1. More dotMac

    brian on 2004.09.29
    at 02:18 pm

    Swinging by the dotMac website today, I noticed Apple upgraded the standard account to give you 250mb of storage to split amongst your iDisk and your Mail (with a 50mb cap on the email). Previously it was 100mb/15mb. Also, they now allow upto a 10mb attachment per email. Great. One gig is what you need? $50/year more.

    Posted in: Apple · Web

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  2. Multiple CSS Classes

    jake on 2004.09.23
    at 07:02 pm

    I'm sort of surprised that I stumbled upon this on Richard@Home. I'm pretty certain in all my travels looking at stylesheets from around the enormous web I've never seen someone use multiple classes in an element. Have many people out there used this before? It's well documented.

    To do it you simply provide a space between the items.


    I have set up an html file for now which demonstrates this. I'll look into something that is a bit more permanent in the grand scheme of things.

    This allows for even more reusable code. I have encountered in the past a situation where I needed to style certain elements while not others, like when you style alternating rows. I used a wrapper where the outer object could have two different classes. The objects were nested in a way that applying it to the unclassed object would have changed many other elements on the page. By using this technique I could have selectively inserted the extra class code and removed the wrapper.

    So far I have tested this on IE 5,5.5,6, Firefox 1.0rc1, and Opera 7.5, all for windows. I will test Apple browsers tonight. It seems to be something that's just not widely used but implemented in modern browsers. I also will hopefully write a second draft which is less hasty.

    Posted in: Design · Web

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  3. My Friends in the News

    brian on 2004.09.22
    at 05:52 pm

    Hey, some of my friends are getting their 15 words of fame. Or something like that.

    It's sure nice to draw some non-iPod questions once in a while. A nice change of pace.

    Posted in: Apple

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  4. If Google Makes a Browser...

    brian on 2004.09.22
    at 04:10 pm

    If Google makes a browser, it should follow this formula: It should be based on FireFox. It should be available from Google via download, and all of Google's special features that would be in addition to the built in functionality of FireFox, should be simply extensions and theme sets pre-installed and activated. All of which should be user-disable-able.

    Why? Easy. It takes the most advantage of excellent, existing, popularly-supported code. It makes friends in the OpenSource community because bug fixes would be available to the public. It means the least work for Google, and would build upon the tremendous momentum FireFox is enjoying right now, growing from a geek audience to the general public.

    FireFox will benefit from the Google brand's validation of the browser, Google will benefit from having a lot of talented help to produce a product clearly superior to that of it's closest competitor, Internet Explorer. If Microsoft were to try to leverage its monopolistic position to nudge Google to the fringe on systems running the WinOS, by trying to steer people to IE and MSN Search, this would be another tool for Google to nudge back. Certainly, computer makers would be interested in providing an IE/MSN Search alternative, if that alternative came from the popular icon Google. Google on the desktop has a nice ring to it, if you're stuck in a Windows world. Speaking of a Windows world, if Google leveraged FireFox/Mozilla/Gecko, even ThunderBird, it would already have ports to every consumer platform. No extra cost!

    If Google makes a browser, let's hope they don't call it GBrowser. Let's do hope they give us all sorts of cool ways of utilizing Google's technology to sort through the mess and gold mine that simultaneously is the Internet. These additional abilities would have a precursor competitor in A9. Competition is good, since it can breed creativity as necessity.

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  5. NetNewsWire 2 in Public Beta

    brian on 2004.09.22
    at 04:05 am

    Perhaps my favorite application is NetNewsWire. I've been anxiously anticipating NNW2, which I will get a free upgrade to for buying a 1.0 license. I would have almost bought the upgrade sight-unseen. Version 1 is that good. Tonight I have downloaded v.2 Beta. Now I'm off to play.

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  6. Simple Global Warming Primer

    brian on 2004.09.21
    at 02:10 pm

    What follows is my quick layman's guide to "global warming." Overly simplified.

    The environment through the years has naturally fluctuated in when we look at the Earth's average global temperature. This can be measured by examining arctic ice which, if you drill deep enough can date back to 11,000 years ago, or earlier. Examining that ice shows that it has been much colder than it is currently, but it has also been hotter. These trends follow a natural fluctuation.

    Certain elements residing in the atmosphere can take the heat that normally strikes the Earth and is reflected back into space, and bounce it back again onto the Earth. One particularly prevalent gaseous element in the atmosphere is Carbon Dioxide (CO2), much of which is there naturally, but more recently in the last 150 years much more CO2 is present. CO2's reflection of heat acts like a greehouse, trapping that heat warms the Earth's average temperature, changing the way the world operates. This is known as the "Greenhouse Effect." This manifests in changes in the activities of our climate. Melting ocean ice would slowly raise ocean levels changing shorelines inhabited much much of the world's population. Melting ice also releases cool water which can alter ocean currents, which effects both waterborne commerce and shipping, but even more importantly power the Earth's weather patterns.

    One major factor present in the last 150 years that which was not present in the past and that produces that much gas is humanity's ever widening use of "fossil fuels" (petroleum, natural gas, coal), which release CO2 as a by product of burning. The carbon in those fuels holds energy that is released when it burns. That energy is used to move our vehicles, power our power plants, which in turn run our TVs. Half of the electricity produced in the United States is done by the burning of coal. Burning of fossil fuels also is the part that produces waste CO2. The burning takes the Carbon (C) and unites those atoms with two Oxygens (O) producing CO2, a gas which will ascend into the atmosphere. There are many other pollutants produced by these processes, but we will ignore them for the purposes of this discussion.

    Currently, temperatures are on an upswing. Things are warming up, and we can tell from the ice that there is significantly more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today than there was in past times when the atmosphere had warmed up, even in periods that were hotter than now. It is also warming up slightly faster than in previous periods. This is the only period in which carbon dioxide released by man made processes could have played a role. What's more is the problem is on the verge of worsening. As poorer countries such as India and China gain more wealth, they will also begin using many more of the products the richer, earlier developed countries have been using in great amounts (like cars and power plants), releasing exponentially more of these greehouse-effect-causing gases.

    Naturally, forests and bodies of water are "sinks" which can absorb carbon dioxide. Ironically, forests around the world are being cut down by devices that release significant amounts of carbon dioxide. Scientists are also afraid that much of the world's water is nearing its CO2 capacity... meaning it's near the point where it can't absorb anymore CO2.

    In short, we're on an upswing of temperature on this planet. Just because in our corner of the world may have experienced some colder winters than you remember in the recent past doesn't mean that the Earth overall is not warmer now than, say 150 years ago, hence the term "global warming." Additionally, we are making this upswing more acute (worse) than it would be otherwise by simultaneously releasing more carbon dioxide than the planet would naturally see, while also decreasing the planet's ability to pull that CO2 back out of the air, by cutting down our best protection against that threat.

    [Postscript: This summary was brought about by three things. First, the reading a free PDF report on saving energy in very convenient ways by Dr. Alan P. Zelicoff, (the Saving Energy PDF is mirrored here) the first half is particularly good to get a primer on the terms used in regards to energy measurements. Second, viewing a TV special about scientists studying Arctic ice on the Discovery Channel. Lastly, by a personal belief that people who don't know the story lack a plain English, concise "executive summary" of what's going on. The above information is more or less agreed upon by 90-95% of scientists. There are some who disagree, and that's good because debate helps us strengthen fact. That's also bad because powerful energy and related interests can spread the word of that slim minority of scientists to bolster the belief that global warning his baloney. "Not all scientists agree!" Some people still think the Earth is flat, too.

    In fact, they are only self-concerned in their short term gain at the cost of the Earth's and humanity's long term health. It's the Wall Street mentality... you better make your profits this quarter so i can make my money off of trading your stock. I don't care about your long term health because I won't be around to see it. People, investing in our future is the only prudent thing to do, and it certainly won't hurt the economy (look at the profits Toyota's making off its hybrid Prius which reduces CO2 emissions significantly), it'll just hurt the people who are currently making the most money off the status quo. By the way, those people are represented by the current American administration, many of whom are closely tied and former/ current employees of the energy corporations who don't want to change their ways and risk their profits. Profits that come indirectly at the cost of yours, humanity's and the Earth's health now and in the future.]

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  7. My day with AudioBlogs

    brian on 2004.09.17
    at 09:39 pm

    Last week, I listened to "Live from the Formosa Tea House" recorded by three two of the guys from SilverOrange, and one from Reinvented (sorry, Pete!). I listened to to it while I had a day off and was sitting at the computer doing my normal blog readings, writing, etc. It was nice, since I was the only one home, it was as if I were out to lunch with my buddies. I don't tend to get lonely, but this could have been a nice accompaniment should I ever find my self so.

    Today, a second experiment in consuming AudioBlogs. I had to work late and would not be riding my bike to work as I usually do, since my pathways are not lit sufficiently to commute home at 10:30pm. Thusly, I knew I'd be on the T (Bostonian for public transit, light rail and bus) for at least an hour, so I had some quality iPod time. When I saw that a sequel to Live from Formosa had been posted, I downloaded that. I also noted that Dave Winer had something new called "Trade Secrets" and I decided to give that a whirl, too, although the audio file was unnecessarily enormous.

    Formosa: 1:03:26, 11.8mb 25kbps (VBR) 11.025kHz Sample rate Mono.
    Trade Secrets: 1:06:20, 60.8mb, 128kbps, 44.1kHz Sample Rate, Joint Stereo.

    To be honest, the only reason I downloaded Trade Secrets was because of the tagline: "This is a bad place for fans of George W Bush." More on "Secrets" later.

    Off to the train, iPod loaded and on. Formosa first. Listening to three guys get lunch while standing on a crowded trolley is an unusual experience. As unusual as hearing someone talk about "FireFox 1.0 Preview Release" while I glide down the middle of Beacon Street.

    It was quiet enjoyable. The guys improved their schtick a little from the previous week, in that they had some prior laid plans this time. This helped keep things a little more focused. They improved their seating arrangements as well, so that the ambient noise (esp the background music) were less intrusive. I don't even recall hearing them start to eat.

    To be honest, I haven't listened to Acts of Volition Radio at all. Acts Radio is by Steve Garrity, one of the voices on Formosa. Perhaps when I start riding the train more in the winter I'll be looking for new content.

    I missed the last few minutes of the show when I got to work. But oddly enough, work was short lived. I apparently was supposed to be off today, to make up for some extra work I had put in the previous week, but apparently everyone was in the loop except for me. So once I left work, I had another hour to kill, and another hour log audioblog/ radio program (Maybe they should be called RadioBlogs... oh wait... how about BlogRadio?) to listen to.

    When the last ten minutes of Formosa wouldn't play, I skipped ahead to Winer/Curry's Trade Secrets, and was promptly caught off guard by some 90's hip hop intro music. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the show, I don't always agree with Winer, and although I'm familiar Curry's name, that was about it. After the overly long intro music, they transitioned into some politics talk, and then to some technology talk. And of course, talk about the upcoming BloggerCon.

    It was incredible the quality that Adam was able to record at utilizing iChat AV. In contrast, it was sad the low quality the Dave achieved on his PC. Was it simply the better hardware used by Adam, or was it that he was doing the recording locally and Dave was the remote end. Eitherway. the quality was passible. But "for Murphy's sake" if you're going to use MP3, you need to whip out the variable bit rate encoding. The file size is ridiculous.

    But what I wanted to touch upon here was the audioblogging format, not so much a review of the content of these two shows. I was really against audioblogging when it first started trickling out. I want to read your comments, not to be inconvenienced by listening to your voice in your file format of choice. However, I never viewed in another light. Throwing it on an iPod allows me to take blogging somewhere I previously could not enjoy weblogs... in a train tunnel. When viewed in this light, audioblogging is downright brilliant. Plus there is a sheer cool factor that one minute you're having lunch in a maritime Canadian province, or your chatting with a friend in Seattle from your home in Belgium over the net, then a day later, some guy is listening to your voice and idea on his iPod, in a train tunnel a country or continent away. When viewed in this light, audioblogging is actually pretty cool. Just so long as I don't always have to listen to you... I can mostly read about you in NetNewsWire.

    The other thing that's key is that if you have something really important to say, instead of just analyzing something already known about... what's important is that it's written somewhere, and not just in an audio file, because I don't think this will catch on quite as wide as written text. Audio and video will likely remain icing for the near future. But hopefully it'll be growing, improved icing.

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  8. My Community Contribution

    brian on 2004.09.17
    at 02:49 am

    Today I happened upon Jon Udell's LibraryLookup script. Very cool. Imagine you're looking at some page (say an Amazon or B&N page) and want to see if you can get that book at your local public library (peer to peer book networking?). Well with Jon's little bookmarklet (that's a bit of code that resides inside a bookmark in your browser) will scrape the book's serialized number, and search your local library's online catalog. Certainly cool.

    The one down side for me was it didn't work for my public library. It seems since Jon put this together in January (at least that's when his little how it works videos are from) Brookline switched systems. I'm guessing the whole MinuteMan library network (much of Eastern MA) is the same.

    So I fixed it. And as a public service, here it is:

    Search Brookline Public Library

    First, you can't click on this link, you must first save it to your browser. You can Ctrl+click (Mac) or right-click (Windows, others) on the link and choose to save it, preferably to your bookmarks bar. You'll want to rename the link once you save it so that it fits better in your bookmarks bar. Mine says simply BPL

    While I've got your attention, Brookline Public Library people: please address your website (not the search one, just the regular one.) It needs serious help. In 1995 it was OK to use FrontPage to design your website, no one knew any better. But today, letting aside the heinous visual design and usability, it simply can't adhere to accessibility standards (section 508, et al) and it takes much more bandwidth to serve and download than it should. It all starts with standards. The New York Public Library is an excellent example of standards and design in action for a public library website.

    Not one to simply bitch and run, I'd gladly speak with whomever oversees the site on what could be done with it so that it serves the community better.

    Posted in: Books · Web

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  9. Stupid PR People

    brian on 2004.09.16
    at 09:36 pm

    So just a minute ago I read about a press release that says BOSE is releasing a standalone system that you sit your iPod into. I somewhat reminds me of their Wave Radio system. So what do I do as a fan of both Bose and the iPod? I rush immediately to their website to read more about it!

    But, there's nothing on their site about it. Not even a new blurb pointing to the PR release. How weak!!

    If PR is about anything, it's about capturing buzz... capitalizing on momentum and people's short attention spans. BOSE totally dropped the ball on this. I wanted pictures, specs, colors, I wanted to know why I needed this product.

    They should have learned from the people a fellow secretive company who created the iPod... the second there's a product announcement from them, you know there's a pile of info on their website.

    Oh, and by the way BOSE, while I'm on the topic of your website, it's time to axe the other company's logo as your favicon. That's a breakdown in branding. But not as bad as not advertising your own new products.

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  10. More standards coming soon.

    jake on 2004.09.16
    at 07:43 pm

    I'd say I just thought of it, and feel stupid. But I pretty much have had this in the back of my mind for too long, and feel stupid. Althought this place validates and uses CSS it needs a little something more. It's not structurely sound. So I'll start playing with front end things as opposed to meddling with the underlying stuff as soon as I finish a few things. It is almost this place's 3rd Birthday and we haven't had any major cosmetic changes. Thoughts Bri? Anyone?

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  11. What the f....

    jake on 2004.09.16
    at 05:45 pm

    I have two things to talk about here that have pissed me off recently.

    You mean it's all the way over there?...

    I have been suffering from a lovely sinus infection and today I forgot my meds. So I drove home (about six miles) around lunch time. On the way back I witnessed a Hummer pull out of a parking lot with a bunch of stores. Drive about twenty feet. And turn right, into a group of office buildings about one hundred yards from the main road.

    Thank you Sir for being so lazy you couldn't walk across the street and instead had to drive your monstrosity of a vehicle and damaging the environment that little bit more that it needed.

    Spam that makes me sick.

    At work one of my crappy daily tasks is to sift through the general email account for the company. It naturally was displayed prominently on the corporate site (before I came along and changed it) and enjoys hundreds of spam messages a day.

    In reading one of these messages I found what appears to be not only a virus laden message but also a phishing scam. Only it's not asking me to go to some random bank web site and enter my account info. No it's asking me to donate money directly to a man in Latvia who's wife was killed and daughter injured in the terrorist takeover in Beslan, Russia. It's one of those messages with embedded things (besides the virus) and tones of junk text to get past spam filters, it's definitely spam.

    Dear Brothers and Sisters.
    My wife Karina was lost in result terror at school of city of Beslan, and 11-years daughter Alina, now to be in the Central Krasnodar hospital, in very heavy condition.

    At her a gunshot wound and strong burns. The daughter constantly calls mum. I do not know that to me to do. I would not want to live. I live only one dream: to see the daughter healthy, happy that she went and it was pleased lifes.

    I live and worked two years in Latvia on earnings and dreamed to return back. As long I was in distances from a house as I regret that have left them and consequently could not save them, I never shall forgive to myself. You see with it it is impossible to live! I am simply compelled to ask about the help of everyone who may help ours grief. As soon as Alina it becomes better we for ever we shall leave from here where all reminds a pain of loss. I shall be glad to any answer and any help. I am sorry for my bad English.

    What followed was allegedly bank information for where you should send your money.

    I got that less than a week after the incident. Who could stoop to such a level and use the victims of a terrible incident as sympathy to try to illegally get money. It just boggles my mind.

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  12. Get Fired for Supporting Kerry?

    brian on 2004.09.16
    at 12:53 pm

    This isn't the first story I've reported on someone being fired for supporting someone for President that their boss doesn't like. Sad really. I was going to blog it yesterday, but as luck would have it, the story got better today. Here's s a nice summary of the original story. Basically, she got fired for having a Kerry/Edwards bumper sticker, but her boss puts notes his employee's paychecks saying Bush is good for them, and more importantly him, and that his employees better remember that come election day.

    Today, the story gets better...Kerry calls the fired woman. He says "He said, 'you let him know you're working for me as of today.'"

    It seems Kerry is already creating jobs, where Bush is still losing them.

    [apologies for my shodding blogging, just piggybacking on]

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  13. Non-moving Hub Caps

    jake on 2004.09.14
    at 04:52 pm

    Taxicab with no-spin hubcapsI'm sure some of you have seen the hubcaps that spin even when the car isn't moving. Well being the overly complicated person that I am, I said to my bro one time (as well as to others afterward) wouldn't it be nifty if they made hub caps that spun backwards at the perfect RPM to velocity ratio to make it look like the car wasn't moving. Well apparenlty this almost beats out that idea. They have hubcaps with what I assume are ball bearings and weights so that the are mostly stationary, though I understand they sway a little bit. I guess my absolutely useless invention is still safe to be cooked up. From engadget

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  14. Silicon Valley or Potato Valley?

    brian on 2004.09.14
    at 12:00 pm

    I saw a link to this story on a few blogs regarding a company set to build a device that works as a home media server. "Yawn" is the only thought that came to mind. But what I found interesting is that the company is based outside of Boise, Idaho... and that Idaho is actually the home of many tech companies, the biggest being Micron, and also HP and Dell have a division and call center here, respectively.

    I think this is just great. I enjoyed passing through Idaho and wished I had had more time to spend there. Hopefully one day I'll make it back through. It's great for the workers, who get to lead a more humane life in the mountains, and it's really good in my opinion, to spread out our industries. Granted, when industries start up, an incubator in a certain area helps (Silicon Valley, 128-loop of Boston) because the companies are fed by the area's resources (like MIT and the other top notch schools in Boston feed the tech and bio tech companies in the Boston Metro 128 Loop).

    But once an industry or company is cemented, setting up satellite shops is a good idea. First it spreads the wealth... especially good for the economy... producers must have consumers. Second, it diversifies the talent pool. A diversity of ideas is essential to entrepreneurship. Lastly, it doesn't lock people into just one place they can do their job. If they're locked in, and say, don't want to work in Silicon Valley, they'll probably do one of two things: 1) stay, burn out, become unproductive, star in a Dilbert strip. 2) Leave and change careers. Either way is not good for the company, or the workers. (the latter can have upsides, too, but if the employee likes his field, and doesn't want to leave the company nor industry, but is yielding to personal pressures, then it can be bad for their mental health.)

    So my recommendation is for companies to stretch out a little. The hubs are getting crowded.

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  15. Universal Computing?

    brian on 2004.09.13
    at 08:45 pm

    If this isn't a hoax, then its pretty incredible. I can't immediately think of a program on another platform I'd want, but it would at least allow me to test websites on PC browsers... not that I can't do that in Virtual PC today, but we'll have to see what these guys bring to the table.

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  16. Alias in hiding

    brian on 2004.09.11
    at 02:15 am

    If you, like me, love the ABC show Alias, then you were probably wondering when it's fourth season would be starting up. Well, it won't be on again this year. The start of the fourth season will air in January 2005, and will have no reruns. Much the way some cable shows have been aired, for example, The Sopranos. Apparently, since much of Alias is shot on location, it's easier to get them all taped first, then air them.

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  17. Bush Docs Probably Authentic

    brian on 2004.09.11
    at 12:49 am

    Looks like CBS did their fact checking well. Despite a weblog entry that claimed CBS's papers documenting the strings that got pulled for the President in the Texas Air National Guard were forgeries...

    There's an excellent debunking of the forgery claims here.

    So, let's all go back to believing we now have evidence of what we previously had only strong suspicions: that our President is a slime ball.

    Posted in: Politics · Web

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  18. More trip pics

    brian on 2004.09.10
    at 01:14 pm

    A while ago, I posted a link to the first of my cross continent road trip pictures. Now I've completed the task, putting 343 pictures online for your viewing pleasure.


    My Cross Continent Pictures

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  19. Big WiFi

    brian on 2004.09.09
    at 01:21 pm

    I'm a big supporter of WiFi, preferably the free kind. I feel it's a like a digital Interstate Highway System.

    Covering parts of Walla Walla, Columbia, Franklin, Benton and Umatilla (WA) counties, Columbia Energy's 1,500-square-mile Wi-Fi hot spot is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.

    That's bigger than the proposed Philadelphia-wide one that's currently garnering all the attention. Downside? "The cost of the service ranges from $39.95 per month for 256 kilobits per second to $259.95 per month for 1.5 megabits per second." Yeow! I pay less than $50 for 1.5 via DSL. But, to places with nothing, the entry level account is an OK deal. It's biggest strength is that apparently the whole system is regular WiFi, and doesn't use a backhaul technology to shoot signals to an antennae on your house or business... you can pick it up in your car on the highway, apparently. So that convenience is worth of a few extra bucks.

    "With the old Internet, it was almost faster to drive to the (farm supplies) auction,"

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  20. Web biz

    brian on 2004.09.09
    at 01:10 am

    When I was searching for a position in web development, I had two major interests. Interacting with clients so that they could get the most out of a project would be a natural fit for me. I have an unusually uncommon ability to discuss technical issues in meaningful ways with non-technical people (this is why and how I have my current job). In the new media area its so important for clients to have good communications with their developers, to get the most out of their investment they need to truly know what's going on, and communicate their needs and desires, and get the proper content out.

    Point one is illustrated in this blog post by Drew McLellan. I believe that good client liasions are hard to come by, and why I thought I'd have an easy time getting a job in the field. In contrast, I had a terrible time even getting interviews, where I could then demonstrate that talent. Of course the state of the economy was pretty awful, too, so I'm sure that didn't help.

    The second big interest I had can be generally called Information Architecture. Basically, I had the belief that there are plenty of pretty (from a design standpoint) websites built by the "best" studios in the world. But they were also plenty ugly when it came to actually use by humans.

    It is my theory that better forethought and planning (along with usage of web standards, so everyone can play) would make pretty sites usable. Organizing information is another strength of mine, but I struggled to show that in my portfolio. I have a keen knowledge of what makes a site successful in comparison to other sites that are unusable, but couldn't figure how to demonstrate that knowledge in a portfolio.

    Michael has a great blog post on how to set yourself up to apply for these IA-types of positions. Info I could have used two years ago.

    Problem with the post is the whole experience to get a job to get experience to get a job to get experience... the vicious circle is so difficult to penetrate. That's where networking and luck come into play.

    There are still so many shops making pretty sites for big dollars, which ignore standards, IA, usability... but these shops have connections and relationships with clients... and the clients don't know any better, so the entrenched continue to get paid while the clients keep getting sub optimal work, and the real losers are the public who are trying to spend money with the aforementioned clients.

    It goes to show, the more technology advances the more things stay the same... companies continue to invest in poorly deployed technology, because they think technical innovation can exist in a vacuum from basic communications principals.

    What's the connection between my two points here? Easy. An IA who plans the basis of site who has great client communications can better lay the groundwork for a successful site.

    But as long as the job application loop stays closed, the more the workers in the pool stay the same...

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  21. Meet the Bloggers

    brian on 2004.09.08
    at 11:24 am

    It's been "Meet The Bloggers" week for yours truly.

    Last Thursday I had the pleasure of meeting Dan Cederholm of SimpleBits at a Web Standards Meetup, along with a few other local web geeks. Good time, look forward to doing it again.

    Yesterday, none other than noted author and bOINGbOING's own Cory Doctrow saddled up to the bar at work.

    If you're a blogger, you should swing by and shake my hand. It's only right. Of course recently, it's been so phenomenally busy that you may have to wait an hour to do so.

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  22. Heavy Reading

    brian on 2004.09.07
    at 12:18 pm

    First, Sen Graham on the Bush Saudi cover up

    Second, think GWB is a freeloading troublemaker? You're right, but check out his running mate Dick Cheney's shady history.

    Third, check out the Republican party's rise from well outside the mainstream to making people think they are the mainstream.

    It's fittingly titled "Tentacles of Rage: The Republican propaganda mill, a brief history"

    By the way, reading any of these linked articles will clearly mark you as unpatriotic for life. You've been warned.

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  23. The Greatest Failure of National Defense

    brian on 2004.09.03
    at 02:40 am

    Here in 2004, George W. Bush is running for reelection on a platform of tragedy—the single greatest failure of national defense in our history, the attacks of 9/11 in which 19 men with box cutters put this nation into a tailspin, a failure the details of which the White House fought to keep secret even as it ran the country into hock up to the hubcaps, thanks to generous tax cuts for the well-fixed, hoping to lead us into a box canyon of debt that will render government impotent, even as we engage in a war against a small country that was undertaken for the president’s personal satisfaction but sold to the American public on the basis of brazen misinformation, a war whose purpose is to distract us from an enormous transfer of wealth taking place in this country, flowing upward, and the deception is working beautifully.

    -Garrison Keillor.

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  24. Bush's Speech

    brian on 2004.09.03
    at 02:27 am

    Wonderfully delivered Trash. Bush's speech was clearly the best of his life. Some wonderful prose, and a whole lot of unbacked up crap with tasty frosting on top.

    Even if you don't like his policies, he says at least you know where he stands.

    I know where he stands, and I'd rather take my chances with "the unknown." (Although we all know that JFK is no traitor) Let me also point out, for all the times he mentioned the word "peace," let us not forget he's responsible for thousands of deaths, both American soldiers, and tens of thousands of civilian Afghans and Iraqis.

    John Kerry has seen death too, except in person. And in my opinion, he's much more dramatically more qualified as to the judicious use of force.

    America, the choice is clear. The madness has to end this November. America, STEP UP.

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  25. Mount iMac

    jake on 2004.09.02
    at 07:24 pm

    iMac VESA mount adapterWell I am surprised that Brian hasn't said anything about the new iMac yet. I originally had to let it sink in before I made any comments. Then yesterday I realized that the functionality of the new iMac is diminshed. It may be faster, but it's tied down to that stand similar to the new displays. This was reinforced by a fellow employee who explained how his kids love moving the monitor around on their older machine almost just for fun, but also for function when showing something to mommy and daddy.

    I thought, it would be great if you could stick it on a wall, use a wireless keyboard/mouse and save even more desk space. Plus it could be a pretty hot picture frame when not in use. ;)

    What was Apple thinking?!?

    But today I discovered that, even though it adds to the price, you can get a VESA compatible mounting bracket at the Apple Store to stick the thing either on a wall or an articulating arm, also like the new Cinema Displays. Awesome! Too bad I can't just blow money on stuff like this.

    What does everyone else think of the new design?

    From: MacMinute

    Posted in: Apple · Hardware

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