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Keep that Content & Presentation Separate
I’m always posting links to sites/pages that discuss good web design techniques.  Probably chief among them these days is the idea of separating your content from your presentation (or “style).  Well, here’s yet another page that discusses this. This one’s a bit different than others …
Thursday Oct 30, 2003 | 1 Comment
Microsoft’s G5s
According to a post on a weblog, Microsoft apparently received a shipment of G5s last week.  No big surprise there, of course, since Microsoft would need Apple machines for it’s Mac business unit, if nothing else. The big news here, though, is that the blogger—a …
Wednesday Oct 29, 2003 | 1 Comment
What?  Me Windows?
In the interests of being fair, impartial, and both-sides-of-the-coin-y, I decided to post a positive comment about Microsoft, specifically Longhorn.  An eweek article made note of a few things that were pretty cool such as: one of the most interesting aspects of Longhorn is its …
Wednesday Oct 29, 2003 | 1 Comment
Oranjeboom!
I found a place locally that sells Oranjeboom, a beer I had when I was in the UK and really enjoyed.  I’ve been searching around here for it without much luck.  I did find some when I went to visit Derek, but seeing as that …
Tuesday Oct 28, 2003 | 5 Comments
Apple’s Safari 1.1: Panther Only?
Webstandards.org has an entry up about Apple’s newly released OS X 10.3, “Panther”.  Specifically, it discusses how Safari 1.1 is only available for Panther users and that there’s no word yet on a version for Jaguar (10.2) or earlier users. “So what?” you might say.  …
Monday Oct 27, 2003 | 73 Comments
Volunteering
I spent much of yesterday (that would be Sunday) volunteering at the Ride for the Roses.  The RftR is put on each year by the Lance Armstrong Foundation and raises money for cancer survivorship programs.  The LAF is, of course, set up by super-cyclist Lance …
Monday Oct 27, 2003 | 4 Comments
Library of Amazonia
The title here is rather lame and cliched, but I’m not the only one using it and whatever else you might say it certainly fits.  Yesterday, Amazon.com introduced a new Search Inside the Book feature.  What this does is search the text—the entire text!—of over …
Friday Oct 24, 2003 | 3 Comments
Go Kikkoman!
A friend sent me this link to some cartoon/ad for—as far as I can tell—Kikkoman Soy Sauce.  My immediate response to watching it besides stunned disbelief was to quote the ever-wise Erik Eric Cartman: “It has warped my fragile little mind.” ...and am I mistaken …
Thursday Oct 23, 2003 | 2 Comments
CD Prices I Can Pay!
This certainly isn’t the type of thing that I normally post here, but in a case like this I’ll make an exception.  As all of us know, :CD: prices are typically $14-18 or perhaps $10-12 if you’re lucky and find something on sale.  I can …
Thursday Oct 23, 2003 | 1 Comment
One step closer
There have been quite a few Apple vs. PC conversations on this site, but there has not been one that was OSX vs. Windows.  I wonder why? [guffaw] Anyway, via Penny-Arcade I found ObjectDock for Windows.  Basically, it gives you OSX’s Dock, with nearly all …
Thursday Oct 23, 2003 | 4 Comments
No Wally World for Oakland
Oakland, California has succeeded in stopping Walmart from entering the city. I have honestly not formulated an opinion as to whether or not I think that Walmart is good or bad.  It provides jobs, and makes products readily accessible at low prices.  Do I think …
Wednesday Oct 22, 2003 | 1 Comment
Multi-platform Gaming goodness
I seriously just stumbled onto this today.  I’m downloading 80mb here and haven’t played it yet, so I hope I’m not too premature in my excitement, but…  Parsec is a tremendous looking project for a sweet network-based space combat game, that works on, well, everyone’s …
Wednesday Oct 22, 2003 | 0 Comments
Insuring the Virtual?
Jullian Dibbell posted what appears to be a transcript of a telephone conversation he had with PayPal.  In it he asks about whether a virtual item (in this case an account to an online game) was guaranteed under PayPal’s Seller Protection Policy. The transcript is …
Wednesday Oct 22, 2003 | 2 Comments
‘A List Apart’ v3.0
After a bit of an absence from the online scene, A List Apart finally returns redesigned and with new content.  ALA has always been a great resource for developers to learn useful tips & tricks as well as information about accessibility, compatibility, and other “ility” …
Wednesday Oct 22, 2003 | 1 Comment
Color Scheme Chooser
There are lots of sites out there designed to help people choose colors for their website.  This Color Scheme site is one of the best I’ve seen.  Despite the fact that the site isn’t in english, it’s still very easy to use and produces some …
Wednesday Oct 22, 2003 | 1 Comment
Stymieing Spambots
Scientific American has an article up about some of the methods people/websites are using to keep spambots out.  The focus of this article was on CAPTCHAs, which are “cognitive puzzle that can be solved by humans but not by computers.”  You’ve probably seen an example …
Tuesday Oct 21, 2003 | 1 Comment
TV (and TiVo) on my Computer
I finally got around to installing the video capture card that I bought: a Hauppauge PVR250.  Installation was a breeze and everything worked fine right away (which is always nice when dealing with anything computer-related).  It was very cool to just jump into watching TV …
Monday Oct 20, 2003 | 6 Comments
Copyright and Compensation
Greg Costikyan (apparently a game designer, writer, and consultant, among other things) has a very nice discussion on his blog about “Recasting the Debate on IP”.  Probably my favorite line is right at the end: The whole “antipiracy” thing is not ultimately about preserving the …
Monday Oct 20, 2003 | 3 Comments
EFF: MP3 Caper
As Cory says over on Boing Boing: :EFF: has released a new Flash movie aimed at explaining what’s good and what’s at risk with file-sharing. It’s called “The Great MP3 Caper,” and it’s some funny stuff. So go ahead and watch the movie.  If you …
Friday Oct 17, 2003 | 1 Comment
The Online Music Entry
Today, we’ll be talking about online music, kids.  Or, at least, music that you download from the internet and other things associated with it.  First up, we have Apple’s iTunes service, which was just released for Windows users.  Yep, now us Windows lusers can get …
Thursday Oct 16, 2003 | 9 Comments
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