Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

Off to Ireland...

…in about 10 hours. I’m going on a business trip to high north of Ireland, with 1h-stop in Vienna.

I hate to wait on connecting flights. Actually, I hate to wait for transportation, in stores, at city desk clerks…All that is practically a waste of time.

First time I flew abroad, I went to London over Rome, and then back to Belgrade over Milan, three days later. After that, I went several times for one or two weeks, always direct flights.

Now I’m going to .ie for three days, and I again have two-step journey (make it three this time, as I’m going to Dundalk, north of Dublin). It seems like short trips are hard to organize, even for efficient agencies like FinTravel Club

Business schedule is pretty tight, but hopefully there will be an hour or two to see something out of Ireland. At least a couple of… (mind the bear, not the horrible site).

My Firefox setup

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I’ve been using Firefox since version 0.6 and never switched back. It is real pleasure to watch it slowly shrinking down in size (about double from .6 to .9) while greatly expanding its usefulness. There are things I want to see improved, but this post is not about that.

This is meant as the reference for the extensions I use every day. For me, so I can check for updates and new stuff. For you, so you can try them out and see what you were missing.

Mac OS X...happily running on my AMD Athlon

At the moment of this writing, I’m in the process of installing Panther. Not on iBook. Not on G5. No my friends, I’m installing it on AMD AthlonXP 1700+ (overclocked to 2450+), under Windows Server 2003 Standard.

For ages I wanted to be able to test my pages and works, write-of-the-PC-desktop, on Mac browsers. I was incredibly happy when company management agreed that buying iBook was in the interest of the quality of web sites we produced. But now, I can run it right of the…oh, I already said that.

Conveniently calling their product PearPC, these guys are converting PowerPC instructions into x86 ones.

Excellent coverage can be found on, with all the latest news, forums and other useful info. Good bit is that pre-release Tiger is also working.

The best part is that it’s not only free, the whole thing is a very small download. Zipped Win binary is 325kB, and rar-ed 6GB and 3GB MacHD images are 440k and 220k. Apart from that, you only need ISO images of the first Panther installation disc - PearPC has Change CD option, but I did not need it. And you need a lot of patience, as installation is taking hours, and is quite CPU consuming. Then again, this is only 0.2 version.

The only thing missing is support for networking on Windows. I believe it would soon be added and then this would be pure fun.

Damn…I just checked the official site and saw that one of the developers died in a train accident… :(( life is really weird. My sincere condolences to the family of Stefan Weyergraf.

Four variants of drop-down menu

It seems like years…


Having established (or so I thought) the basis for good, versatile, menu system, I figured it’s about time to make it truly powerful. I wanted it to:

  • be placed anywhere and to open-up in any direction

  • work in CSS2-capable browsers and IE5+/Win

  • provide b-version script for use with other browsers (mostly IE5/Mac)

  • circumvent the drop-down problem on IE/Win

  • avoid scroll bars upon page load (while menus are hidden)

  • prevent IE from drawing tall submenus over prev/next parent menu options

Well, I did all that, and I did none of that.