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Suffering from chronic idiocy since 1977

Archive for January, 2003


Newton Web Server

Thursday, January 16th, 2003

This is too cool: I just picked up (finally) an Apple New­ton Mes­sagePad 2100 (the last model Apple ever pro­duced), and I’ve set about turn­ing it into a web server, using some nifty soft­ware by the name of NPDS (New­ton Per­sonal Data Shar­ing).

I’ll appar­ently be get­ting into New­ton stuff in much more depth in the near future, since I am now so com­pletely taken with this dar­ling of a machine. I’m already turn­ing into a full-fledged New­ton Junkie™. If you are a fan of the New­ton, you might want to check out Newted.net, a great com­mu­nity site for New­ton owners.

Oh, go ahead and visit my New­ton: newton.webgraph.com:8088 — it may not be avail­able all the time, but most hours of the day I intend to have it up and run­ning. If I start hav­ing too much fun with the New­ton itself, I may have to buy another one just so I can play :-)


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XHTML 2 Woes

Tuesday, January 14th, 2003

Well, it seems that a few folks are get­ting a lit­tle riled by the pro­posed XHTML 2 spec. To gain a lit­tle insight (and some col­or­ful phras­ing), read Seman­tic obso­les­cence [dive into mark], and

XHTML 2 and all that [zeld­man].

Mark Pil­grim also has a ton of links and ter­rific descrip­tions of some of the more tech­ni­cal aspects of acces­si­ble web build­ing. Check it out.


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Let’s Go On Safari

Tuesday, January 7th, 2003

Apple’s Safari is now my browser of choice on OS X. Chimera is a solid #2, but the pure speed of Safari just blows me away. This is just 15 min­utes after down­load­ing the beta version.

The addi­tional fea­tures (Snap­Back, WHOO-HOO!) are stel­lar, espe­cially the book­mark man­age­ment, which I believe will make Win­dows (and OS 9) users salivate.

Safari is not the only new appli­ca­tion announced by Apple today, but it is surely the coolest. Did I men­tion it fully sup­ports web stan­dards? Know­ing Apple, I bet its sup­port of said stan­dards is really sup­port, and I’m look­ing for­ward to test­ing many CSS lay­outs in Safari tonight…

Oh, and if any­one wants to buy me a 17″ Power­book G4, I won’t object :-)


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MT Text Formatting

Friday, January 3rd, 2003

Ben and Mena have done it again (or rather, will be doing it again…): Six Log: Sim­ple and Pow­er­ful Text For­mat­ting.

In the “good news to start the year” cat­e­gory, the forth­com­ing Text For­mat­ting options to be added to Mov­able­Type in the near future will add a great deal of scope and usabil­ity to MT. Web­graph is already devel­op­ing plans to use MT as the stan­dard CMS for new clients, and this new fea­ture will only make it eas­ier for us to sell new clients the con­cept of a CMS. We’ve been load­ing up with plu­g­ins for a while now, adding the func­tion­al­ity that we antic­i­pate most clients need­ing out of MT, but Text For­mat­ting is the big one, and it sounds like the new options will go beyond those of any cur­rent plugin.

Thanks guys!


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For Auld Lang Syne

Wednesday, January 1st, 2003

Drink­ing a cup of kind­ness for you all.


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