Archive for the ‘Web’ Category

Eulogizing MP3.com

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

The other day I discovered that Amazon would conveniently sell me an MP3 of the “Three Stripped Gears” 1931 rendition of “Black Bottom Strut” for $0.89. What a find! I’d been inspired by Mike Seeger’s version for nearly forty years but only knew of the T.S.G. version through Seeger’s liner notes. (I attempted my own recording for the soundtrack for Jack Moore‘s Sandscript in 1975.)

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CSS: "A man's got to know his limitations"

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

In several senses.

In 1997, when  the concept of CSS was in its infancy (see Celebrating 10 Years with Style), I knew I should pay attention. I bought the first edition of Lie and Bos. But for my purposes, CSS wasn’t ready for prime time. Most web people didn’t understand it. Worse, most browsers didn’t implement CSS properly. (Unfortunately, most browsers are still in the “almost good enough” stage with regard to CSS.)

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I was wrong about Windows, too

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

For the longest time, I’ve avoided learning about Flash. When Flash was becoming popular for animations on web sites, it was mis-used and usually annoying. And all of the Flash-based ads are usually still annoying.

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More amateur video production

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

I started working with streaming video at least 15 years ago. I still have souvenirs from before RealVideo, of Intel DVI and VivoActive. By the late 90s RealVideo seemed preeminent. It had been plausible to continue to think of RealVideo that way, even with the competition from Windows Media and QuickTime. But with the popularity of Flash Video, particularly with YouTube, but in many other places, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that Flash Video is now preeminent.

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What a long, strange trip it's been

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Well, maybe not that long, just 7+ weeks. So I shouldn’t be thinking of Jerry Garcia and Truckin’, even if the Library of Congress deems the song to be a national treasure.

This trip started July 2, thinking that I should (re-)investingate blogging software.

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