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Monday, January 27, 2003

Pretty easily handled by a slight modification to BlogChat. Brent and I have had this type of functionality on the ToDo list for a very long time. However we are in a holding pattern with a perpetual BlogChat beta while we work on something even more exciting. When the time is right, we'll announce it.
IM and weblogs.

Lots of great stuff in the thread on Instant Messaging and weblog. Russ Lipton, as usual kicks big ass. He says each item on a weblog could form a chatroom for a few hours or days after it's posted. Keep a transcript. Allow the blogger the usual controls to keep spam, abusive posts and off-topic stuff off.

[source: Scripting News]
9:09:01 AM    

Friday, January 24, 2003
Government Dead Wood

Jeff Taylor (Founder and chairman, from this Fast Company article says:

We're using that approach at Monster. For example, 71% of federal-government workers will be eligible to retire over the next eight years. My conclusion: I have to figure out how to do business with the U.S. government. So I put employees in a number of different departments who wear a government-solutions name badge. They represent a silo of expertise that's going to help me win that business.

My conclusion? Just saved tax payers 71% in salary expenses over the next eight years. I'm sure they can do better than that! Don't get me wrong, I'm not one who thinks old timers are dead wood but this will get a good chunk of the dead wood out of government. Now just have to get rid of the 29% dead wood still remaining and the government workforce will be down to what it should be.

12:27:30 AM    

Thursday, January 23, 2003
Comdex - Calmdex??

I've only attended Comdex twice. The first was maybe 6-8 years ago. The last was about 3 years ago. I found it seriously lacking 3 years ago compared to the first time. I'm not surprised it has gone down hill since. CES caught my attention back then but I haven't been able to make one of those yet.

Home Is Where The Tech Is. Business Week has suddenly picked up on the fact that CES is much hotter than Comdex (and, actually has been for a few years now). The excitement surrounding technology is almost entirely focused in the consumer electronics realm these days, though, that's partly because prices have dropped ridiculously fast and margins are being squeezed everywhere you look. The important point in all this is that, for consumers, computers are consumer electronics. The two shouldn't be considered separate categories any more. [source Techdirt]
12:20:25 PM    

Wednesday, January 22, 2003
DOM Compatibility Tables
Good stuff:
DOM Support Resource. The tireless Peter-Paul Koch has updated his useful DOM Compatibility Tables. Look here to find browser support for DOM Levels... [source: Buzz]
1:41:20 AM    

Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Jim McGee writes about Technology vs Magic and provides Gregory Benford's corrollary:

"any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced."
6:43:35 PM    

Present XHTML 2.0 draft is not backward compatible
Zeldman pipes up on the XHTML 2.0 thing.
6:29:09 PM    

Monday, January 13, 2003
Office SP-3 Post Fix
Followup to a Microsoft Office SP-3 issue which I initially posted about here. It seems that they have a post SP-3 fix out that people are reporting resolves this problem however they do not mention anything specifically about the advanced find. I think I'll still wait a bit before I was time updating.
6:22:26 PM    

AOL is toast
This may be the only time I like the smell of burnt toast:
Doc Searls: "AOL is toast." [source Scripting News]
Links to my previous post on AOL can be found here with links there to more links.
5:29:38 PM    

I'm glad I don't bother much with making sure my sites conform to all these so called standards. I just make sure my sites work half decently on the 80% or more of the browsers (users computers) I care about. Looks like Mark has gone full circle and is back where he started:
Semantic obsolescence. Standards are bullshit. XHTML is a crock. The W3C is irrelevant. (353 words) [source dive into mark]
5:24:28 PM    

Thursday, January 09, 2003

Received an email from Verisign today with a bunch of nonsense in it. I couldn't care what they say, I've been migrating all my domains away from them:

Dear Valued Customer,

I am writing to share some important news with you. The division of VeriSign® that provides you with domain names has changed its name to Network Solutions®. You may remember we started as Network Solutions and were the first company to provide Internet domain names.

The new Network Solutions embodies the fundamental changes we have made to our business in the past year including improved customer service, upgrades to our product lines, and simplified customer account management along with the promise of many more improvements to come. We have made these changes because we want to improve the level of service we provide to our customers and make doing business with us easier.

Network Solutions remains a wholly owned subsidiary of VeriSign. Be assured you will continue to experience the stability, reliability, and trust you've come to expect. You have my commitment that Network Solutions will provide the highest level of service and deliver the best quality products now and in the future. Below are some ways that we are delivering on that promise today:

blah blah blah ...
10:39:50 AM    

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