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Friday, March 30, 2001

Wired News: IE Hole Surrenders Your Computer
A dangerous security hole has been discovered in Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

Spanish security expert Juan Carlos Cuartango discovered the hole, which allows attackers complete access and control over any computer running any version of the Windows operating system and Internet Explorer Versions 5 and 5.5.
Update from Wired:
...many users who attempted to download the security patch over the weekend reported receiving a message during installation that, "This update does not need to be installed on this system."

Microsoft officials say the message is an error and urges everyone who received it during an attempted installation of the security patch to return to the company website, download either Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 or Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5, and then reinstall the patch.

Thursday, March 29, 2001

Easily the best design for a links page ever.

Wednesday, March 28, 2001

Peter-Paul Koch has done it again, putting up a collection of CSS2 declaration and selector tests. Also see Babette van Hardeveld's What's new in CSS2.
Owen Briggs did a number on his CSS how-to site Box Lessons:
This is a Problem & Workaround set for a series of css boxes going from a simple single box through 3 columns with a full width top box, all with variations.

This isn't a how-to for css layout, this is a how-to for dealing with the misinterpretations of our current browsers.
Worth checking out.

Tuesday, March 27, 2001

Just F everybody's I, I'm aware that this site does not validate yet. I'm still working on it, but believe me: compared to the last pile of code that sat at this location, this is an improvement. Accessibility is not perfect but if you'll kindly click here you'll see what this page looks like to persons using non-compliant browsers (click on the link again to set the page back to normal).

Also, I bumped up the font size from 10 to 11px, but I plan to set the default size back down to 10px as soon as I write a little code that will allow you the user to set it as you like.

And thanks to Derek and Matt for their help on this new look.

Comments previously posted here have been removed to protect the idiot who thought he got a real email complaining about the accessibility of his site.
Tantek Çelik's Web UI dev tools are a joy. I can't get enough of the "toggle CSS" bookmarklet. Try it on this page for some real fun.
If you have visited before, you are probably noticing the redesign. If you are using a browser that does not support w3c standards, this site probably looks like hell for you. I will be working on improving the experience for you in the near future.

But for those of you with a shiny new browser like IE5+ or NS6, I hope you like what I've done with the place. I will be using this side of the page to continue all the tech and internet linking, and the other side of the page, over there --->, for writing of more general interest.

And now that I am all burned out from working on this for the last week, I'm going to drink a beer.

If you want to see a really nice looking site go here.
IE6 correctly implements the box model! This page detailing the CSS enhancements in Internet Explorer 6 makes it plain:
With Internet Explorer 6 Public Preview and later, when you use the !DOCTYPE declaration to switch on standards-compliant mode, the width and height properties specify the distance between the left and right edges and top and bottom edges of the bounding box, respectively. The border and padding belts are not included.
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Thursday, March 29, 2001

I am pretty pleased to report that I'll be participating in a panel discussion at the edgewise conference in NY this May with Jeffrey Zeldman, Jeff Veen and Eric Meyer. My distinguished co-panelists and I will be discussing the future of web technology. Since I had to provide a photograph of myself for the edgewise website, I sat down in front of my camera this morning and took a few shots. I like this one best, although I didn't send it because my face is too hidden in shadow:

I watched David Lynch's Blue Velvet the other night for the first time since college. I remembered it as a pretty brutal movie, but I actually thought I would be less affected by it this time, what being a jaded 30 year old and all. But it was actually more disturbing this time around. One becomes more sensitive to atrocities, I think, once one has a couple of kids.

The funny things is that I remember in high school my uncle Shelly recommended the movie to me, asking if I liked "black humor." Now granted, the film does have its share of dark, idiosyncratic Lynch comedy in it, but I don't think I'd say black humor is really an essential quality of the movie. But the really funny thing is that I didn't know what black humor was in high school, and so I told Shelly that I had recently seen I'm Gonna get You Sucka and had not found it very funny, so no, I guess I didn't like black humor very much.

Wednesday, March 28, 2001

I'm reading through Jay McInerney's Bacchus and Me which K. gave me for Christmas (or was it my birthday?) and which features on its cover one of my favorite paintings, Caravaggio's The Young Bacchus, and my favorite bit of wit so far in the book is this:
In Burgundy the allegedly key element of wine personality is the terroir, which translates into American as "location, location, location," or, alternately "dirt."

Tuesday, March 27, 2001

Well, in case you've been wondering, we have signed contracts to purchase a couple of buildings in NY, a house and an adjoining two family apartment building. And just today, after months of going over the same details a million times with our loan officer, K. was finally able to submit our loan applications. In theory, we will know in a week or so whether we qualify for the necessary loans, and if all goes we'll be in NY this July!

Monday, March 26, 2001

So here we are. I now begin phase 2 of my public blog experiment.

This area over here to the right will be for subject matter that does not fit into the more tightly focused content to the left.

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