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Password security

I’ve been thinking about password security recently. Like many people I generally use one “strong” password for most of my access in cyberspace. The memorable strong password idea is definitely an improvement over the oldskool practice of changing a password every several weeks, which invariably led people to write down their passwords, making security as

Pogo

Eye candy is pretty, by definition. But too much is too much, and AT&T’s new browser, Pogo seems to suffer from the vast amount of resources demanded by its attempt to make the most mundane Web tasks (finding a bookmark, for instance) a breath-taking overdose of eye-catching beauty. Here’s Ars Technica’s review of Pogo. It’s

CSS Naked Day!

In honor of CSS Naked Day, styles have temporarily been disabled. They’ll return tomorrow, April 10th, in the meantime, give a moment’s thought to how much CSS adds to the web.

Browser Hell, 2008

This is a presentation I gave to the Web Standards and Usability Users Group meeting on April 8. The title is way too pessimistic. I should’ve changed it to “Browser Purgatory,” but that doesn’t really have the same je ne sais quoi pas.

Thank you, to the IE 8 team

To anyone involved in designing with CSS and semantic HTML to support Web standards, Internet Explorer has been the constant thorn in our side. IE5, IE 5.5, IE6, and IE7 have been the seemingly endless source of a Microsoft-generated ocean of frustration: deviant box model DOCTYPE switching no min- or max- widths or heights no

Regex help

An excellent tool for regex testing is Regex Coach by Edi Weitz in Germany.  It’s makes one of the most painful coding tasks a lot less odios, thanks to real-time color-coded highlighting of matches, and a simple, intuitive interface. It’s only limitations that I’ve discovered are in character support; strangely, considering its European origins, it

Gmail vs. HMTL Validator in Firefox

I’ve been having problems this past week with Firefox freezing up when I’m using Gmail. Fortunately I found the cure today: If you’re using the HTML Validator extension (and if you’re not, you should be!) right-click on its icon in the status bar, select “Disable for mail.google.com.” on the pop-up window, modify the address to

Dirty Tricks?

I don’t hate Microsoft, per se. But I do hate dirty tricks, no matter who’s doing them. And this is what I found as an ad at the XML Files today: “Linux Reference Center” linking to anti-Linux pages on You-Know-Who’s website. Some of the rotating ads there use another image that says “Linus Reference Center,

ASP Explore

Ever wanted to just test some simple ASP scripts… or maybe individual functions… without going through the rigamarole of setting up a server on your desktop and explaining to it that no, you don’t want to build a world-eating, enterprise-worthy website right at the moment? I recently discovered ASP Explore, and it fits the bill.