Märt Matsoo - my site, your time

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Current: Tallinn
Team: Chromatic
Position: Developer
I.T. Work Experience 17 years and 25 days | Education University of Toronto

My musings & posts:

3531 is my car stereo's unlock code

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My 1995 Volvo has a stock radio/cassette player (yes, cassette player) that has a self-locking anti-theft feature. Specifically, if the radio is disconnected from its power source (for instance, if the car battery is disconnected) the radio asks for a code before it will play. I don't know how many radio thefts this feature has prevented, but I suspect it's not too many. A potential thief would have to recognise ahead of time that, if stolen, the radio will be useless without its special four-digit code.

View results into a dropdown

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A department at work organises and hosts events on a regular basis and they finally wanted to get their info up on the website. However, even before they had their first events listed, they wanted an archive of past events and wanted to have a dropdown on their page which listed monthly archives (ie. September 2010, August 2010 etc.). I decided to approach this using Views. Building the view to list past events was no problem, but loading this information into a dropdown was much more involved than I had expected.

Skype ruins my layout

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I recently noticed that the main menu of a site I work on had an approximately 5x5 px white box at the beginning of the main menu that shouldn't be there. Some pages had it while others didn't. I tried to right-click and "Inspect element", but my context menu was the kind you get when you right-click on a Flash object. Huh? I didn't have any Flash on that page.

Ode to my Volvo 940

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In 2006 a friend needed to get rid of his 1995 Volvo 940. It had about 450 000 km, but drove nicely and was in good shape. At the time, I was driving a 1984 245 GLT and figured it was time to get something "newer". A very modest fee was negotiated and I used the 940 without incident until I left for Estonia in August 2007. It was a good car and I didn't want to get rid of it so I disconnected the battery and stored it on blocks in a barn for 3 years.

For Krista, an IE user

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My jQuery Internet Explorer warning box politely asking users to upgrade their browser

How about that! I'm a Drupal association member.

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