Wednesday, September 11, 2002
The end of a year of mourning. It’s been a tough year. Tough for a lot of New Yorkers. Tough for the friends, relatives and loved ones of those lost in NYC, Washington and Pennsylvania. Tough for the Afghans. Tough for al-Qaida, but not nearly tough enough. A year of major governmental changes, changes I hope do not appear too severe in the long run. Impositions on civil and personal rights that worry me. A war on terrorism that threatens personal liberties, intellectual property and the true freedom to innovate.
The web site for http://www.zeoslib.org Zeoslib is an add-on for Delphi and Kylix that adds data handling capabilities to the low-end versions that ship without it. Instructions for packages like this are scary, as they tell you to download packages, ignore the attached installation instructions, and extract and compile stuff by hand. They don’t seem to consider that those instructions are a brick wall for a new user.
SlashDot did a nice remembrance pageand turned off banner ads for the day.
Profox list members insist that Torry’s List is a great source for information on Delphi and Kylix.
“Open Link in New Tab” was the option I hadn’t seen in Mozilla before. This allows Moz to have an MDI interface where you can toggle between multiple documents (like clicking a link to download while continuing to read a page). This is the feature I love about Opera, where I often have a dozen windows open – articles I want to go back and read, standard search engine pages, news pages, etc.
Jeffrey Zeldman gets great respect in some corners. His, an excerpt from his book, was featured on Slashdot, where he was promptly stoned to death for claiming that the entire web is “obsolete” and that the One True Way is to use CSS to render all web features. I think he’s a little heavy-handed, and the response more so.
“Tyranny, Terror and Technology” are the theme’s of Ray Ozzie’s Weblog entry. The Netwars references sound interesting. Is the network a new form of cooperation?
Dan Bricklin, Mr. Spreadsheet, looks at the numbers the RIAA is claiming, and says they just don’t make sense in “The Recording Industry is Trying to Kill the Goose That Lays the Golden Egg.” His conclusion: shutting down napster is hurting CD sales.
Peter Coffee hits the nail on the head with thisthat says that we are not using the power of the computer to it’s advantage, but rather to bury ourselves in e-mail.
Wasn’t it FoxGraph? They still seem to be around and thriving.that created
—– 11 Sep 2002