The Daily Whim

The Daily Whim


Textpattern 4.0.7 Released — A new tag parser brings us nested template tags, tags as attributes in other tags, and many old tags can now be used as “container” tags, plus a new variables tag, article expiration, an XML-RPC server, and more. A most commendable update. Many thanks to developers Ruud van Melick and Robert Wetzlmayr.

Google serves up a fresh take on the browser“Under the hood, we were able to build the foundation of a browser that runs today’s complex web applications much better.” Meanwhile, back at the Redmond Ranch, IE 8 consumes more RAM than Windows XP. And some would remind you, “the bad news is that Internet Explorer version 6 has 25% of the market.” Yep, a quarter of surfers still use a seven year old browser. It’s like carrying a brick-phone around.

Firefox 3 Proves The Existence Of The Colbert Bump — As previously twittered, “earlier today the demand knocked their servers on their rump, so bumping may not be welcome.” Tangentially: I rarely remember my dreams, but I had one the other night that Stephen announced he was retiring from the show. I awoke with a tiny tear in my eye, and less laughter in my heart. Or somewhere.

Jon Hicks on Expression Engine vs Textpattern — Obviously one big difference is the $199 license EE requires, versus the open source goodness of Textpattern. But for me, it comes down to the capability of having members and member groups. If you need it, EE is the way to go. If you don’t need those, there is very little Textpattern can’t do.

Article tags as containers, Tags as attributes, and Context sensitivity, Oh My! — Robert Wetzlmayr lays down the smack on new features in the upcoming Textpattern 4.0.7 that have all us TXP-Geeks giggling like little girls.

A Note to Internet Explorer“When I’m working for a client you can push me around. When it’s for money and someone else’s image, I will bow to your absurd, insane, demands because I will have to. When I am at work, I will put up with your bullshit like the irrational boss you are. But this — here — is my home and I will accommodate you at my leisure. You don’t get to push me around here. Maybe when I feel a bit more masochistic I will try to figure out why you don’t want my columns to actually sit next to each other. Until then you can just suck it.”

IE8 Breaks Pages That Have A Doctype — Which is about like building a fire truck that melts when within 100 yards of flame.

Gmail: Report Bug — Just today, using the older version of the Gmail interface, I noticed a prominent new link at the top of the page, “report bug” (it does not seem to appear in the newer version). Perhaps my message got through.

12,500 sign ‘Save XP’ petition — Actually, it’s now up to 41,185 people. Ken Anderson: “XP has come to the point of being Coke Classic,” after the introduction of New Coke, aka Vista. I signed it: HELP SAVE XP Petition“With your support, we can convince Microsoft to spare XP’s fate of being discontinued on June 30, 2008.” There’s even a Save Windows XP Blog.

Review: Upgrading to Vista’s Successor“To be honest there is only one conclusion to be made; Microsoft have really outdone themselves in delivering a brand new operating system that really excels in all the areas where Vista was sub-optimal. From my testing, discussions with friends and colleagues, and a review of the material out there on the web there seems to be no doubt whatsoever that that upgrade to XP is well worth the money.”

Windows XP Speed Boost Coming with SP3; Vista sucks no less with SP1“In comparable tests of Office tasks, Vista and Vista plus SP1 took approximately 90 seconds to complete the suite, while XP took only about 40 seconds and XP plus SP3 ran about four seconds more quickly than that.” Microsoft took six years to make a new OS that makes simple tasks take two to three times longer. Might as well rename it “Microsoft New Coke,” and then do what Coca-Cola eventually did with that failed product … pull it from production.

This is the Future of the Internet — A Stupidity Filter for YouTube comment threads. Someday Bayesian/AI filters like this will be standard procedure, built in to browsers by default, and the only way to manage the corpus of idiocy that user-generated content can become at such popular sites.

Scrybe gets venture funding from Adobe, LMKR“I’ve been on the beta list for some time and have been very impressed with the application they’ve put together.” I have as well, but they’ve taken a pounding for not rolling out quicker. It’s a great app, and hopefully this funding and support from Adobe will allow them to move forward.

Textplates ’07 Results — The judges had a tough job choosing from a lot of lovely layouts, but the top ten templates have been determined. My personal favorites are Block Rocker, Fireplay (and I usually don’t like dark layouts), and my wishful thoughts. Web Writer seems rather plain by comparison, but I’ve seen it in use here and there. — A sizable collection of links to a pretty wide variety of Textpattern-based sites.

Why Textpattern? — Textpattern v4.0.5 has just been released, as has the book, Textpattern Solutions. After being a CMS ‘ho from 2000-2004, for well over three years now Textpattern has been my sole solution.

When Does “Never” Mean “Weekly”? With Apple Software Update! — The link is a screenshot, showing my preference for checking for updates is set to “Never.” Yet every week or so, this damn thing pops up, always while I’m in the middle of something else. Now I’m not updating purely out of spite.

linux users are all crazy fundamentalists“It’s an operating system, not a religious movement. I’m not looking to become a convert, I’m not going to give my 10%, sing your songs, fly your banner from my rooftop. I just want to setup my blog [...] The Linux community needs fewer fundamentalists. I can’t hear you talk above the noise of your shouting.”

Safari 3, Now On Windows — PC users can now run Safari for the Mac, and Mac users can run Boot Camp or Parallels to run Safari on Windows … on their Mac (just to be perverse). And web designers who have been clamoring, “please, give us yet another browser to test against,” get their masochistic thrills.

The Photoshop trademark must never be used as a common verb or as a noun“It should be used as an adjective…” Really? Well, I’m going to google that trademark, then xerox it, and photoshop it into a gerund.

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