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Saturday, July 22, 2000

From CNET.com: 39 states object to sale of Toysmart's customer list.
A coalition of 39 states led by Massachusetts has filed an objection in federal court to Toysmart.com's proposed sale of its customer list, according to the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.
How long does it take to download your web-page? Tracert - Web site performance monitoring.
Here is an excellent rant from Steve Champeon on that XHTML ALA article from a while back:
The only way out is through. That's the message of XHTML. And if you think we're going to get anywhere without fixing the mistakes of the past, you're ignoring the lessons those mistakes should have taught you.

Friday, July 21, 2000

More on CSS bugs.
Wow. If you are interested, read this mozillaZine thread on the latest Word from the WaSP. Some very defensive postures are taken, and perhaps rightly so. The WaSP article is pretty biting.
Yesterday I read this article from CNET.com on the new update to IE 5.5 that gives users control over cookies, and I couldn't understand what the big deal was. You can already turn cookies off, or be prompted before you accept a cookie. But then I read this article from Wired News, saw this screenshot, and read this anonymous email from someone in Microsoft. And now I think it's a pretty big deal.
MTV2 launched a new site in the UK earlier this summer. On the home page it says
MTV2 created by and for individuals.
Yes, created by individuals, individuals who LIKE TO FLASHTURBATE!
Op Art fans enjoy: Circle Dance.
This looks like it might be valuable: CSS Bugs and Workarounds.
The Web Standards project really gives it to Netscape in the latest Word From The WaSP: An Open Letter to Netscape
Sorry, Netscape. We believe in what you're trying to do, and we wish we could muster more enthusiasm. But two years in Internet time is a decade in any other industry. You once virtually owned this virtual space. How could you forget such a simple fact of the market you used to dominate?

...

Netscape, you have placed W3C standards advocates in the unenviable position of supporting plans instead of products. After two long years of endorsing your goals -- and barely mentioning the fact that your existing product is the least standards-compliant browser on the market -- we've begun to question our wisdom, if not our very sanity.

Thursday, July 20, 2000

Brig points to a couple of interesting articles, the first by the inimitable Zeldman, the second from Linux Today:

HTMHELL - Creative Revolution on the Web II: Counterrevolution (wherein he uses the wonderful term "bugwards-compatible")

Web Developer's Journal: Web Site Trends
I suppose you heard about the 427 to 1 vote in the House for H.R. 3113, an anti spam bill. Did you wonder who that one "nay" vote was from? The Congressman Who Loves Spam
I am retiring the following poll. As of today, 14 of 30 respondents think the new design is worse than the old. Changes are on the horizon.
POLL: Is the new glish.com design better than the old?
Yes, it is better.
No, it is worse.
Better is such a relative term.
       or view results
Ben Apple of Mac Junkie thought the leaked photos of Apple's new G4 cube were fraudulent:
To conclude, I will eat my hat if Jobs unveils this very machine tomorrow. No, wait - I'll eat my hockey puck mouse.
Crunch Crunch Crunch. [link via signal vs noise]
I must visit Mired more often, for articles like this review of the new "Last Temptation of Christ" DVD.
Music Giants Miss a Beat on the Web
"This is a very profound moment historically," Time Warner President Richard Parsons says. "This isn't just about a bunch of kids stealing music. It's about an assault on everything that constitutes the cultural expression of our society. If we fail to protect and preserve our intellectual property system, the culture will atrophy. And corporations won't be the only ones hurt. Artists will have no incentive to create. Worst-case scenario: The country will end up in a sort of cultural Dark Ages."
Thank you for your thoughts, Satan.
I can hardly believe this: a new Outlook / Outlook Express vulnerability.
This is a buffer overrun vulnerability. A malicious user could exploit the vulnerability to send an e-mail that, when downloaded from the mail server, would have either of two effects. In the less serious case, it could cause Outlook or Outlook Express to fail. In the more serious case, it could cause code of the malicious user's choice to execute on the recipient's computer. Such code could take any action that the user was authorized to take on the machine, including reformatting the hard drive, communicating with an external web site, or changing data on the computer.
Here is a report of Apple's MacWorld announcements from cnn.com. Here is a brutal review of those announcements from tech-report.com.

Wednesday, July 19, 2000

I am looking for help on a Netscape Confusicator CSS bug that has me awful frustrated. Seems I can't nest DIVs and expect all my styles to cascade down into the nested DIVs. I've worked around this problem before by just not nesting DIVs, but that makes for some ugly code, and frankly makes me feel silly. I can't wait until NS4 is just a memory. In the meantime, take a look and let me know if you have any advice!

7-24 UPDATE: A workaround has been found! Thanks Brig!
I shall have to make this a regular stop: Arts & Letters Daily.
I haven't checked this out yet, but you might want to: Creative Good's Dotcom Survival Guide .
As featured in the New York Times (June 12, 2000), this report shows how e-commerce sites can increase revenues by improving their customer experience. Includes strategies, tactics, and thirty-one e-commerce case studies on merchandising, e-mail, navigation, search, checkout, fulfillment, and more. Free download.
Another over-done Flash interface: David Gary Studios. Very slick. Some say too slick.
From evolt.org: You need a Content Management System.
From ASP today, several articles on Microsoft's new web application platform:
-Introducing Active Server Pages+
-How is ASP+ Different from ASP?
-A Summary of the New Features in ASP+

Tuesday, July 18, 2000

In the running for the worst Flash interface ever: billyjoel.com. Horrible not for any Flash specific badness, but because the links ACTUALLY RUN AWAY FROM THE CURSOR.
How to Set Rates FAQ, from The HTML Writers Guild.
Finding blind spots in navigation
How to find out what elements of your navigation people have actually noticed. (Usability, navigation, interface design)

Sunday, July 16, 2000

IE 5.5 bugged in first week
...through a problem with Microsoft's implementation of the Document Object Model (DOM), a standard way of letting scripts act on individual elements of a Web page, the edit component lets a malicious attacker peek at information on a victim's computer using a combination of frames--smaller windows within the Web page--and the clipboard, where computers temporarily store information when it is being cut or copied.
Flash is good: {:{:{::: Fundacao Laramara :::}:}:}
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