On the detail and world-building in 40 years of William Gibson’s work.
Friday, September 3rd, 2021
Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
Basically, if your form can’t register Beyoncé – it has failed.
Friday, May 10th, 2019
For all your copying and pasting needs:
A delightful reference for HTML Symbols, Entities and ASCII Character Codes
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
When is a space not a space?
Tom talks about ogham stones and unicode.
Thursday, August 30th, 2018
font-feature-settings value demonstrated in one single page.
Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
I’ve been wondering about this for quite a while: surely demanding specific patterns in a password (e.g. can’t be all lowercase, must include at least one number, etc.) makes it easier to crack them, right? I mean, you’re basically providing a ruleset for brute-forcing.
Turns out, yes. That’s exactly right.
When employees are faced with this requirement, they tend to:
- Choose a dictionary word or a name
- Make the first character uppercase
- Add a number at the end, and/or an exclamation point
If we know that is a common pattern, then we know where to start…
Sunday, January 29th, 2017
The (literally) hidden dangers of copying code snippets from the web and pasting them into the command line.
This cautionary tale backs up a small tip I heard for getting to understand how found code works: deliberately type it out instead of copying and pasting.
Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Glenn Fleishman on the war of attrition between primes and quotation marks on the web.
Wednesday, December 28th, 2016
Friday, April 1st, 2016
The numero sign, the reversed question mark, the interrobang, the l b bar symbol, the Tironian et, the capitulum, and the ironieteken.
Monday, November 25th, 2013
Some excellent research for web developers: find out which unicode characters have the widest support—release useful for choosing icons.
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
Jessica’s handy guide to writing the right quotes and accents on a Mac keyboard.
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
The secret life of punctuation.
Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
Kanji characters that transform into the animal they represent.
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
A handy page for looking up HTML entities.
Thursday, November 23rd, 2006
Stuart posts a really handy string for testing internationalisation: Iñtërnâtiônàlizætiøn