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Archives by Month: January, 2001

Listed below are excerpts and links to all weblog, blog entries, posts published during January, 2001.

Sat

27

JAN

2001

Standards: Do We Need A Revolution?

Nick del Pozo’s article this past week at WebReference.com, Making a Standard, discusses the extreme and very real mess we developers have with trying to code our JavaScript to not only follow the W3C’s recommendations but to also work with at least the major 2 browsers for versions 4 through 6, maybe even back to versions 3. Nick is taking a bold stance in his decision to build his new site to be standards compliant and to work with Internet Explorer 5.5 and Netscape 6, disregarding prior browser versions. On the other hand, is it any more bold than what the browser companies have... (784 words, 18 links)

02:47 pm, pst27 January, 2001

Wed

24

JAN

2001

Blogger for Business Use?

Yep, that’s right. How? Isn’t this just a craze for writing an online journal? It’s certainly used for this purpose all over the Web, but it can also be used for lots more than this, too. In other words, it can be a pretty good content management tool. This kind of tool, not just Blogger per se, can be great for writing a newsletter, with Blogger making the archives for you, for example. If you check out the archives for Brainstorms & Raves, for example, you’ll see an archive listing by date. Blogger did all that, giving each entry a... (554 words, 19 links)

09:14 am, pst24 January, 2001

Categories: Content, Web Biz, Weblogs

Mon

22

JAN

2001

Latest News: Blackouts Scheduled for Tuesday

Rolling blackouts throughout northern California are definitely on the schedule for Tuesday, according to Monday’s 11:00 P.M. news. Ugh. Rolling blackouts are scheduled to begin Tuesday morning. While we’ve all heard this before and lucked out, we’ll see what happens in the morning. SMUD, our local power company, has also finally agreed to provide a list of areas potentially impacted by an upcoming power outage. Here’s their announcement (as of the time of this article) for local SMUD customers for Tuesday: "The general neighborhoods most likely to be hit are large portions of Fair Oaks and Folsom, with smaller portions... (154 words, 3 links)

11:17 pm, pst22 January, 2001

Categories: Politics

22

JAN

2001

California’s Energy Crisis: The Internet’s Fault?!

While everyone is blaming everyone else for the power crisis here in California, a journalist at Salon last week decided that it’s the Internet’s fault! Now that’s an interesting twist. Stage 3 alerts continue to be a nearly daily event right now. The power crisis continues, legislators are scrambling to pass legislation to fix the situation, Cal ISO is scrambling to keep the power on, and crews are scrambling to build new power plants faster, especially to help our summer crunch with air conditioning needs. And I’m still looking into buying a generator. Here are a few samplings of... (154 words, 6 links)

08:20 pm, pst22 January, 2001

Categories: Politics

Sat

20

JAN

2001

More: California’s Energy Crisis, Semi Truck Plowing Into State Capitol Building

Things are so nutso with California right now. Here are the latest updates on two of the more bizarre stories. Exploding Evaporated Milk Cans Remember the guy who rammed California’s State Capitol Building with a semi truck full of evaporated milk the other night? Well, the good news is that the truck has been removed and the damage to the Capitol Building is mostly cosmetic. It will still cost at least 3 million dollars to repair, but at least the building’s structural integrity is OK. Needless to say, the truck is completely destroyed. When the truck crashed into the... (793 words, 7 links)

04:24 pm, pst20 January, 2001

Categories: Politics

Thu

18

JAN

2001

Energy Crisis Becomes Official State of Emergency

Gov. Davis declared a State of Emergency for California as officials scramble to figure out how to supply power to our state. We experienced rolling blackouts throughout northern and central California Wednesday. Today (Thursday) and Friday are expected to be far worse with more extensive blackouts. Gov. Davis appealed to the Legislature to pass legislation today for California’s government to step in and purchase more power "as a bridge to a long-term solution." The Governor stated that he’s disappointed that the private utility companies can’t manage this situation on their own. 'Disappointed' is a far milder term than many... (235 words, 4 links)

05:19 am, pst18 January, 2001

Categories: Politics

Wed

17

JAN

2001

Macromedia and Allaire Merge, the State Capitol Hit by a Truck, Rolling Blackouts Begin

Yesterday Macromedia and Allaire announced their merger. FWIW, Macromedia actually acquired Allaire. Today’s Tips & Tidbits has a short blurb about it, including Nick Finck’s great line.... Right now we can only speculate what this could mean for web developers, programmers, customers, and all those impacted by this merger. I just read at Allaire’s site that the combined company will be called Macromedia. I’m sure there’s legalese for all this. Sounds to me like Macromedia bought up Allaire, though. Semi-Truck Crashes into California’s Capitol Building While Macromedia and Allaire were partying last night celebrating their union, an individual driving... (430 words, 7 links)

09:58 am, pst17 January, 2001

Categories: Design, Personal, Software

17

JAN

2001

After the Third Day the PDA Rose From the Dead

Scene One: "We’ll leave in 2 minutes. I’m going to HotSync before we head out," I told my son as I took my PDA out of its case in my purse to go HotSync it with my computer to update the latest news via Avantgo. When I turned it on I didn’t hear the usual welcoming beep. I got nothing but garbled junk across the screen. I’d never had that happen before, even when I dropped it once. I turned it on and off a couple of times, only getting a strange glowing screen like I’d never seen before.... (570 words, 13 links)

01:21 am, pst17 January, 2001

Thu

11

JAN

2001

California’s Almost Rolling Blackouts Again

Growing up in California’s Sacramento Valley, I was used to wide open spaces, an abundance of resources, fresh air with views of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east and the Coastal Range to the west, and millions of sparkling stars in the sky every single night. What a beautiful place my parents chose to live and raise their 3 children. Well, life marches on, we children grew up, and I live in a home now about a mile or two from where I grew up stargazing in my youth during so many long summer nights; however, life... (803 words, 13 links)

06:05 pm, pst11 January, 2001

Categories: Politics

Sun

7

JAN

2001

Opera 5, iCab, Internet Explorer 5 for Macs And More Get Rave Reviews in New York Times

Have a PC? Opera is a great alternative to Netscape and Internet Explorer. Have a Mac? Try iCab. In the January 4, 2001 edition of the New York Times, David Pogue overviews great alternatives to the 2 major browsers in Other Windows on the Web. The Mac version of Internet Explorer 5 is also a very different browser from the Windows version 5. This Mac version was written from scratch and is very different from its predecessors and also different from the PC version 5. Fellow web developer friends and colleagues who use Macs have given good ratings to this browser compared to... (585 words, 11 links)

09:18 am, pst 7 January, 2001

Sat

6

JAN

2001

Xircom’s Latest MicroPDA is Here

In our ever-striving effort to make things small, portable, and convenient, Xircom has released its latest MicroPDA, the REX 6000 MicroPDA, 1/4 the size of the Palm V. Yes, folks, that’s not a typo. Close to the size of a credit card, it weighs in at only 1.4 oz. (40g), with dimensions of 3-3/8" x 2-1/8" x 1/5" (8.57 x 5.40 x .5 cm). This new version adds lots of new features and improvements to its earlier REX 5000 model. Brighthand gives the REX 6000 a great sendoff. Their reviewer, Steven G. Bush, has been using it for several weeks and gives it... (534 words, 10 links)

11:31 am, pst 6 January, 2001

Fri

5

JAN

2001

Web Standards Explained

WebReview.com’s new article by Meryl Kaplan Evans, Web Standards Project: The Wasp is Back, Stinger and All states so well exactly why we all need web standards for our browsers. When I say 'we' I’m not only referring to web designers. 'We' includes everyone on the Internet and even those who haven’t experienced the Internet yet, too—many will get here in the near future. Here’s a snippet from Evans' article: "Why are we in this browser mess today? There are a number of reasons. First, browser developers add proprietary tags to their Web browsers to give themselves... (549 words, 8 links)

11:10 am, pst 5 January, 2001

Tue

2

JAN

2001

More CSS Frustrations

Zeldman’s January 2nd, 4:30pm weblog brings up just one of the crazy quirks (that’s an understatement!) that we must deal with in the Web design biz, this time a quirk with CSS (cascading style sheets). Here’s a quick clip: "Web design woes: IE5.5/Windows misimplements the CSS-1 box model, taking 'width' and 'height' to mean the extent of the content plus any border, while CSS-1 clearly puts the border outside the specified height/width... Netscape 6 adds the width of any border element before applying the border, even if you set padding to 0. ...The idea behind CSS is that one page... (291 words, 5 links)

11:18 pm, pst 2 January, 2001

Categories: Browsers, CSS, Design, Standards

Mon

1

JAN

2001

Boycott Pentium 4 and Intel?

The latest article at Tips and Tidbits at Websitetips.com (also by SKDesigns) talks about two new articles by the New York Times and Emulator, Inc. The news isn’t so good, either, for Intel’s new Pentium 4 chip. A tough competitor to Intel is the AMD Athlon. They’ve continued to work hard at creating great chips, at times surpassing Intel in speed. It will be interesting to see where this all goes. The bottom line to me is what this means for consumers and how we’ll be impacted by this. Checking out Dell’s site, of course they’re highly touting the new... (466 words, 10 links)

06:16 pm, pst 1 January, 2001

Categories: Reviews, Technology

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