Archives for May 2005
snook.ca provides some nice Web development tutorials for your perusal. But that isn’t why I am posting it. I am spreading the word about this “collection of tips, tricks and bookmarks” so you can see the brilliant implementation of a commenting system. Check out one of the entires (“I’m an addict” is an ideal example, plus it explains the system) to see what I mean. Not only is the left hand margin used to display comment information in a compact method (tidy!), the comment form remains visible on the right hand side of the page as you scroll, making it easy for the reader to comment as they read. This is a great way to encourage feedback and participation.
I learned of the site and method through Derek Featherstone’s post “Dockable Comments: Intelligent DOM Scripting, which discusses his variant of the concept, which in turn was pointed out by Cameron Moll.
On top form | And all that Malarkey – A collection of good form design examples.
Another great tutorial from Roger Johnson (456 Berea Street), discusses a method to create transparent custom corners and borders, which “uses no extra markup, allows the use of transparent images for the corners and borders, and has no restrictions on the background colour and margins of the elements within the main container. Skip right ahead and take a look at the final example if you can’t wait.”
Enhance your photos by using the High Pass Filter – This looks amazing.
In between Fixed and Liquid Layouts, there is now Jello. Tasty.
Smithsonian Global Sound “delivers the world’s diverse cultural expressions via the Internet in an informative way for a reasonable price. It also helps encourage local musicians and traditions around the planet through international recognition, the payment of royalties, and support for regional archives.”
for OS X, “is a simple but powerful program to create and manipulate MySQL databases. It is intended to be easy to use for the beginner as well as the more advanced user, and provides access to some otherwise underused, advanced features of MySQL, such as indices, InnoDB tables, multi-statement SQL scripts and multi-threaded handling of SQL dumps for backups or similar administration tasks.”
iPodarmy “is a Web site and community focused on audio-based content and emerging technologies related to (but not limited to) portable audio, DRM, digital music delivery and sharing, podcasting and more.” This looks like a promising use of podcasting and “share-friendly” (Creative Commons and the like) music.
In a move that has brightened my day, and reaffirmed the strength of our system of checks and balances, the Supreme Court has ruled that the “Commission acted outside the scope of its delegated authority when it adopted the disputed broadcast flag regulations.” The entire brief is worth a read, or at the least a quick scan as there are some jewels to be found, including the fact that the FCC has explicitly told Congress in the past, that the Commission does not have the authority to pass regulations such as these.
So, now the media industry is forced to push a law through Congress, which has little to no change as few elected officials want to be involved in breaking their constituents’ television. Few things get American’s so riled as a broken TV.
July 1, 2005 is no longer the dread day that it was.
“AllTheLogos.com is an online database of logotypes and logo design. This includes more than 70,000 companies and organizations brands logos, team sports logos, countries flags and insignia as well as signs, general usage logos and more.”