Writing from February 2007

A laudable idea

Boing Boing has a post urging people to take part in the BBC’s Consultation about On Demand Services. A laudable idea except Boing Boing’s post is entirely about getting people to say that the proposed service shouldn’t solely use Microsoft products. I’m certainly in favour of avoiding Microsoft (and if the BBC avoids RealPlayer too, even better) but sending Boing Boing readers to the consultation with only this issue in mind, and telling them the form “takes 5 minutes to fill in”, really isn’t helping the BBC or licence fee payers.

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In Music, Television on 3 February 2007. 5 comments. Permalink

The Haddock Directory is now closed

If you’re one of Haddock.org’s few regular visitors you’ve probably noticed that the Haddock Directory part of the site had its last daily update in October. After updating the Directory every day (well, kind of) since its launch in 1997 I’d finally had enough of the dull and thankless task earlier last year. A glamorous and anonymous assistant valiantly took hold of the reigns and kept it going for a further few months but eventually the regular tedium overcame them too. So we think it’s finally time to call it a day and shutter this tiny window onto the mailing list’s activity.

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In Misc on 4 February 2007. 6 comments. Permalink

Times Online’s bizarre CSS

One for HTML/CSS geeks now. The Times relaunched its site yesterday. Today it seems to work. But look behind the scenes and you’ll find some of the most bizarre class names I’ve ever seen…

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In Web Development on 6 February 2007. 6 comments. Permalink

Move the music

My previous piece about college may have left you with the impression that this term has been nothing but frustrations. Well, a much of it has been nothing but frustrations but there have also been good things and I’m hoping the worst is now behind me. So, some good things…

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In LISPA on 6 February 2007. Permalink

Times Online’s bizarre CSS revisited

A Chris posted a comment on my original post about the Times’ odd use of CSS on their new website. “I’m not a nutbag,” he says, “and this is a perfectly legit way of using CSS.” OK, so it is technically correct, but there’s no way anyone with common sense would do this.

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In Web Development on 18 February 2007. 5 comments. Permalink