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E-Voting Ballots Not Secret; Vendors Don’t See Problem. “You know things are bad when questions about a technical matter like security are answered by a public-relations firm.” # 20th August 2007, 3:19 pm

BabelDjango. Tools for integrating Christopher Lenz’s Babel i18n framework with Django. # 20th August 2007, 2:59 pm

Skype: What happened on August 16. Windows Update caused a massive global reboot, which destabilised Skype’s peer to peer network due to the flood of log-in requests. # 20th August 2007, 2:11 pm

Has any customer in the history of DVR technology ever stepped up and said “you know, this DVR thing is terrific, but what I’d really prefer is to lose the ability to skip commercials so that I can satisfy the needs of businesses in every stage of the value chain?”

Jeffrey McManus # 19th August 2007, 8:43 pm

OpenID status update from Korea. Sounds like OpenID is making healthy progress there. # 19th August 2007, 6:10 pm

A study of the Galaxy Song by Eric Idle. More than twenty years later, the science of the Galaxy Song from Monty Python’s Meaning of Life mostly still holds. # 19th August 2007, 11:18 am

Django on the iPhone. Jacob got it working. The next image in his photostream shows the Django admin application querying his phone’s local database of calls. # 19th August 2007, 7:58 am

Group Membership Protocol Endpoint on LiveJournal. “All LiveJournal users and communities have their friend or member lists exposed via group membership protocol.” # 18th August 2007, 12:56 pm

The Python docs have been redesigned for 2.6. They’re beautiful. The docs for a module are on a single page now (rather than splitting over multiple pages), they’ve added unobtrusive permalinks to individual sections and the whole thing is built on ReST rather than LaTeX. # 18th August 2007, 12:39 pm

Changeset 5925. You can now register custom commands for your application with Django’s script. More sensible than littering your application’s root directory with shell scripts. # 18th August 2007, 11:06 am

Fixing GC issues on IE 6: New IE download. Microsoft have released Windows Script Host / Script Runtime version 5.7, which apparently cleans up a bunch of IE 6 memory leaks. # 17th August 2007, 11:50 pm

Thoughts on the Social Graph. I think social network portability will happen within the next year. # 17th August 2007, 11:47 pm

A Change of Pace. David Recordon is heading back to Six Apart as Open Platforms Tech Lead, where it looks like he might get to work on social network portability. # 17th August 2007, 11:46 pm

Base32 encoding (via) I was on the verge of inventing this when I discovered that Douglas Crockford had invented it for me. # 17th August 2007, 11:25 pm

VeriSign’s SeatBelt OpenID plugin for Firefox. The first good example of browser integration for OpenID. It catches phishing attempts by watching out for rogue OpenID consumers that don’t redirect to the right place. # 17th August 2007, 5:37 pm

Learning jQuery. An entire year’s worth of jQuery tutorials, split in to beginner, intermediate and advanced. # 17th August 2007, 11:50 am

DictMixin. I wasn’t aware of this Python class (part of the UserDict module): lets you implement __get__, __set__, __del__ and keys() and provides the other dictionary methods for you. # 17th August 2007, 10:34 am

Windows Live ID Web Authentication Released! Passport lives again! Who’s going to be first to build an for it? # 17th August 2007, 10:20 am

OpenID: Great idea, bewildering consumer experience. Realistic, detailed look at the many usability problems that currently surround OpenID—and a good list of suggested fixes at the end. This is why I’ve been advocating OpenID as a tool for early adopters: they can help smooth out the experience for everyone else. # 17th August 2007, 10:07 am

Why FireFox is Blocked. Idiotic campaign by site owners who don’t like AdBlock Plus. If you block Firefox we won’t link to your site, so you’ll miss out on PageRank, so you’ll miss out on traffic, so you’ll miss out on money. # 16th August 2007, 11:30 pm

Grab them eyeballs! Any cred at all! Excellent argument for why large OpenID consumers shouldn’t be worried that other large providers will turn evil and hold their users hostage. What counts is the account, not the credential. # 16th August 2007, 9:16 pm

mobileterminal (via) The iPhone now has a GUI terminal application, which can run a comand-line SSH client. Now I really want one. # 16th August 2007, 2:54 pm

Operation Aborted. Another fantastically obscure IE bug: appending new elements to the HEAD element breaks if a BASE tag is present. # 16th August 2007, 11:21 am

Prototype 1.6.0 release candidate. Prototype gets a long-needed update to its Event API, and some interesting new Function.prototype extensions. # 16th August 2007, 8:49 am

Brighton geek venues. Nat’s latest project: a neat Google Maps mashup listing venues for geek events in Brighton, managed using Google MyMaps to edit a KML file. # 16th August 2007, 1:38 am

Some Notes on the YUI Rich Text Editor. Dav Glass explains how he achieved the impressive feat of building a rich text editor widget that also works in Safari. # 15th August 2007, 8:13 pm

The World Beard and Moustache Championships 2007. In Brighton on the 1st of September, tickets are a fiver. Unfortunately we’re moving that day so we probably can’t make it. # 15th August 2007, 7:11 pm

Lazy Function Definition Pattern. Neat JavaScript trick: redefine a function the first time it’s called, for example to switch in different browser implementations based on object detection. # 15th August 2007, 6:57 pm

AOL & OpenID—Status Update. It looks like they’re whitelisting a small list of providers for the moment. I’m not sure what this means for delegation. # 15th August 2007, 6:34 pm

AuditTrail. Add change tracking and history to a Django model with a single line of code. Doesn’t handle relationships though, which is definitely the toughest part of this problem. # 15th August 2007, 1 pm