Archive for the 'blather' Category


Publishers are E-Learning the ropes.

Thursday, May 2nd, 2002

Tim Aiello has noticed that big publishing is realizing there is some value in the internet. Go read what Tim has to say.

I worked closely with Tim on the QuikkTutor product – a remarkably advanced live internet collaboration tool that works entirely within the browser.


Psss! – Hey, Dallas Morning News! – your clue is: redirect

Wednesday, May 1st, 2002

Wired News reports that the Dallas Morning News has a daft, impossible to enforce Terms of Service page forbidding deep linking on their site. You MUST link only to their main page, they say, as they contend that by using their site you have entered into a legal agreement to be bound by these terms that are behind an unobtrusive link at the bottom of their page that you’re not forced to view.

Of course, they do nothing at all to enforce this via the web server. Anybody with even the remotest clue of running a web server could enforce single-point entry. But NOOOO, they’d rather fritter away their lives in petty litigation about linking than simply stop it from being possible.

It makes you wonder whether their web services people must be in collusion with the guys they get to do their cease and desist letters.


The P’s silent, like in “swimming”

Tuesday, April 30th, 2002

Able Baker Charlie Delta Echo Foxtrot… in some places it’s pretty easy to spell things over the phone, because they use a spoken-letter convention – military, aviation, medical.

I like having fun with them by substituting some of my own:

A as in “aesthetic”
C as in “cite”
K as in “knight”
M as in “mnemonic”
O as in “Oedipus”
P as in “ptarmigan”


Clear sailing through the summer

Monday, April 29th, 2002

I’ve decided to extend the BlogChat beta period at least through the summer to give us time to thoroughly investigate some things. So, everyone can continue to yak away unfettered. Send comments and new beta participation requests as usual to


Sport Score Passwords

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2002

I wanted to generate some reasonable passwords but make them rememberable. I looked into pronounceable passwords, but they relied on dictionaries or other support files, so I came up with a new approach – the Sport Score password. These passwords are designed to be remembered as a College sport score, for instance: Password KY5MA9 is remembered as Kentucky 5, Massachusetts 9.

50 states x 50 states x 10 x 10 = 250,000 unique passwords, good enough for many needs.

Here’s the PHP code…
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Sunday, April 21st, 2002

When I lived in the UK in the early 80’s, I had the pleasure of living in a small village near Maidstone, Kent, called Platt’s Heath. Quite a different way of life, each village has a real identity. Various members of my wife’s family live in small villages and hamlets in the northeast of England, so I’ve had occasion to sample the village life there as well. Up until recently, I was a fully paid member of the Seghill Workingmen’s Club in Seghill, Northumberland, near Newcastle upon Tyne.

Simon Warrick has built a really neat website at where villages can register their websites and become part of a larger village life community.

What a great place to go to take a virtual trip through the countryside and plan what would surely be a memorable holiday.

I became aware of the site because Simon uses my JSRS library to fill dropdown lists from the server without refreshing the page.


Whirlwind tour

Thursday, April 18th, 2002

Armin starts on his World Tour of Scotland soon. It promises to be adventure-filled.


I’m hexed once again

Wednesday, April 17th, 2002

Dave chuckles at the hexadecimal nature of 0xDECAFBAD.

This year is the last year for some time that I’ll be able to fall back on hexadecimal as the obfuscator of my antiquity, for today, I turn 0x29.

I can cry far and wide:

Today I am 29!(in hexadecimal)

But next year I turn 0x2A. Maybe that’s why 42 is the meaning of life, the universe and everything. I won’t be able to use the hex trick again until April 17th, 2009, when I turn 0x30.

There’s gotta be a term for those years of lost hexadecimal innocence between (decimal) 42 and 47. How about The Alpha Years.