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Archive for March, 2008

Change default paste behavior in Word


I have always wondered about how to change the default behavior for MS Word, because the default paste mode is to try to use the existing formatting of whatever text you have cut. If you cut and paste much from web sites, this can wreak havoc on your layout. I finally decided to Google it tonight and found the easy fix from MS Office Online.

You too can paste text without the formatting into a Word document, according to this Help and How-to from Microsoft Office Online.

WordPress 2.5 file uploader and IE7


So, you just upgraded your WordPress blog to 2.5 and you excitedly go to the admin screen to check out the new vaunted multi-file upload with progress bar. You click on the Write tab then click on any of the “Add Media” icons. The screen dims a bit then you are presented with … not the super-sexy, swfupload-based multi-file uploader but instead a dull, a simple, single file upload form and a script error. Why? It’s because you are running IE7. Fortunately, there is a pretty easy fix (that appears to be planned for 2.5.1) There are just two commas that need to be deleted, in two different files.

The first fix is in the file wp-admin/includes/media.php … down at line 817, delete the comma …

Change this:

  1. debug: false,

To this:

  1. debug: false

The next file to edit is wp-includes/js/swfupload/handlers.js … down at line 99, delete the comma right after the number 36 …

Change this:

  1. .animate({minHeight:0,height:36,}, 400, null, function(){jQuery(this).children('.describe').remove()})

To this:

  1. .animate({minHeight:0,height:36}, 400, null, function(){jQuery(this).children('.describe').remove()})

That’s it! The fancy multi-uploader now works in Internet Explorer 7!

Vermillion Bistro website launched


I recently launched a new web site for Mike Selig’s Vermillion Water Grille, an upscale bar and restaurant located in downtown Little Rock. It’s a great place with a wonderful ambiance. The web site turned out really nice, too, if I do say so myself. It has my first real effort at a Google Maps mashup.

New Zempt domain and site launch


It has been a long time since there has been anything Zempt on the ‘net (except for the occasional post by me in my personal blog) since the original domain expired and was scooped up by a cyber-squatter. Well, I would like to announce a new home for the project. Since it is an open-source and free application, I registered a dot-org domain and sat on it for a while. I have packaged a new build (0.5.113), put together some new screen shots and a discussion forum.

Head on over to the new Zempt domain,, and check out the latest version.