Friday, February 07, 2003
what's hot what's not
The Radio Report
My last posting here was Jan 15th. As I mentioned then I said that I was going to try a blogging tool such as Radio. Well that is where I have been. It is located at thecustomerproject.com. I am using Radio as this domain is on a windows box hosted down the street. CrystalTech Web Hosting. These folks are running Windows 2000 servers. And doing a damn fine job.
It has been an ugly experience. I have managed to have to reload it 4 times. I now know all sorts of things that will break it. I now know where it creates directories and what sort of things that it does. The documentation sucks pixels big time.
The biggest hurdle has been me. I have been coding in Homesite for so long that WYSIWIG is totally alien to me. I compose almost everything that I do in Homesite. The only exception is email, and a lot of that is done here and then cut and pasted into the email.
I sent Dave the money despite the fact that hacking and slashing the templates to get something close to valid code was a challange. The best feature of Radio is the News. The down side is you need a copy to use it. You can subscribe to news feeds from other blogs which makes the morning more productive. Scanning headlines and the first few lines is a real help in figuring out what is going on. That is worth the 40 bucks by itself.
I still haven't gotten the my pictures tool to work. I haven't found anybody else so far who is using it. I was planning on creating a gallery of a bunch of my photos. We shall continue apace...
Cyber Warfare and Info Weapon Rhetoric
Politech sent this link around this morning. This Washington Post story talks about a 'secret' infowar/cyberwarfare directive. National Security Presidential Directive 16. There is a real big hole in this story. Bradley Graham the Post reporter of record says;
"Bush signed the order, known as National Security Presidential Directive 16, last July but it has not been disclosed publicly until now."
Where is the disclosure? Text? Link? Neither is disclosed. This is a representitive example of how print journalism and it's online bastard child continues the same old tired presentation. 'We have the goods, This is our story, Trust US'.
Going to the Washington Post Discussion Board and asking where the document or link is has not received a reply.
Hiding Content [Posted] 12/11/02
One of the re-occurring themes that appear on design lists is 'hiding content', or making one's code invisible. Most of the solutions just don't work. The internet is not about hiding stuff. But in the interest of fairness I can offer a proven method of hiding content.
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Mitch Ratcliffe is definitely an other. The 21st century holds the promise of rich multimedia across the web. Mitch was blazing this trail in the 20th century. From code to finance.
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