PC Pro Podcast 274

On this week’s podcast: a UK piracy crackdown sees legitimate websites blocked; Larry Ellison predicts doom and gloom for Apple without Steve Jobs; BlackBerry looks to find a prospective buyer; and US government pressure sees an encrypted email firm close down its operations. This week’s Hot Hardware nominee is Samsung’s affordable Ultrabook clone, the ATIV Book 9 Lite.

Parallels 8 on Mac running Windows 8 – where has the # hash key gone?

Its one of the few issues I have found with moving to using Macs, the lack of a # key.

On the Mac, you press Alt + 3 to show the # key.

Once you have parallels installed, if you are running windows 7, the same combination worked, however if you install Windows 8 it no longer works.

After spending half an hour + searching Google and seeing that lots of other people have the same issue and no results, I contacted Parallels support, who knew the answer (obviously)

The way around this is actually really simple:

Ctrl + Alt + 3 displays a # hash key within Windows 8 on the Virtual Machine!

Mystery solved!

CSS set background transparency stop children inheriting

css-logo-w3corg-7587501Its a really major problem, you want the background of one particular div or element to be semi-transparent, but if you set


then the child elements (things inside the parent div you have set the transparency on) also have the same level of transparency.

Thankfully with CSS 3 there is an easy fix for this that works in all major browsers:

background-color: rgba(255,255,255,0.8);

This then only sets transparency on the actual div that has this style applied to it, and not its children.

One problem with this approach is that it is not completely backwards compatible (thanks to @AlanStirling for pointing this out along with a link to a solution)