Friday, January 18, 2002
what's hot what's not
p i x e l v i e w
There are a lot of folks who make the web their home. There are folks who share what they learn. There are a few folks who are genuinely nice about it.
Kitty Mead is good news. Thought, Word and Deed. A visual artist whose creations fill your browser.
A List Apart
Working in the field of pixel mechanics has rewards on many levels. Getting Paid is one of them. Money for Stuff. We build it for you, You pay for it. It's not a real hard concept. Zeldman points to the same concept as filtered through the eyes of clients whose primary activity is paperwork.
Style and Substance
Zeldman and the Rogue Librarian discuss the genesis and birth of the New York Library Website.
Microsoft says it's gotta brand new bag
This week Bill Gates, the Chief Software Architect of Microsoft memoed the world.
He is calling his new initiative Trustworthy Computing. Yeah Right! The final 'graph of his memo says:
This priority touches on all the software work we do. By delivering on Trustworthy Computing, customers will get dramatically more value out of our advances than they have in the past. The challenge here is one that Microsoft is uniquely suited to solve.
If one were the least bit skeptical, one would wonder where they have been for the last 10 years at least. Oh that's right, Features!
Nevermind that the last 10 or 15 security holes brought to light have been found outside of Microsoft, mostly by folks working alone without large teams of coders, engineers, or access to the source code.
The web works because HTML is an open system.
The majority of what you see on your screen is written in Hyper Text Markup Language. This language has been carefully created to extend the capabilities of what can be communicated from one computer to another. The source for this is the W3C World Wide Web Consortium.
The W3C holds a special position in our little world. We in concert, without clubs, memberships, secret handshakes, or free mouse pads, have decided to agree on the W3C Recommendations as the stone tablets of our universe of the web. We are here as these 'standards' are non-proprietary, open source, and do not 'belong' to anybody. This means that we have a baseline to begin our exploration and experimentation with what we can get to show up in a browser.
Previously January 15, 2002
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