(jQuery plugin: Validation) Now *this* is the good stuff…

I’ve been playing around with this over the weekend and I’ve been *very* impressed:

jQuery plugin: Validation

Current version: 1.3
Compressed filesize: 14301 bytes
License: MIT/GPL

Files:

Download
Changelog
Demos
Documentation

(more info at http://bassistance.de/jquery-plugins/jquery-plugin-validation/)

@TheKeyboard: Form Validation with jQuery

Great article about jQuery Form Validation from littlehart.net:

Now that I have to actually design interfaces for other people, I am learning the finer details of Javascript. Specifically, I’m using JQuery as my library of choice. I won’t go into why I’m using, just go to the site and see it for yourself. One of the things I’ve had to build recently is a playlist editor for the IPTV project. I decided to be user-friendly for once, and make it Ajax-powered. So this meant a lot of work creating small little actions in my Zend Framework code to accept form posts, etc. Still cleaning things up, but I wanted to share some of the coolness from using a jQuery form plugin .

So, never having really done any Javascript form validation (I know you’re shocked) I unleashed my inner “programmer” to go and hack away at it so I can figure it out, then call back my inner “developer” to make the code elegant and compact. It took me all morning but I figured it out thanks to Google and just hacking away at it. One of the neat things about Javascript is that it supports the ability to dynamically define functions in your code. With it’s extensive use of callbacks, jQuery leverages this to the hilt. I believe this is what the Ruby crowd refers to as “blocks and closures”. Please correct me if I’m wrong. Okay, so here’s some code that illustrates how I was doing validation of the form:

(continued via Form Validation with jQuery)

Lifehacker: Pack a Photography Survival Kit

Another great article from Lifehacker (AU) about how to pack a Photography Survival Kit.

Planning a long, leisurely trip through the wilderness, down the highway, or maybe around Thailand, and want to return home with some killer pictures to look through? David Hague, managing editor of Australasian Camcorder magazine, has been there, and back, many times. Hague keeps three separate backpacks for varying degrees of roughing it, but his list of potentially equipment-saving stuff is good for any on-the-go kit. Among the provisions, for still or video cameras (and yourself):

  • Sealable plastic bags as emergency camera ‘raincoats’
  • Lens cleaning kit
  • Jeweller’s screwdriver kit
  • Small table top tripod (from eBay – around $10)
  • Dry socks

(via Pack a Photography Survival Kit)

TurboTax Info: If You Used Santa Barbara Bank & Trust To Get Your 2007 Tax Refund (in regard to your Economic Stimulus check)

Info from http://turbotax.intuit.com/support/kb/tax-content/tax-tips/6255.html:

Why did it take TurboTax take awhile to explain that payment methods would affect how and when rebates arrive?

The law creating the tax rebates, the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, was signed by President Bush on Feb. 13. As soon as details of the act emerged and could be verified, TurboTax updated customer articles about the rebates. The updates pointed out that customers using the payment method with Santa Barbara Bank & Trust could receive their rebates by mail rather than by direct deposit.

It was not until mid-March, however, that the IRS announced the rebate payment schedule. The schedule showed that rebates would be mailed in order of the last two digits of taxpayers’ Social Security numbers — BUT that direct-deposit recipients would get theirs first.

…So, if they knew about this in mid-March, why were the e-mail notices sent out MAY 16?

2008 Economic Stimulus Check Timeline (By Mail)

For those of you searching for just the timeline, here it is.

(Sorry for the picture instead of a text table, I  took a screenshot of this information from an e-mail.)

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Please note, that if you chose to have your filing fees automatically deducted from your refund (ala TurboTax) instead of paying for them out of pocket, or filing in another manner, your check will be mailed to you on a date according to the schedule above, not direct-deposited into your bank account.

Updated: TurboTax, IRS, and the late Stimulus Check Issue…

Edit: Bob Meighan, the VP of TurboTax left a comment on this post below, which has caused me to retract my rant about never using TurboTax again: (Link to comment.)

Bob addressed the issue of the late e-mail communication, as well as the fact that this delay affected “affected not only TurboTax customers, but all taxpayers who used a bank product to pay their fees … It would not have mattered if you used a competitor’s product, went to a franchise or a tax professional. This affected all players in this business.”

The comment above Bob’s, by “g” also listed a blog article which further clarifies this issue:

This blog, by a reputable tax lawyer, claims the IRS did not anticipate the number of people that were going to use electronic filing software, that they did not get enough notice about the package details to work it out, so the IRS became overwhelmed.
http://www.getirshelp.com/irsblog/?p=169

And, per Bob’s request, I’ve reviewed the articles he sent me in the broadcast e-mail, and I’ll post them here for you to review as well:

Other sources for current information on the rebate program are.

For more information on TurboTax and rebates, please visit http://turbotax.intuit.com/support/kb/tax-content/tax-tips/6255.html

I’m leaving the original rant below as a reference point, but please note that this issue has been addressed by TurboTax. Thanks for reading!

Continue reading “Updated: TurboTax, IRS, and the late Stimulus Check Issue…”