Archive for November, 2011

CSS Frameworks: In with the New, Out with the Old

November 18th, 2011 2 comments

I’ve noticed that my old post 960 Grid System vs Blueprint CSS is still getting quite a few hits so I thought I’d post an update about it.

Of the two, I now use… neither!

Bootstrap is a toolkit from Twitter designed to kickstart development of webapps and sites. It includes base CSS and HTML for typography, forms, buttons, tables, grids, navigation, and more.

Just the other day I built a nice page in a matter of a few minutes using Bootstrap, from Twitter and it has me totally sold. If you need to throw something together quickly, then this is the way to go. Things I like about Bootstrap:

  • Single css file to include which includes reset CSS (no need for multiple css files).
  • Remotely hosted for quickstart. Bootstrap itself suggests to use <link rel=”stylesheet” href=””>
  • Simple markup
  • Customizable fixed or fluid layouts
  • Typography that just works (check out the inline labels).
  • Media markup (although I haven’t actually understood the purpose of it yet).
  • Very nice Tables with support for tablesorter.
  • Beautiful Forms with sexy buttons.
  • Navigation/Tab/Breadcrumb/Pagination
  • Sexy Alerts & Navigation 
  • … and a whole bunch of things you can do by adding small javascript snippets, such as modal dialogs, popovers, etc…

Definitely worth checking out if you are researching CSS frameworks and haven’t tried it yet!

How to install KDE on Fedora Core 13 and onwards.

November 18th, 2011 9 comments

I haven’t used KDE for a very long time, obviously since before Fedora Core 13. Back then, the yum group for KDE was named kde-desktop, so a simple sudo yum groupinstall kde-dekstop would set you on your way.

Since FC13, the group name has changed to the not-so-obvious KDE Software Compilation.

sudo yum groupinstall “KDE Software Compilation” (with the quotes) and you’re off!

I’m installing KDE in a fresh install of FC16 as I’m writing this, because like Leonid, one of the things which annoy me about GNOME 3 is the inability to see a Skype icon with notifications of incoming chats without having to move your mouse to bottom right corner all the time. We are using Skype as an example here, there are of course other icons which one might miss, such as the Dropbox icon for example to know if any synchronisation is in progress.


November 15th, 2011 1 comment

The local shop with an online presence, Stephanis, was thinking that it would be cool to do something rather stupid, in my opinion, but it seems as though somebody has already beaten me to it and brought to their attention how uncool the ‘Unbezable’ idea was.



I like this online shop. For Cyprus’ online shopping standards, it simply works for me. I have never actually ordered through it, and the stock indications can be totally ignored since they are 100% wrong… but it is useful for researching products which you may be interested in buying locally, sometimes either from this retailer or not.

Today I noticed that the above word has been replaced by ‘Unbeatable’, something which will at least make sense to non Greek speakers. “Unbezable” is a play on two Greek words “Δέν Παίζεται”.

Funny thing is that (at time of writing) when you now Google for Unbezable, you’ll get Stephanis as #1 link, so it has been indexed nicely. Even funnier is Google’s “Did you mean: unbearable” suggestion before the results.

Unbearable offer, anyone?

Larnaka bus company “Zinon” website navigation decoded.

November 15th, 2011 6 comments

Cyprus, as anybody who lives or has lived here knows too well, has a very poor public transport system. One of my biggest problems with it is the lack of information about the various services (timetables, routes, ticket prices, connections with other modes of transport etc…).

Recently various websites have been popping up from the various companies to try and help address these issues, but I’d rather they didn’t and would much prefer the internet to be rid of these unfriendly and practically unusable sites. They are a waste of cyber space and it angers me that somebody, somewhere, has been paid for them… not to mention they’re probably being sold some extremely expensive hosting too.

Zinon Buses

Larnaka has one such company, Zinon buses. Its website is built by a company called SK Webline Ltd who’s own website, to no surprise, is “not available online at the moment due to updates on it” in a design that a 2 year old could cough up in a few minutes. Why do people pay such companies to build them a website? Would you pay this company to build you a website?

Anyway, let’s take a look at this site…

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Categories: All, Cyprus, Web

Give Australia back to the Aubergines!

November 15th, 2011 No comments

Spotted here on the Cyprus Mail website, this hilarious piece…

TWO WEEKS ago, a Turkish lady commenting on the Cyprus Mail website, posted the following comment to defend her argument: “Netherlands occupy Antilles, Australians exterminate the Aubergines, English occupies Falklands and never go back.” In another post, related to the same article, she added: “So according to your logic, Americans should return USA to Indians or Australians return Australia to the Aubergines.”

Aubergines were the indigenous population of Australia and were eaten up by the first white settlers, Big Bad Al’s forefathers. They are not to be confused with Aborigines which are also known as egg-plants and are widely used in Greek, Arab and Italian cuisines.

Categories: All, Cyprus