Friday, 8 February 2002Word of the moment: upheaval
Use the word in a sentence. One sentence per poster. Do not eat or drink anything for 15 minutes after performing the last step above.
Two songs been goin' through my head:
Is your favorite place controlled by
America and Anti-Americans by Salman Rushdie [NY Times]
America did, in Afghanistan, what had to be done, and did it well. The bad news, however, is that these successes have not won new friends for the United States outside Afghanistan. In fact, the effectiveness of the American campaign may have made some parts of the world hate America more than they did before.
Wednesday, 6 February 2002via rc3.org: If you can think of something interesting to do with vast collections of web pages and actually demonstrate it on a nontrivially-large sample they provide, you might win $10,000 in the Google Programming Contest.
Nothings springs to my mind, but maybe something does to yours.
Tuesday, 5 February 2002Valuable information from an English veterinary hospital which I stumbled on at a usability site. I love the Web.
Ten Ways to Poison Your Pet (Accidentally) [ParkVets, found via WebWord]
[Dogs & Cats:] Ibuprofen. This over-the-counter for human use painkiller is extremely toxic to dogs (and cats). As little as one tablet can cause gastric ulceration, liver damage, kidney failure and death. It is the most common cause of poisoning in the pet.
Mozilla 0.9.8 is out.
Sunday, 3 February 2002Hmm...
Finally, a No-Hassle, No-Strain Computer: The excellent new iMac cures our greatest ergonomic ill [BusinessWeek]
The patent-pending neck is the secret of the design. ... Rubenstein describes it as "a frictionless counter-balance." It rotates through 360 degrees horizontally and pivots 90 degrees vertically. The screen itself tilts about 30 degrees on the end of the arm. The entire display moves effortlessly, and some clever geometry keeps the screen's angle vertically constant as the neck pivots.Having poked at one at a local Apple Store, I can vouch for the ease of positioning the screen exactly where you want with no movement once you let go of it. It's really something.
I don't need one myself, but if you're looking for a new desktop machine, I'd say it's a real contender.
The Council of Better Business Bureaus doesn't like for their site to be linked to except by very specific kinds of people or unless they 'consider and approve' one's 'link request', as outlined in their Web Use Terms & Conditions.
This reminds me of KPMG's attitude towards people linking to its site (see Big Stink Over a Simple Link [Wired]).
In both cases, the organizations simply fail to understand the fundamental nature of the web. No one's holding a gun to their head saying they have to have a website, and once the site is on the web, it's fair game to be linked to.
If you want control over whether certain content within your site can be linked to, there are technical ways to make sure that anyone who follows a link to your site will be taken to your home page instead of to content deep inside your site. Technical fixes are cheap compared to legal fixes, and have the added advantage of working against everyone, not just against the one party you choose to sue. That works, for content other than your home page.
But to say that only certain people can even link to your home page without a prior agreement? Pull the other one. Or get off the web.
And for the Better Business Bureau to get this wrong is, frankly, sadder than some puffed-up consulting firm getting it wrong. They should know better.
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