[CSS] Transparent input fields not clickable in IE8

So you have an input field on your page which is transparent, like this:

#my_form input[type="text"]
{
border: none;
background-color: transparent;
}

It works great in Chrome, Firefox and Opera but somehow is not click-able in IE8?

[PHP] Problem with iconv(): Detected an illegal character in input string

What to do when you have a script using iconv() to change encoding of a string and you run into this error:
iconv(): Detected an illegal character in input string

[pChar] [FATAL] Pie chart can only accept one serie of data.

The following error: “[FATAL] Pie chart can only accept one serie of data.” can be thrown by pChar.

ERROR 2006 (HY000) at line 825: MySQL server has gone away

I got this error while importing an SQL file using mysql import tool. The file was quite big so my MySQL server just died.

[CSS] How to rotate an element in pure CSS

Rotating an element using CSS3 is very simple and is supported by all the fine browsers: Opera, Firefox, Safari, Chrome and even IE9.

[MySQL] How to remove duplicate rows- the fast way

In this post you can two simple and fast method do remove duplicate rows from a MySQL table.

[IE8] HTML Parsing Error: Unable to modify the parent container element before the child element is closed (KB927917)

On one of my pages IE8 was not rendering content properly- like all the CSS styles were ignored. The error shown by the browser was:

HTML Parsing Error: Unable to modify the parent container element before the child element is closed (KB927917)

OCR (Optical Character Recognition) in PHP

Ever wanted to extract text from images using PHP? That doesn’t seem trivial, does it? But you will find it’s not that hard after reading this article, so let’s get started!

 
First- we need an OCR engine. I once written such thing in pure PHP, but it was so slow that it wasn’t usable with bigger images. PHP is just not a perfect thing for such tasks.

 
Luckily there is a free OCR engine available for many platforms- including Windows and Linux that we can use as command-line app…

Pure PHP image library- almost 20 image formats

This time I want to present, for the first time, a non-free library for loading and saving images. It is not free, but it’s quite cheap (19.9 USD) and give you support for almost 20 image formats including tga (targa), ppm (portable pixmap), pgm (portable graymap), pbm (portable bitmap), pfm (portable float map) dds (microsoft’s direct draw surface).

Few very useful PHP functions #2

In this post I would like to present next set of PHP functions that are not super-advanced, but really handy. You can use them freely as they all are licensed under MIT.
I think you might find them useful too.

 
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