Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Retailer Morgan in administration

"BBC NEWS | Business | Retailer Morgan in administration
French women's clothing store chain Morgan has gone into administration, the latest retailer to be hit by the sharp fall in consumer spending.The company, which expects to report a 9% decline in 2008 sales, said it still hoped to be able to sell the business."

These companies must have been running really close to the edge if a mere 9% fall in sales is enough for them to collapse.

BBC NEWS | Business | Retailer Morgan in administration

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Calls for 'speed-limiting' cars

"BBC NEWS | UK | Calls for 'speed-limiting' cars
Speed-limiting devices should be fitted to cars on a voluntary basis to help save lives and cut carbon emissions, according to a new report. The government's transport advisers claim the technology would cut road accidents with injuries by 29%. The device automatically slows a car down to within the limit for the road on which it is being driven."

More demonisation of drivers from the New Labour Nanny State. If they brought these in, surely you'd never ever see a police patrol car again? Meaning that everyone could use their phone, drink, tailgate, etc. to their heart's content?

BBC NEWS | UK | Calls for 'speed-limiting' cars

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Windows 'My Network Places' slow?

If you find that your 'My Network Places' window under Windows XP (and possibly other versions too) takes ages to load, its because every time you mount a network share, Explorer adds a shortcut to this window. If they are shares that aren't normally mounted (such as servers only accessible over VPN after login) this can drastically slow the construction of this window. According to the following MS Help page, you can add a new registry entry that prevents this:

The Explorer.exe process stops responding when you use network shortcuts in Windows XP

Technorati tags:

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Dynamic HTML select objects

Want to use JavaScript to remove all elements of a select object? Don't do this:

for (i=0; i < form.yourSelector.length; i++) {

...and don't do this either:

l = form.yourSelector.length;
for (i=0; i < l; i++) {

Instead, do this:

l = form.yourSelector.length;
for (i=0; i < l; i++) {
  form.yourSelector.remove(form.yourSelector.length - 1);

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Menezes verdict choice restricted

"BBC NEWS | UK | Menezes verdict choice restricted
The jury at the inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes will not be able to consider a verdict of unlawful killing, the coroner has said. Sir Michael Wright said that having heard all the evidence, a verdict of unlawful killing was 'not justified'.

The whole exercise was a waste of time, then, was it not? All the actions that led to the guy's death were the fault of the police. So if the inquest cannot blame the police, what's the point?

BBC NEWS | UK | Menezes verdict choice restricted