Journal: News & Comment

Sunday, February 06, 2005
# 11:30:00 AM:

Links of interest (2005-02-06):

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  • "The more difficult mistakes are to correct, the more likely that you're going to try not to make them."

  • "Even if your site is technically perfect for search engine robots, it won't do you any good unless you also fill it with good content. Yes, really!"

  • "I know [...] the argument that says that if the world was using Macs instead of PCs, the hackers would be attacking the Macs. It's a game of numbers, after all. [...] Which is, of course, mostly bull."

  • "Luckily, we don't have to buy a [new web design] book every day anymore. But there are a few books you might have missed that aren't brand spanking new."

  • "in terms of the actual layout and editing of documents, to me [Apple's new Pages word processor] is far ahead of Microsoft Word for Mac OS X, and I'll never switch back. Goodbye Word and OmniGraffle, hello Pages!"

  • "The new visual design of MSN is quite uninspired [and] looks like it may have gone directly from a Product Manager's sketch to the developer who coded it. [But] the underpinnings of the home page represent a considerable move toward web standards."

  • Lifehacker: "Lifehacker recommends the downloads, web sites and shortcuts that actually save time. Don't live to geek; geek to live."

  • "If you absolutely must write down your thoughts and feelings about how hard it is to be a parent, do so in a private journal. Fifteen years from now, you can decide whether or not to give it to your child, and if you do, they can decide what to do with it. But don't throw it out into the world as if it were a list of your favorite movies. That's unnecessarily cruel."

  • "The only difference between males and females in The Sims is whether they leave the toilet seat up. Otherwise, they have the same social abilities, the same sexual options, whatever."

  • "Imagine the silence and red faces round the table (and the smile on mine) when I played the recording of a recognisable chief designer clearly stating 'That spec does not apply...'"

  • "The Eiffel Tower's likeness had long since been part of the public domain, [but in 2003, the City of Paris] adorned it with a distinctive lighting display, copyrighted the design, and in one fell swoop, reclaimed the nighttime image and likeness of the most popular monument on earth. [...] As a result, it's no longer legal to publish current photographs of the Eiffel Tower at night without permission."

  • "People don't make better products by not using the best ones that currently exist. And companies don't spot trends and opportunities by forcing their employees to lose faith in their own preferences and choices and become forced proselytisers of another's beliefs."

  • "By all means correct me if I'm wrong, but (as far as I can tell) modern-day browsers just don't have any way to extract [invisible but useful web page] information and display it to the user."


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