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The overdue Places post II - Prototyping Iconicness

25/01/2008 @ 18:00 UTC

Simon Willison : The overdue Places post II - Prototyping Iconicness - The overdue Places post II—Prototyping Iconicness. How Flickr Places works.

Symfonians

25/01/2008 @ 18:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Symfonians - Symfonians. Similar concept to Django People but for Symfony developers—coincidentally launched within the past week as well.  [via]

Usability Disaster Story

25/01/2008 @ 08:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Usability Disaster Story - Usability Disaster Story. A strange combination of usability oddities culminated in 95% of visitors to the Mono website downloading a two year old version by mistake.

Community sites on Django People

25/01/2008 @ 02:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Community sites on Django People - Community sites on Django People. Small new feature: I can now add community sites to individual country pages. If you know of any regional community sites that I’ve missed, let me know in a comment or by e-mail.

Canon EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi

24/01/2008 @ 16:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Canon EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi - Canon EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi. Two weeks after a buy I EOS 400D. Sigh. It’s not out until April, but the big new features are a 3" LCD and "live view" mode. The kit lens now has image stabilisation.

flickr.places.findByLatLon

24/01/2008 @ 15:00 UTC

Simon Willison : flickr.places.findByLatLon - flickr.places.findByLatLon. New API method for Flickr Places. If only Flickr could return a bounding box for each place...

Dynamic Time-Travel Maps

23/01/2008 @ 23:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Dynamic Time-Travel Maps - Dynamic Time-Travel Maps. Absolutely beautiful dynamic implementation of Chris Lightfoot’s Time Travel project, put together by Stamen Design and MySociety. Drag sliders to specify your preferred commute and housing budget to see where in London you c

EveryBlock launches!

23/01/2008 @ 23:00 UTC

Andy Baio : EveryBlock launches! - wonderful local data/news in a gorgeous design; if you live in SF, Chicago, or NYC, pop in your address and dig around  [via]

Simon Willison : Introducing EveryBlock - Introducing EveryBlock. EveryBlock launched! Adrian Holovaty, Wilson Miner, Paul Smith and Daniel X. O’Neil’s startup which answers the question, “What’s happening in my neighborhood?? Cities covered by the launch are Chicago, New York and San

Troubleshooting Memory Usage

23/01/2008 @ 20:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Troubleshooting Memory Usage - Troubleshooting Memory Usage. Useful for getting the most out of a VPS.

Django People: Colophon

23/01/2008 @ 18:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Django People: Colophon - Django People: Colophon. I’ve added a colophon to Django People, something I try to do for all of my personal projects.

Cashing in the Bling

23/01/2008 @ 17:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Cashing in the Bling - Cashing in the Bling. Pownce is open to the public, and Leah has written up some neat friend importing tricks that take advantage of the pre-existing “profile bling? links to profiles on other sites. I hope to do something smart with the profile lin

Caching Layer for Django ORM

23/01/2008 @ 17:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Caching Layer for Django ORM - Caching Layer for Django ORM. Interesting extension to Django’s ORM that adds automatic caching of queysets and smart cache invalidation.

Legacy.

23/01/2008 @ 16:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Legacy. - Legacy.. James Bennett has what I think is the most interesting analysis of the X-UA-Compatible header to date.

deusx : The B-List: Legacy. - "it stands to reason, if Microsoft is bending over backwards to keep its bread-and-butter corporate customers happy, that the IE team would suddenly get backwards-compatibility fever."

Sunsetting Quirks Mode

23/01/2008 @ 16:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Sunsetting Quirks Mode - Sunsetting Quirks Mode. Apparently proper standards support in IE (or at least the IE8 renderer) will be triggered by the HTML5 doctype, providing an alternative to those who don’t wish to pollute their markup with an IE-specific meta tag.

GeoNames: missing countries

23/01/2008 @ 12:00 UTC

Simon Willison : GeoNames: missing countries - GeoNames: missing countries. United Arab Emirates and a few other countries are missing from the GeoNames XML set I used to seed Django People. I’ve added UAE by hand; I’ll add the others as soon as I have time.

Photo Matt » Act Two

23/01/2008 @ 07:01 UTC

factoryjoe : Photo Matt » Act Two - WordPress raises $29.5M. Holy crap. Saved By: Chris Messina | View Details | Give Thanks Tags: wordpress

Simon Willison : Photo Matt: Act Two - Photo Matt: Act Two. Automattic is an excellent case-study of building a business on top of an open source project.

The WHATWG Blog » Blog Archive » HTML 5 published as W3C First Public Working Draft!

22/01/2008 @ 22:00 UTC

wearehugh : The WHATWG Blog » Blog Archive » HTML 5 published as W3C First Public Working Draft!

Simon Willison : HTML 5 published as W3C First Public Working Draft! - HTML 5 published as W3C First Public Working Draft!. A significant step, almost completely overlooked in the hubbub over IE8.

Broken

22/01/2008 @ 20:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Broken - Broken. Jeremy highlights the fly in the ointment: if you want IE 8 to behave like IE 8 (and not pretend to be IE 7), you HAVE to include the X-UA-Compatible header.

jonhicks : Broken - As Jeremy succintly captures my thoughts on the Microssoft meta tag proposal, I'm better of linking to this instead of blogging. It's all about the broken default behaviour…

The versioning switch is not a browser detect

22/01/2008 @ 18:00 UTC

Simon Willison : The versioning switch is not a browser detect - The versioning switch is not a browser detect. PPK: “In other words, the versioning switch does not have any of the negative effects of a browser detect.?

wearehugh : QuirksBlog: The versioning switch is not a browser detect

Well, I'm Back:

22/01/2008 @ 15:01 UTC

wearehugh : Well, I'm Back: <META HTTP-EQUIV="X-BALL-CHAIN">

Simon Willison : <META HTTP-EQUIV="X-BALL-CHAIN"> - <META HTTP-EQUIV=“X-BALL-CHAIN?>. Mozilla hacker Robert O’Callahan discusses the technical implications of freezing copies of older rendering engines, including the increased footprint and the terrifying prospect of documents in different re

Beyond DOCTYPE: Web Standards, Forward Compatibility, and IE8

22/01/2008 @ 14:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Beyond DOCTYPE: Web Standards, Forward Compatibility, and IE8 - Beyond DOCTYPE: Web Standards, Forward Compatibility, and IE8. This has huge implications for client-side web developers: IE 8 will include the ability to mark a page as “tested and compatible with the IE7 rendering engine? using an X-UA-Compatible

Heavier than Air

22/01/2008 @ 03:01 UTC

Simon Willison : Heavier than Air - Heavier than Air. Charles Miller points out that every time Apple breaks the mold with a new product (the iPod, the iPod Mini, the iMac and now the MacBook Air) they lose in feature matrix comparisons but win in the marketplace.

World's ugliest Django app

22/01/2008 @ 03:00 UTC

Simon Willison : World's ugliest Django app - World’s ugliest Django app. Brilliant hack from Paul Bissex: a self-contained Django application in 70 lines of code which shows off some internals trickery and makes use of a bunch of handy django.contrib packages.

deusx : E-Scribe News : World's ugliest Django app - "I've written a small Python script that is a fully functional, self-contained, self-starting Django application."

jQuery.ScrollTo

21/01/2008 @ 23:00 UTC

Simon Willison : jQuery.ScrollTo - jQuery.ScrollTo. Neat jQuery plugin for animated scrolling of both windows and overflow elements.  [via]

Django at PyCon

21/01/2008 @ 23:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Django at PyCon - Django at PyCon. Unfortunately I’ll be missing US PyCon this year (I’ll be at SxSW and Webstock in New Zealand though)—but it’s great to see that there’s a strong line-up of Django related presentations.

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