
collector' which will delete any unused file.

This example stores all uploaded file in filesystem folder. You need to specify it at the beginning of script, see variables $upload_dir and
$web_upload_dir. There is fail-checking which checks whether it is possible to write create files in upload directory.

We use following functions in this example:

PHP

  • move_uploaded_file - move file uploaded to web server
  • fopen - open file
  • fwrite - write to opened file
  • fclose - close file
  • str_replace - replace one substring by another
  • filesize - returns file size in bytes
  • filemtime - returns file modification time

You can read the full post here.

Fun with Twitter or How to Get Over 500 Twitter Followers in Two Weeks!

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As we all know Twitter is one of the most powerful social networks around. The network is so powerful that if you have a lot of followers on the network and post a link you can get an incredible amount of traffic. The popularity of Twitter was shown today when someone tweeted that Bill Cosby died and it was reported as true by some media (in fact Bill Cosby has said that he is getting family calling his house thinking that he had passed away).

Two weeks ago I thought I would have some fun on twitter and decided to take my Twitter account that only had one follower (my wife) and see how many followers I could get. I was using the account to post tweets about my Porsche Blog. So, the first thing I did is change the user-name to something a bit more descriptive as to what I was posting, theporscheguys. The next thing I did was look for other users that where interested in what I was posting. I did this by following people that where also posting things about Porsche and following people that where following them (this was the key as most of these people will be more likely to follow you).

To make sure that I kept the tweets going (people want to follow people tweet often) I used Feedburner's new Twitter feature that puts a Tweet on Twitter every time something is posted on my Porsche Blog and Porsche Social Network.

I started doing all of this on a Friday and by the following Monday I had over 200 followers (yes 200 in one weekend)! It has been about a week and a half and I now have over 500 followers. My Porsche Blog and Porsche Social Network have increased in traffic by quite a bit. Before I started having all of these followers I was averaging about 30 unique visitors a day and now I am averaging over 600 unique visitors per day and it keeps growing.

So, if you follow these tips you can get quite a few followers and possibly much more traffic to your site.

IE 9 a Huge Leap Forward in CSS Support

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More information about Internet Explorer 9 is being released and it appears that it will be a huge leap forward from IE8. IE 9 will have much better support for CSS, especially CSS 3. This will help all web developers make much better page designs with less browser issues (at least if you don't need to make it backwards compatible to IE 8 and IE 7).

It is great to finally see Microsoft really working on a better standards supporting browser (hopefully all of this actually makes it to the final release).

You can view the table of CSS compatibility here.

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