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Need custom fonts online? Try Cufón!

I was tired of sIFR (flash based ) and decided to for another soloution to adding custom (non web-standard fonts) to a webpage. I came across “” and decided to set up a target: If it is to be considered easy and out-of-the-box, the framework should be able to implement in 45 minutes!

I succeded in 31 minutes – which included setting up a simple “documentation”/article about how I did! Now that article/webpage has been brushed up (making it more nice to look at) and I can think that it is worth a visit!

Find it on my domain here: http://www.netsi.dk/showcases/cufon.html, it also has a few relevant links. Should you feel the need to submit comments about that page, feel free to do it here.

Google Chrome Frame – a quick path to HTML5?

offers so many interesting new features – like the CANVAS tag which is a area on your page where you can draw something. I have always liked graphics and would love to be able to draw directly on the client – something which not really was possibel throuh SVG. SVG was a great idea, but generally did not get wide spread (for many reasons).

Chrome and other browsers allready support (part of) the HTML5 standard, and now has made something called “ Chrome Frame” for Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE) . In short it will allow you to use your MSIE browser but through a plug-in get access to HTML5 elements/features inside you MSIE browser.

I will try to download it, and then comment here as I go along. You can too – find the plug-in here: http://code.google.com/intl/da/chrome/chromeframe/

Feel free to comment here on your experiences with this plug-in!

Is it safe to insert 3rd party elements into your webpage?

As I use MSN Live Messenger at lot it was only natural for me to extend it with the integration to Aardvark. Aardvark is a global service which allows users to ask questions “onto the net” – within 15 minutes you will have an answer given by another human using Aardvark. The answer may not be the ultimate answer, but you get it relative quick and it is not from a computer (or search engine). That is the origin of this article.

Aardvark poked me with a question from Nathan J. Brauer (www.thebrauergroup.com):
”If you embed a 3rd-party shockwave-flash object into your webpage, can it take control of the page?”

The scenario – adding extra value to your website
You have a website and you want to add extra functionality to the page using one of the many widgets, free flash or shockwave elements, javascripts (like Maps) or other “out-of-the-box”. You insert the snippet into your own website, adding a “window” to a foreign website. That will make your website look more complete, as now people can get more “value” from a visit to your site! That is cool!

The downside – If you choose to embed it directly on your page
I am not an security expert but my personal experience working with the internet since 1995, and knowledge about what is possible in a browser told me this:

  1. Components might “sniff” information from the “mother” page and send log it.
    If your choose to embed something from a foreign site it will be able to send information back to the site of the component. You can imagine that things like values from elements in FORMs on your page might be of interest of “bad 3rd party site”.
  2. Components might change content on the page
    As the page is part of the DOM of your website the component can do anything on the loaded page! For instance it might change all links to go through a “proxy” site allowing it to track clicks from your page. The uses might never discover that anything is “wrong” as a click will end on the expected page, though the user will have gone through a foreign sight leaving footprints and information there…

A soulution the the potential security risc: Use IFRAMES!
Now, here is where Aardvark came to great use! As you remember it was actually a question which I was given by Nathan J. Brauer (www.thebrauergroup.com). I send out my knowledge to Nathan, and indeed I got something back!

Nathan had talked to others (on the Aardvark net) and someone had the great simple soloution to embed 3rd party components using the IFRAME tag! That way the component will have limited access to the DOM of your page! The problem solved!

Join Aardvark! Be a part of a global problem solving network!
So I can only advice you to join Aardvark! I got the above knowledge this time and had a great dialog with Nathan! I now know just a litle more about Vietnam, Korean Soap Operas, Nathans mother-in-law and – yet all this makes me smile (That is a good thing!).

TV2, “Renée Toft Simonsen – hele historien” og hele udsendelsen

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Jeg sad og så dokumentaren “Renée Toft Simonsen – hele historien” på her tirsdag den 6. oktober 2009. Hun har været der gennem min ungdom og det var spændende at høre hvad hun nu havde været igennem. Jeg forventede nok at skulle høre alle hendes lykkelige oplevelser: face of the 80ties, mange penge og gift med Thomas Helmig.

Jeg blev overrasket – fantastisk må være temaet jeg husker!
Der gik dog ikke længe inden jeg så noget i den som jeg synes producenten TV2 skal have ros for! De præsterede at konfrontere alle menneskenerne i programmet med et kamera og få dem til at tale ud til seeren med en ærlighed der var slående!

Da Renées forældre ikke langt inde i programmet blankt erkendte at de havde svigtet deres datter ved på egoistisk vis at prioritere egne interesser, så var jeg imponeret. Jeg ventede så at en konflikt blev holdt i live i programmet mellem Renée og hendes forældre, men nej! Ærligheden sejrede! Senere i programmet fortalte Renée og hendes far om hvordan Renée senere i hendes liv havde skældt hendes far ud 2-3 timer. Råb og skrig direkte op i faderens ansigt! Ærlighed!

Andre steder i programmet var der også usædvanlig ærlighed – f.eks. fra en ex-mand til Renée som også åbenlyst ærlig sad og fortalte om hans manglende tilstrækkelighed i deres ægteskab. Han svigtede og fik sagt det så ærligt at han faktisk ikke fremstod som et fjols! Sagen var lukket! Hvordan? Ærlighed…

Renée er ikke kun velsignet med hendes udseende!
80’ernes ansigt som mange af os født i 60’erne har nydt og elsket har ting som ikke umiddelbart ses på et foto! Hun har en styrke som – ja – Pippi Langstrømpe (Renée elskede Pippi Langstrømpe). Måske tænkte Renée på “hvad ville Pippi have gjort her?” når hun i sit liv blev presset ud i svære valg og beslutninger?

Jeg har mange fået andre ting ud af den udsendelse, men hvis du har mulighed for det så se den selv! Jeg vil sige at den giver håb for ærlighed!

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