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Before you imagining any physical disease that affect your body, I am actually talking about a mental-disease disease that will make your blog posting frequency reduced, then reduced more, and finally became non-existent. Of course you can argue that breaking both of your arms will make blogging out of the equation. But in case you did broke both your arms, I just hope for your quick recovery. If I may suggest, your experience during your recovery should become a valuable experience that can be shared with your future blog readers.

The disease that I want to talk is the disease of fear. Fearing that everybody already know what you are going to write. Occasionally, I did experience the same thing. This fear did prevent me writing what I have in mind.

There was a time when I was in the mood of writing about something. Then I researched about the subject through Google. The sheer amounts of article written about the subject immediately discouraged me. “Why should I waste my time. There are so many similar articles in the Net. I fear that my article will become one of those junks found in the Internet”.

Until eZineArticles send me this article. It really helped me to battle the fear and start writing.

Now every time I have this kind of fear, I just tell to myself that as long as I put my best effort, well researched it, and being personal, whatever I write will have a unique touch.

So if you occasionally infected by this disease, read the the article above. Hopefully it will help you like it helped me.

About Hardono

Hi, I'm Hardono. I am working as a Software Developer. I am working mostly in Windows, dealing with .NET, conversing in C#. But I know a bit of Linux, mainly because I need to keep this blog operational. I've been working in Logistics/Transport industry for more than 11 years.

Of course. I am talking about those pills offered by Morpheus to Neo in ‘The Matrix‘ movie. Isn’t a huge coincidence that Internet Explorer is ‘Blue’ and Firefox is ‘Red’?

Now, before you telling me ‘Dude, what the heck are you talking about?’. Imagine that we as Web Developers/Programmers become Neo. Then imagine that Natural laws such as gravity, electricity and magnetism are the W3C definition for HTML, CSS and XHTML.

OK, back to the movie. If Neo chooses the Red Pill, he will wake up from his ‘artificial life’ and life in the real world. He will suffer, but he will know the real world. But if Neo chooses the Blue Pill, he will carry on in his ‘artificial life’. He might never meet the hardship of the real world.

So the premise here are ‘Red Pill’ will bring you to real life. To get something, you must follow the natural laws (e.g. W3C’s HTML Definition). But ‘Blue Pill’ will make your life easier as you don’t need to always follow the natural laws (e.g. W3C’s HTML definition) yet you will still get the same thing.

For example, to get a tooltip for your images, Internet Explorer will only need the ALT attribute in your image. But Firefox will not display the tooltip if you use ALT attribute. Because according to the natural laws (i.e. W3C’s HTML Definition), ALT is to be displayed when the Image is not available. To have the tooltip, W3C’s rules stated that you must use the TITLE attribute in your images.

So throw away your ‘Blue Pill’ and take the ‘Red Pill’. As I said, you might suffer a little bit, but you will see the real world. =)

PS: This post was inspired by my inability to see the tooltips in my WP-Translate images. Apparently I’ve been consuming the Blue Pill without realizing it. >.< Reference:
Firefox, ALT Tags, and Tooltips

About Hardono

Hi, I'm Hardono. I am working as a Software Developer. I am working mostly in Windows, dealing with .NET, conversing in C#. But I know a bit of Linux, mainly because I need to keep this blog operational. I've been working in Logistics/Transport industry for more than 11 years.


One thing that always accompany me is my PDA. It’s an Ipaq RX3715 PDA. It has been accompanied me for 1 year plus. I bought the PDA from other person for $350 through HardwareZone.com. So far it has served me well. Hopefully it will continue to do so.

One of the recent activities that I take interest on is reading classic literatures. I found out that this habit is the best way to kill time when I commute using MRT from my home to my workplace in the morning. At least this way I can keep the reading habit alive and make the commuting time efficient. It also prevent me from wasting the time when I queueing for something. So yes, it is a life-saver :).

I used to read those e-books in Microsoft Reader Format (I’ve read those classics such as Captain Blood, The Call of the Wild, Treasure Island, A Study in Scarlet, Great Expectations, The Prince, The Secret Garden in this format). When I recently rediscover the Project Gutenberg, I was really excited with the number of e-book collections available for download.

The best way to read the e-books from project Gutenberg is to install Vade-Mecum, a plucker document reader for Pocket PC.

So far I have downloaded all Mark Twain‘s books. And currently immersed with Tom Sawyer’s adventures.

In short:

  1. Download Microsoft Reader for Pocket PC
  2. Download Vade-Mecum, Plucker reader for Pocket PC
  3. Download the Free E-Books in Microsoft Reader Format
  4. Download the free E-Books in the Plucker Format

Have fun reading!

About Hardono

Hi, I'm Hardono. I am working as a Software Developer. I am working mostly in Windows, dealing with .NET, conversing in C#. But I know a bit of Linux, mainly because I need to keep this blog operational. I've been working in Logistics/Transport industry for more than 11 years.