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Design, random musings, and the Web. Since 1977

Category Archives: Technology


The Final Word on IE6

A friend of mine recently asked the question “Why the Hate on Internet Explorer 6?” He explains some very logical reasons why it doesn’t make sense to be so negative about IE6, and as I agree with him on just about all points, I thought I’d give the clearest answer I could.

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008.

I Lost My Password

How usable is security? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself lately. One of the courses I attended last semester was about cryptography and secure design. What got me thinking is the fact that security is just 20% technology—80% is organizational. Security is about people—about trust. The thing is, the more you try to make […]

This item was posted by dhilhorst on Wednesday, March 31st, 2004.

Usability and Business Applications

Some of you may (or may not) be familiar with the acronym ERP or Enterprise Resource Planning. “ERP applications are a type of business management software designed to help companies automate day-to-day tasks, such as taking orders, keeping books, and managing human resources.” Over the last decade or so every self-respecting and competetive company implemented […]

This item was posted by dhilhorst on Tuesday, March 9th, 2004.

Style Master 3.5 Quick Review

Due to rapid gain in popularity of CSS-based design among web designers and developers more and more specialized WYSIWYG tools are becoming available to edit stylesheets. Westciv’s StyleMaster 3.5 is going to seduce both the novice user as well as the confirmed stylesheet expert. Style Master 3.5 has an intuitive and complete interface — configuring […]

This item was posted by dhilhorst on Thursday, March 4th, 2004.

The Old Technology Giveaway: Contest Results!

Finally, after carefully reviewing every entry (read: drooling for hours over old junk I wish I had), I have selected the two winners of this oh-so-close-to-tongue-in-cheek contest, and they likely come as no surprise to those who have been keeping up with their respective entries: 1st Place: Grant Hutchinson — Grant’s submissions were all terrific, […]

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Thursday, November 13th, 2003.