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Wednesday, 26th January 2005

Copyright vs Community with Cory Doctorow (via) If you haven’t seen Cory speaking before, watch this. # 9:43 pm

Why Your Pointy Haired Boss Is A Mathematical Certainty. There’s a graph and everything. # 6:56 pm

Iraq and cynicism. . # 6:50 pm

Sound Studio. Nice shareware sound editing app for OS X. # 10:57 am

Kid by Example. It’s Yet Another Python Templating Language, but I have to admit it does look very cool. # 10:23 am

Don’t build web apps that only work in IE

This is a rant, for which I will make no apologies. The wonderful thing about web applications is that they free you from being tied down to a specific platform. A well written web application is accessible from any platform that can run a web browser. Netscape and Microsoft both realised this back in the mid-90s, which is why Microsoft pulled out all the stops in winning the browser wars; they knew that the browser as an open application platform was a direct threat to their Windows lock-in. It’s not inconceivable to argue that this was the main reason they added so many weird little proprietary DHTML extensions to IE in the following years—and it’s those that are the root of the problem.

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