Archive for the 'quickies' Category

System upgrade

Friday, September 25th, 2009

I’ve just upgraded this blog to the latest WordPress. Everything seems ok, but please let me know if you spot anything wrong.

It’s about time we had something better than the old John Hancock…

Monday, September 14th, 2009

New ETSI standard for EU-compliant electronic signatures.

Who needs Flash anyway?

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Twitter particle systems using HTML5

Also see:  Die IE6.

Too much dependance on javascript?

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

I’ve installed the NoScript Firefox extension to protect against XSS and other javascript-based attacks, but am finding that lots of sites are depending on javascript for basic functionality 🙁

To all web devs – please remember Checkpoint 6.3 of the WCAG: Ensure that pages are usable when scripts, applets, or other programmatic objects are turned off or not supported.

Progression in games, learning

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Game Set Watch has an article about progression in games; mainly on character progression, rather than player progression – but still an interesting look at different approached to the tutorial phase.

Open source community

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Jono Bacon, community manager at Canonical (sponsors of Ubuntu) posts about the Ohio Linuxfest, including a video demonstrating a great community moment.

Open source textbooks

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

The Commonwealth of Virginia is getting into open textbooks (with a Creative Commons license).

Revealing errors

Monday, August 11th, 2008

An interesting project to make people aware of the technology they use, through the errors and constraints the technology produces.

By researcher, for researchers

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Zotero looks like an interesting looking tool for managing online research sources: lots of functions similar to EndNote integrated as a Firefox plugin, plus a bunch of online research community/collaboration stuff if you want it.

Google to Microsoft

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Interesting blog post where Sergey Solyanik talks about why he moved from Google to Microsoft. I don’t know anything about the culture inside Google, but the peer-based performance review model sounds like a good idea.