A recurring theme in travel books is the poor quality of words guidebooks decide are important to have in the back, I’d never really noticed it before, they just seemed to be “yes”, “no”, “hello” etc. all worth knowing, but then I bought the Lonely Planet South Africa which kindly had “Do you speak Afrikaans” as one of the phrases, which is I have to admit a phrase I’m never going to use (and not one I’d ever need to recognise someone else using as the result in either case is the same).
Archive for September, 2002
Lots of people dislike windows, there’s many very good reasons to do this, one of the commonest I hear is that you can’t have the focus following the mouse, e.g. by Hixie. What I don’t understand though, is that stick these people in front of linux with the same problem, a couple of minutes with the web, the config files etc. and they’d’ve changed the option which set the behaviour to how the want.
When they’re sitting in front of windows though, they shrug their shoulders and just moan, what is it about windows that make these people “stupid”? I’ve always used focus follows mouse on windows, all the versions do it, you either need to change the config files - yes this is the registry rather than a text file, but it’s still not rocket science or even CSS. Or if you need a GUI for it, get TweakUI, it’s on the windows install disk, or widely available on the web.
Or you can just use focus.reg to modify the registry.
Yesterday, I watched the fireworks at the Thames Festival they were really quite good, especially the golden shower out the back of a speed boat. Unfortunately the batteries in my camera were gone (pretty annoying as I’ve only shot about 20 films, with no flash). Before the fireworks were a parade and music for tugboats, which by the wonders of modern science (well a mobile phone with audio recording capabilities and some computer Telephony kit) I made a recording of. Listen to tugboat music.
THE public will learn that patents are artificial stimuli to improvident exertions; that they cheat people by promising what they cannot perform; that they rarely give security to really good inventions, and elevate into importance a number of trifles…no possible good can ever come of a Patent Law, however admirably it may be framed
An excerpt from Forward Compatibility: Designing & Building With Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman seems most odd, and I’m wondering if Zeldman has gone bonkers. (or if it really is Eric Meyer in disguise and he’s finally cracking up under the strain of multiple personalities.)
There are a number of things I find odd, the most being the first thing he lists as a strength of CSS/XHTML/DOM namely:
At last attain precise control over layout, placement, and typography in graphical desktop browsers.
Which doesn’t seem to acknowledge the fact that CSS etc. reduces the control developers have by explicitly encouraging user stylesheets, and different default stylesheets in browsers.
There’s also the odd definition of “backward compatibility”, that looks like a strawman to me, but it may just be the circles I move in, In any case I struggle to see how HTML 4.01 strict isn’t backwards compatible, it’s certainly more backwards compatible than XHTML…>
Hopefully the introduction is just taking all these things out of context and the book is useful, unfortunately I fear all too much that it will be advocating xhtml as text/html just like his own site does.
So Newcastle publicans can’t have a scarf with shite on because it might cause offense, but you can call the majority of the population scum without a problem, get this man in court - well don’t actually, don’t have any of them anywhere near a court, but if a scarf with shite in a pub is offensive being called scum on the BBC definately is.
I also plotted a map of all the airports in the USA, but that took 40minutes on a P4, so not too useful, but I created a PNG of US airports of it.