Archive for July, 2004

More Dashboard

Monday, July 12th, 2004

There’s a Dashboard Gadget repository up already, the Dashboarder. John Gruber has more to say on the Konfabulator issue, including an interesting quote from Larry Niven on paying for fan ideas.

Sadly, I am out of town and missing MacWorld Boston 2004. Apple is also out of town…

Real Politics Slash

Sunday, July 11th, 2004

From an anonymous source who doesn’t seem to have blogged about this himself yet: Kerry/Edwards Slash via Instapundit and the John Squared LJ Community.

Battle of Britain

Saturday, July 10th, 2004

Quote of the day: My Luftwaffe is invincible. And now we turn to England. How long will this one last - two, three weeks? –Hermann Goering, June, 1940

The Battle of Britain began on July 10th, 1940 and continued through October 31st, although the issue was more or less decided on September 15th. You can find day-by-day information at and


Friday, July 9th, 2004

R.J. Anderson talks about the joy of the fanfix. I appreciate fandoms like Trek where the source is rife with gaffes to be fixed. For me it’s all about the fix—Stargate doesn’t have nearly enough problems for proper fixing…but I love it anyway.

Feline Flushing

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

Charlie Stross reports that the otherwise-promising LitterMaid “sounds like a tank landing craft with lubrication difficulties making its way through a railway stockyard.”

Caveat emptor…

Unicode Entities

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

I’ve been playing around with UTF-8 entities, since I always want one I can’t find. Here are some links I found:

I generated my own entity page with PHP as well. As soon as I decide where to put it up, I’ll link it.

Your Patriotic Duty

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

This is your final reminder about the Stargate SG-1 Fan Awards 2004. The polls close tomorrow. I shouldn’t talk, since I haven’t had time to read or vote…

Stalking the Wild Hugo

Monday, July 5th, 2004

My brief review of “Walk in Silence” by Catherine Asaro was linked as a dissenting positive opinion in Nicholas Whyte’s roundup of the 2004 Hugo Nominees. I’d tell you to vote early, vote often, but it’s too late to register to vote now.

[Update: It was too late for nominations a while back. I’m not sure about voting.]

Dashing Dashboard

Sunday, July 4th, 2004

Tiger (otherwise known as Mac OS 10.4) won’t be out until next year, but some forthcoming features were revealed at the developers conference. Dashboard looks scrumptious. It also looks like Konfabulator, a resemblance which has caused many snide remarks like the one up on their homepage, but John Gruber explains that the concepts behind Dashboard go way, way back.

He’s right about Konfabulator being an unbearable resource hog, yet it’s the web-page basis of Dashboard that’s its biggest appeal. I made my own Konfabulator widgets, but it sounds far more pleasant to use HTML, CSS and JavaScript to make a Dashboard gadget. Look for a color wheel gadget once I get my hands on Tiger.

Spelling Safari

Saturday, July 3rd, 2004

I have a couple of Safari links outstanding. I was looking for a WordPress spellchecking plug-in, but in my searching I discovered that you can spellcheck in Safari just by checking Edit | Spelling | Check Spelling As You Type. Now as I type this blog entry, it’s getting spellchecked.

Todd Dominey linked a preview movie of an RSS reader being built into Safari for OS 10.4.