CSS IE Media Query Hacks

I’m not a fan of CSS hacks, they are totally unstable and unpredictable pieces of code, usually built on top of another bug… but… unfortunately the way of the web has made it almost impossible to avoid them – I find myself facing a problem I can’t get around without one.

The problem here is CSS media queries and our old fiend Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer only understands the very basic media types such as: media=”screen” but fails to understand media queries like media=”screen and (min-device-width: 450px)”. When it doesn’t recognise this it simply ignores it – that means whole sections of styles are just ignored, and your pages will look completely different to how they are supposed to.

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Exciting software: Photosynth

Already mention in my Exciting software blog, Photosynth is now released to the public.

This has been around for a while now, but is still pretty impressive software. The idea is it can take multiple shots of the same area and stitch them together to create a 3D world. You can then move about in this world, moving in and out of various areas.

You can try the software out for yourself here:

(A warning though, any photos you upload become public.) They say you can create a impressive shot with as little as 10 photos and they suggest you start small. For a guide on taken photos see this PDF’s but some quick tips to get you started:

  • Overlap the shots alot
  • Take zoomed out shots
  • Shoot the same thing from different angles.

The software works on either XP or Vista across most of the leading browsers. Let me know how you get along and have fun.

Visual .Net's most useful enhancement.

Just a quick one. And really simple.

If you’re like me you’ll always be routing through the folder structures to fin where the project is you’re currently working on. Well no more, this is something I added in to my Visual Studio back in the old ages, but it’s one of the first things I do when I install a new version.

Go to the Tools menu and select “External Tools…”, then set up a new item as below:

If you can’t see the image: Set Title to “Project location” (or whatever you like), set Command to “Explorer.exe” and Set arguments to “$(ProjectDir)” (That’s a build in variable that stores the position of you project folder – try the arrow button at the end for other locations)

And that’s it. Just click it when you need to get to your files.