This orthopaedic surgery site
seems more like a design exercise than an actual attempt at an informative site. Imagine that someone told you to make the site using poor technology choices, couple it with non-professional content not conducive to trusting the doctors, and add a map to the office that does more to enable chuckles than get people to into the business. It's so bad, it's good, and most definitely do not
skip intro on this one.
posted by mathowie
on Apr 13, 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 -
"In the end, we will need to give up any lingering fantasies of a color-blind Web and focus on building a space where we recognize, discuss and celebrate racial and cultural diversity. To achieve that goal, all of us -- white folks and people of color -- will have to shed the defensiveness that surrounds the topic of race." So says Henry Jenkins in a Technology Review article on Cyberspace and Race
. On the Internet, nobody knows you're oppressed?
posted by sudama
on Mar 22, 2002 -
is just plain cool. I mean... now I can see if a text string appears anywhere
in a domain, and the results are clickable (note to the folks who do those awful WHOIS searches: I don't care who registered it, I care whether it's up-and-running!). Anyway, the link is via Rion.nu
who, BTW, has some wonderful photographs of the Tribute of Light
And the link to the photographs came via David Gallagher... another fine photographer, not to be confused with that ijit from Oasis.
posted by silusGROK
on Mar 14, 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 -
Newspapers lose the web war.
While newspapers recognized the risk the web posed to their core business, they often erred by forcing their new online ventures into the mold set by their pre-existing business model. A look at what made newspapers succeed or fail online from a Harvard Business School professor. (Warning: business-speak; via CNet.) Has your local newspaper done a good job on the web?
posted by mcwetboy
on Feb 1, 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 -
unhappy with web users who are unnecessarily drawn to your site in the pursuit of non-existent content? does it bog down your bandwidth? solution? write a metadata tag that specifically excludes certain terms from search engine hits by the simply defining them as non-words.
posted by bwg
on Dec 2, 2001 -
"The Web, left to its own devices, would be the exact opposite of that: It's like a giant city with no neighborhoods; it needs these kind of meta-filters
, these second-level kind of things, whether it is Yahoo or Google or Slashdot, to rein in that chaos and turn it to something more organized." From the second page
of an interview
with the author of Emergence
, Steven Johnson (also co-founder of Feed
posted by adrianhon
on Nov 28, 2001 -
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 -
Hosting prices must
be at an all time low
for this sort of thing to be going on. What's the deal? Must be a good deal though. Quite nice though.
posted by semper
on Oct 16, 2001 -
It was with great fanfare from Yahoo
, and uproar from the users, that Yahoo took over Webring
last year. Now, with not so much as a whisper, they have given it back up
. It still looks and feels like the Yahoo Webring, but many of the functions that were stripped from the Yahoo version of the system have been reinstituted. Is this too little, too late -- or will Webring
be able to steal back some of its former users from sites such as RingSurf
who benefited so greatly from Webring's previous demise?
posted by elfgirl
on Oct 15, 2001 -
Subscription-based web tools: another nail in the coffin of free web services?
Yahoo is apparently testing the waters for a subscription-based web Office app. I use their (free) email
tools on occasion. Nice to have, but you have to wonder how long they can remain free. Don't know if I would pay for them, depends on what service level guarantees they would offer in return. How would people would react if they suddenly started charging for these things? Is it still too unrealistic to wonder how long till our operating system needs a local drive only to boot up?
posted by mmarcos
on Sep 28, 2001 -
The Froggy Page
was the Cool Site of the Day
from August 8, 1994. It's the oldest site archived there without the disclaimer, "site no longer live". The page sure looks like it was built in '94 -- not even a single table! (Can anyone who was coding back then confirm if the code is really that old?) Does anyone have a favorite site from those good old days?
posted by mattpfeff
on Sep 27, 2001 -
Bush or Chimp closes shop.
Another stalwart anti-Bush site has folded in light of recent events. The irreverent bushorchimp.com
, dedicated to visual comparisons of the President and various look-alike primates has closed down. I understand that we're in the midst of a crisis, but is Bush now beyond criticism? Ok, maybe pictures that compare Bush to monkeys aren't exactly thoughtful criticism... Still, NOW where am I going to get novelty t-shirts for friends and family this Xmas?
posted by mattpusateri
on Sep 24, 2001 -
URI terminology demystified
Quasi-Socratic Q&A on what the hell URI
s are. “Q
: What a mess! Are you serious? For a technology so architecturally core to RDF and the Web, that’s quite a kludge-tower! A
: What can I say? That's the state of the art as I understand it”
posted by joeclark
on Sep 22, 2001 -
This is cool...and fun...and bizarre!!!
I stumbled across this on ScriptingNews
-- so take a look here first
. It's weird -- to say the least-- but it's very cool too... like playing and chatting while you browse (sorta). Anyway, you have to be running msie 5.5 for it to work... and there's a limit of only 15 concurrent users [just beta].
So if you get in, don't hog it! =) And if you can't get in, go dig the demo instead.
posted by blackholebrain
on Sep 20, 2001 -
ESPN teams up with MSN
First the Justice Department folds, and now this: “ESPN.com’s sports content will be uniquely integrated with MSN and will carry MSN branding and links throughout the ESPN.com site.” Is it really a surprise? Will it really make a difference?
posted by kirkaracha
on Sep 6, 2001 -
does a nostalgic then-and-now by comparing today's weblogs to its earlier incarnation, the clunky personal homepage. While I appreciate Druckman's yearning for yesteryear, I think he needs to browse around more -- there's still plenty of clunky old pages out there to charm him. But it does make me pause and wonder where will weblogs go next? Your thoughts?
posted by debrahyde
on Sep 6, 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 -
Apparently the Web is getting less eclectic.
The basic gist is that the Web, once a vibrant and quirky place, is just becoming a repository of dullness and repetition with such an overabundance of information that people tend to stick to sites that they know and love. What's your take on it? (Thanks to Zach at Thinky.org for the link.)
posted by bshort
on Aug 27, 2001 -
Has anyone seen this
hosting company before? They seem very cheap but I have no idea whether they are reliable.
posted by ecvgi
on Aug 23, 2001 -
are still around, but it seems they're the exception to the rule. Suck
, etc seem to be with the vast majority. Does anyone know of any commercial
independent web content ventures that are still kicking?
posted by owillis
on Jul 14, 2001 -
We keep hearing about this "who owes what to whom" now that Assembler
has closed, and Kaliber
But what of it? What does it mean? Are we so closed minded to think our Web world is the only one and that somehow the rest of the universe revolves around those of us privileged enough to be able to embark on it as a daily journey?
All of us feel one way or another towards this debate. Either we hate it, or love it, and what of that too? What *do* each of us want from this virtual world? Is there something here worth redeeming and at least arriving at a point to agree to disagree? Discuss?
posted by sixandone
on Jul 14, 2001 -
Assembler.org ("making art with machine code") is no more. Quoth the Zeldman
: "Lately we feel like Smokey the Bear - and the forest fires are winning."
posted by fraying
on Jul 6, 2001 -
Web Accessibility = Web Shop Salvation?
With Federal guidelines for accessibility set to go into law on June 21, you've got a whole hoarde of companies which will need to redesign. Razorfish must be all, "Mmm, I smell money! Time to buy back the Aerons!"
posted by gsh
on Jun 15, 2001 -
The funniest thing I've read today.
Spoofing the recent sulfnbk.exe virus hoax, a fake advisory on Joke-a-Day advised readers to delete the insidious virus file AOL.exe.
"Only one AOL person contacted me," Owens said.
"Maybe that's because all the others can't get online anymore."
posted by Tubes
on Jun 11, 2001 -
Another weblog goin' down.
There are almost too many of these to mention these days, but I hope I can be excused for thinking this one is special: Tomalak's Realm
is shutting its doors on Friday after two and half years and almost ten thousand links. A genuinely useful site, with lots of attention to detail. Thanks to Lawrence for all the work.
posted by rodii
on Jun 4, 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 -
The web is ten years old today!
So how has it impacted our lives over the past decade? I'll point out that I am not working in a coffee shop to pay for my failing acting career. So there is one benefit right there (I make a lousy waiter than I do an actor). How has the web changed you life over the last decade? How has it changed society? Or just post your birthday wishes.
posted by captaincursor
on May 17, 2001 -
Blogging pay model
hits the wires. Would you fork out $4 per month for Image Hosting, Spell Checking, and an xTools editor that lets you cut and paste, format fonts and colors? Think the Trellix
eyes will be watching?
posted by netbros
on May 1, 2001 -