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Design, random musings, and the Web. Since 1977

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Well Hello There…

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2003

If you’re arriving here after following Zeldman’s link to my AppleScripts, then I’d like to welcome you to my humble corner of the internet.

If you use OS X and have been frustrated with the lack of a method in any browser to view web page source in an external editor, then check out the scripts. You’ll like them :-)

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Should I Redesign?

Thursday, January 16th, 2003

OK, if there’s anyone out there who actually reads this site, please let me know your thoughts on redesigning this site.

First, I’d like to know if you think the site needs a redesign. If you do, comment on what you would like to see in the design (usability features, layout, colors, etc.)

I promise I will review every single item of feedback, and since this site is mostly for you, the reader, I will be weighing your input more heavily than my own this time around.

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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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