The handy-dandy online “TM Headstart” service is broken. ’tis most annoying, because I don’t get to tell youse all about my latest business venture until I’ve protected the name. Share this post? Related posts: On Notice: Samsung Microwave Division Censor board hacked Thread of the week: playful pedants alert Duh du jour: A cautionary tale.
Here, Have A Kitty Amnesty Internationals Irrepressible Info campaign That new widget in the sidebar allows us to help “undermine censorship by publishing fragments of censored material” from some of the many websites around the world which have been censored by one government or another. (via Lauredhel) The Internet is a new frontier in the struggle for human rights. Governments… Read more →
Looking at Fire Fly’s blog, I noticed that she’s discovered that a new feature on her hosted-by-Wordpress.com blog. It turned up without direct notification, and is opt-out, not opt-in. … » Problem No.1 (She’s disabled it, and you should too if you blog on wordpress.com – see below for instructions)
Alert blog-readers may have noticed that many blogs, including this one, use a “cut” or “more” tag on longer posts, so that only the first few paragraphs show on the main page, and to read the full story one needs to click on a link that usually says “continued” or “read more”. The text used to anchor such more-links is… Read more →
Are you struggling with formatting your blog comments in the appropriate HTML? Want to quote clearly, add a link, emphasise a little? You might have noticed the link to the Firefox add-on “Text Formatting Toolbar Extension” just above the comments box. I’m just posting to plug it some more! Because I
NASA recently published an interesting map showing a map of the lunar excursions by Aldrin and Armstrong, superimposed over a standard baseball diamond. Image source: NASA (click link for high-res image) One of my invisible friends took one look and was incensed at the omissions. Stephan’s exquisitely detailed and improved Apollo-11 landing map is here. Share this post? Related posts:… Read more →
For those who like the Ladies’ Handbook of Home Treatment series, you’ll love this set of futuristic predictions from the Ladies’ Home Journal of 1901. [There’s a full text transcription here.] Metafilter users, despite their habitual and understandable scepticism, have been unable to debunk it. I’m struggling to identify my favourite bit! I think it’s this one, for the sheer… Read more →
A “Doomsday vault” even: The project is intended to provide a failsafe against disaster so that if a seed collection is destroyed in its natural habitat there is an alternative source of supply. Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which is behind the initiative, said that by preserving as many varieties as possible the options open… Read more →
The US Navy shoots down a decaying satellite. The news story is here H/T to one of my Best Mates, Terry. Share this post? Related posts: Can’t grab a Flickr image URL any more? Here’s a fix. Thursday Cheezburger: Cats and Technology The impossible beauty of Jessica Alba Friday News Links Dump
15 Design Decisions That Annoy Readers addresses one of my pet peeves. Snap Shots allow a reader to view a website’s design by simply hovering over a link. The feature is annoying for several reasons: Readers have no choice in the matter. Now a reader can opt-out. Opting out still sucks, however. Snap Shots are obtrusive. Snap Shots are arguably… Read more →
It’s no Gomboc, but the boy produced this earlier today using a maths renderer. The function is f(x,y) = (πx3)×y He also thinks you all should know about Acid2, which test your browser to see if it is latest-standards compliant. Share this post? No related posts.
After blogging the last election fairly comprehensively, I’ve really backed off from blogging parliamentary politics lately. I know I’ll get back into it, but I’ve needed a break. The good people at GetUp, however, have been indefatigable, holding meetings of members and other interested people which have been nominating and discussing and voting on a People’s Agenda for Parliament 2008…. Read more →
A little Friday video divertissement: What happens when Google’s parents leave town for the weekend. [NSFW.] Share this post? Related posts: Privacy, anonymity, pseudonymity, outing, accountability: where are the boundaries? Were you online in ’95-ish? Tech Tips: Obscuring Spoilers in Comments – Screen Reader Accessible! Typical MND misrepresentation: shame on you, Glenn Sacks OK, his explanation does make sense after… Read more →
[This is a guest post by strangedave, yoinked with permission from a comment here. David is a board member of Electronic Frontiers Australia, and many other things besides. Here, he addresses the current plan for mandatory, national, opt-out ISP-based internet filtering, proposed by Stephen Conroy (the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy). Previous Hoyden threads on the issue:… Read more →