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.
relaunches as probably the most boring, blase portal site I've ever seen and their stock goes up
? Is it just me, or does it look like they bought the site from "Al's Do It Yourself Portals"?
What is up with this?
I thought the weblogging community was the only one to engage in petty bickering? What I want to know is, while I can understand having a free Geocities site or something just to flame somebody, utterly removing your paid-for site
stikes me as a bit off-kilter.
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.
is back up, Huzzah!
Bike Messengers Love IndyMedia
-- Bike messenger Harim Veracruz says that the IndyMedia site has been "a godsend" for him and his colleagues. "All the messengers are using it," he said. "There's a map of the city, information on who is going to be where, what parts of the city to avoid, how to get from here to there fast, even restaurant recommendations. It's a very helpful site." Veracruz said he's even "gotten educated as to why these people are so angry" by reading some of the political news on the site, and is considering joining a protest walk to the U.N. on Friday.
Oh shit, oh piss, oh dear. Judge rules domain names are not property.
We had enough problems with this in the last decade with 800-numbers. <sigh>
Bake Cookies for your Visitors with Flash.
Another spot on editorial from the folks at Flazoom.com. You know, if Flash developers would practice what Flazoom has been preaching for the past few months, my IT department would never have banned SWF files from our firewall. Gahh...
Do you see what i see.
Anyone work on web projects funded by the Department of Education, or any other organization which is now requiring websites be Bobby Approved
Disney.com launches Surf Swell Island: Adventures in Internet Safety
What is Goofy doing on The Cliffs of Mean Manners? Will Donald get lost in The Virus Caves? Is Minnie safe on No Privacy Beach?
gets a facelift. Creepy, but nice as always.
The CSS Anarchists Cookbook
How to ruin a designers pride and joy with with one simple file
The Web is 500x larger than we think?
While plausible, it also smacks of a press release...
You must be of legal drinking
age to enter this site.
Oh yes, when I'm in college, I WILL
be one, I WILL
. . . oh yes, it will be mine.
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?
Anyone know how they got that domain? Which NICs are allowing "unusual" characters, and how widespread is the standard?
I seem to recall an online utility that presents a view of what a web site would look like in multiple browsers and on multiple platforms. My searching has turned up empty. Of course I've been known to choose unsuccessful keywords. Specifically, I'm looking for a utility to simulate the appearance of a web page on a Macintosh. Anyone here know of such a tool?
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?
Journaux munis d'un blog
has a Weblog
, as does The Age
. Any other coelecanth media taking the plunge?
Your site in Chinese.
I picked this one up out of my logs. Enter your URL, hit return, wheet, there it is, your site in simplified Chinese. Dunno how accurate it is, but goddamned, it's the coolest thing I've seen in, oh, almost 16 hours.
You need to be running a browser and OS that handles Chinese characters for this to work, by the way. Mac users can install the appropriate freebies off of their OS 9 or 8.6 disks; it's a custom install. Windows users can download some big software turd. At least Internet Explorer on both platforms will display Chinese characters correctly once the system extensions are installed.
Deepleap.org is up.
No one mentioned this yet, so I figured i would. Everyone go whine about the reload button not working.
there must be more than one of you, jeffrey
Another outstanding piece on the state of the web from Mr. Z...does this guy ever sleep?
Ever wondered how much it would cost to have your listing pop up on a particular MSN search? According to Micros~1's keywords.com
(as of a few minutes ago), you can get sex
for $795.20/month, mp3
for $175.66, and Bill Gates
for a mere $8.96 a month!
Congratz, bro! Between you and Napster
, I *almost* enjoyed the webbys this year.
Any server can read all your IE cookies.
From any domain. Anyone. I was just explaing to my folks that the reason cookies are (generally) safe is that this was NOT possible. Well, it's possible now.
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.
Everybody's favorite off-the-wall watches
are now on the 'net. One very nicely designed site that fully captures the swatch image, although I don't really like the popup navigation bar.
The Web Standards Project
blasts Microsoft's "arrogant" break with standards in IE 5.5/Windows Edition. Please read the press release
and, if you agree, post it to your favorite mailing lists and news groups. This must not stand.
Why tab based interfaces suck
This site finally fell into interface hell. Originally they used tabs as navigation and still are now... BUT it doesn't work...
Watch... every ecommerce company that copied its interface will also fall into the same interface hell...
The others include ebags.com, urbanfetch and more....
A Federal Judge OKs deep linking
to commercial websites. I'm very happy to see this, since hyper
text and hyper
links are the basis of the web. Hell yeah!
Hey Mac users, want to beat the rush and get IE 5.0 final early?
Follow the link to Nick Finck's Digital Web magazine site for the download URL. From the looks of Microsoft's Mac site
, it won't be out until tomorrow.
Xena, Warrior Milkmaid!
(Few things on the web are this strange... Definitely someone's 15 minutes of fame)
I was thinking buying some new URLs, and I was suprised to see WebDork.com
was not only taken, but the owner has a kind of cool site up. Hmm...I wonder if HTMLackey.com
is taken? If you're looking for good unused domains, check Grant's Domain Name of the Week page
"If supermarkets were designed like Web sites, milk and bread would be at the front of the store."
Instead, he thinks commercial web sites should put the most popular items deep so you have to "walk" past other items.
If the entrance to fifty other stores was always within two steps, no matter where you were within the store, stores wouldn't be organized that way!
How could someone at IBM make such a fundamental error?
The Dick Tracy age is upon us.
Web access in a watch? Count me in, although I'd hate to have to learn yet another new language like WWML (wrist watch markup language, I just made it up) to make a watch-compliant version of MetaFilter.
Buyer's Guide to Alternadomains
. Can't secure a .com/.org/.net domain? As we know, a host of small nations are selling their domainspace, but the requirements have always been a bit confusing. So I did my research and compiled all the basic information on one page. Now you can comparison-shop among .cc, .gg, and .nu!
Mark your calendars: PBS is running a special called "Code Rush
" in late March, about the hectic coding schedules that Netscape employees like Jaime Zawinski
coped with in early 1998. It sounds like it's going to be good and will probably be similar to other stories about the formation of Netscape
One thing is for sure: Overstock.com
and American Science & Surplus
aren't the run-of-the-mill e-commcerce sites. I love AS&S's detailed information, which occasionally runs like: "Unfortunately, the default colour is chartreuse", or "You have to buy at least three per order. Believe us, you'll probably need the parts."
The finalists for the SXSW web competition have been announced.
I'm sad to see that a site I urged the owner to enter, evolt.org
, did not make the cut in the online community category. I'll be pulling for a couple cool sites
I like and read regularly when I'm at SXSW next month. Do you see any favorites on the finalist list?
This article at zdnet
is all about how wireless web devices aren't that handy, and how our lives would suck if wireless web access was everywhere. I heartily disagree. I have a wireless 2Mb LAN connection at work and it's liberating (it's possible to code, listen to shoutcast mp3 streams, and check email outside or down at the coffee house next door). My PCS phone is useful too, I can surf a few important websites when I don't have a laptop around, getting news, weather, and email. Wireless access is certainly a Good Thing, and should make our lives easier, but the article's author is blaming the possible deluge of information on wireless, instead of the user. How would a wireless broadband connection make your life better or worse?
Microsoft's font embedding demos
are really smurfin' cool. I think my favorite is the Hotzone Journal
. IE4+ needed. Has anybody seen embedded fonts used elsewhere, or does anybody know if Mozilla does/will support font embedding?
Ouch! The sad reality of the web
is that most servers are built to handle thousands of people (not millions, or 100s of thousands, and sometimes not even tens of thousands), as long as they are spread out over a day. It's sad to see a company pay millions for a superbowl ad, but their server is down when you go to visit them. I guess it's not all bad, I hear this epidemic.com
company was going to pay people to spam others anyway...
In case you haven't heard elsewhere, the newest Mozilla
milestone (M13) was released today. Here's the download page
, lets hope they finally get a beta launched soon.
ding-dong, html is dead.
the w3c finally approved the xhtml spec
. it'll be interesting to see the chaos that html4, xml w/ css, & xhtml create in the coming months.
This is too good to keep to myself.
It's MetaFilter, after you've gone through the portal into Malkovich's mind, as Malkovich. (thanks Lake Effect
Through some supposed database mixup, Wal-Mart sells various books on porn, and later pulls them from their website.
Ha! I love seeing stuff like this happen to a company that is hell-bent on having a clean image. There's some indescribable joy I get when I hear a Mouseketeer gets arrested for drug use, or a tele-evangelist is caught with a prostitute. I can't put my finger on why, it's just incredibly comical to me. They haven't fixed their search engine yet, here's a juicy screenshot
Microsoft recently put up their own page on the history of Microsoft.com.
They were even cool enough to include screenshots and approximate traffic loads for each iteration of the site.
The worlds smallest web server
has been build by a hack named Fredric White from a two dollar Fairchild chip, just over 1K of code, and a couple of other bits. Check out these images of the entire server set up
which is dwarfed by the serial cable it's connected to. Now that's internet everywhere.
A browser emulator.
Now we're all set. We've got a program to emulate software which was designed to simulate and display multiple, linked text documents dirived from printed matter that runs in a virtual data-driven environment made up of digitally created window-like containers that are part of an interface based on the desktop metaphor. I think I'll go buy a book.