A brilliant braindump by Matt Webb examining the weave of the Web and the nature of reality. Set aside some time to soak this up.
Archive: December, 2007
A great article about designing for what Tom Coates calls a "web of data", emphasising the importance of making sure that a resource sits at one URL.
Music Recording Industry Will Be First Traditional Media Industry To Be Utterly Destroyed By Digital Technology - Publishing 2.0
The RIAA now says it is illegal for you to put that CD you bought onto your own computer. Asshats.
Netscape Navigator is officially dead. Rest in peace, my old adversary.
You've seen isitchristmas.com, istwitterdown.com and dowebsitesneedtolookexactlythesameineverybrowser.com. Now Gareth Rushgrove has built isitbirthday.com. Subscribe to the RSS feed just in case you were wondering when my birthday is.
Epic is a lovely looking new typeface from Neil Summerour.
Scroogled is a short story by Cory Doctorow that's especially timely.
A step-by-step guide to hacking your iPod Touch even if you've already upgraded to the new firmware.
A brilliant summation by David Byrne of the possible business models available to musicians today.
There's a new technology podcast available from The Guardian. It's hosted by Aleks and judging from the first episode, it's going to be very good indeed.
A new webzine dedicated to food, prettily put together by M. Jackson Wilkinson.
Lots of tiltshift photos gathered together in one place.
Tim Bray echoes my thoughts on conferences. "And let’s be brutal: at most conferences, there are two ways to get a talk accepted: submit an interesting talk, or bribe the conference organizer. Oops, sorry: I meant “be a platinum sponsor”."
A dictionary of all-sorts. An enpsychlo-blog. A compendium of ancient wisdom of modern usage. History, philosophy, and the world around you. A "Who's who?", a "How's when?" and "What on Earth is it?" A token nod in the direction of truth and a dip in the
If you want to install the beta of Firefox 3 on OS X but you still want to keep a copy of Firefox 2, John will show you how.
Great news from Redmond: IE8 passes the Acid2 test.
An offhand remark I made on Twitter spurs Dom on to do a whole lotta research on character encoding in class names.
PPK points out a potentially dangerous aspect to Opera's actions, one that that the rest of us have missed: "Without consulting anybody, Opera is trying to give a political body the right to decide what does and what does not constitute a web standard."
The Sapir WIMP hypothesis: "The more easily you can talk about a user interface, the more easily you can understand how to manipulate it."
Ev Williams has some tips for evaluating business ideas, broken down by tractability, obviousness, deepness, wideness, discoverability, monetizability (ugh!) and the all-important "personally compelling" factor.
Yours to cut out and keep.
"No Ideas But In Things is a library of controls, animations, layouts, and displays that might be a source of inspiration for interaction designers. Dan Saffer is the curator. The title comes from a William Carlos Williams poem."
Google have a service called Knol on the way. It looks like it's going up against Wikipedia.
The word w00t has been voted Merriam-Webster word of the year 2007. Slow year.
Like "is it Christmas?" or "is Twitter down?" but less Boolean.
A "barnacle app" that pulls out all the overheard quotes from Twitter.
David follows up on my talk at St Paul's with cornucopia of thoughts and links that's more in-depth than the talk itself.
Type a word, hear it from Artoo.
All the code you need to add charts and graphs to your site.
Jina has put together an excellent series of steps you can take to keep not just nice, but downright sexy.
This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy: the New York Times talking about microformats.
A very cute bit of e-commerce chicanery.
Cindy is now working for nclud. That's good for Cindy and good for nclud.
Facebook's Misrepresentation of Beacon's Threat to Privacy: Tracking users who opt out or are not logged in. - CA Security Advisor Research Blog - CA
An excellent piece of research that shows how Facebook affiliates' cross-site scripting (Beacon) sends information back to the mothership regardless of whether the user has opted out.
Leisa joins in on the password anti-pattern. As she says, this is a question of ethics. I've already made my position clear to my colleagues and clients. Have you?