Archive for February, 2002

IE6 may be tolerable after all

Friday, February 22nd, 2002

I was crushed to find that IE6 didn’t work with Microsoft’s IE Web Accessories for IE5, which I used constantly. I used the “open frame in new window” so often that I had forgotten that it wasn’t a normal part of the browser, until the first time someone asked for help in Blogger Discuss and […]

Final shot at the moron spammers at port41

Friday, February 22nd, 2002

Okay, if someone hits me over the referral head with a half-dozen searches for SPAM port41, eventually I’ll get the point: the boilerplate user agreement that port41 stole from someone else prohibits you from using their system to send spam. One assumes that they didn’t bother to read it while they were stealing it, since […]

Who loves me, baby?

Tuesday, February 19th, 2002

I had thought that I would need a few links to my port 41 rant in order to own them on Google. Silly of me: not only is Google fairly fond of me, but I failed to notice one of the biggest drawbacks of their system. Anything that you include in a page through a […]

Blog ad nauseam.

Monday, February 18th, 2002

Also from the Daily/Weekly/Who Can Tell Standard: a slightly more reasoned take on blogging than that of many recent articles in traditional media outlets: Blog ad nauseam.

Lies, damn lies, and anti-gun ownership statistics

Monday, February 18th, 2002

“Arming America” spoke directly to recent debates about gun control. Arguing that no American “gun culture” existed before 1850 or so, [Michael] Bellesiles marshaled a variety of sources to show that guns were much rarer, significantly less useful, and far more regulated than previously believed. — The Daily Standard However, as is all too often […]

How not to market to me

Monday, February 18th, 2002

I just got a bit of really poorly aimed spam at the address I use in my blogs, as did the rest of the blogging world, apparently. It seems that the folks at believe they have a “Blogger Beater” which they would like me to test. Well, anyone who is reading this probably already […]

You write what you want, I’ll read what I want, we’ll both be happy

Monday, February 18th, 2002

Blah, Blah, Blah and Blog : One of the things I don’t like is the blog where someone says something like, ‘Today I had a cheese sandwich.’— Davezilla Yeah, I think it would be a great thing [if eveyone blogged]. It’s not that you want to read them. But people have the desire to express […]

XHTML? Huh. What is it good for?

Saturday, February 16th, 2002

Oh joy! Zeldman has an article on XHTML at A List Apart! Surely this time he will list some actual, real benefits. With trembling fingers I click Meryl‘s link, only to be disappointed once again. While it is true that a multitude of links to the NYPL Style Guide will convince Google of its importance, […]

Tables really are evil

Wednesday, February 13th, 2002

Dave asks why tables are evil, demonstrating just how long it has been since he loaded Scripting News over a crappy dialup connection. Out here in the sticks, the 45.2 Kbps connection I’ve got right now is about average. I cleared my cache and loaded Dave’s page: 32 seconds. Not only would CSS make the […]

About Conditional Comments

Monday, February 11th, 2002

Seems almost like a browser-war era relic, but IE5+ recognizes two special forms of conditional comments: if you start a comment with <!–[if …]> and end it with <![endif]–> then IE5+ will evaluate the condition and display the html between the two pseudo-tags. To hide things from IE5+, use <![if …]> to start and <![endif]> […]