CSS Sprites

After cleaning up the CSS here at marksimon.de i sure would like to try out such refined techniques as CSS Sprites. Although there might be no actual purpose to it and, from an aesthetic point of view, i still prefer a graphics-free approach to writing stylesheets. But that’s just my personal taste, i guess.

Firefox profile lost after Ubuntu shutdown

I tried out a tool for scheduled shutdowns on my Ubuntu machine yesterday. Firefox was still running in the background, and after the shutdown it turns out that my whole profile (bookmarks, add-ons, etc.) was lost. To make matters worse, Firefox would randomly crash at every second click, be it on the toolbar or on a link. Removing and reinstalling the packages didn’t help, but fortunately i found a solution here. So if this happens to you, all you have to do is a) duplicating the Firefox profile folder and b) editing the path to it in the profile.ini – see the first answer for a detailed description.

Information Studies Wiki

Working in such informal fields as Communications and/or Knowledge Management is always open to criticism of legitimacy. How can your actions and strategies be made valid and valuable for your organization? Especially in times of crisis this is an important question that needs to be addressed. In this regard, the InfoWissWiki (sorry, german only) is a useful resource to give your work a scientifc and proven foundation. There’s even an accompanying blog that covers a broad range of topics related to Information Studies.

Space Photography

Maybe i’m late with that, but New Scientist has published a gallery of mesmerizing deep space photographs in commemoration of the 100 Hours of Astronomy-event, which took place from April 02 til 05. I only wish these pictures had a higher resolution, they would look great on my desktop. Right now, thinking about it, they would look even better rasterbated and put up on my living room wall.

Easter Monday Links

Links for Easter Monday:

  • Henry Jenkins on Critical Information Studies for a participatory culture [Link]
  • Awesome video that combines stop motion and tilt shift techniques [Link]

Sunday Reading Links

Sunday reading links:

  • When attention becomes an economic asset: Death and the Media [Link]
  • True or not true, this is an entertaining yarn: The Dyatlov Pass Incident [Link]

Prezi goes public

Word just got out that Prezi, a really great online tool that allows you to create stunning flash presentations, went public. I tried it some time ago and it is just wonderful. If you want people to be blown away by your presentation, you absolutely have to give it a try.

SharePoint – Modify & Create Survey Views

I toyed around with surveys in SharePoint today and while googling found these useful knacks:

  • How to modify the list view of survey results [Link]
  • Even better: How to create a completely new view for survey results [Link]
  • Quick Survey Web Parts [Link]

Calculated Columns, Formulas & Functions in Sharepoint

There is no defending myself against the accusation that this blog is getting too much SharePoint-centric. My only excuse is that calculated columns are way, way underused in SharePoint and are a mighty tool for various purposes. These sites compile almost all (i am joking, of course, i can only scratch the surface in this regard) there is to know about calculated columns:

  • SharePoint Formulas and Functions at MS [Link]
  • Examples of Common Formulas at MS [Link]
  • Also make sure to take a look at the ‚Taming the Elusive Calculated Column‘-series at EndUserSharePoint, great stuff [Link]

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Links for today:

  • How to quickly build a knowledge base in SharePoint, i especially like the neat idea of an automated e-mail routing via SharePoint and Outlook  [Link]
  • Science does not equal Scientism [Link]