Tutorials, Web

ProFTPD with SFTP, MySQL and Monthly Usage Reports

To install ProFTPD with MySQL-based authentication and SFTP support, you need to download the latest version of the source code and build it with customized options. But first, some prerequisites. (These instructions are for ubuntu but can easily be modified for CentOS).
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Geek stuff, Web

How’s about Corporate Microblogs?

This is a more of a brainstorm than an idea and I have no idea if this already exists. But here’s the thought anyway.

I read “Adobe Blogs” — a single interface to all the blogs contributed by the Adobe team. Is there an equivalent of that in the twitter/microblog world? To the extent that I’ve seen it, there is none. Each corporation dedicates a person to write on twitter for them. How’s about having a single aggregating microblog that provides a single interface to a corporation’s microbloggers. Right now, you have to subscribe to all the different microbloggers or have a single person write on behalf of the whole business. Can we not distribute this so that every employee can chip in?

Articles, Design, Tutorials, Typography, Web

CSS Layout

I wrote this article back when I was learning to cope with CSS layout. It’s not the best one around but it’s certainly the simplest. It assumes you’ve been working with CSS for font styles and colours and are comfortable with designing layouts using tables. I uploaded it on my old site but that site is no longer there, so this is an update post.

Title: CSS Layout

Tables are a powerful way of creating complex page layouts. That’s why many people simply refuse to let them go. Now, CSS designs have come a long way and have the same sort of power. Let go of your tables and come see how powerful CSS has become. The main problem I faced when I started learning CSS designs was how to get some of those DIVs floating to the right position while still keeping others in their place. HTML tables made it so easy but they have their drawbacks. I decided to redo my weblog template and write a small article in the meantime. There are a lot of CSS tutorials out there. I’m not going to go into the details of CSS. I’ll just take a design and implement it with precise values to show you just how it’s done. Having said that, be forewarned, this tutorial is not for the faint of heart.

Source in .zip

Geek stuff, Linux, resources, Web

Gmail, firefox and fonts on Linux

If you’re like me, you’d hate the default look of web pages (especially gmail) on firefox in Linux. I was beginning to think something was wrong with firefox because the rest of Linux fonts look alright. This is what I got after tinkering around for a day. Looks sweet, doesn’t it.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Get webcore-fonts package. It’s fonts from Microsoft but only the free ones. You’d know Verdana if you come from Windows. If you hate Microsoft… well, write your own fonts of the same quality.
  2. Get Greasemonkey for firefox.
  3. Get Gmail RL Skin Userscript. Very nice script. I did a few modifications for my own use. Here’s my file in case you need it for reference.

Oh, and send a mail to Google telling them to please stop using ‘Arial’ on all their pages. If Verdana isn’t available by default on Linux, other fonts much better than Arial are! You’d think they’d at least look at their pages on a Linux firefox browser. Sheesh!

Design, Typography, Web

Comic Sans – “only its parents could love it”

I’ve been saying this for a long long time. Here’s a quote in case you need convincing:

What article on web typography could forget the font so ugly that only its parents could love it – Comic Sans MS.

Spurned by designers and typographers worldwide, Comic Sans has few fans – and despite being part of Microsoft’s ‘Core Fonts For The Web’ package, is generally left unused by most people who know a little about typefaces.

It has found favour in certain niches – you can probably spot Comic Sans on a few eBay auctions (in garish red & yellow no doubt), as well as on personal homepages and the lesser blog sites (MySpace, LiveJournal et al).

If you absolutely must have a ‘comic’ style font, or blackboard style writing, go for Comic Sans – but there are few other applications for this font. Use with caution!

That comes from here.