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Saturday, April 08, 2000

I find this article very sad: Internet Explorer and Standards (by the Internet Explorer product unit manager)
Microsoft believes very strongly in Internet standards and the standards process, and is committed to implementing appropriate standards when driven by customer demand. However, standards compliance is part of a larger effort that includes many constituencies.
Went thrifting this morning with the family. I scored a small glass that reads "DUBONNET s'il vous plaît". Also, a 7-Up "The Uncola" glass (shaped like an upside down Coke fountain glass). When I got home, cleaned it up, and poured myself a Coke, I discovered that the writing on the 7-Up glass is temperature sensitive and turns white to red when you add an ice cold beverage! Life is good.

Friday, April 07, 2000

What makes Webcheck cool is the drag and drop.

I added a new section to the site today: features. It's a place for me to put stuff that isn't really an experiment. Only one installment so far: a piece on some ecost.com banner ads.
If you like movies, this is some good reading: Why the Tube Ain't the Movies by Roger Ebert, Sarah Kerr, David Edelstein, Elvis Mitchell

The story links to an Ebert article at the Chicago Sun-Times site about Maxivision, a new system for filming and projecting movies, but the story has sadly since been removed. I read it and was very intrigued. Ebert (along with a bunch of cinematographers) apparently was invited to a screening of some test footage shot to display the superiority of the Maxivision system, and by Ebert's report everybody was blown away. Ebert offered it as an affordable and superior alternative to the Lucas campaign to make movies digital.

D., who originally turned me on to all this, found Maxivision's site, which contains a .pdf file that explains the technology.

Here's another article.
Ok the specification for cookies has problems:

Set a cookie with the domain specified as "glish.com" from http://glish.com on an IE browser, and that cookie is sent back to http://glish.com, and any other host in the glish.com domain. That is the behavior I want.

However, that is not in keeping with the specifications outlined in RFC 2109, which requires that the domain for a cookie must have two decimal points. So then if you set a cookie from http://glish.com with the domain specified as ".glish.com" on an IE browser, that cookie is sent back to http://glish.com, and any other host in the glish.com domain just the same as before. But that is not in keeping with the spec either, which says that "x.y.com domain-matches .y.com but not y.com".

"What are you griping about?" you may ask; "IE does what you want, right?" Yes, but Netscape, in all its glory, chose this lousy specification to comply with. So you can't set a cookie with the domain specified as ".glish.com" from http://glish.com, and cookies set as "glish.com" are not sent to any hosts in the glish.com domain other than http://glish.com.

Effectively that means that if I want to share a cookie across websites in the glish.com domain, I can't use http://glish.com. I have to specify a host in all cases, such http://www.glish.com.
A decent resource, if a little outdated: webreview.com - Figuring Out Browser Compatibility
The first time I am credited with a link in another blog! This is fun.

Thursday, April 06, 2000

My friend J. says:
Reading glish.com (or any other blog, for that matter) is like watching "The Real World"
Just read the Zeldman article on IE5 for der Macintosh. It is an exciting time in the world of browsers again. Seems like so long ago that NS 4 came out and shook things up with its DHTML support (lousy support that is, but wow! You could do crazy new things). Of course now, NS 4x is nothing but an annoyance compared to IE. So many annoying problems with it when trying to do DHTML. The only thing it does WAY better than IE: javascript error reporting.
I would be remiss if I did not link to this: Netscape 6 Preview Release 1. They must be getting hit hard because the server is crawling...
How long has the Internet Explorer 5.5 Beta been out? Edd Dubill has this to say:
One interesting sidepoint of the browser/OS integration issues with IE is that I'm afraid to install the IE5.5 beta, but didn't have a problem with installing the Netscape one, as I figured it wasn't going to mess around with my system libraries.
My first review! From Indirection. I only have one NY Times article in the past 7 days! I'll try to cut back.
Salon has the first (somewhat) positive review I've seen of Zaplets.

Elsewhere I read that most of Fire Drop's Patents on the Zaplets sytem invlove email client detection, which I can believe is the trickiest part of their job. The thing is, it would be a lot easier if they left the web on the web, where it belongs, and not bring it into my inbox.
Not to be missed: subvertise - subvertisments, political art, graphics, images, activist, campaign, graphics

Wednesday, April 05, 2000

Do you ever actually read the spam you get? Fascinating stuff. Like this, from an offer I got this morning:
We respect peoples' right to privacy as much as other peoples' right to receive valuable information and to make informed choices. I would give you the link to my website but as I'm sure you're aware, I can't risk being accused of spamming. Therefore, the link to my website is available by request only. You will receive this message only once, so please just hit delete if you are not interested. Thank you!
Those of you who enjoyed the New Republic's collection of "Bushisms", hilarious misspeaks by the Sr. George Bush, will surely enjoy this collection of similar verbal miscues by the Junior Bush: The Complete Bushisms
"Will the highways on the Internet become more few?" --Concord, N.H., Jan. 29, 2000
He is his father's son.

Tuesday, April 04, 2000

Interestingly, I found this at WWWebster Dictionary :
In the early 1960s the second sense of hopefully, which had been in sporadic use since around 1932, underwent a surge of popular use. A surge of popular criticism followed in reaction, but the criticism took no account of the grammar of adverbs. Hopefully in its second sense is a member of a class of adverbs known as disjuncts. Disjuncts serve as a means by which the author or speaker can comment directly to the reader or hearer usually on the content of the sentence to which they are attached. Many other adverbs (as interestingly, frankly, clearly, luckily, unfortunately) are similarly used; most are so ordinary as to excite no comment or interest whatsoever. The second sense of hopefully is entirely standard.
Spiders from Dave's Engine are crawling my site as we speak. I don't know what to make of Dave's Engine.

Why are Chester's hands white?

bud.com is full of fantastically cool stuff. If you enjoy fantastically cool stuff, I suggest a visit to bud.com.
Good interview with David Weinberger of Cluetrain fame.
That's the way it was before the industrial revolution when there were real, literal markets where the customers engaged with the craftspeople who cared about the pot they were shaping or the flute they were carving or the apple they were growing. The industrial revolution introduced a separation between the producers and the consumers.

But in the world of the web, once again there's a direct connection between the customers who care about the products and the people in the company who care about the products. It can't be stopped. The firewall can't stop it because people go home. They're on e-mail or they're going to a customer's webpage that talks about the product because they love it or they hate it. And it shouldn't be stopped. These conversations are where the passion of your business occurs. It is your business's greatest asset.

In honor of National Poetry Month, a favorite poem:

Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.
Let the wenches dawdle in such dress
As they are used to wear, and let the boys
Bring flowers in last month's newspapers.
Let be be finale of seem.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

Take from the dresser of deal,
Lacking the three glass knobs, that sheet
On which she embroidered fantails once
And spread it so as to cover her face.
If her horny feet protrude, they come
To show how cold she is, and dumb.
Let the lamp affix its beam.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

-- Wallace Stevens
Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus is a great album. I don't know this on authority, but if Bernard Herman wasn't listening to track 2 "I X Love" when he wrote the Taxi Driver score I will eat my shorts. It has that same dirty, meandering saxophone soaring above other horns drawing long, soothing chords below, with the bass pushing it all along.

I really must get The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, which has some similar sounds, but is a bit wackier.

Monday, April 03, 2000

The SCI FI Channel to air George Lucas's student film, THX-1138-4EB: Electronic Labyrinth.
Flash rendition of Windows 2000: Windows 2000 Flashed - The place to Try Windows 2000 On-Line - Get Drivers and Information!
A company that aims to take the programming out of creating dynamic websites: paxDigita

It's brought to you by Joel Spolsky, who also maintains an editthispage site: Joel on Software
From WIRED: Microsoft Loses Big -- Sources

Read the decision here: Microsoft Conclusions of Law and Final Order

Of course, if Microsoft didn't think they could still beat this in appeals, they wouldn't have pulled out of arbitration...

Fairvue Central - the next big thing: cool side bar thingie, at least in IE5 PC.
The T R U T H about tobacco. I still smoke too much.
I regret posting this link.
I don't get this commercial.
Here is my feeble 5k Contest entry: an online special character resource. [ed. note, 4/3/00 - It only works in netscape 4+, and IE4+ on the PC] I am sad that it turned out so poorly. I waited until Saturday night to start, and even working all day Sunday I was only able to turn out the inferior product linked above. V. noted that the character pool at the bottom looks like I did some silliness with the paintbrush tool in photoshop or something. :Þ Those are all the characters jumbled in there, and I was trying to do something interesting, but I barely got the thing submitted in time so it all looks like a big mistake. I think I will continue to refine it.
More stuff to look into: CNET.com - Internet - Online Software - Your Virtual Office
If you have IE5 on PC (not sure about Mac): MyWebOS.Com. An OS in your browser.
Online application listings: webapps.editthispage.com and www.browserware.org
I must read all this stuff: goodexperience.com

Sunday, April 02, 2000

I had not read the full story on this until now: MLB now owns the internet rights for all teams. Play Ball from The Standard.

More: Alexander Kam: Playing Ball Online

This looks a lot like the previous version of this, doesn't it?
New Carl Steadman: Let's Do Launch
How do you turn some hand-waving and 14MB of PowerPoint slides into a world-class product capable of beating the competition? Well, knowing the competition, they'll be asking the same - so let's skip that, and "world-class" as well, since you can't possibly be serious. Right. Product, then.
Via Carl's own site.
Not a hoax, not an April Fool's joke: SUBJECT: NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION CENTER INFORMATION SYSTEM ADVISORY (NIPC ADVISORY 00-038); SELF-PROPAGATING 911 SCRIPT.

From an email from sans.org on the matter:
The 911 virus is the first "Windows shares virus." Unlike recent viruses that propagate though eMail, the 911 virus silently jumps directly from machine to machine across the Internet by scanning for, and exploiting, open Windows shares. After successfully reproducing itself in other Internet-connected machines (to assure its continued survival) it uses the machine's modem to dial 911 and erases the local machine's hard drive. The virus is operational; victims are already reporting wiped-out hard drives.
Check your Windows system's vulnerability at grc.com

Symantec's report on the virus.
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