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July 25, 2005

Nit #6455a: How I want scrollbars to work

Clicking above or below the slider thingie advances or retreats your window by approximately one window’s worth of display. That’s useful, but I’d also like to be able to right-click in a scroll bar and get taken to that proportional spot in the document: Right click three-quarters of the way down and it shows you the document three-quarters of the way in. Sure, I could slide the slider thingie, but that requires more eye-hand coordination than my eyes and hands have put together.

Maybe LonghornVista – Could it be a more boring name? Why not something with some guts, like Winux or HAL? – will institute this, if it has time after implementing tag-based scroll bars.


Showing of Blogumentary at Harvard

The Berkman Center is arranging a showing of Chuck Olsen‘s Blogumentary, a documentary about — surprise! — blogging. Chuck’s going to be there so there will be a discussion afterwards.

It’s at 7pm, Tuesday, August 2, in Pound #102 a site to be disclosed soon. It’s free. [Technorati tags: ]


ICE your cell phone

Here’s an idea that’s circulating: Create an entry in your cell phone directory for “ICE” (“In Case of Emergency”) where you list the number you want a paramedic to call if she finds your inert body on a sidewalk. For mltiple numbers, create either “ICE1” and “ICE2” entires, or “ICE-Spouse,” “ICE-Mom” and “Ice-Jack Bauer” entries.

Yes, if you lose your cell phone you’ve told evil doers who you care about most. No, the idea that paramedics are starting to look for ICE numbers is not a mere urban myth.


Egyptians protest

GlobalVoices has aggregated links to Egyptians bloggers protesting the mass murder at Sharm el-Sheik. Karim Eslahy reports it was “small turnout and the cops made them leave,” but one of the commenters says there was a protest with over 1,000 attending at Sharm el-Sheik itself:

“There is no God but God and terrorism is the enemy of God,” chanted the Egyptian protesters, including hotel chefs, technicians and road sweepers, as they marched along the main road of Sharm el-Sheikh…

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July 24, 2005

Gmail or Thunderbird

I switched hosts today (thanks, Bill!). As we try to get POP3 working — I know MAPI is better, but the last time I tried it, my client got confused about what was local and what was on the server, and then I got confused, and my client and I ended up eating a whole tub of cookie dough ice cream — it seems like an obvious time to consider switching from Thunderbird to gmail. (I would retain my current email address.)

My reasons for preferring Thunderbird are not necessarily invincible:

I’m familiar with it

I have rules set up for foldering incoming email

Nice people write cool extensions for Thunderbird

I have a greater illusion of privacy having my email archive on my hard drive and not on that of some large corporation, even if the corporation is Google

Any thoughts?

[The next day:] Ok, Bill just explained it to me. We’re going to route my mail from Bill’s server gmail and I’ll point Thunderbird at gmail’s pop server. Got it.

And, yes, when I said IMAP, I meant MAPI, or possible PAMI, IMPA, AMPI, AMIP, MAIP, PAIM or IAMP.


Holy mother of china, that is one ugly dog!

No kidding. Before you click on this link to Doc’s site, you should be prepared. It is back-from-the-dead, scare-the-blind, directed-by-Tim-Burton, beyond-Photoshop ugly. [Technorati tags: ]

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Pardon the interruption

I switched hosts this morning, resulting in some expected down time. If you’re reading this, it’s up and working. If you’re not reading it, you’re missing some mighty fine content-free blogging…


The politics of Web 2.0

Susan writes:

Jeff Jarvis has a good post today about all the feeds, conversations, aggregations, and other kinds of thingies that make up what he calls Web 2.0. He says, “This is a new architecture. It’s a dynamic architecture.”

It’s even more than that — it’s political. These meta-informational thingies are letting us see our online environment in ways we can’t possibly see the offline world. What’s important isn’t just that these thingies are dynamic (although that’s clearly important) but also that they can be (1) visualized and (2) affected by the attention of individuals. When humans can see something and act on it, they are suddenly in charge of their own environment…

I haven’t been a booster of the “Web 2.0” phrase because it sounded like something a conference organizer desperate for novely came up with. AFter all, the Web has always been more than a set of billboards. Ever since JavaScript — every since the “Submit” button? — the Web’s continuously been bringing itself alive. But Susan has convinced me that that’s like saying “Weblogs are nothing new. I was FTP-ing posts every day in 1994.” Yes, I’m sure you were, and Notepad is the greatest.html_editor.ever, dude. But the fact that weblogs are so much easier now means that tens of millions of people are able to write them, and that’s a real difference. Likewise, put all of the Web integrative pieces together and make them available to more and more people, and you’re talking about something different because you’ve changed the politics of the technology. [Technorati tags: ]


July 23, 2005

Iraqi blogger freed

The Iraqi blogger, Khalid Jarrar, who had been taken in by the Iraqi government has been freed. Look for an update on his blog… (Thanks to GlobalVoices for the link.) [Technorati tags: ]

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Google maps now reach to the moon.

Time for earthlings to get moving on Vint Cerf’s work to devise network protocols suitable for inter-planetary message transport. Snippet from a msg Cerf posted to a discussion board in 1999:

actually we think each moon will have its own addresss space. Not clear yet the role of DNS in all of this.

(Thanks to Lockergnome for the link.)

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