Twitter Tips and Twittiquette

Having recently, finally joined the world of Twitter, I began to wonder what the proper “twittiquette” was. For instance, what do the “@” and “#” symbols indicate? Should I post in txtspk or lolspk or should I post in proper English? Should I post in third person or first person?

I have found a few articles discussing these questions. For instance, Grammar Girl posted some “Quick & Dirty Tips” about posting on “Tweeting.” I also found an interesting article on BrandFlakesForBreakfast offering some “Twittiquette” tips. Finally, I also found a small Twitter glossary with some information about specific terms and symbols.

A Simple Introduction to CSS

First of all, to dispel any misinformation that is apparently still going around on the Internet (and, I, too, once believed this when I was first introduced to CSS), CSS is not capable of inserting content into your pages. CSS cannot be used to create headers and/or footers to be used on every page of your site.

For those of you looking for ways to use the same menu on every page of your site, and keep that menu in a single location so that it’s easy to update, CSS won’t do that for you. That’s what server side includes are for, actually. Server side includes can be used with pure HTML (provided that includes are enabled on your server), with PHP, Perl, ASP or basically any other server-side language.

In fact, CSS does almost the opposite. CSS is intended to separate the content from the design within a Web site. CSS is strictly intended to facilitate the “look” of the pages on your Web site. No content is interpreted from CSS.

Now, for the quick lesson on how CSS works.

First of all, we should examine the name. CSS is an abbreviation of the phrase “cascading style sheets”. Let’s pick that apart for a moment.

Cascading
items that overlap, with each new item taking precedence over the previous
Style
refers to the particular look or appearance of a specific item
Sheet
figuratively, this is intended to refer to a collection of items gathered together in a single location, like a sheet of music

Image manipulation in VBScript

Four guys from RollaI was working on a script the other day at work and came upon the need to determine the dimensions of some images. Because the script was being written in VBScript, I was basically stumped, since, although I’ve figured out a great deal about simple scripting in VBScript, I’m still an absolute novice when it comes to file manipulation and the more advanced features available.

I hit the Web and started googling. Luckily, I came across a great solution on one of my first tries. The Four Guys from Rolla (which, if you’re working with VBScript and haven’t bookmarked this site, yet, I highly recommend it – they seem to be the number one authority on VBScript) offered a great tutorial, with code, explaining how to obtain the dimensions and a lot more information from any image.