Simon Willison’s Weblog


Sunday, 21st March 2004

“I think he’s done a terrible job on the war against terrorism.” (via) Bush’s top anti-terrorism advisor... on Bush. # 10:19 pm

Zend PHP 5 Goodies

Zend have quietly released a veritable treasure trove of PHP 5 tutorials via their PHP5 InfoCenter:

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XP Service Pack 2 Review. Several welcome security improvements for those still suffering on Windows ;) # 9:14 pm

Airport Codes: A History and Explanation (via) I finally understand why Kansas City International is MCI. # 8:48 pm

Sports Illustrated’s digital workflow (via) 16,183 photos in just 6 hours. # 8:37 pm

Eastern Standard Tribe (Wired November 2001) (via) The origin of the idea for Cory’s most recent novel? # 7:55 pm

Netscape Toolbar for IE (via) AOL continue to rape Netscape’s corpse. # 7:48 pm

ICANN: Ten New Sponsored TLD Applications Received. Finally a TLD for filtering all of those cat picture sites. # 7:37 pm

Democratised Namespaces

The New York Times: Get out of my Namespace (via Diego Doval)—a well-researched look at the huge problems (and frivolous lawsuits) being generated by the global quest for ownership of unique names.

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Bill Gates goes dumpster diving. “The best way to prepare is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and I fished out listings of their operating systems.” # 7:13 pm

Avoiding protracted debates

I love Charles Miller’s Fishbowl. His latest entry introduces his rules for argument. Read them, follow them and save a truck-load of time avoiding protracted debates in the future. Heck, if everyone stuck to them the overall productivity of the internet would probably increase by a factor of ten.

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