Neil's Place

October 28, 2004

10:39 PM The Complete Guide to Spelling my Name

About half of the people who contact me don't know how to spell my name. This is a guide to how to spell my name properly.

The following is the correct way to spell my name: Neil. Here are some incorrect ways: Neal, Niel, Neel, Niels, Niall

I know of about fifteen other people who are called Neil. I don't know anybody named Neal. Nor anybody named Niel. Due to some unscientific evidence I have seen, I think that the Neils outnumber the Neals fifteen to one. No one is spelled Niel. If you are, you're probably wrong. Or your parents were wrong.

My first name is pronounced the same as the word kneel. My last name (Deakin) is often pronounced wrong. Some incorrect pronounciations are: Dee-con, De-ay-con, Die-con, De-ay-kin, Die-kin, Rash-brook. The correct pronounciation is: Dee-kin ['di:kIn]

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October 27, 2004

11:42 AM Mozdev Group is hiring!

Mozdev group is looking for a Mozilla developer to join us. Maybe it's due to the excitement over the upcoming Firefox release, but we're going to be really busy for the next little while with a variety of exciting new projects.

We've just finished up some projects, and soon, the results of this will be made available for general use, or will be provided as Mozilla patches and extensions.

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October 7, 2004

12:38 PM More Slider Fun

I mentioned earlier that I was working on a slider widget. I wrote a spec for what I planned to implement, although I've only implemented part of it. I've been focusing on getting the slider to render using the native theme APIs. On GTK, this wasn't too hard. You can see an image of that in the previous post. On Windows, this turned out to be very difficult, and I haven't managed to succeed. I can get it to draw something that is slider-like but the size and position is all wrong.

I managed to create something that at least looks like a slider for the Classic (non-native theme) and Modern themes. However, it really is just a scrollbar with a small thumb, instead of a stretchy one.

So there's lots I would need help on:

  • Classic and Modern look which only needs a CSS or theme person.
  • Windows native slider
  • Mac native slider. The Mac native theme code looks to be the simplest of the platforms.)

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