Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

The ultimate drop menu

ADxMenu - multilevel menu built from nested HTML lists - is my pride and joy. I began working on it last year, always implementing the good stuff I learned on the web standards road. In its current incarnation, I believe it’s best of the breed. There are other menus out there (using the very similar HTML base), but most of them can, at most, measure up to ADxMenu standard.

With that said, I want to repeat what was my target from day 1. It’s valid, standard-compliant web sites. If you have an old-school web site with nested tables and no DOCTYPE - do not bother; you have other things to conquer first. On the other hand, if you are a CSS newbie/inter/pro - you are welcomed. You will need good CSS skills to create attractive menus though; I did my best to give you a good starting point, for 4 different variants of the menu, but the final look is up to you.

There are many old-school menus with large scripts and over-bloated markup. Those few that are good and light are not free. ADxMenu3 is free to use on any kind of site, as long as you give proper attribution.

So much love

I’m currently away from Belgrade, attending the celebration of slava at my girlfriend’s family. Last night, I went to check my email to see is there anything urgent. And saw that horror was unleashed on the Friday morning (I last checked my email on Thursday evening).

I had 1482 emails, all but few dozens being some kind of virus (probably some new variation) and all with 75k in size. They were coming two or three emails per minute. Until I eventually got time to clear that up (around midnight), it went to 1773. Last month, I have passed the 1GB quota for incoming mail I have at my ISP. The steady rise in spams and viruses finally cought up with me and I was unable to receive mail for few days, until the new accounting period came (the ISP kindly gave me higher quota to overcome the problem).

However, with the speed this is coming now, I have a feeling I will reach 1GB sooner. This wave will hopefully calm down soon, but it’s very unpleasant. Sifting through 1500 emails one could easily miss something important. I’m far from 4 million emails per day that Bill Gates gets hit with, but from the emails I got from ISP owners, I could easily be the most spammed person in Serbia. They litterally told me that new viruses usually result in waves of emails but nothing even close to what is happening to me. :(

The thing is - all these emails look just like regular emails and can be detected as virus infected shit only after they are received. There is no blind option you can set and kill them, as all the efficient system require human intervention. One look at the email I can tell whether this is real mail of spam/virus, but there is nothing that email server can look up or check for.

I got some statistics from the ISP. That month, I have received over 37.000 emails with viruses (those that passed spam-database checks) from little over 25.000 email addresses. How can one defend from that?

I don’t see any reasonable solution to this, except that some very updated virus-scanning software is installed on every possible node that email gets transfered through and which will scan for it.

For what is worth, if you really need to contact me, use the contact form on this web site. That’s the only way I can guarantee that will get through to me. For now.

New ADxMenu in sight

You might’ve not noticed, but beta version of ADxMenu 3 is up since the new blog was published. There are still loose ends in the enterprise version, but the hardest part is over and I can proudly say that it promises to be the menu, for all sites and possible uses.

Highlights:

  • submenus can freely go one over another, even in IE (no unwanted overlap anymore)

  • clean separation of IE hacks in separate .css file, which only IE loads

  • reworked whatever:hover so it deals only with menu elements (no page-onload freeze anymore)

  • three different version, so you can pick what suits you best

  • mildly simpler CSS

I’ll be away this weekend, but you can expect full write-up next week. Until then, please report errors you find (and in which browser, version) in comments.