Simon Willison’s Weblog


Saturday, 27th March 2004

It’s only going to get worse

This analysis of the spread of the witty worm is fascinating for a whole bunch of different reasons.

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How to be a Programmer: A Short, Comprehensive, and Personal Summary (via) Debugging and social skills in the same document.

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What Every Computer Scientist Should Know About Floating-Point Arithmetic (via) On of those problems you really want to be able to ignore.

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HTTP 101. What everyone should know about HTTP.

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“It’s All Bad News” (via) The situation in Iraq, from a freelance reporter living there since April 2003.

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Omit needless words, codified

I continue to try to improve my writing. “Omit needless words” is all well and good, but identifying needless words can be a difficult task for the untrained eye. Paul Ford’s Passivator bookmarklet highlights adverbs and passive verbs, both of which can indicate weak writing.

Contact Information ( This made me smile.

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