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articles from June 2001

Thursday, June 28, 2001

Microsoft to Drop Smart Tags From Windows Software, according to Reuters. So they say....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2001

I Can't Stop Thinking!

Scott McCloud. Very cool. Thanks to Knudsen True for the linkage.

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Jordan Hubbard, lead developer of FreeBSD, joined the team at Apple. His letter refers to Apple as "the largest Unix vendor on the planet." Who'da thunk?

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The Register publishes the details on how to defend your site against "smart tags," Microsoft's tool to rewrite your web site to be the way it wants.

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Monday, June 25, 2001

The Register reports that Compaq will apparently be giving the Alpha processor to Intel. Intel, of course, will bury it.

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Friday, June 22, 2001

Took a few more pictures today before going to work.

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Thursday, June 21, 2001

Just finished my Winamp Skin for the contest at Hi-Tech Mods.

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Monday, June 18, 2001

Microsoft Licensing Squeeze Continues.

An article from Internet Week reveals how Microsoft will bolster failing revenue streams.

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Talks break down between Microsoft and AOL.

Don't look for AOL to be included in the WinXP distribution.

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Saturday, June 9, 2001

How Big Blue fell for Linux, a damn good read from Salon.

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I took a few pictures today when I took a break from mowing the lawn. Some came out pretty decent.

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Friday, June 8, 2001

Interesting SecurityPortal article on the apache.org compromise last week. The details are fairly subtle.

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Looks like the end of a great run for a great zine.

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Steve Gibson's Denial of Service with Windows XP page (in progress) tells the whole story of why WinXP will offer script kiddies tools they never dreamed of.

An interesting read, and fits nicely with my WinXP world domination thread I seem to have going today...

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Yesterday's Wall Street Journal gives us a look at "smart tags," possibly one of the most insidious aspects of Microsoft's winning the browser war:


In effect, Microsoft will be able, through the browser, to re-edit anybody's site, without the owner's knowledge or permission, in a way that tempts users to leave and go to a Microsoft-chosen site -- whether or not that site offers better information.

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This article from The Register looks at build 2481 of WinXP, which should be the last interim build before RC1 appears. Looks bad for you MP3 fans....

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It's not new or anything, but I just read Jorn Barger's anti-XML rant, and I have to admit, I have an appreciation for his contrarian point of view.

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Thursday, June 7, 2001

Website Abstraction Help forum seems like a good resource. I just came across it today.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2001

Customization is working pretty much the way I envisioned it. I have twelve themes now, some based on other site's color combos (as an homage, not a ripoff). I have all the nonessentials removed and this site loads pretty damn fast.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2001

I was looking around and saw Saša's site. Very sophisticated. And themes! Excellent. Saša seems to have taken a different approach than I did, calling an ASP page (which I assume checks the referrer, sets a cookie, and reloads the page with the new stylesheet).

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Monday, June 4, 2001

A classic RISKS digest item. Why it's a bad idea to convert pi to binary.

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Sunday, June 3, 2001

I'm having a lot of trouble implementing link colors into the theming scheme. I can't seem to make them change by script, at least not respecting visited links.

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Saturday, June 2, 2001

Your theme choice will now persist for 180 days. I'm now building the stylesheet for this site dynamically from a PHP script that places values based on reading the client cookie. I should probably sanity check the values before plonking them in to the stylesheet, but that's for later.

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Friday, June 1, 2001

Well this has been quite a day. On the way home from my in-laws' house, we saw a double rainbow. By the time we got home, it had dissipated somewhat, but it was very striking for the brief time that it lasted. I ran inside and grabbed the camera. Good thing too, because it dissipated completely right after I got my shot.

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All right! Try out the theme picker in the left-hand floating nav bar. I'm persisting color choices between pages using cookies set in the JavaScript. I had to redo the logo, but I think I have something that will look passable against light and dark backgrounds. Plus it's a much smaller file.

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Wow. Sometimes you just stumble across the coolest things. Like this program, terragen. It generates realistic terrain images. It has a zillion knobs to turn. It has a pretty usable interface, considering its complexity. And the output is pretty amazing.

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I've worked out a new design for this site. You're really only seeing the preparatory phases right now. I plan to start blogging pretty seriously, and I want things looking right first. To begin with, I've removed all tables from the site (at least for layout purposes), and moved to CSS. Next phase will be to make the whole site skinnable, then followed by storing user color preferences, then customization of content. That's some pretty grandiose plans, I know, but it'll happen.

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