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Your Bloat is My Feature

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I had to laugh when I saw a comment on software bloat over at the SubEthaEdit site: While being a full fledged editor, we promise that SubEthaEdit will never become a bloated piece of software like other text editors. I love the sentiment, even agree with it, but in reality this is very hard to

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Odyssey of the Mind

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My daughter Gabrielle participates in Odyssey of the Mind, an organization that promotes fun learning in groups about technical issues. Odyssey of the Mind is a school-based, world-wide program that promotes creative problem solving for students from kindergarten through college. Under the guidance of a coach, teams of five to seven students learn creative thinking

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Voice-over-IP Spamming Solution: Skype

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There’s a long forum over at Broadband Reports about the coming flood of VOIP-based spam, or ‘tele’-marketing. (Perhaps we should call it VOIPing.) Frankly, this kind of reminds me of the hype-to-heaven then doom-and-gloom cycle that dead tree publications typically follow regarding new technology. And though I’m a fairly new user of Skype, I’m not

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CSS Drop Shadows Agony

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I’ve been trying to get automatic image drop shadows via CSS enabled on this site, and I’m running into a roadblock. I’m using the approach that a list apart recommends, and the problem is that while the drop shadows appear to work fine, text from ‘below’ the image insists on crawling up the page and

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Someone must have said this somewhere somewhen

… but I happened to say it today: If it happens to you, it’s comedy. If it happens to me, it’s tragedy. 😉

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Google AdSense Wierdness – Spoofing?

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I’m getting some really odd results when trying to check my AdSense results from today. Typing ‘google.com/adsense” into my browser location window brings me to this apparently Chinese version of the page:

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Don’t Steal My Content!

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Googling for your blog name can be very interesting. It turns up all kinds of wacky things … like this verbatim copy of one of my postings on Silicon Investor. Months ago, I put together a series of article on Mac market share: the Mac Market Share Myth, the Mac Market Share Reality, and the

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Ethan Contemplative

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The really really unbeatable thing about photographing kids is their complete and utter lack of self-consciousness while you’re composing and taking the shot. This is Ethan, my 5-year old son, in a quiet, thoughtful moment.

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Ajax apps made easy … coming soon to a web site near you

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A short time ago I predicted that toolsets would soon appear to make building Ajax web applications much, much easier. Ajax is shorthand for ‘Asynchronous JavaScript + XML.’ Well, the flood has begun. Right now it’s only a trickle, but it’s a beginning. fiftyfoureleven has produced a whole series of proof-of-concepts, demos, and code snippets

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Apple’s Safari Mistake: Choosing KHTML over Firefox

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Just slightly over two years ago, Apple released an incredible web browser that made the world sit up and take notice, led to Microsoft discontinuing Internet Explorer for Mac OS X, and gave Mac users a browser that rendered faster, worked better, and looked cooler than just about anything else on the planet. There was

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My 8-year-old bookworm daughter

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Gabrielle, who’s 8 years old, is re-reading The Chronicles of Narnia, a compilation of something like 7 books totalling close to a thousand pages. She’s a major bookworm, and I shot this image to capture the moment. But the truly incredible thing is that she first read the series at 6 years of age. Unbelievable.

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Patterns in web development

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There’s lots of hard ways of trying to simplify websites and web apps. Here’s a very interesting, incredibly simple way.

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Improving AdSense revenue for your blog

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I just saw this article on del.icio.us. Very interesting – the keys apparently include: – keywords – targeting high-paying ads – user multiple ad services – good ad location – increase traffic by pinging multiple services – using Google search – and a couple other more obscure ones … All these are fine and good,

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‘Giant Steps’ flash animation

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If you don’t might the long wait (about a minute at broadband speeds) this flash movie is a very cool jazz journey into spatial oblivion. I saw this at ongoing first.

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Great new Newsboys CD: Devotion

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I picked up the latest Newsboys CD on Saturday, Devotion. OK, so it’s not new, it’s newish. Wow! This is a great CD – the musically mature product of a group that really has it together: great rock tunes, drums, guitar and more with an excellent Christian message. Love it!

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Branding in a brave new world

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Branding is something that executives and marketing types love to talk about, advertising companies love to shout about, and most people know very little about. The problem is not only that branding is one of those insubstantial wispy things that are hard to measure, it’s also changing. Fast. Take this quote, for example: Consumers demand

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Minis Safer than Trucks; Stupid People Buy SUVs

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Nothing like a controversial title to start off an article about vehicles, huh? It’s a silly title, but, according to an article from the New Yorker, it’s strangely accurate.

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Memories of the Microsoft – US DOJ Settlement

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For some baffling reason, I was thinking tonight of the Microsoft – US DOJ settlement of a few years back. I recalled sending a submission in to the Department of Justice (hah) just after that settlement …. although I ‘m not a US citizen. And the beautiful thing about life in the 21st century is

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Cool: Flickr and iPhoto play nicely together

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I have just started using Flickr because, of course, you can’t be cool on the web and Not Use Flickrâ„¢. So I downloaded the Flickr uploader for Mac OS X, and installed it. Then, just because I’m bloody-minded and I’m on a Mac and I thought …. maybe it will work … I simply grabbed

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Writing compelling blog posts

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I use WordPress 1.5, which happens to have a new feature, the dashboard, that displays a bunch of things including some (paid I am sure) links to posts on the art of blogging. I followed this one: How to write compelling blog posts, only to find that the deep, insightful, amusing, and, uh, compelling article

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If a little chocolate is good …

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… then obviously a lot is better. Especially when it’s all over your face: This is my year-and-a-half old son, Aidan, and he thinks chocolate is ‘nummy.’

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Memories of Florida …

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Going back through some of my photos from my recent trip to FETC, I came across some that I had to publish …. I’ve seen quite a few McDonald’s all over North America and Europe, but I’ve never seen a ‘golden arch.’ As far as I know, it’s usually the ‘golden arches.’ This poverty-stricking Mickie-D’s

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A new phase of the blogging journey: Google AdWords

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I took the plunge, and, after updating the site software and look over the past few days, signed up for Google AdSense (displaying Google AdWords on my site). The ads almost look like they fit in, but hopefully stand out enough to grab some attention … enough attention that someone might see something relevant and

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Way too cute …

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This is my son, Aidan, who is about 1 and half years old. I guess it’s obvious, but he’s just had a bath. Yes, he is that mischieviously cute all the time.

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Updated to WordPress 1.5; New Look

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Last night I updated to WordPress 1.5. It was the easiest update I’ve ever done … probably easier than updating desktop software. 1.5 has lots of goodies, not least of which are much better comment spam fighting abilities, image handling, and themes. I’ve already used the themes functionality to change the look of this site,

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43 things

Ummm … 43 things is very cool … go see it. Here’s my first thing; I’m a horribly goal-oriented person, and I’m sick of postponing my life until I do X or achieve Y, mostly because every time I actually do achieve X, there’s another X ready and waiting to take its place.

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Ajax and Flash: Perfect Enemies

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The web is going nuts over Jesse Jame’s Garrett’s latest essay on Ajax web apps, and I blogged it myself, if a bit tangentially … But I was thinking tonight as I was revisiting the concept and turning it around in my head: how would I feel about this if I was Macromedia? Not too

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5000 Kilometre Hike

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Ever thought of taking a hike … and not coming back for 4 months? A business associate of mine, Dave Baggenstos, is doing exactly that. Very cool.

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Papers, can I see your papers, please?

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The phrase “papers, can I see your papers” brings back one massive conglomerate image in my mind of the hundreds of cold-war spy movies I’ve wasted my time on … the hero/ine is stepping onto the train or walking through the street in some Eastern bloc country with a totalitarian government. But that could never

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