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Month: May 2007

Disney Help Explain Copyright Law

From Boing Boing via Stupid Evil Bastard is this Stanford University Cyberlaw documentary film program about copyright utilising Disney® copyrighted movie clips under the Fair usage act. (Direct download link:, Coral Cache) Why Disney? Well, to me they seem to be a major copyright abuser (the Lion King character and the intro to the film is very similar to a Japanese animated series Kimba the White Lion: they even appear to have used the “Lion Sleeps Tonight” music without permission, Atlantis is meant to be similar to “Nadia: Secret of Blue Water” and “Laputa: Castle in the Sky”, characters in Aladdin are meant to be similar to ones in The Thief And The Cobbler and I’m reasonable sure there’s others), but they are also one of the main companies who keep pushing for copyright extensions (see The Mickey Mouse Protection Act. I also don’t quite like their policies of “niceify” some stories (such as The Brother Grimm stories, Peter Pan, 101 Dalmations etc) – at least if Disney are going to make them into films (even though the stories are public domain and therefore available to be used “without fees”: something no Disney item is likely to become), they…

Net: Code Snippets for web designers

Another quick snippet for today as I’m quite busy – in fact take 25 code snippets for web designers (including Bubble Tool Tips, Box Overs, Ajax Star rating bar, CSS Star Rating Redux, Ajax Contact Form, an online form creation utility called Wufoo, Pretty Accessible Forms, Radio and Checkbox customisations, a text renderer thingy, revised image replacement, the obligatory CSS rounded corners, cool looking CSS Speech Bubbles, even more rounded corners, vertical bar graphs just using CSS and PHP (and another method), a hover light box, Lightbox JS, CSS Image Maps, CSS Image Pop-up, Sliding Doors CSS Navigation tabs, taming lists, a design experiement in the art of navigation, navigation matrix reloaded, light weight css tabs and accessible image tab roll overs. Phew – so much for this being a snippet on its own!

Techy Snippet: MySQL Database Schema Dump

To extract/export just the schema/design/create tables section of a MySQL table via the command line, you need to use a command such as: mysqldump –no-data [databasename] [optional table name] -u[user name] -p > extract.sql (enter the [username] mysql user password) To import it again, use: mysql -u [username] -p [databasename] < extract.sql See also: MySQL Docs: MySQLDump.

Net: Top Ten Grammar Mistakes

Scribed> has a list of 10 grammar mistakes whot can make you stupid look. 😉 They include: “I always loose lose the key”, “Download it’s its readme file” and “the laptop is overheating and its it’s making that funny noise again”, “managers are in they’re their weekly planning meeting” whilst “the techs have to hand in there their phones at the door and their they’re not happy about it”. It also covers things like the difference between i.e. and e.g. (i.e., the difference being that i.e. stands for ‘that is’ and ‘e.g.’ is for example) and my personal bug-bearer where “this problem shouldn’t effect affect any users” (but it shouldn’t have any effect on them) .