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Saturday, July 15, 2000

Web Mutant points to a Web Techniques article from May (Real World Cross-Browser HTML Development) that has an excellent tip for fixing the display of radio buttons in colored table cells in Netscape: apply a style of "background-color: #matchingcolor" to match the color of the table cell. Nice!
4 Ways Flash Kills
Boo.com is the first example of a phenomenon I call Death by Flash. You can expect to see more of it over the next year, as sites that tried to "break out of the box" find that "the box" is where too many of their potential customers live.
IE 5.5 isn't a quantum leap
Unless a company is intent on using new DHTML (Dynamic HTML) features internally, we recommend making I.E 5.5 deployment a low priority. Where DHTML is a priority, the browser is worth a close look because Microsoft has used DHTML to add features such as components, scroll bars and zooming. Unfortunately, these enhancements serve to worsen IE's support for the Document Object Model, which, unlike DHTML, is an accepted standard. It is also a bad omen for the .Net initiative, which is centered on XML (Extensible Markup Language), that Microsoft is falling behind on support for the XML-based DOM

Friday, July 14, 2000

REMINDER! When importing data into MSSQL7 from a 6.5 database, don't forget that if new tables will be created in the destination database during the import, they will not have their identity columns or default values! Forgetting this can cost you a friday afternoon!
I have no wisdom. I am nearing 30 and I'm nothing but a fool.
Wow! Unreleased music and footage of Captain Beefheart from The Captain Beefheart Radar Station! Thanks V.
I was reminded of evolt.org again by a link to a great article on fluid design found at Antenna, and dang it all, I'm going to try and invlove myself over there. Seems like a bunch of smart people running things. You probably know about evolt.org, about how they spun off from Hotwired's Webmonkey "monkyjunkies" mailing list in a battle against the man trying to own the monkyjunkies archive, and you probably know about their great browser archive. Well, I finally got around to joining their mailing list today (my 4th new web related mailing list in the past couple of months). Wish me luck.
Zeldman has some things to say about the aforementioned CNET.com article on IE 5.5. Apparently it's not all accurate. (I wish I could link you directly to Zeldman's comments, but his site is not set up with permanent URLs. Perhaps he will post an official comment on the matter at the WaSP site.)
A rather good look at some of the problems with the recently released IE 5.5 from CNET.com: IE 5.5 angers Web standards advocates.

Thursday, July 13, 2000

Useful information on using buffering in ASP applications.
Some nice DHTML navigational experiments can be found at IMG SRC: Navigation Voodoo. They all take too long to load, with like 40 images per page. But nice nonetheless. Via Xblog.
Redefining The Wireless Application Protocol
Compared with Web Clippings, which takes full advantage of Palm's persistent storage and large display to create a reasonably rich pseudo-Web experience, WAP is positively anemic. Bill Maggs, Palm's chief technology officer, says Palm wants its users to be able to "see everything" on the Internet, including WAP, but the company has no intention of embracing WAP over Web Clippings.
From an article detailing the demise of several dot coms that coughed up the bucks for Super Bowl ads:
Start-up Computer.com, which essentially launched its site on Super Bowl Sunday, spent more than $3 million of its $5.8 million in seed funding to flash three 30-second ads before and during the game. According to Computer.com chief executive Mike Zapolin, the company's Super Bowl bet has paid off in increasing the firm's profile with investors. Since January, Computer.com has received an additional $2 million in a second round of funding.
That does not add up. -3 + 2 = -1, right? Maybe they are using some special advanced form of internet mathematics.

Wednesday, July 12, 2000

Last night at darts V. accused me of being a Microsoft stooge because I scored a single 18 with a backslash (\) instead of a slash (/). There are other better reasons for thinking me a Microsoft stooge, but none as amusing as that.
T-h-i-s a-r-t-i-c-l-e tells of an exceedingly dumb idea someone had in a desperate effort to make some money in the great domain name gold rush.
Funny email everywhere! From Velveeta Shells & Cheese to Disposable Panties.
This may sound irrelevant to you, but Hi-Jean Disposable Undergarments concerns everyone that is having their leisure time on holiday vacation, travelling, camping and especially for ladies on their monthly cycles or post natal periods. It is for the less inhibited who desire convenience and also great aid for unexpected overnight guests.
Jim Roepcke points us to a discussion on the Ugly Secret Behind Top Media Sites article I linked to last week. This post makes a strong case for commercial content management systems over custom solutions, arguing that supporting a system built in house is basically an impossible task.
Although I am not sure it really explains Aaron's poetry, this email about Velveeta Shells & Cheese is one of the funniest things I've read in a while.
Byliner.com seems like a really great idea: keep up on recent articles from the writers you like to read. But today (the 12th) I got a notice from Byliner that Carl Steadman had a new article at The Standard: For Immediate Release. The story is dated the 3rd, also known as 9 days ago. That's not exactly internet speed.

Tuesday, July 11, 2000

A new design. Big whoop. Out for some darts.

Monday, July 10, 2000

Another great article from CHris MacGregor at Flazoom.com: Making Sure Usability 'Fitts' Flash. At the end of his piece CHris links to a couple of articles on Fitts's law. Here is another.
I must give this Jamie Zawinski article on message threading a thorough reading. But not now; we're making paella.
New from MSDN online: XSL Transformations: XSLT Alleviates XML Schema Incompatibility Headaches.
Blade Runner riddle solved. Now I hope someone will solve the riddle of how someone that can make a movie as good as Blade Runner can later make a movie as bad as Gladiator.
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