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Saturday, November 18, 2000

O'Reilly Network: Meerkat: The XML-RPC Interface
Meerkat, O'Reilly Network's Open Wire Service, extends its open API with XML-RPC, affording a more standardized XML-based interface to its aggregated RSS database.

Friday, November 17, 2000

Sebastien Chevrel has some cool DHTML experiments on his site, like Assembler, Pixelflo.com, and (I dare say) i.am/bald.

Thursday, November 16, 2000

The Browser War: Nobody's fault but yours.
Please excuse the angry tone of this lecture. My hands still hurt from hours of debugging reams of HTML and JavaScript that supposedly works cross-browser.

If you believe everything you read, especially if everything you read nowadays comes in some sort of punditry from the Web, you already know the cry: Netscape is dead. Microsoft rules.

I'm here to tell you a little something. If you're a web developer, listen close: It's YOUR fault.
In other boring site update news, I installed this little ISAPI dll that Matt turned me on to, which allows me to get rid of ?s in my URLs, which should allow search engine spiders to index all of glish.com. You should be so lucky.

So links that once looked like this:
glish.com/archive/showarchive.asp?file=2000_11_12_archive.xml

now look like this:
glish.com/archive/showarchive.asp/2000_11_12_archive.xml

That should entice the spiders into following the link, which they won't do if they see ".asp?". At least not normally. I can't figure out why this search yields a result for a page on glish.com whose URL contains ".asp?". But there are other things to worry about.
Are you using IE on a PC? Do you notice anything different when you mouseover the featured image on the right? I updated the DHTML in my navigation bar to use IE's opacity filter. NS and Mac users will see the same old same old. Read more.

Wednesday, November 15, 2000

Wired: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth.
The untold story of the Microsoft antitrust case and what it means for the future of Bill Gates and his company.
I would like to point out that Owen's inflight correction has many good links of late.
I really don't understand the venom sometimes spewed at The WaSP by my web developer peers. I guess it comes down to whether they believe the WaSP made a difference or not. If The WaSP really did shift public focus to the issue of standards, bringing the subject not only in front of the press, but in front of the browser makers, how can there be so much antipathy from those who benefit most from those efforts? Perhaps an objective source needs to research what affect The WaSP has actually had on the current browser situation. It seems to me that we are closer to the promised land of standards support in the major browser than ever before, and we have The WaSP (in part) to thank for that. I hope all the dissension doesn't damn us to the desert of proprietary tags and dissimilar implementations of html for another 4 years.

Accusations from Daniel Cody (of Evolt):
...the only thing they [The WaSP] actually want to do is bitch and moan about things. Even if Mozilla or Netscape were 100% compliant, they'd still find something to bitch about. IMHO, they should try making some constructive contributions to Mozilla and the like, otherwise, they have no right to complain about them.
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I have zero respect for a 'lobby group' that constructs opinions based on popular opinion of the day (example) to rattle up press coverage from trade rags.
A defense from The WaSP's Steve Champeon:
I think that the primary contribution of the WSP has been to educate the press, using the only tool we really have available to us, the press release, and in that regard, we've been remarkably successful - note that before we started, standards weren't even registering on reviewers' radar. Now they are at the forefront, as you can see in the CNET review, for example.
Further defense from The WaSP's Jeffrey Zeldman:
"Rattling up press coverage from the trade rags" was exactly how we managed to get everyone focused on web standards. The "trade rags" shifted public opinion, and that helped persuade the browser makers to take developers seriously when we said we needed support for standards.
November 24th is Buy Nothing Day, because...
OUR CONSUMER CULTURE IS OUT OF CONTROL. Once, we shopped to buy what we needed, period. Now that we don't need much, we shop for other reasons: to impress each other, to fill a void, to kill time. A mere 20% of the earth's population uses 80% of its natural resources. Our overconsumption is killing the planet.
Apps.com
Apps.com lists over 10,000 Web apps for you to use, most free of charge and ready-to-run.

Tuesday, November 14, 2000

The music of Igor Stravinsky, as drawn by the composer:

Monday, November 13, 2000

I am as sick of this as all of you, but at least someone is trying to get to the bottom of all the conflicting claims the two parties are throwing around: 13 Myths About the Results of the 2000 Election.
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