What’s With All The Taxes?

Internet Explorer 7 Tax is fun, but here is a controversial one: UN’s global Internet tax on the world’s largest content providers (meaning Google, FB & Co.).

The whole thing has something to do with these content sites eating way too much bandwidth while being based in US so we don’t get enough this bandwidth-related money here in Europe. Anyway, if something like that goes through it might change the “look&feel” of our modern Internet as well as its openness.

World’s First Internet Explorer 7 Tax

IE7 Tax
Australian online retailer Kogan.com has introduced the world’s first “tax” on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) browser.
The new 6.8% tax comes into effect on 13 Jun 2012 on all products purchased from Kogan.com by anyone still insistent on using the antique browser.
“As Internet citizens, we all have a responsibility to make the Internet a better place. By taking these measures, we are doing our bit.”
Good job – someone has to pay 🙂 Nice way of attracting attention and links as well.

Multiline regex search in NetNeans

Recently I needed to remove some old fashioned forms on an old fashioned project – static website with like 200 pages. Each form had a name attribute with value “form1” and varying contents spread throughout multiple lines. The idea was to use NetBeans Project’s Replace feature with “Regular Expressions” checked, to do it quickly like that:

<form name="form1">.*</form>

But it didn’t work. After a short research (still quicker then hand edit these 200 files) it became clear that “dot all” regex piece doesn’t include line breaks. The addition of “(?s)” part that indicates line feeds made it work for me, here’s the final line:

<form name="form1">(?s).*</form>

Cats with Thumbs?

The idea of cats just waiting to grow opposable thumbs never crossed my mind, after watching this ad it seems somehow logical and a little scary…

Agency: Wieden + Kennedy, London
Director: Ulf Johansson, Smith and Jones Films
Editing: The Whitehouse
Effects: MPC