Tables in HTML

Over the last few years, there has been a huge movement (and rightfully so) away from using tables to organize the layout of HTML pages. However, some seem to be taking things a bit too far.

The main reason for moving away from tables was to help make page layouts more semantic. Tables do still have a place in Web design and development, though, when they make sense semantically. Tabular data should be displayed in tables. Some designers and developers seem to forget that from time-to-time.

In Case You Missed It – The Month of April in Review

This is intended to be a monthly wrap-up, but my memory’s not good enough to go all the way back to the beginning of the month. Therefore, you just get the last few weeks. As a bonus, though, I threw in a few stories from May 1. :)

April 13, 2009

YaBB 2.4 Released

The latest version of YaBB Forum Software came out with a long list of bugfixes and some nice new features.

April 20, 2009

CenterNetworks Switches to WordPress

Our sister site, CenterNetworks, made the switch from Drupal to WordPress. While far from painless, the transition seems to have gone smoothly and the site is moving right along on the new platform.

Oracle Buys Sun Microsystems

It will be very interesting to see how this effects the marketing strategy for MySQL, being that MySQL and Oracle DB are direct competitors. With MySQL being open-source, it can’t actually go away, but the focus might change dramatically.

Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop Edition Released

Although I am not an Ubuntu user, I do use Linux Mint (which is based on Ubuntu) as my primary OS at home. This release means that a new version of Mint is in the works and should be released fairly soon.

April 24, 2009

OpenSUSE 11.2 Milestone 1

The OpenSUSE community released the first milestone of OpenSUSE 11.2. Then, on May 1, they also released an update to OpenSUSE 11.1. I am seriously considering either replacing one of my other distros with the new version of SUSE or installing it as my Linux distro at work. Unfortunately, my attempts to test OpenSUSE 11.1 in VirtualBox have consistently failed miserably.

April 25, 2009

New Boxee For Ubuntu, Mac and AppleTV

I have not yet tested the new version of Boxee, but the Linux update apparently fixes Hulu (for now, at least), introduces Pandora Radio and more. I will probably give it a try this weekend.

April 29, 2009

Mandriva 2009.1 (Spring) Released

Mandriva 2009.1 came out the other day. I am still working on trying to successfully upgrade to this version, but from what I’ve seen, it looks really good. The new version comes with KDE 4.2 natively and includes quite a few other “enhancements.”

Drupal 6.11 and 5.17 Released

The Drupal team put out two new releases with various fixes and changes.

May 1, 2009

Microsoft to Give Away Windows 7 For 13 Months

Microsoft will apparently let people use Windows 7 without paying for it for a little over a year. Unfortunately, though, they will stop letting you use it at that point if you don’t pay. I think a better model would be to allow beta testers to use Windows 7 perpetually for free, but then start selling it commercially to everyone else.

Voting Opens for the eduStyle Awards

The premier site for showing off your higher education Web site and soliciting public opinion on your design opened voting on the second annual eduStyle awards.

YaBB 2.3 Released – Important Security Patch, Too

Two days ago, the YaBB team put out yet another update to the indomitable forum software. YaBB 2.3 includes quite a few great feature additions, listed below. In addition, the new update adds a lot of bug fixes.

If you downloaded this package already, the team actually released a critical patch for the software today, so be sure to update your installation.

Here are the documented new features in the software:

Feature Additions:
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1. Quick Reply Advanced Edition
2. Reverse Post in Topic Advanced Edition
3. YaBB Backup
4. Top of Page Button
5. Pie Charts for Polls
6. Showcase Poll
7. Preselected Smilies
8. Category Pictures
9. Image Resize
10. Multi-Attachments
11. Avatar Uploader
12. Split/Splice Advanced
13. Expand/Collapse Advanced
14. New Members E-Mail Notification (to Admin)
15. Extended Profiles
16. Spell Checker

If you are a fan of YaBB, be sure to download and install the newest version. However, because there were a few immediate bug fixes and one critical patch released today, I would recommend waiting until tomorrow to download the latest package, ensuring that your version includes the critical patch.

Congrats to the YaBB team for continuing to get things done.