Archive for the ‘Web’ Category

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.)


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.


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.


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.


From VHS to DVD & YouTube

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

One of the reasons I bought my Sony VAIO with Windows XP Media Center 2004 was to capture video off of old VHS tapes for transfer to DVD and storage in Internet friendly file formats. Though I’d dabbled enough to capture a little video from a tape, I didn’t pursue any further.