CSS: More on Acid Testing…Acid3 Test!

acid2A while back I blogged a piece on Internet Explorer and Web Standards. Well, I’m back at it! Only this time I have some good news and some disappointing news.

irst off, the good news is that Internet Explorer 8 is rumored to have passed the Acid2 Test, however, Internet Explorer 8 has not yet been release to the public in any form and this rumor is based on internal testing. No actual proof is available to the public until we get to test this future release ourselves. There is, however, a screenshot posted online to further support the statement, but I would still like to see Internet Explorer 8 perform. ;)

On to the on-topic content, which also contains the bad news. :P WebStandards.org recently officially release the Acid3 Test to the public! The test has been available all along the way (the test itself took some time to develop) and I checked it out from time to time while I was waiting, but testing an incomplete test isn’t really testing at all.

I was surprised when I first saw the Acid3 Test that it didn’t have anything really comparable to the smilie face as seen in the Acid2 Test when rendered properly. However, a lot of work and code has been put into this third Acid project and it is an intensive test for all browsers! I was glad to see that Opera was the leading browser when it comes to the Acid3 Test. Although Opera currently fails the test, they achieve a score of 60/100. I ran the test in several other browsers to compare the results and here is what I found thus far:

  1. Opera 9.5x (weekly build): 60/100
  2. Firefox Minefield (nightly build): 59/100
  3. Firefox 3.0b3pre: 57/100
  4. Firefox 2.0.0.10: 50/100
  5. Opera 9.25: 47/100
  6. Safari 3.0.4 (523.15): 40/100
  7. Internet Explorer 7: 13/100
  8. Opera 8.54: 2/100

It’s a neat test (not as visually cool as the Acid2 Test)! I recommend that you test your browsers with the various Acid Tests every now and then to keep track of how well they are actually doing their job and following web standards! Please let me know if you see any different results or if you have results for versions that I wasn’t able to test!

Hannah’s Birthday Beat

Here’s a little treat for everyone and especially Hannah for her 21st birthday! It’s a little skit that her friends performed for her at her party. (Thanks Sara for the video! :D ) Here are the lyrics:

in west of Raleigh born and raised
outside in nature she spent most of her days
chillin’ out, learnin’ bout trees all cool
to NC State she goes to school
When a few of her friends who can rap so good
Brought this birthday beat to her neighborhood
She turns twenty one today, the bars should be scared
That their liquor and beer will dry out from here to there
We whistled for a bus and when it came near
We said get Hannah to the bar near here
If anything this Wolfline had no flair
But we said yo, forget it, she’s so drunk she don’t care
She, pulled, up to the bar about ten or eleven
And yelled to the bartender – a drink! I’ll be in heaven!
She looked at her kingdom she was FINALLY here
To sit at a bar and legally drink beer!

Guitars: Fender Stratocaster

guitarAs old as the Fender Stratocaster is, it has to be the most beautiful guitar that I’ve ever seen. (I know I’ve linked this video several times, but it’s a great one! :P) The guitar that Stevie Ray plays is one of the most beautiful guitars I’ve ever seen. It may looked too used or worn to you, but that could mean one of two things:

  1. You don’t play guitar.
  2. You’re not a fan of Stevie Ray Vaughan

The Fender Stratocaster is the guitar that Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix and most all guitarists play! This is one of the finest guitars ever made! What’s even more funny to me is that most of you will think that all Fender Stratocaster are the same, while in reality they are all very different! Sure, the body of the guitar has the same shape, but they all play very differently! I own two Fender Stratocaster and yes they do both play very differently. It’s almost like playing a guitar that isn’t the same style at all! They can be modified to fit your needs. Any who, without further ado, I present to you…Stevie Ray Vaughan..playing Voodoo Chile (Slight Return):

I know I’ve posted this video several times, but I can’t get enough of it and I hope you can’t either!

While we’re on the subject, what is your favorite guitar or guitarist? Or, if you don’t have an answer for either of those..who is your favorite band? (answer all three if you want!)

Movie Spoofs (a.k.a. Recuts)

If you like spoof trailers then here are a few. They’re all fun to watch. I came across them after my brother sent me an email with a link to the Fight Club recut. I’m just amazed at some of these. I mean the way that they take the story and completely change it with small scenes from here and there. I noticed that the music played an important role in the success of the spoof for several of the clips, but they all seemed to choose their music wisely! Just watch and enjoy..

These are all recuts of several of my favorite movies! These ought to keep you busy when you’re bored!

Post some of your favorite spoof or recut videos so I can enjoy a few more laughs! ..or any good comedy videos for that matter! :D

    Netflix: Watch Instantly..Unlimitedly

    netflixLately I’ve been taking major advantage of the Watch Instantly feature that Netflix offers to their valued customers! They have a fairly large selection of films that you can stream over the Internet and watch while you are waiting for your DVDs to be mailed to or from Netflix.

    The only down side to the service is that it requires Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player 11. This may not be a problem at all for the vast majority of you, however, I’m a very proud Opera browser fan and on top of that my operating system is not Windows. I’m using Ubuntu, which means that I cannot install and use Windows Media Player 11 to view the movies online. Luckily I do have Windows XP installed on my laptop, so I can still boot up and take advantage of this feature on my mobile PC. It’s just not the same, though, as having your dual monitor PC running with a nice quality streaming movie from Netflix on the right and your favorite browser on the left so you can still browse the net.

    It would be nice if they would either switch to a flash based player (which would allow streaming in any web browser and on every platform) or at least allow more plug-ins than Windows Media Player 11. I can patch the Internet Explorer requirement with some Javascript, but allowing alternative plug-ins would basically open this feature up to the world!

    So far I’ve found a method to install Internet Explorer on Linux operating systems. The project is called IEs4Linux and is maintained by Sérgio Luís Lopes Júnior. The installation takes advantage of a program called WINE that is an open source implementation to the Windows API. In English, this means that it allows you to install and run programs that were made for Windows on a Linux or Unix based machine. The next step in getting Netflix to work on my Ubuntu computer is getting Windows Media Player 11 installed. So far I’ve had no luck. I’ve been able to bypass the “required” windows validation process, however, the installation encounters several errors that are preventing the whole process to work. Rest assured, I will get Windows Media Player 11 installed and be watching Netflix movies over the Internet soon!

    Netflix

    netflixI just signed up for a trial membership at Netflix.com! Their deals seemed very reasonable and I plan on sending movies back the same day I receive them to get the most out of my Netflix money. :D I’m starting out with some good guitar films, then moving on to the FRIENDS seasons. After I make my way through all of those you better believe I’m gonna be renting some good 80′s films! I have a whole list of John Cusack films I’d like to see. Any who, I’m gonna take advantage of my free first two weeks, but I don’t think I’ll be cancelling my account anytime soon. I’ll keep you updated on how much I like the service!

    What’s New..

    Well, I think you’ll all find this useful at one point or another. I’ve implemented editing for user comments, finally. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while and correcting some errors here and there, but now you can correct your own or add more to your comment. However, there are just a few things you will need to know:

    1. You will not have the option to edit your comment unless your ip address is the same one that was used when you posted the comment. It is best to edit the comment soon after originally posting it since ip addresses do change frequently for some.
    2. You cannot edit your comment after a specific time period from originally posting it. I will use a 48 hour interval to start out with. This interval may change, but I’ll keep you up to date.

    Off to finish F.R.I.E.N.D.S. on TBS!

    UPDATE:
    Quoting is also an option now! Both of these features rely on javascript and will be improved greatly in the near future. They are just kind of 1.0 versions I guess, or maybe alpha. ;) Enjoy.