99.9% of Websites Are Obsolete
An excerpt from an upcoming book by Mr. Zeldman in which he continues to argue the practice of standards compliance - "Held up as a Holy Grail of professional development practice, backward compatibility sounds good in theory. But the cost is too high and the practice has always been based on a lie." I enjoy his writing but he seems to be repeating himself as usual. Still, it is a good argument: where do we focus our priorities for future development - pure standards compliant CSS models, backwards compatibility, or somewhere in between? I know this has been discussed before
but thought it postworthy due to the new book and all.
posted by poopy
on Sep 6, 2002 -
is some sort of project management company, but I'm more impressed by their whiz-bang cool design on their site. Kinda like the HabboHotel
), and k10k
aesthetic taken corporate.
posted by mathowie
on Jul 9, 2002 -
The ThreeRing Web Mapping project
adds a dot to a blank canvas showing your geographic location (or that of your ISP, as best it can guess based on your IP address). They've also got a code snippet to put on your own site that automagically adds your visitors to the map. The US is already clearly defined, Europe is getting there, and Oceania is coming into view. (They've also got one of them Tag-Board thingies
, which is painful to read for any length of time.)
posted by gleuschk
on Apr 5, 2002 -
The CBC gives the Web/TV interface another go with Zed
. Instead of collateral materials from a TV show posted on the Web (a begrudging old-media conceit), you post on the Web and it’s all voted onto a TV show. Details skimpy at present, but quite possibly viable.
posted by joeclark
on Mar 12, 2002 -
6 degrees of email.
A project is going on to test the 6 degrees
theory. And it occured to me that something like this could be done on the web. Is it possible to go from any web site to any other in 6 links? (More inside)
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Jan 23, 2002 -
coming soon. Why do they insist on keeping that build alive? Netscape 6.x is finally at a point when it's almost as good as IE 6.0/IE 5 Mac, if not better, so another 4.x release is just very odd. [Netscape 4.79 FTP
posted by riffola
on Nov 8, 2001 -
GINORMOUS banner ad at download.com.
From what I can tell, it only auto-expands on the first visit, presumably cookied, but I was still pretty annoyed. If you click to view, it blows up again, runs a little commercial at you(sndtrk by Madonna), and shrinks again. A little better than the layout-destroying monoliths other sites are using?
posted by Su
on Oct 25, 2001 -
The New Zealand Net Awards
have announced their finalists. Picked by a panel of people including Web saavy magazine editors, personal Web site operators, and tech-radio deejays, the NZ awards seem much more even handed, open, and real
than the Webbies (albeit only for NZ sites...)
And, as far as I can tell, they're doing it on almost no budget. Pretty impressive. Why doesn't this
community start something like it?
posted by benbrown
on Sep 3, 2001 -
“Nobody needs information architects anymore”
“His problem, he figures, is simple: Nobody needs information architects anymore. The entire discipline was overly specialized, a hologram created by temporarily explosive demand for Web-site design, which vanished last year.” (Link sometimes worked and sometimes did not over the course of ten trials in three browsers. ROBMagazine.com → Table of contents → “Crash Test Dummies”
will get you there.)
posted by joeclark
on Jun 4, 2001 -
is a site created based on netizen news' layout
where hopefully people will go and post memories and the like. It's actually pretty theraputic. (i know linkin your own work is discouraged - I wouldn't link it here 'cept I put a lot of work into it and no besides myself has thusfar posted.)
posted by Zebulun
on Apr 30, 2001 -
Big Blue moves into the web services arena,
claiming to be the first company to provide such services. Ever hear of .NET? Seems to me that they've been rolling a framework (that's got BETA development tools already) since last summer.
i think the most poignant point in this article isn't the fact that IBM's making false claims, but this quote by Peter O'Kelly:
``It's amazing that these guys are agreeing to work with the same standards. They've finally realized it's a disservice to customers when they try and compete on the basis of proprietary formats and protocols."
Now if the browser wars could end, we'd all be in better shape.
posted by tatochip
on Mar 14, 2001 -
Following the earlier
post regarding cheap domain names, does anyone know anything about .eu.com domains? I've found one site
offering them, but are they actually available yet? What's the story?
posted by Cobbler
on Mar 6, 2001 -
Goodbye, farewell, and chicken butt.
One of the most brilliant comedy sites ever, Computer Stew, is going away. If you've never watched any of these amazingly funny web-shows you have about 24 hours to do so.
I highly recommend you do.
posted by bondcliff
on Jan 25, 2001 -
This by far
is the all-time worst use of flash ever. Boring, long, and utterly unimportant. It blows -- the competition away!
posted by rschram
on Jan 10, 2001 -
How you say
Duking it out with Accenture for the title of most disagreeable computer-generated faux-English corporate nomenclature de la semaine
, a company with the perfectly good name Productivity Works has gone and screwed it up by renaming itself isSound
. "Because the future
is listening," the homepage tells us. What it's listening to is all of us stammering to pronounce an unnatural string of letters. In related news, despite admitting it still works, isSound isShitcanning itsScreenReader, pwWebSpeak
posted by joeclark
on Jan 3, 2001 -
I think they got a bargain.
A company which was in financial trouble let a kid come in for two weeks as an intern. He took a look at their business, immediately set up a web site for them to sell their product, and they promptly received an order for 70,000 pounds through that web site. It appears it will save their company.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Dec 28, 2000 -
So the election is over and you're sad. Right? Right? Er, well, anyway, check out this hilarious (and as-yet-unfinished) online comic featuring the guy we all secretly wanted to vote for. If we didn't already. (Features naughty words at times.)
posted by Skot
on Dec 14, 2000 -
Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic
Jakob Nielsen says "to take the Internet to the next level, users must begin posting their own material ...
the vast wasteland of Geocities confirms this. Giving users a home-page editing program does not turn them into good writers."
to task: "his recommended approach is crazy ...Why bog kids down with HTML?" Blogs, of course, are her solution. But for some folks
this simply doesn't add up. Saying kids shouldn't learn HTML because Blogger exists is like saying they shouldn't learn to add because calculators exist.
posted by webchick
on Sep 30, 2000 -
How many of these non-standard prefixes does your
Just off the top of my head with the programs I have running right now, I can handle nap: aim: hotline:
and a few others, not counting all the ones built into my browser.
posted by anildash
on Sep 15, 2000 -
The end of view source?
New software on the horizon may allow you to control who saves, copies or prints your web content. Are the days of right-click piracy coming to a close? Will this add weight to the budding concept that people might actually pay
for content they want? Should we care?
posted by scottandrew
on Jul 11, 2000 -
Anyone know how they got that domain? Which NICs are allowing "unusual" characters, and how widespread is the standard?
posted by owillis
on Jul 3, 2000 -
teens spin web of the future.
great article re: the winners of a competition for teenagers maintaining useful, unique, nonprofit sites.
Emily Boyde, 17, of Newcastle, Australia, was the only female finalist. Her Web site, MatMice
, allows kids to create their own Web sites and view sites made by their friends.
She taught herself to write HTML, the language used to create Web sites.
"I don't know a lot of other females who do this sort of thing," she said. "But after I saw the Internet, I liked the look of it. So I decided to learn to use it myself."
Emily rocks my world.
What do you think of the winners?
posted by gusset
on Jun 25, 2000 -
shows just how little he knows about the web. Favorite inflammatory quotes:
"There's hardly any good work on the Internet at all."
"There isn't an Internet community anymore."
"I don't think print and the Web are all that different."
"I think the Internet is not a venue for storytelling."
It's too bad Adobe is giving voice (in web
) to someone so clueless.
posted by fraying
on Apr 24, 2000 -