1995 Volvo 940 For Sale

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Update: The car has been purchased for its transmission. Obviously, it is no longer for sale.

I have a spare Volvo in my drive and I would like to get rid of it. Why, you ask? I got a good deal on a slightly younger Volvo and we don't need two cars. I would prefer an "as is" sale since I do not want to bother with running around to get the safety inspection done. I'm totally happy letting you take the car to your mechanic to get it checked out. The car is located in Toronto's Beaches neighbourhood.

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CCK fields saved in DB differently depending on # of content types using them

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I recently had the unfortunate experience of having to alter SELECT statements between my dev machine and testing machine since the database structure, which should be an exact match, had somehow changed between the two. Everything worked at good ole' localhost, but when I uploaded to the testing server, no query results were forthcoming.

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Yesterday I sat down for 20 minutes with a friend who wants his website re-done. Until now he has had what I would call a proof-of-concept version that I threw together years ago as a starting point. (an online equivalent of a paper-based wireframe) I guess he was satisfied because we never subsequently sat down to develop any actual look/feel or functionality requirements. The site just stayed that way - even the bogus content I entered as placeholder text.

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.

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

Pesky space screwed up string comparison in javascript

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I implemented a small script to recognise IE 6 or 7 browsers and tell them to upgrade or switch away from IE totally. It's a jQuery fade-in box at the top of the page. After offering that the user should either upgrade or switch to another browser I provide a "hide this warning for the rest of your visit" link. Clicking the link sets a cookie value that is then used to hide the IE warning for the rest of the session. (ie. hide_ie_warning = 1)

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