CUTCODEDOWN
Minimalist Semantic Markup

Welcome Guest
Please Login or Register

If you have registered but not recieved your activation e-mail in a reasonable amount of time, please use our Contact Form for assistance. Include both your username and the e-mail you tried to register with.

Recent Posts

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
1
SEO and Content Creation / kinogo
« Last post by Brandonjoync on Today at 01:53:24 pm »
2
Art / Re: Open Source Software
« Last post by Jason Knight on 25 May 2020, 12:13:17 pm »
Font Rendering & Multi-Displays Works Fine on Some Distros:

It really doesn't. Sure you can run the (illegal) font smoothing code to bring the glyphs up to spec, but it still kerns text like a sweetly retarded rhesus monkey on crack. I've NEVER used anything that uses freetype for render where text kerning wasn't utter garbage.



That's a worst case scenario since Linux HATES "Windows core" fonts, but it does it with pretty much every damned non-monospace font. Open up Libre, type in the word "spacing" and then keep adding spaces before it, and watch the spacing (kerning) around the "p" and "i" dance around like a mexican jumping bean.

The SAD part being that whilst Linsux exhibits this behavior on all applicatiions, LibreOffice and OoO drag said garbage over to both OSX and Windows to a degree, making it a double-whammy. (OoO/Libre have this issue as they do per character kerning instead of per word, same as freetype itself)

Don't even get me STARTED about the spacing between words... Freetype and software written specifically for it first are incapable of even rendering the same word the same way twice on the screen. Even more pathetic turning on the (illegal) better font quality rendering actually makes the kerning worse, leaving you stuck with a choice between trash glyph quality OR trash kerning.

/FAIL/ hard in both cases and all because the freef*** FSF types go wah wah wah over the licensing issues of actual full Truetype support. You know who I mean? The nutters who created Iceweasel because Mozilla dared to trademark the Firefox name and logo? (talk about petty nonsensical bullshit from the Church of Stallman whackjobs)

The Fedora Design Suite
I hate Red Hat legacy Linux flavors. RPM's always seem to be buggy junk, nothing is in the standard *nix directories defeating the purpose of it even being a *nix-like, and the "design for suits with wallets by suits with wallets" approach of the original Red Hat Linux plagues it to this day.

But I learned *nix on Xenix, SCO, and Solaris -- so I expect things to be certain places they just aren't. Hence I'm more of a Debian guy since they have everything where I expect it to be, and the "out of box" tool choices are more familiar. That and I had Ian's ear. He was another good friend that met a tragic end. That was a BAD couple of years for the IT community as a whole. So many important and talented people lost in such a short timeframe.

GNOME3 Thing? Xfce
I have YET to encounter a WM for any *nix that feels as robust, complete, or up to date in terms of ACTUAL functionality as Windows 3.1, much less 95/98. VISUALLY they do a good job of LOOKING feature complete, but every time I try to do the simplest things It's like a trip in the wayback machine to MacOS System 2 or Windows 286.

It's the little things that are utterly broken, like the COMPLETE LACK of user feedback whilst an application is starting. I click to start the program.. nothing. Ok, click again... nothing. No disk activity, no mouse cursor change, no visual queue's like a placeholder window to say something is happening... then 5 seconds later the disk heads start screaming back and forth, so that 20 seconds later ten copies of whatever program I'm trying to start all open up at once! /FAIL/ at UI design.

Little things like stuff that should be a simple checkbox requiring 200 character long cryptic esoteric command line entries... like having pulse audio work after hibernate without having to dick around with modprobe. Like HAVING to manually edit .conf files on a new install to get anything other than 800x600 at 16 bit because *nix drivers can't even read the display information across VGA analog, much less DVI/HDMI properly.

As a desktop OS I have never seen a flavor of Linux that has caught up to the most basic functionality and user experience quality of Windows 98.

Much less it's USELESS for me in my other tasks like audio production, because of the painfully and ridiculously high audio latency. You can't have 300ms+ of audio latency by the time you turn Midi over USB and/or live mixing against soft-synth output. It's why I often joke that "what the hell is the point of them even maintaining a copy of Reaper for Linux?"

Especially since most of the good softsynths -- like the ones from Sample Modeling -- have to go through Wine to be used, adding another 50ms or so of overhead when you need the entire process to be 60ms or less.

More so when the audio drivers for professional grade hardware -- like my EMU Morpheus -- or even prosumer stuff -- like my Audigy 2 Platinum -- ranges from buggy and unreliable to outright crippled. So much hardware is listed as "supported" when it should literally be listed as "incomplete crippleware".

... and It's not like I don't keep trying different distros every few months. I ALWAYS end up back on Windows because Linux is just not usable for me as a desktop OS due to a mix of giant failures in desktop UI design, the crappy font rendering technology, crippled audio, crippled poor performing video, and general obtuseness of shit being command line only that makes it feel more like a parody of the late 1970's or the 1980's.

If I wanted to waste half my life dicking around on the command line every time I start up the machine or want a new piece of software to work PROPERLY, I'd drag out my Trash-80 Model 12 and boot up Xenix.

... and it's not that I'm command-line/terminal shy. It's just this is 2020 not 1983, we can do better!

But to be fair, I came up on the microcomputer side of things during the big "war" between the Micro and Mainframe crowd, where we referred to *nix fanboys like Stallman as "know-nothing big Iron dinosaurs" and fully expected posixisms to be dead by the mid 1990's. To be brutally frank if not for Linus Torvalds 90%+ of this cryptic outdated outmoded crap would have died off over two decades ago.

Hence why I'm still not sure this is a joke:

https://www.gnu.org/fun/jokes/unix-hoax.html

and I still have a copy of this on my bookshelf:

https://web.mit.edu/~simsong/www/ugh.pdf
3
HTML / CSS / Re: Sharing A Simple CSS Grid
« Last post by Jason Knight on 23 May 2020, 09:19:32 pm »
You might like small Geany Editor or bloated Eclipse IDE better? I prefer smaller with some conveniences.
My preferred editor is Flo's Notepad 2, which is Scintilla based without being a total piece of Scite. (that's a joke, the demo editor for scintilla is called Scite!)

I could probably get by with Scite on Linux if I had to. Right now, I don't have to as the dearth of other quality software for MY needs -- much less proper hardware support, especially audio and video -- doesn't EXIST on Linux, nor is it likely to due to the architectural "flaws" of *nixisms. They're great for security purposes on a server, they suck ASS when it comes to realtime hardware interfacing.

WP security woes are mostly related to extensions as I understand it?

True and false. The reason extensions are so easily able to open up security holes is that Wordpress has ZERO "internal" security policy or practices. It blindly puts the connection, the security information, and a whole slew of other things into the global scope. Almost anything can be called from anywhere inside it with not even the slightest attempt at sandboxing anything.

... and if anything should be sandboxed and need permissions to it GRANTED, it's mods written by some yahoo who probably doesn't understand what to and what not to do.

That said "mods" are even ABLE to open security holes is the fault of the underlying system. MOST of that blame falls on Wordpress' doorstop and the general architecture of the platform... It was poorly planned from the start and that lack of concern for security -- inside and out -- is what plagues it to this day.

Sadly fixing said issues would involve a rewrite from the ground up that would be incompatible with any existing mods/plugins or even templates.

SOME of the blame can be thrown PHP's way too though. It's still utterly dumbass that include/require can operate on any file, or that fopen, file_get_contents, and their kin/kine can read/write .php files. It's equally moronic that include/require operates in the local scope of which it is called, making it impossible to include a function library without a derpy helper function like:

Code: [Select]
function safeInclude($name) { include($name); }
Needed JUST to break scope.

I'd ballpark that 90% of PHP exploits could be squashed if include/require was only allowed to open files with the .php file extensions, all other file operations were BLOCKED from reading .php files or another extension were added for files you don't want to be able to read/write, and include/require were only allowed to contain functions and classes without blindly executing any code, with library includes not bleeding scope.
4
HTML / CSS / Re: Sharing A Simple CSS Grid
« Last post by Dave on 23 May 2020, 07:46:21 am »
Basic WP has enough issues to go around never mind the extensions!
5
HTML / CSS / Re: Sharing A Simple CSS Grid
« Last post by k64 on 22 May 2020, 01:04:45 pm »
Thanks for the CSS Advice! A little harsh, but I knew what I was getting into when I came here  ::)
I already know... No Whining!
I've also have a certificate in web design from around 2k. I've seen first hand what Adobe and MS does to code  >:(

The pt/pc css pun was a !important sarcastic joke  ;D

I agree Bluefish can drive you nuts at times!
Syntax highlighting can be turned off or changed.

You might like small Geany Editor or bloated Eclipse IDE better? I prefer smaller with some conveniences.

WP security woes are mostly related to extensions as I understand it? Don't add any or unnecessary phun will surly follow.
6
Art / Re: Open Source Software
« Last post by k64 on 22 May 2020, 12:37:32 pm »
Font Rendering & Multi-Displays Works Fine on Some Distros: The Fedora Design Suite this is what I mainly use. I also like Xfce a lot too.

Just add, Code Editor, FTP and a Firewall (GNOME3 Thing? Xfce has it, including real screen savers!)

Fedora Xfce Spin has Default Styling and Tools like Debian Does.

I have tested other linux distros, but I keep coming back to Fedora for now.  Linux Mint Xfce or LMDE would be my second choice. Another one I'm watching is PureOS.
7
HTML / CSS / Re: Sharing A Simple CSS Grid
« Last post by Jason Knight on 22 May 2020, 03:36:26 am »
I don't even bother with supporting IE any more. Most will use Firefox like me or some WebKit browser, I use  Otter for that. It's a privacy browser, unlike google chrome.
I'm a Vivaldi fan... mostly for things that Opera USED to have that they told us to go plow ourselves over when they switched to being a chrome-like.

Such as rocker navigation and portrait tabs.

I try to use % for everything, I just wished I figure out how use them for media queries too ;)
% doesn't even make sense in media queries... but then most of the time it doesn't make a lot of sense for major flow columns. There are smaller cases where it makes sense, but an elastic width next to a fluid, or a elastic max-width and min-width (in em) and letting flex-wrap or inline-block do your heavy lifting is way better than declaring much of anything in percent.

... and when I do % it's either 100% for something that doesn't by default,

I might have to find/make a chart for rem/em.... my head is throbbing again.
That you're even thinking a "chart" means you're not thinking about layouts properly. Likely because:

Since I started out in fine art and switched to commercial art
Which means you have to UNLEARN most of the "art" stuff you're thinking about. Web design is DESIGN, and design isn't art unto and of itself. Design is engineering that incorporates art as one of its many facets, alongside accessibility, usability, user experience, and the inherent specifications and limitations of the technologies involved.

It's why most of the PSD jockeys who call themselves "web designers' are nothing of the sort. They're ignorant fools who know Jack about ****, and the only way they continue to be a thing is by preying upon those who know even less by providing flash instead of substance. Kind of like the mouth-breathers who call themselves "experts" because they can sucker fools with bootstrap and jquery.

EM is dynamic from the start, even on body it doesn't mean "16px" all the time. On my workstation and primary laptop 1EM on BODY, aka 1REM, STARTS OUT at 20px. On my media center with the 4k display it starts out at 32px. This way I don't have to dive for the zoom and deal with how many shoddily coded px based websites fall apart when you do so. Well written EM based sites just automatically scale to the user's preferences. That's what it's for.

Hence why that whole 0.625em / 62.5% font-size == 10px BULLSHIT is exactly that. 100% farm fresh prarie pies from absolute know-nothings who don't know the first damned thing about what EM is, what it's for, or how to use it properly.

That was probably the first big bold bald-faced LIE I came across when I moved over from Accounting programming to developing websites. The LIES from alleged "experts" in the industry like the Yank-hole or Eric Meyer wieners just kept pouring in from there.

I wish there were less Eric Meyer wieners, that is what I'd really like to see. 'Cause if there were less Eric Meyer wieners, sites would be more useful can't you see?

Note, my problem isn't with Meyer, it's with the fanboys who quote him out of context, misinterpret his meanings, use out of date posts and concepts of his like they were the gospel written in stone, and actually give the poor guy a bad rep. See "reset reloaded" as an example of a monster that got out of control.

... look at the bight side, my layouts are not in pt/pc   ::)

Some of mine are in pt... you know when/where/why?

Code: [Select]
<link rel="stylesheet" href="template/print.css" media="print">
That's why. :D

Nothing wrong with points if you're using CSS for print.

I use Bluefish Code Editor on Linux
I've used it at a certain jobsite, and it annoyed me no end... but then I find a lot of the "aids" built into browsers that people say "helps make you more productive" do the exact opposite for me, and just get in the damned way.

But to be fair, I'm someone who thinks that tabbed editors are a colossal step BACKWARDS in web technologies, and finds colour syntax highlighting to be an annoying illegible rainbow-striped acid trip.

Syntax highlighting sucked way the *** back when I first encountered it in Turbo Pascal 4, and it sucks even harder today. I've watched people have blatant errors staring them in the face, but they couldn't see it because of the derpy illegible colour choices.

My eyes just can't focus on it, probably because I can actually see colours. Kind of like how unlike most people, I don't associate distortion with volume.

I like static sites and not a fan of cms or WordPress with that Hack Me Sign on it's back! Here's Why -- In 2019's Hacked CMS websites 94% was WordPress all others were between 0.9%-4.3%.
I'm mostly with you on that, but there's nothing wrong with the "poor man's" approach of letting PHP or some other server-side language act as glue between your bits and pieces.

But yeah, do you remember back in '08 when turdpress won the Pwnie for M4ss 0wnage? Won an award for having the most CVE vulnerabilities that year.

99% or more of the templates for turdpress -- including the default one -- CLEARLY weren't written by people qualified to write a single damned line of HTML. Given that HTML is the "easy stuff" that many developers mock for not being a "Real langauge", if these assclowns can't even get that right, how are we supposed to trust them on the back-end?!?

Then you go under the hood and it's got endless entry vectors, the security information isn't secured, ANY code elevation at any point in the code has full access to both the database connection AND the credentials -- that in a monument to the stupidity of mankind they put into DEFINE...

Is it any wonder this "media darling" of idiocy is about as secure as a open door?
8
General Discussion / Coffee Percolators Are NOT Rocket Science
« Last post by k64 on 22 May 2020, 12:54:46 am »
Watch this idiot try to make Coffee with a Percolator!

I have a GE Percolator and a French Press, it's not rocket science folks.

9
HTML / CSS / Re: Sharing A Simple CSS Grid
« Last post by k64 on 22 May 2020, 12:18:26 am »
I don't even bother with supporting IE any more. Most will use Firefox like me or some WebKit browser, I use  Otter for that. It's a privacy browser, unlike google chrome.

I try to use % for everything, I just wished I figure out how use them for media queries too ;)

I might have to find/make a chart for rem/em.... my head is throbbing again.  Since I started out in fine art and switched to commercial art... look at the bight side, my layouts are not in pt/pc   ::)

I use Bluefish Code Editor on Linux ;)

I might have to find/make a chart for rem/em.... my head is throbbing again.  Since I started out in fine art and switched to commercial art... look at the bight side, my layouts are not in pt/pc   ::)

I use Bluefish Code Editor on Linux. I like static sites and not a fan of cms or WordPress with that Hack Me Sign on it's back! Here's Why -- In 2019's Hacked CMS websites 94% was WordPress all others were between 0.9%-4.3%.
10
Art / Re: Open Source Software
« Last post by Jason Knight on 22 May 2020, 12:12:08 am »
Whilst I am comforted by the idea that when/if Microsoft does screw over windows that something like Linux is waiting in the wings, it's still utterly unsuited for my needs.

The piss poor font rendering, piss poor support for multiple displays inferior to what Windows had 22 years ago, the piss poor UI scaling, the piss poor to borderline crippled video and audio support, the ridiculous audio latency regardless of which of a dozen different standards there are, and the simple fact that I've yet to use a single window manager -- or even better file manager -- that's as competent or capable as Windows 3.1 was?

It's just not suitable for my day to day desktop use. Haiku is more robust, and that's like saying Billie Eilish is a better singer than Poppy.

(There's a reason Eilish's Grammy was a crime against music)

It's a great server OS, I'd pick it all day every day for most projects... what with getting legitimate help with freeBSD being a joke, and windows server being the antithesis of sane and rational practices... but as a desktop OS it has been and remains a complete failure regardless of distro, software, or even the hardware I've tried.

... and most of that is because it is architecturally unsuited for quality graphics or professional audio, the open sores software limitations is a hobble skirt to font rendering quality, and the X11 legacy still hangs around its neck like a dead albatross.

There's a reason only about 100 people in the whole world program for X-Windows or its modern equivalent s directly, and those people universally work directly with creating interfaces for us mere mortals to use it like Motif, GTK, Qt, and all the other X-Toolkits out there.

Toolkits and decent OS shouldn't even have need of in the first damned place.

Honestly, BeOS 5 Max or Haiku would be my daily driver if not for the complete lack of robust software for them, alongside my need to test both IE and Edge meaning regardless of what the host OS is, I'd have Windows in a VM anyways. Just like I run OSX and Linux Mint in VM's under windows for website testing.

Reminds me, need to re-install virtualbox on this rig since I just upgraded it a few weeks ago to Zen2 and a 2tb Gen4 nvme SSD.
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10

Advertisement