Grab my latest userContent.css to pick up the current state of the art in ad blocking. Installation directions here. Also with the directions is some new information on how to block Flash advertisements. Clean up your web surfing the easy way!
Now you can block ads in your email as well. If you are using the Thunderbird email client, simply follow my instructions here to get rid of pesky ads in your email.
Looking for a good Oldies internet music station?
Capital Radio is way out in front of the rest.
You can find them in the 70's/80's section of your iTunes Radio listings,
or you can go to their website and click on the
The station plays 50's through 80's. The best aspect (aside from being commercial free) is that the playlist stresses the songs that aren't played by those other oldies stations. You are much more likely to hear Elvis's Guitar Man than Heartbreak Hotel.
I have no financial interest in Capital Radio, just sharing the love for my favorite station.
Safari now correctly runs my
goofy dynamic html retro screensaver demo.
Safari version: 1.2.2 (v125.8)
Tax season is here, and I just did mine. Along the way I came across a table of the tax rates for 2002 and 2003, illustrating the Bush tax cut in action:
California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has
written a letter meant to
put the heat on the P2P providers. Or has he? In the metadata of the email a
is present as an author.
Vans Stevenson is the Senior VP for state legislative affairs for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). The MPAA denies writing the letter.
Like many Californians, I voted today. I knew something was up
when instead of handing me a ballot, I found a smart card in my hand. Turning around, there they were: the new voting
machines, little touchscreen terminals with small privacy flaps on
Going through the touchscreens was clearer than finding the tiny numbered punch holes on the old style ballots. At the end there was a summary screen showing how I had voted. I had left some votes blank and it told me, giving me an opportunity to go back. I was much more certain that I had expressed my intentions correctly then I ever had been with the punch ballot.
But I am far less certain that my vote is being recorded correctly. In the end all I have is glowing screen. Before I had a physical token, the punch ballot, that could be reviewed by me before submission, counted and recounted by machine and by hand. Now I have nothing. We will never know if my vote was recorded properly.
Let's get the voting process back to the stone age, where it belongs. We'll put the votes on stone tablets. Rock the vote.
Check out these stories (New
York Times, Guardian
Unlimited) on how Amazon accidentally revealed the real identities
of book review authors in the Amazon store. It's an amusing
example of the privacy risks and the spoofing risks of anonymous
commentary on the net.
Dan Gilmore has
commented on Dennis Kucinich's criticisms of voting
machine manufacturer Diebold.
Voting transparancy seems to be a big issue with Kucinich. It's great that someone is talking about this.
People look at the Florida 2000 situation and think technology is the answer. And certainly technology can help. A touch screen can be a more accessible mechanism for chosing from a menu of choices than a punch ballot in small print.
But there is a big difference between clarity in voting, and confidence in voting. You may be more sure you chose who you meant to choose, but how certain are you that your choice was properly counted?
I think our first steps towards introducing more technology into voting should be to address clarity for the user.
But for voter confidence we should still have physical tokens generated by the voting process. These tokens should be able to be examined by the voter at the poll. And of course they should be countable and recountable by hand and by machine.
Check out these recent entries in my Apache log files:
184.108.40.206 - - [18/Nov/2003:00:30:21 -0800] "GET / HTTP/1.0" 200 7555 "http://www.kwlablog.com/" "MSIE 6.0"
220.127.116.11 - - [18/Nov/2003:18:50:45 -0800] "GET / HTTP/1.0" 200 7555 "http://www.jennifersblog.com/" "MSIE 6.0"
I've found some blog entries on the referrer spamming I mention in the previous
post. You can find some good discussion at
net warriors.org blog.
Check out these blog entries in particular: More Referrer Spamming, Referrer SPAM updates, Referrer Spamming, wrap up.
I've expanded the discussion of ad blocking css on the home page, and tweaked the look of the entire site slightly. Next up is a Python starter project to do some simple Apache log file analysis.
I now have instructions for using my ad blocking userContents.css with the Safari web browser from Apple. Find the updated instructions here.
So much for lying in a beanbag wearing tighty whities and weilding a remote. I've decided to join the world of the employed once more. A9 looks like a great opportunity to learn a whole pile of new things and try to solve some fun problems. A9 is Amazon's search technology arm, spun off into a subsidiary down here in Palo Alto. There have been a few articles in the press already, even though A9 isn't really started yet.
What's new: Now RFC 822 compliant date formatting is the default. You can
go back to the old MoveableType style dating by setting:
my = 0;
Also perldoc style documentation has been added.
Known Issues: Plugins that provide their own
routine and do not return the
story files in the
%files hash will cause lastbuilddate to find
no date. In this circumstance lastbuilddate will not emit a
Download lastbuilddate here.
One Monday, San Jose Judge Leslie Nichols
rejected the suit brought by Elaine Evans against the
San Jose Redevelopment
Agency (SJRA) in an attempt to stop it's
Initiative (SNI) activities. I
attended the first half of the arguments in Superior Court on Monday
morning. The heart of the case was whether Evans had properly
sought to bring her concerns to the redevelopment board. In the
end the city prevailed on that point, but not before I heard a few
interesting bits along the way, including:
I continue to twiddle the look of floppaganda. It looks best on mozilla due to the
use of rounded borders (which is a mozilla-only css feature), and it looks best on mac
due to use of
Marker Felt and
American Typewriter fonts.
I'm investigating adding writeback and trackback features... stay tuned.