Thursday, March 20, 2008

Different browser display web pages in different ways: One more reason why Webmaster should have more than one browser

I have previously explained Advantages of having more than one browser and emphasized with another post What to do when you cannot upload photos, download web pages, sign in, get error messages, etc., (not a "cure all").

Webmasters (professionals who are in charge of a website) especially need many browsers for they should be interested in how the website they are managing is seen by visitors who may be using all kind of web browsers. Bloggers are by default webmasters though their job is made easier as much of what professional webmaster have to do is done by their blogging software/platform. But the necessity of having many web browsers still apply to them.

As an example, I tried to center a Google AdSense site search box in a blog Header. For this, you will need to apply for a Google AdSense account which you can do so via a link in

I use the pair of inline CSS (cascading stylesheet) <span style="text-align:center;"> and </span;"> to surround the script to display the Google AdSense site search box to try to center the search box. But let us look at how the site search box is displayed in different browsers:

Centering Google site search box in Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.131C

centering Google AdSense search box in Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.131C
Internet Explorer 7
The search box as well as the text that is added below the script in the New Blogger HTML/Javascript Page Element is centered as intended.

Centering Google site search box in FireFox

centering Google AdSense site search box in FireFox that while the text below the site search box is centered, the Google AdSense site search box itself is aligned to the left, and not centered as intended.

Centering Google site search box in Opera 9.26

centering Google AdSense site search box in Opera 9.26Note that in Opera web browser, the Google AdSense search box is also not centered while the text is centered.

Centering Google site search box in Flock social web browser

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Blogger and Opera web browser: Problem

I have used Opera to publish posts with Google Blogger and till today, had no problem. In fact by having target="_blank">more than one browser, including Opera, I have managed to solve various problems easily.

However, today, when I started a new Blogger post using Opera, I got a pop-up:

Blogger posting warning while using Opera browser

What does this mean? I will try to find out.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Flock social web browser searching for real estate bargains while keeping track of Facebook friends

Most people would have heard of the sub-prime crisis, what one blogger described as an unfortunate crisis created by financial alchemist (alchemist are ancient chemist who see ways of turning cheap base metal into precious, expensive gold). For some it is a crisis, for those with cash to invest, it may be an opportunity for grabbing bargain real estate investments while still keeping tract of the latest status of your Facebook friends. Below is a screenshot of how I may do it:

Facebook social browser window showing latest status of Facebook friends

The above shows a foreclosures website as viewed with the Flock social web browser on the right side while in the left sidebar one can see our Face friends with their latest status. So now, while you are seeking real estate bargains, at a glance, you are informed of what your friends are doing, what is their mood, the circumstance there are faced with, or whatever they may want to put in their Facebook status. Note also the numerous tabs at the top of the screenshot showing you can doing many different things with a single window.

Florida is a good place for retirement plus as investment as it is a popular tourist destination with its plentiful theme parks plus a winter migration target for those from colder region. I heard property prices can be pretty high in Florida (do your own research, this information is unverified), so this might be the chance for you to grab the property you always wanted at a price you could never can get before this sub-prime crisis which is flooding the market with foreclosures.

Arizona is where I have a sister-in-law with a Chinese restaurant (Yuma) and although it may get very hot in summer, there is always nearby California to run away to for cooler climate.