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While managing my rss subscriptions, I noticed that some websites use confusing date formatting. For example: What date is 12/05/09?

  • May 12th, 2009
  • December 5th, 2009
  • May 9th, 2012


Using Date Formats: 
MM/DD/YY (common in US), DD/MM/YY (common in Europe) and YY/MM/DD (used in Japan) are really confusing.

Dates used in web sites should be understandable for all cultures. The best practice for date formatting is using month names with 4 digit year. So the right formats for our example are - 12 May 2009 or May 12th, 2009.

displaying day and month information without a year
It is hard for users to understand if the post is up-to-date or not when displaying day and month information without a year

 

Second issue about date formatting is displaying day and month information without a year. It is hard for users to understand if the reading is relevant for them. Showing full date enables users to understand if the article/post/site is outdated or not.

Many blogs and websites display dates in confusing or incomplete formats. It is important to display dates in a way that they are complete and understandable in all cultures.

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Since creating better looking sitemaps is quite time consuming, we usually end up having text-based unordered lists that does not look like a sitemap. From now on, you can have a very beautiful and visual site map with nothing more than your standard unordered list and CSS. SlickMap CSS is a simple stylesheet for displaying sitemaps directly from HTML given as unordered list. It allows 3 levels of navigation and additional utility links for LOGIN, CONTACT, ADVERTISE links. 

SlickMap CSS is cross-browser and can be customized easily. It enables automation of sitemap design by eliminating the need for additional software. 

SlickMap - CSS based Sitemaps
SlickMap CSS - is a simple stylesheet for displaying finished sitemaps directly from HTML unordered list navigation.

 

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Here is a quick jQuery Plugin Announcement:

String concatenation and formatting are common aspects of almost every development effort. However, the combination of single and double quotes, along with escape characters, text, and plus signs (+) can be a bit overwhelming and difficult to remember. The .NET Framework provides a much cleaner approach with the String class's Format method. It allows you to create string values by specifying insertion points for other values as well as special formatting.

String.Format("Hello {0}", "world");

The string formatting approach described above can now be used with Javascript using a jQuery Plugin: .NET STYLE STRING FORMATTING - a simple and clever function to support token replacement within a string.

Given a string like "Hello, {0}" and calling the format function with a single argument like "world".

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Blogs, forums, online slide presentations etc. mostly use simple previous - next text links for navigation. All other fancy, more useful pagination techniques need Javascript code or images. Yesterday, I came across to a new completely CSS based, Javascript and image free pagination example.     

CSS Based Javascript Free Pagination with Tooltips
CSS Based Javascript Free Pagination with Tooltips

 

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Creating strong passwords is key to your online security. Since the computers trying to hack passwords are getting more powerful everyday, passwords you are using could be the weakest link you are using.

Password cracking tools use one of the following approaches:

  1. Guessing – using personal information (ex: using date of birth, phone number as password) 
  2. Dictionary Attacks – using single words found in dictionaries as password 
  3. Bruce Force Attack – trying every possible password
 

A brute force attack will always be successful if there is no limit to the number of attempts. In order to delay a brute force attack, a strong password should be chosen.

Guide to Strong Passwords:

A strong password should:

  1. Contain 8 or more characters
  2. Combine letters, numbers and symbols
  3. Be easy to remember, but should not contain any easy to guess personal information

You should:

  1. avoid sequences (ex: abcdef) or repeated characters (ex: 55555)
  2. avoid look-a-like substitutions of numbers or symbols (ex:p@ssword)
  3. not use your login name as password
  4. avoid using the same password for all accounts
 

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