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December 2005
2005: Highlights and Predictions
2005 was an amazingly quick year of growth for the Web and worldwide — we experienced the growth of Firefox, the wrath of hurricanes, another successful reboot, a stolen penguin, criticism toward Wikipedia, and faked stem cell lines. The Web has had unprecedented growth in the past year, but can we expect more of it in 2006?
The Subtleties of Christmas
Merry Christmas! Those two words have the power to strike joy in almost every person you say them to. Whether they are wealthy or in poverty, saying that phrase to them might perk up their day a little bit. But the main focus of this entry, I’m afraid, is about Christmas ... on the Web! (Sorry, Brian.)
Remarks on Deadwood
A while back here in Colorado Springs, the Nevada Avenue corridor north of Austin Bluffs was designated an urban renewal area. For those readers unfamiliar with the layout of Colorado Springs, this area is a region full of old motels, many boarded–up businesses, and empty lots galore.
All the Rage
I found out only a little while ago that Yahoo has acquired del.icio.us. I can’t say that I’m very surprised; after all, the Web is turning into a large war between three major companies — Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo. It’s the outcome of this battle that will determine what the Internet will be like for the next ten years or even more.
November 2005
Mokhtar Yahyaoui’s Struggle
How many people in the United States would go on a hunger strike for the Internet? I doubt there would be very many at all. But Mokhtar Yahyaoui, a blogger in Tunisia, went into a long hunger strike denouncing Tunisia’s restrictions of the Internet. This man is brave.
The Trouble with Web 2.0 ... 2.0
A little over a month ago I wrote an entry entitled “The Trouble with Web 2.0”. There has been so much more done over the past month, so much more “trouble,” so to speak, that I have decided to write yet another entry about the inevitable failure of this overhyped phrase.
When Blogs Die
There is certain sadness when you suddenly receive an ominous RSS feed message titled “Goodbye” or “Farewell,” or when you surf to a blog and a 404 error message appears. Many times the reasons are explicit, but many times the manager leaves unexpectedly, leaving a nonsensical adieu.
Acidic Reboot
CSS Reboot is here. Unfortunately, I didn’t participate. Instead, I immersed myself in the inspiration provided by most of these fine designs, particularly surprised at some of the redesigns of many major sites.
October 2005
Print Styles Equal Difficulties
About a week ago, I decided to modify my style sheet so it would look good for printing. I decided to use the article Going to Print by Eric Meyer, located at A List Apart. I decided, to make things simple, to test the print style sheets in Mozilla Firefox first.
Will Firefox Win?
In my entry entitled “Mozilla the Corporation”, I talked about Firefox and its ever–rising popularity. Firefox, the most popular alternative browser, has been gaining such steam that I expect it to be a major contender for the near future if not longer.
Huge
That’s what Paul O’Connor, a spokesman for Sun Microsystems, said when Google and Sun teamed up to beat down Microsoft. What exactly does it mean when people say, “Google declared war on Microsoft”?
The Trouble with Web 2.0
A few months ago, I saw an animation on Albino Blacksheep called “Epic 2015” about the future of the World Wide Web. By 2015, it said, all printed newspapers would cease to exist and the Web would be the underlying architecture — “everyone contributes in some way.” This is somewhat the basis of Web 2.0.
September 2005
Opera Is Free
Opera, the world’s fastest browser, has become free. The announcement came on September 20 — an interesting turn of events. What will be more intriguing are the implications of this turnaround.
An Extremist CSS Fanatic
I found this astonishingly inaccurate article at Return of Design, which tells about CSS being worse than tables. There is nothing farther from the truth.
Four Years
“America has been attacked.” I will never forget those words for as long as I live. It has been four years since the September 11 attacks that took place four years ago on this date. There were both heroisms and failures in those unfolding tragedies.
The Decline of CSS Showcases
CSS showcases are some of the most encouraging and yet some of the most debilitating sites available in the world of Web standards. I recently read a three–part collection of entries in Simon Collison’s blog that showed the benefits and failures of CSS showcases.
Blog Commenting’s Necessary Death
Blog commenting. We all do it. Many of us love it. Some of us use it to inflict damage on the blogger or other people. Some of us believe it’s time to stop stupidity in blog commenting. It isn’t necessarily the downfall of Western civilation, but getting pretty close. But why?
August 2005
The Lull in Web Standards
Perhaps it is just me, but over the past few months Web standards have been in a sort of hibernation. Nothing even remotely significant has occurred, besides the fabulous CSS Reboot and numerous redesigns.
A Stampede for $50 Laptops
“All in the name of getting a bargain.” In Virginia yesterday, the Henrico County school system offered to sell used Apple iBooks for only fifty dollars at the Richmond International Raceway. Unfortunately, they got much more than they “bargained” for.
Google Print’s Grave Misgivings
Google announced today that it would be temporarily suspending operations on its highly controversial project Google Print, a program where books from three major university libraries and the New York Public Library are indexed into a search engine.
WOWIFLI — A Hidden Gem
There are few sites on the Web that actually make you laugh. Brian’s blog is definitely one of those. His down–to–earth everyday posts are truly one of the hidden gems of the Web.
Mozilla the Corporation
Since the advent of Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Foundation itself of 2004, there have been many suggestions as to which direction the non–profit organization would take. Now, it is clear.
July 2005
Web Designer’s Block
This week I’ve been feeling the strangest sensation. As soon as I open a project I’m working on and see those little monospace characters, the urge to type the necessary code just sinks through.
Words, Bikes, Fractions and Turtles
In celebration of the completion of Trivial Pursuit @ the Library and also Lance Armstrong’s victory in the Tour de France, I’m posting a completely random entry combining four interesting things I found this week.
The Stupidity of Free Web Hosting
During the 1990s, probably the best thing about the Web was how easy it was to get your site online and get it hosted. After the great bust of the late 1990s, however, that all changed. Hosting companies got fed up with the amount of money they had to spend on free Web hosting.
Isn’t Netscape 8 Supposed to be Better?
A few weeks ago I tried to download and install the new Netscape 8.0, but for some odd reason I received a flawed file. So this time I tried again and I thought to myself, “It would have been better to stay without it.”
The Irony of Chipotle
Just yesterday I was looking at the back of my drink from Chipotle (mmm) and saw a website URI. As many of you know, I just cannot resist surfing to the website and being a critic of standardization.
Can’t Stop the Thinking
My good friend Brian has got a new template for his blog; it’s pretty cool, so check it out.
Sweden Bans Downloads
In a large effort to rid the country of piracy, Sweden has banned the downloading of all copyrighted material from the Internet, meaning movies, music, and games.
June 2005
Internet Explorer Compromise
After a couple days of frustration, I’ve finally emerged from the display dilemma with a compromise between Internet Explorer and other standards–compliant browsers.
Argh! More Problems!
I am sitting here at my computer tearing my hair out because of a bug that I did not even attempt to see in Internet Explorer 6! And that is the worst possible bug that can afflict a designer.
Opera Problems
There are a few display problems in Opera 7 and 8 that are extremely bothersome and I don’t know how to get rid of them. In Opera 7, the navigation is smashed together and it’s very difficult to discern the links apart. Also, the headings on the right are not separated vertically in Opera 7, and this causes inaccessibility to the links underneath the headings. However, in Opera 8, the heading dilemma is nonexistent and it is only the navigation that remains problematic.
CSS 2.1
The World Wide Web Consortium has released the last call for the working draft of the new version of Cascading Style Sheets. There’s a few new features and some errors fixed.
Seraphic Zephyr
It has taken quite a while, but my blog has finally been completed. From this minute forth, Seraphic Zephyr is now my personal website. The time it took went by extraordinarily fast. I believe I only spent about six hours on the style sheet but much longer on the HTML.