Archive: July 20th, 2004

Registering my displeasure

The hot topic of the day would appear to be newspaper sites that require visitors to register before allowing them to read any articles. Wired is running a story which ties in nicely with last week’s article about The New York Times and its lousy pagerank.

Jeff Veen points out that visitors will view the registration process as damage and find a way to route around it. Simon Willison is also on the case.

The unanimous verdict is that registration is annoying, dangerous and, given the copious of amounts of fake data, a complete waste of time. One positive aspect about the whole debate is that it’s generating plenty of publicity for a tremendously useful site called BugMeNot which stores and retrieves usernames and passwords in order to bypass the registration process.

I came up with a little bookmarklet for the site. You can drag this link to your toolbar:

Bug Me Not

Whenever you come across an article that requires registration, you can click on that link to query BugMeNot’s database for a username and password.

I thought I was being very clever until I realised that there’s already a bookmarklet on the front page of the BugMeNot site. Doh!

The grand alliance

Given the martial tone of some of my recent posts, I’m starting to feel more and more like a warblogger.

This’ll be the last watch-the-skies type linkage about the impending browser apocalypse for now, I promise…

David Temkin attends a workshop on web apps:

"What will stem the XAML tide is an alternative application markup technology that is deployable across the Web, and not specific to Windows. Coming from the W3C viewpoint, this would be a difficult problem to solve considering the realities of what it would take to upgrade the browser and get it installed on everyone’s desktop."

Partly as a result of that same workshop, the WHAT-WG was formed by attending representatives of Mozilla and Opera. Here’s an audio interview with the Gilmour gang about WHAT-WG and more.

Finally, Jon Udell has a chat with some open-source mavens about Longhorn, XAML and Avalon.

That concludes this public service announcement. Go about your business, citizens. Remain vigilant.