Posts tagged ‘internet’

Pinboard problems

I’ve been collecting small complaints about Pinboard since I switched over from Delicious back in December. Some I’ve already reported to Pinboard, some I haven’t. I figured I’d throw them all into one crotchety post and send a link to Pinboard support. All my complaints are related to Pinboard’s Twitter features. For me, one of…


Writing well is hard

You may have seen this article by Jeff Yang at SFGate. He makes the case that Apple’s success since Jobs’ return is due as much to what it doesn’t do as to what it does. It’s been linked on several Apple-centric sites and rightly so: it’s well argued, well sourced, and—with one exception—well written. The…


Email rejections

The bulk email I mentioned in this earlier post didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped. The cut-and-pasted encoded PDF attachment—the main topic of the post—was fine, but several of the messages were rejected. The problem was Sendmail and spam. I’d forgotten that when you send an email directly from your own computer using…


Scientific American screws up Martin Gardner’s last article

Scientific American has republished on its web site Martin Gardner’s last article for the magazine. It’s from 1998, well after Gardner stopped his long-running “Mathematical Games” column. Unfortunately, SA screwed up the article’s HTML, making part of it incomprehensible. Here’s the section that’s messed up: Let me propose to teachers the followingexperiment. Ask each group…


Webfonts for the 18th century

This morning, in a burst of pure genius, Dan Sandler (@dsandler) tweeted this: Attention all 17th–18th century blogger-scholars: Your font needs have now been met. http://code.google.com/webfonts/list?family=IM+Fell Sure enough, if you follow that link you’ll be taken to the preview page for IM Fell, an old-looking family of fonts, now available as webfonts through the auspices…


Head links

Links, of course, make the web go round. They put the Hyper in HTML. But today the links I found were made in my head, the old-fashioned way. The day started with me riding in to work listening to The Science Show podcast from ABC Radio National. That’s ABC, as in Australian Broadcasting Corporation, not…


Sound on a web page

In last night’s post, I included some code to embed a little audio player in the page. There are many ways to do this, and I spent entirely too much time exploring them to ever want to do it again. So here’s (almost) everything I know on the subject. Standard link You don’t really have…


Scrolling simply

I’m not an HTML/CSS tips kind of blogger, but I was testing some new design ideas for my company’s web site today, and I ran across simplyScroll by Logicbox. It’s very nice as is, and you can easily improve it. SimplyScroll is a jQuery plugin that takes a series of images—all of which must be…


Backslash backlash

Although I think it’s a year or two late, this xkcd strip matches my feelings exactly. And, as with most computer-related irritations, the tendency of people to say “backslash” when they mean “slash” can be blamed on Microsoft. It may be that some earlier operating system used backslash for directory separation, but DOS put the…


Google Maps bike route fix

As I said at the end of this post last month, I sent Google a bug report about their new bicycling directions. I had tested out the new feature by asking it for the directions from my home to office, a route that I bike almost every weekday 8-9 months of the year. The directions…