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MySpace: Too Much of a Good Thing?

17/01/2007 @ 11:00 UTC

Simon Willison : MySpace: Too Much of a Good Thing? - MySpace: Too Much of a Good Thing?. CSS customization really was just the result of forgetting to strip HTML. They “eventually� decided to filter out JavaScript(!)

kellan : Inside MySpace: succeeding because they don’t know no better. - Inside MySpace: succeeding because they don’t know no better.. Great sound bites include that up to 40% of pages served can be errors (does that mean that 40 million page views should be 24?), customization was an accident because they didn’t #

Inside MySpace.com

17/01/2007 @ 11:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Inside MySpace.com - Inside MySpace.com. Case study of scaling against a network effect. Includes pretty honest coverage of the mistakes made along the way, although the article was put together second hand from conference presentations rather than from interviews.

Gmail Atom feeds

16/01/2007 @ 18:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Gmail Atom feeds - Gmail Atom feeds. Could be useful as a pipe for creating an e-mail interface to an existing Atom-consuming application.

New Dutch accessibility law

16/01/2007 @ 14:00 UTC

Simon Willison : New Dutch accessibility law - New Dutch accessibility law. Sounds extremely forward thinking, designed by people who really understand the field. Just one problem: the guidelines are only available in Dutch!

OpenID users can be just as trusty as local users

16/01/2007 @ 13:00 UTC

Simon Willison : OpenID users can be just as trusty as local users - OpenID users can be just as trusty as local users. Martin Atkins makes a similar argument to my own: OpenIDs are trustworthy, provided you subject them to the same authentication steps (CAPTCHA/e-mail validation) as regular users.

jQuery: jQuery Birthday: 1.1, New Site, New Docs

15/01/2007 @ 19:01 UTC

Rod Begbie : jQuery: jQuery Birthday: 1.1, New Site, New Docs - New version of JQuery cleans up the API and reportedly speeds things up. #

Simon Willison : jQuery 1.1 - jQuery 1.1. jQuery is one year old. The latest release features API improvements and some significant optimisations.

Free VMware Server in action

15/01/2007 @ 05:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Free VMware Server in action - Free VMware Server in action. I’m interested in reading more case studies of Virtual Machine deployments in the wild.

Using TextMate with Django

15/01/2007 @ 04:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Using TextMate with Django - Using TextMate with Django. Including a nice looking theme inspired by the Django website.

CSS library for Python

15/01/2007 @ 04:00 UTC

Simon Willison : CSS library for Python - CSS library for Python. “A Python package to parse and build CSS Cascading Style Sheets. Partly implements the DOM Level 2 Style Stylesheets and CSS interfaces.â€?  [via]

The Django newforms-admin branch

15/01/2007 @ 04:00 UTC

Simon Willison : The Django newforms-admin branch - The Django newforms-admin branch. This should make customising the Django admin application a whole lot easier.

How to enable session saving in the new Camino 1.1a2

15/01/2007 @ 03:01 UTC

Simon Willison : How to enable session saving in the new Camino 1.1a2 - How to enable session saving in the new Camino 1.1a2. I’ve stopped spending time in any browser that doesn’t have session saving built inâ€?sorry Safari!  [via]

Ubuntu Screencasts

15/01/2007 @ 03:01 UTC

Simon Willison : Ubuntu Screencasts - Ubuntu Screencasts. Fantastic resource�exactly what Ubuntu (and desktop Linux in general) needs.

Designing Google Reader's trends

15/01/2007 @ 02:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Designing Google Reader's trends - Designing Google Reader’s trends. “But beyond the visualization, this serves as a good example of collecting and understanding the ambient information that flows through our digital lives.�

plasticbag : Jeff Veen writes about the trends pages of Google Reader and mentions his increasing lust for recombinable life data streams - I really think there's something here - life dashboards or something. I'd love to be able to see my financial burn rate, my location, my energy usage, my tracked weight�all of this stuff�visable and interpretable.

kellan : Jeff Veen: Designing Google Reader’s trends - Jeff Veen: Designing Google Reader’s trends. I want GReader trends without using GReader. Want it sooo bad. I’ve been talking a bit lately about my ideal aggregator which by default shows nothing but trends. (And I still MeasureMap!) #

Details of Google's Latest Security Hole

14/01/2007 @ 15:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Details of Google's Latest Security Hole - Details of Google’s Latest Security Hole. For a brief while you could use Blogger Custom Domains to point a Google subdomain at your own content, letting you hijack Google cookies and steal accounts for any Google services.

wearehugh : Details of Google’s Latest Security Hole - as noted earlier, this was reported to google privately and fixed in 3.5 hours

OSCON 2007 Call for Participation

14/01/2007 @ 00:00 UTC

Simon Willison : OSCON 2007 Call for Participation - OSCON 2007 Call for Participation. The submission deadline is February 5th; the conference itself is July 23rd to 27th.

Solid State Disk Changes The Game

13/01/2007 @ 14:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Solid State Disk Changes The Game - Solid State Disk Changes The Game. “What if you had 2GB of RAM to compute, 32GB of SSD for fast random access, and 250GB of the slow kind. How would that change the way you design, and the kind of features you build?�

Apache Solr 1.1

13/01/2007 @ 03:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Apache Solr 1.1 - Apache Solr 1.1. Solr is the search Web Service built on top of Lucene. The latest release introduces JSON, Python and Ruby response formats in addition to XML.

Ubuntu sugar cookies

12/01/2007 @ 04:07 UTC

Simon Willison : Ubuntu sugar cookies - Ubuntu sugar cookies. Different coloured dough is used to bake the Ubuntu logo in to the cookies themselves, kind of like making sushi rolls.  [via]

OpenID Speech at Webtuesday Zurich

12/01/2007 @ 04:07 UTC

Simon Willison : OpenID Speech at Webtuesday Zurich - OpenID Speech at Webtuesday Zurich. Good set of slides, along with the tidbit that local.ch (which had slippy maps years before Google) is implementing OpenID.

The Adobe PDF XSS Vulnerability

12/01/2007 @ 04:07 UTC

Simon Willison : The Adobe PDF XSS Vulnerability - The Adobe PDF XSS Vulnerability. If you host a PDF file anywhere on your site, you’re vulnerable to an XSS attack due to a bug in Acrobat Reader versions below 8. The fix is to serve PDFs as application/octet-stream to avoid them being displayed

Firefox3/Firefox Requirements

12/01/2007 @ 04:07 UTC

Simon Willison : Firefox3/Firefox Requirements - Firefox3/Firefox Requirements. OpenID and CardSpace are both listed as mandatory features.  [via]

MacFUSE: FUSE for Mac OS X

12/01/2007 @ 04:07 UTC

Simon Willison : MacFUSE: FUSE for Mac OS X - MacFUSE: FUSE for Mac OS X. Mac support for user-space custom file systems, API compatible with those already written for Linux. Amit Singh runs kernelthread.com; I hadn’t realised that he had moved to Google.

Hacking Django, how Bazaar

12/01/2007 @ 04:06 UTC

Simon Willison : Hacking Django, how Bazaar - Hacking Django, how Bazaar. This is a neat trick: use Subversion to track an upstream project, then create Bazaar branches to manage your own development against the trunk.

AJAX Debugging with Firebug

12/01/2007 @ 04:06 UTC

Simon Willison : AJAX Debugging with Firebug - AJAX Debugging with Firebug. Great Firebug tutorial from creator Joe Hewitt himself. I didn’t know you could trigger profiling from your own code using console.profile() / console.profileEnd().

Schneier on Security: Choosing Secure Passwords

11/01/2007 @ 20:00 UTC

wearehugh : Schneier on Security: Choosing Secure Passwords - give up now. technology will win this one.

Rod Begbie : Schneier on Security: Choosing Secure Passwords - Choose better passwords through understanding how brute-crackers work these days. #

Simon Willison : Choosing Secure Passwords - Choosing Secure Passwords. Bruce Schneier describes the state of the art in password cracking software.

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