Microsoft to Drop Smart Tags From Windows Software, according to Reuters. So they say....
articles from June 2001
Scott McCloud. Very cool. Thanks to Knudsen True for the linkage.
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?
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.
The Register reports that Compaq will apparently be giving the Alpha processor to Intel. Intel, of course, will bury it.
An article from Internet Week reveals how Microsoft will bolster failing revenue streams.
Don't look for AOL to be included in the WinXP distribution.
I took a few pictures today when I took a break from mowing the lawn. Some came out pretty decent.
Interesting SecurityPortal article on the apache.org compromise last week. The details are fairly subtle.
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...
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.
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....
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.
Website Abstraction Help forum seems like a good resource. I just came across it today.
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.
I was looking around and saw Saa's site. Very sophisticated. And themes! Excellent. Saa 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).
A classic RISKS digest item. Why it's a bad idea to convert pi to binary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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