From comments they’ve made, I’m sure I’m not the only one. Here’s an open letter to them: Dear Joel and Jeff, You lauched Server Fault for SysAdmins, but you admit to not knowing that crowd as well as you know the programming crowd. That’s fine. But you need to find someone who does understand that
Forgive me reader, for I have sinned. It’s been some time since I last posted to this site. I haven’t stopped writing, but instead have been trying to ‘seed’ my new site with content. There’s only so many words in my head at any one time! Anyway, it’s now ready to be revealed to the
When there’s an idea mooted, a lot needs to be considered before going to market. But if you were to write a detailed spec for everything — including mockups for every screen and functional detail for every action — without discussing the basic concept with every stake holder, you’d often waste a lot of time.
(If you don’t write HTML, you can skip this post. It doesn’t concern you and will just confuse you. Basically: there’s a weird bunch of people who want to avoid a particularly useful way to lay out a web page just because they hold to this notion that “tables are for data”, and the fact
What Black Triangles can you celebrate this week? When you find one, savor it and celebrate it. Even if nobody else understands.
Back on November 7th, I wrote about RSII: Reverse Signatures for Insecure Identification. Since then I’ve discovered http://www.gravatar.com/. It basically implements RSII where your email address is the key and without the theorizing I’ve given to the concept. My RSII avatar is now also my gravatar, and it’s let me add my other email addresses
I just stumbled across this video on YouTube that’s supposed to be an advertisement for some business management rubbish but, ignoring that, is a great analogy of modern programming (lack of) principles: Most of today’s online development work is build-it-as-you-fly. Even with passengers on board. In the early days when the plane is just flyable
Godwin’s Law states: As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one. I now introduce Measham’s Law: As an online discussion regarding the features of a piece of open source software grows longer, the probability of someone saying “It’s open source, you write it” approaches one.
The term ‘bacn’ was coined by the folks at PodCamp Pittsburgh and is on the rise as a term for email that isn’t spam, but it isn’t ham. PodCamp considers email notifications from Facebook, Jaiku, Flickr, etc. to be ‘bacn’. You want to get the notificiations so it isn’t spam. But then, the messages aren’t
Having seen various color pickers that ask you to click on a tiny sample to select a color, I decided it was time to do something more useful. First I wrote color.js, a library for creating, converting and using colors in various ways. Then I got my scrollcontrol.js that uses a scrollbar to select a