Simon Willison’s Weblog

Items in Nov, 2006

Filters: Year: 2006 × Month: Nov ×


Ocean Waves: the applications built on Seaside (via) An interview with Avi Bryant. # 30th November 2006, 11:07 pm

Unicode character information. Useful lookup tool. # 30th November 2006, 11:55 am

Startup key combinations for Intel-based Macs. I wisd I didn’t need these... # 29th November 2006, 11:50 am

Incompatible SQLite in OS X and Python. I’ve hit this problem; James has the solution. # 28th November 2006, 5:40 pm

Including Dojo, The Really Easy Way. Drop in a single include to load code on demand from AOL’s CDN. # 28th November 2006, 12:22 pm

ElementTree Text Helper. Monkey patches a textlist() method in to ElementTree. # 27th November 2006, 8:04 pm

Frank Wierzbick: I now work for Red Hat (via) Includes news of Jython progress: slots support is in, which hopefully is a solid step towards Python 2.3 compatibility. # 27th November 2006, 8:03 pm

python-dateutil. A bunch of useful datetime extensions, including recurrence rules and date parsing. # 26th November 2006, 11:44 pm

Inside World of Warcraft Gold Farm, Future of Work. Half a million (!) people make a living farming gold in World of Warcraft. # 26th November 2006, 10:11 pm

’Pump-and-Dump’ Spam Surge Linked to Russian Bot Herders. Many people I’ve talked to have noticed an up-surge in spam recently. This could be why. # 26th November 2006, 7:20 pm

Hex Fiend Developers Overview. Best code documentation I’ve seen in ages. # 25th November 2006, 9:38 am

Resizable Reloaded—A reusable component for resizing elements. Another useful YUI widget from Jack Slocum, with a clear and well designed API. # 25th November 2006, 9:34 am

15-second delay. Train doors driven by GPS have a manual over-ride for covered stations. # 25th November 2006, 8:59 am

Riding Rails: Rails 1.2: Release Candidate 1. Highlights include REST, resources and unicode support. # 23rd November 2006, 8:21 am

Rich-Media Delivery In Second Life—A HOWTO. Second Life supports SMIL, via QuickTime. # 22nd November 2006, 11:30 am

The Spam Farms of the Social Web. Really interesting exposé by Niall Kennedy. # 22nd November 2006, 10:41 am

Natalie Downe: Inline image quotes. Neat CSS trick this one. # 22nd November 2006, 12:29 am

Zhongdian. Ping’s continuing adventures in China. # 21st November 2006, 7:03 pm

bbum: How to harvest a turkey. Fascinating, if a little graphic. # 21st November 2006, 11:41 am

Flickr Camera Finder. I hadn’t seen this; includes some really nice graphs. # 21st November 2006, 11:25 am

TheyWorkForYou.co.nz. Rob McKinnon’s site for tracking New Zealand’s Parliament. # 20th November 2006, 3:47 pm

The top 10 arguments against DRM. Includes some good business arguments I hadn’t heard before. # 20th November 2006, 1:23 pm

Donut Robot of Love 2000 (via) IM ON UR ROBOT EATIN UR DONUTZ (scroll to comments) # 20th November 2006, 1:15 pm

How To Subclass The JavaScript Array Object. Utterly brilliant—create a fresh copy of Array in an iframe and customise that. # 19th November 2006, 7:11 pm

minimock. Python mock object library for use with doctest, in 25 lines of code. # 18th November 2006, 11:23 am

Introducing the Technorati Link Count Widget. I’m trying this out; it’s pretty sweet. Nicely unobtrusive too. # 18th November 2006, 10:53 am

Freeing the postcode

UK postcodes have some interesting characteristics: a full six character post code identifies an average of around 14 house holds, and postcodes are mainly hierarchical—W1W will always be contained within W1 for example. They’re useful for a huge range of interesting things.

[... 295 words]