On Saving The Internet

January 1st, 2004

Via Wired, 101 Ways to Save the Internet. Paul Boutin hits on some major issues the lie within todays Internet. From stupid laws (i.e. DMCA) to stupid people. My favorite of the lot would have to be #64 which is aimed at Microsoft:

Simplify for security Fewer features means fewer bugs.

Now I may not think the Internet is that bad off, but I do not like some of the trends that are developing, namely the rampage the government has been blindly pushing forward. If they would only listen to just a few people that know what they are talking about when it comes to technology, then our law makers might actually write up some decent laws regarding technology.

At least our nations founding fathers saw it fit to let people voice their opinions without fear. No telling where I’d be without that one.

Merry Christmas 2003

December 25th, 2003

To the geeks, to my friends, to the people I have yet to know, Merry Christams.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

December 17th, 2003

Amazing. Simply amazing. Hats of to Peter Jackson and his crew for a job very well done.

I have never finished the third book so seeing the ending was very satisfying. I think I will now go back and finish it so that I can the full scope of Tolkein’s image. If anyone has not yet seen this film (probably very many at the time of this writing) then I strongly encourage you to take part in this history making epic film. I for one consider myself honored to share in Peter Jacksons work.

Yes, it is that good!

Winamp5 Uses Invalid XML

December 9th, 2003

I recently downloaded the new Winamp 5 RC10 and am absolutely loving it. I am however a little irked that the developers have chosen to use invalid XML in the Modern Skin layout files. From what I can tell there is no use root elements anywhere nor is the XML preamble there. Instead it looks as if Winamp uses line by line parsing to utilize these files, a true XML parser would simply fail out. As far as I’m concerned this is not a good way to show skin developers how to use XML. Hopefully Nullsoft will change their ways and comply the XML standard.

Update [10/09/2003]: It looks like I spoke a little to soon as I sometimes do. I searched a little more and found that what Winamp is really doing is using one initial file to “include” all the sub-files via an include tag. However my point still has legs to stand on here. It should be using entities (i.e. Trillian style).

Do It Up Like Picasso

December 2nd, 2003

Mr. Picassohead has got to be the coolest time wasters I have ever seen. By just taking a little time, and not needing a whole lot of creative jucies, you can create your own Piccaso-like rendering of yourself or anyone else. It is truly great fun. And once your done you can save it to show off to your friends. Via Simian Design.

Happy Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2003

It’s that time of year again. When we all (in the US at least) sit down and gorge ourselves on prime food. Hope everyone out there is enjoying the day with friends and family. My best regards to all.

Why Google Is Saving The Web

October 11th, 2003

Via Simon, Why Google is Saving the Web. And not only saving it but helping you score higher as well.

Eric Wolfram writes an enlightening article to help all web developers:

Almost everyone searches Google to find information, and Google quickly rewards them by displaying the information they are seeking. Thereby, Google rewards useful sites with the eyes of people who are looking for useful information. This is helping the web recover from being the wasteland of marketing hype, which the dot-come-and-gone explosion forced it to become. Google is saving the web by ultimately forcing site designers to make their sites useful again.

By being useful, Eric means linking to sites outside of your own. By doing this you help the “web” live up to its name by letting it be just that, a web of information. Blogging by its very nature lends itself very nicely to Google. But corporate sites whose policy is to not link to external sites are going to find it hard to attain a worthwhile ranking in Google unless they change their tactics.

Fun With GnuPG

September 28th, 2003

For my new job I am having to familiarize myself with various encryption techniques. One of them is PGP. The tool I have chosen to use for this is GnuPG. This, along with a graphical interface, makes for quite the desktop encryption setup. Being new to the whole PGP thing I still have to build my “web of trust”. So here is my first call out to the blogging community to help build my web of trust. Please find my public key and sign it. In turn I will return the favor.

I am really enjoying this PGP stuff, albeit a little new.

New Job Progressing

September 13th, 2003

If there was an award for the least used blog, I think I would win it. But thats beside the point.

Within a month or two I shall be in the employment of Azura Technologies. It is a very exciting time for me. I am learning a slew of new technologies (new to me at least). The biggest learning curve was learning, compling and using OpenSSL. I am also having to learn web services and the various forms it can take.

A side project of mine has been to re-work the company website. It is laid out with tables and untold lines of javascript. I am redoing it in XHTML/CSS. So far I have been able to cut the download size from 13kB to 4kB for the front page alone (that figure is for the markup alone). My partner in the company is so far impressed with the changes I’ve made. Unfortunately, I am unable to provide an example of my work at this time. Soon though. I might even officially change the company page. Who knows. Time will tell.

Netscape Is No More

July 17th, 2003

Indeed a sad day it was when I found that Netscape was being dismantled by AOL. Never really used the newer versions of Netscape but rather I use Mozilla, the codebase for the former Netscape. As many people are saying, the major blow here is that there is no longer a major competitor for Internet Explorer. It will be a while until another browser can take Netscape’s place on the battlefield.