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Humble Bundle Part 2!

by on Dec.16, 2010, under Software

Obviously when something is really successfull there will be a second version of it.
Whether the motive is pure profit or for the greater good of $omething, I can only applaud it.
Especially when they promote DRM free games on linux. (and they provide the mac and win32 versions with it as well)
So The Humble Bundle is back with part 2!

This time the games offered are: Braid, Cortex Command, Machinarium, Osmos, Revenge of the Titans.
Just Machinarium alone is worth the money (if you like puzzle games and artsy graphics), and the others that I’ve played so far are good as well.
Some games are still being developed (Revenge of the Titans), but you’re eligible for future updates. (last time they even added the bundle to Steam after a while).

Like the previous Humble Bundle, YOU get to choose how much you want to pay them.
This obviously means that if you’re a windows user you pay less than when you’re a mac or linux user 😉
And then you get to decide how much of that money goes to charity (EFF / Child’s Play) and how much of it goes to the developers. (and how much the humble bundle guys get… for bandwidth etc I’m sure).

So go get it!. Even if you don’t care about the games, you can give some money to the EFF instead 🙂

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W3 Validator bookmarklet

by on Dec.14, 2010, under Software

After messing around with JQuery and friends for quite a while at work and sometimes even for hobby stuff more and more pages turn into the AJAX jungle.
Fine for the user, but there’s one little thing that always annoys me: it becomes very hard to make sure you’re still creating valid (x)html.
Especially when you start using dynamic tabs!

Opera has this nice feature that when you hit CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-u it will upload your current webpage to the W3 Validator. (w3, w3c… what’s up with that…). However, when AJAX molests the entire page (and I’m not talking about soccer fans ;))… or worse, the entire page is loaded through AJAX this method of validation falls flat on its face. Don’t ask me why opera is so stupid, but it will upload the original html, and not the AJAX molested version. An option would be nice there.

So today I was fed up with html errors and made myself a nice little bookmarklet to validate your page. With verbose output. And stuff.
This is the current version, it will probably get shorter / better soon.

(function(){var h=document;var b=h.doctype;var e="\n';var g=h.documentElement.outerHTML;var f="";var i={prefill_doctype:"html401",prefill:0,doctype:"inline",group:0,ss:1,st:1,outline:1,verbose:1,fragment:e+g};var a=h.createElement("form");a.setAttribute("method","post");a.setAttribute("target","_blank");a.setAttribute("action",f);for(var j in i){var c=h.createElement("input");c.setAttribute("type","hidden");c.setAttribute("name",j);c.setAttribute("value",i[j]);a.appendChild(c)}if(navigator.appCodeName=="Mozilla"){h.body.appendChild(a)}a.submit()})();

Or right click here and select “Bookmark Link” to put it in a bookmark.
Or left click it if you want to find out how terribly wordpress fails at it 🙂

* Tested a bit on Opera 11, Firefox might also work.
* Note2: work in progress. Bookmarklet last updated at 14-12-2010.
* Known bugs: Opera seems to post some tags without the closing tags.

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