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Walking tour of Keene: followup. Injecting new data in to Google Maps using bookmarklets. # 28th February 2005, 9:58 pm Sweet, sweet nostalgia. The best children’s TV show ever. # 28th February 2005, 8:58 pm

A day in the life of a BBC promo. A peak behind the scenes of the BBC homepage editorial process. # 28th February 2005, 12:39 am

Wiki Spam Update. Sam Ruby suggests blocking changes that add 10 or more new links. # 27th February 2005, 5:18 pm

flickReplacr bookmarklet. Fun toy, and a good example of how to access browser selections. # 26th February 2005, 11:47 am

Google Maps is available for Safari and Opera. Colour me impressed! OK guys, let’s see you do Lynx... # 25th February 2005, 7:59 pm

The hamster powered MIDI sequencer (via) The music generated is surprisingly listenable! # 25th February 2005, 1:28 pm

Jeffrey Veen: Google Maps in Safari. They’ve got it working already. Will Opera be next? # 25th February 2005, 8:09 am

Building Richly Interactive Web Apps with Ajax. Crikey, I’ve been slashdotted! # 24th February 2005, 12:45 am

Google cruft

New Google feature: Google Movies. Displays aggregated movie reviews (like Rotten Tomatoes), looks up local movie times based on your zip code saved in Google Local (more evidence of the fabled Google cookie), and even handles recommendations.

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Using DockSend in Transmit 3. This plus column view means I’ll be buying my copy shortly. # 23rd February 2005, 11:54 pm

What have you guys been doing since IE6? (via) With regards to rendering, the answer appears to be “not a lot”. # 23rd February 2005, 5:44 pm

iPod—Compare Models. Make sense of the newly updated iPod range. # 23rd February 2005, 4:30 pm

A GIS newsletter describes the server-side tech behind Google Maps (via) Apparently it’s using Telcontar’s Drill Down Server, with extensive customisations. # 23rd February 2005, 4:11 pm

Leaked republican strategy briefing. Fascinating insight in to how American politics really works. # 23rd February 2005, 3:11 pm

Fun with Google Maps. My writeup of the latest developments. # 23rd February 2005, 2:04 am

The Observer Blog (via) All kinds of funky blog gizmos on this one. # 22nd February 2005, 9:50 pm

Introduction to Jython. Short but sweet; covers the essentials nicely. # 22nd February 2005, 9:25 pm

Zeroconf and Python. I might be using this as part of my final year project. # 21st February 2005, 12:53 pm

Use HTML 4.01, not XHTML. Why Stuart’s book uses HTML, not XHTML. # 21st February 2005, 12:52 pm gets a redesign. CSS under the hood, but the real star’s the content. # 20th February 2005, 10:53 pm

IE7’s Feature List. Positive commentary on IE7, predicting better standards support and tabbed browsing. # 19th February 2005, 4:50 pm

Schneier on Security: Cryptanalysis of SHA-1. If you want to understand the “breaking” of SHA-1, this is the place to go. Surprisingly accessible. # 19th February 2005, 3:12 pm

Wikiphilia—The New Illness. As a certifiable wikiphile, I’m inclined to disagree with most of this. Still makes for a great read though. # 19th February 2005, 2:46 pm

Did he mention workflow? A beautiful response to jwz’s groupware rant. # 17th February 2005, 11:10 pm

Press release spam is the new comment spam. “SEO Showdown: Real Results vs. the Straw Man” # 17th February 2005, 11:03 pm

Do Content Management Systems really work?

Have you considered trying a Wiki? In my experience, the more permissions / workflow / etc you have in a CMS the more likely it is that people won’t use it. Wikis may be a little unconventional but the barrier to entry is fantastically low and they can work extremely well (I like MediaWiki or TaviWiki myself).

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Announcing WordPress 1.5 (via) The new features look awesome. I’m considering switching very soon. # 17th February 2005, 10:14 pm

Google Maps Live (via) Firefox extension for tracking latitude/longitude data fed to a socket in real time on Google Maps. # 17th February 2005, 8:31 pm

A parent’s primer to computer slang (via) According to MS, “pwn” is a leet word possibly indicating illegal activity. # 17th February 2005, 9:27 am