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18 October, 2002

Dan Bricklin on The Recording Industry

The music industry makes the news frequently these days. No one, I think, has written a better analysis than Dan Bricklin. His article, The Recording Industry is Trying to Kill the Goose That Lays the Golden Egg, should be required reading.

Posted on 18 October, 2002

Joke Analysis

Sure, The Onion is great, but my vote for the funniest stuff on the Net goes to National Lampoon's Joke Analysis section. It can be a bit raunchy, so stay clear if you're offended by such things.

Mason Brown manages to take humor to a completely new level by analyzing jokes submitted by readers. His analysis, of course, is always much funnier than the actual joke. But I wish they'd dump the annoying background graphic. The column started as a weekly, and then went to bi-weekly. Currently, a new joke analysis appears only once per month. Fortunately, the site has links to lots of old material in the archives.

Posted on 18 October, 2002

What's Up With IE and CSS?

A few days ago, wired.com underwent a web design makeover. I can't say that it looks better, but the main purpose (I think) was to make the site adhere to accessibility standards. It uses XHTML and cascading style sheets (CSS) for page layout, rather than HTML tables.

I've accessed the site several times with Internet Explorer 6, running on Windows XP. It renders fine, but I get a very annoying flickering when I select text on a page. In fact, it's very difficult to accurately select text at the Wired site.

For what it's worth, this behavior does not occur with Mozilla 1.0: No flickering, and text is easily selectable. I guess IE has some problems with complex CSS.

Posted on 18 October, 2002

The BSA's Mega A. Byte Cartoon

The Business Software Alliance is an organization funded by large software companies. Their goal: "To promote a safe and legal online world." In other words, they do whatever it takes to stomp out software piracy on planet Earth.

Their primary methods include sending threatening letters to businesses and staffing a toll-free "rat on your ex-employer" phone line. Oh yeah, they also attempt to educate the public.

Their marketing department has come up with an amazing cartoon (Flash format), and it is available at the BSA/USA web site. This cartoon has been available for quite a while, so it must be working.

I guarantee that it will make you think twice about stealing software.

Posted on 18 October, 2002