Table tennis

February 14th, 2002

It’s like I’m at a tennis match, watching the Tables vs. CSS battle, head swinging back and forth. Point to Tables! CSS ace! Table Fault! Reminds me a bit of the goto wars.

I was telling Tim this morning that when I did a CSS redesign on my site , I had a bunch of teething trouble trying to get it to look how I wanted it to, so I ended up just seeing what it would do if I did this or that and letting its behaviour guide my design decisions, so rather than me using CSS to implement a design, I built something that would look ok in CSS. Of course, I’m not a designer.

CSS is a great thing to use, to understand, to implement, but there’s no reason on earth to abandon all tables and immediately rewrite your intranet online expense sheet so some dork can use it on his cellphone or from WebTV. That’s not your intended audience.

As a scripting guy, I tend to use what gets the job done. As Rick says:

I learned HTML with tables, font tags, cute midi files, and spacer gifs too. But, I’ve come to appreciate the simplicity of web design using CSS. No more weird table structures, just a neat DIV structure. I’m still learning, too…

disclaimer :: this site has tables because I’m an anal bastard and don’t want a liquid 3 column layout. I want a nice two column layout because I hate reading text in wide columns in high res displays. And, I like centered websites. And I’m lazy and haven’t come up with a suitable CSS replacement just yet. But hey, Supasite’s admin portion is XHTML compliant…

He’s got the winning attitude. Interested in getting it right in the long term, but determined to make it work now.

I’m blogging on my radio site too. Trying to figure out where I’ll end up doing most of this.


Meeting of the minds

February 14th, 2002

I had lunch today with Shane McChesney and Tim Aiello. I’ve known Tim for many years now however neither of us had met Shane before except through blogging. Shane fell into the conversation as though we’d all been buds for eons. Great conversations. I bet a few peoples’ ears were burning – Jonno, Dave, Eric, Scott

It seems as though getting to know someone through their blog allows you a backstage pass to their psyche. Maybe it’s just that people who blog are by and large riders of the ClueTrain. I expect if you’re particularly closed to the concept of blogging, you’re likely closed to me on a personal level at any rate.

I’m glad he didn’t try to kiss me though, heh heh.


One big microwave

February 13th, 2002

Tim points to some really neat visualization of wireless network coverage areas. Reminds me of infrared rescue helicopter cameras. Or radiation exposure topography. The closer you are to the blue areas, the less likely you are to still have functional gonads.

What are the human implications of the new ubiquity of wireless computer communications? Am I fooling myself that 802.11 and wireless data really makes things any worse than broadcast Radio, TV, cell phones, cordless phones have already made things? How close are we to baking ourselves in this gigantic radio-frequency Greater Metropolitan Area oven?

UltraEdit 9.0 is available. I registered it in 2000 so no free upgrade, but it’s well worth the $17.50 to keep updates flowing for another year. Fantastic editor. What sold me originally was that it printed in color-context, but its list of features is endless. Column mode, Function lists, User-defined context colouring, file Diff, FTP open/save, macros, regex search/replace, dos cmd to window, low energy spin and fluff cycle…

While I’m on about indispensable things, TightVNC is a great version of AT&T’s Cambridge UK labs VNC remote control program that uses optimized compression. I use it all the time, well at least when my @#$&^@%* cable provider is up!!


A bridge too far

February 7th, 2002

Contract Bridge may be coming to the Olympics. Andy Barrie said it best on CBC this morning (paraphrased): “What’s next – Rock, Paper Scissors?”.

They interviewed a guy on the Canadian team that just won a huge tournament in Salt Lake City. Olympic Bridge athletes (?!) must be split into separate teams for men and women and undergo random drug tests.

Now, I really, really appreciate that these people are the best in the whole damned world at a pastime that is remarkably challenging and worthy of all sorts of respect. But IOC, give your fucking heads a shake.

I’m starting to train now for the 2012 summer games where I’ll partake in the booger-flicking competition.

Tim says he can’t wait to watch every minute of riveting Olympic Bridge coverage. I’m considering making room in my cable tv portfolio for this event’s coverage by dropping the ever-popular Paint-Drying Channel – a tough decision but I’m willing to sacrifice. If only I could afford the tickets to the event floor. Bastard ticket scalpers.


Redefining standards

February 7th, 2002

According to The Register, CSS means “Cross-Site Scripting”.

You would think a technology magazine editor would consider that coining a temporary acronym to shorten an article is not helpful if in doing so you’re clashing with a significant not-too-distantly related standard acronym. It’s especially ridiculous since the offending contraction was then only used once more in the article.

In making such a gaffe while using their usual haughty high-horse tone as they pat themselves on the back for exposing yet another example of abject IT incompetence, they sorta come out with both guns blazing and their fly wide open.


ponying up

February 5th, 2002

It’s a nerd, it’s a brain, it’s…


Today I registered three programs online:

  • Radio Userland – Here’s my $39.95, one ticket to the future, please.
  • PocoMail – $25 for a great mail program with filters and scriptability out the yin-yang. Tools for techies.
  • Winzip – $29 and finally, I’m legit with this absolutely indispensable tool.

All told less than $100US for three ass-kickin powerhouse tools.

Feels good.


The festival of the link

January 31st, 2002

Where linkfests are concerned, Shane McChesney is the freakin man. L’uomo del freakin. L’homme qui freak. El hombre del freakin. Der freakinmann. O homem do freakin.

Oh yeah, and thanks again for all the fish, Douglas.


all things ot

January 30th, 2002

John Otway is a great musician and character I’ve watched usually from afar for many years. Lots of fun and always a regular guy. I love the survey on his site.

Eric Costello of glish.com has written an article for Apple on Remote Scripting with an IFRAME.