I moved this blog to http://www.cecilieo.com/techblog/

I have moved my blog to http://www.cecilieo.com/techblog/
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Speed up your JavaScript by Nicholas C. Zakas

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Bookmarklet: 960 Gridder

960 Gridder is an excellent tool for any web developer/ designer that wants to easily align, match and/or lay out websites.
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Cron job

Recently I had to set up a cron job for Jomsocial. The site is for a school and I am working for this site on volunteer base. The site is built on Joomla, XAMPP and 2003 Windows server.

I tried a windows scheduled task but it does not work by some reasons. I tried Joomla extension jCron, but it does not work either in this situation. I downloaded a program called "Cron for windows". But it is not free.

I set up the scheduled task on my laptop and it works, but it must work 24 hrs everyday. So I abandoned this idea.

Then I thought it can be done online. I found two free online services and I am using http://www.setcronjob.com/ . This works great and easy to set up. It works for every 5 minutes to any schedule.
The other one is http://www.onlinecronjobs.com/, but this allows only once a day and up to 5 cronjobs.

For my particular case, I just need to paste the Jomsocial cron job URL to "URL to call" in www.setcronjob.com
e.g. http://www.mywebsite/index.php?option=com_community&task=cron

You need to replace www.mywebsite to yours.

The following links are my other collections during this research.

Cron for windows
Configuring cron jobs on Windows from Drupal, using Firefox.
Joomla plugin Jcron.

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Talk by Nate Koechley: "Professional Frontend Engineering"

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Setting up Cronjob for Jomsocial with Jcron in XAMPP

I was working on my Jomsocial and it needs a cronjob.
Unless you set up a cronjob it does not send any email notices in Jomsocial. For example notice for Friend request, Group bulletins, private messages.
My set up is Joomla on XAMPP. If you are using the same, this article may help.

First you need to open C:\xampp\htdocs\JOOMLA\components\com_community\cronjob.php and change the hosting and subfolder.

Install Jcron.
I found this forum and this screen shot which explains the set up for Jcron.
The screenshot will tell you how to set up a cronjob in Jcron.

My template needed a writable permission and the site was running on XAMPP.
Windows does not have chmod, so I right click the file "mytemplate.php" in explorer in the server and removed the "read only" attribute.

Then going back to Joomla back end > component > JCron > Configuration to run "Enable CRON RUN".

Jcron does the job when someone visit your website or click a menu.
However I thought I need to set up a server side cron job as well.

Going back to Windows server to set up a scheduled task. All programs > Accessories > System tools > scheduled tasks.
I set up every 30min from 7AM for 12 hours everyday.

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Adding a Flickr Slideshow

Created with flickr slideshow.

I added a Flickr slideshow to my blog today.
This is how I did it.

1. Create your Flickr account and upload your photos.
2. Add your tags. This tag will be used in a slideshow.
3. Go to Flickrslideshow.com and fill up the details and create your code.
4. Embed the code to your website.

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Adding Picasa Slideshow to your Blogger or webiste

You can embed a Flash slideshow of any web album. It'll be automatically updated when you make changes to your album. Follow these steps to embed a slideshow:

1. On the My Photos page, click your album.
2. Click Link to this album on the right-hand side.
3. Click Embed Slideshow.
4. Choose your slideshow settings, such as image size, captions, and autoplay.
5. Once you've chosen your settings, copy the resulting HTML code (Ctrl-C).
6. Paste the HTML in the source code for your site (Ctrl-V).

Google Help

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Adding Picasa photos to Blogger and website

Spring has come to Norway!
This photo is added through Picasa 3.
Posted by Picasa

Spring in Norway

When you embed an album in your site, the album cover will display. Viewers who click the cover image will then be taken to view the album in Picasa Web Albums. Follow these steps to embed an album:

1. On the My Photos page, click your album.
2. Click Link to this album on the right-hand side.
3. Copy the HTML (Ctrl-C) in the 'Paste HTML to embed in website' field.
4. Paste the HTML (Ctrl-V) in the source code for your site.

Google Help

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Using ScribeFire Blog Editor

I am posting this article by using ScribeFire Blog Editor
This Firefox addon let you post from your browser.
I added the above image by using image insert feature in this addon.
You can preview your article in this addon preview without changing the actual blog.

You can add labels and save it as a draft to your blogging platform.
ScribeFire is a full-featured blog editor that integrates with your browser and lets you easily post to your blog. You can drag and drop formatted text from pages you are browsing, take notes, upload images, and post to multiple blogs.

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