January 06, 2011

RSS is Still Kicking.

Glad to hear its demise is greatly exaggerated - still.

The Truth About RSS – Stephen's Lighthouse

"The Truth About RSS: It’s Not ‘Dying’ — Normal People Never Used It In The First Place by Dan Frommer

‘Seems like it’s that time of the year again, when people pile on about the supposed death of RSS. It’s dead, it’s not, wahh, etc.

Here’s the truth about RSS.

It’s a fine back-end technology.

It’s great for syndicating content from one place to another.

It’s nice for fetching headlines, or for powering pretty tools like Flipboard."

(Continued... The Truth About RSS – Stephen's Lighthouse)


February 03, 2010

HTML v. Flash via Apple

I just love tech drama...

Did Steve Jobs Just Kill Flash?
How the iPad could dictate the future of the Web.
By Farhad Manjoo
Posted Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at 4:50 PM ET


What was Steve Jobs thinking? That's been the general reaction to the most obvious shortcoming of Apple's new iPad—the tablet doesn't support Flash. While Jobs claims his new device will offer the best browsing experience on the planet, that's a hard argument to make when the iPad throws up little blue Lego icons when it encounters most Web videos. Load up the New York Times' home page, for instance, and you'll see the sorry-this-doesn't-work Lego where you'd normally see a video player.

Since its launch in 1996, Flash has come to power nearly everything online that isn't static: streaming video players, interactive graphics, animated ads, and more. Of the 100 most popular sites on the Web, 85 use Flash. Web surfers rarely upgrade their browsers, but they're quick to install the latest version of the Flash player, meaning Flash is the primary way that the Web gets new powers. So if you're going to launch a device whose main function is Web surfing, why would you ditch Flash?

[Continued... Will Apple's iPad kill Flash? - By Farhad Manjoo - Slate Magazine ]

December 15, 2009

Chrome over Safari already?

That didn't take long...


Chrome edges out Safari in browser usage

Google's browser has passed Safari in terms of worldwide browser usage--at least by one measurement.

NetApplications' measurements of browser usage share, which track which browsers individuals use based on visits to the company's network of Web sites, gave Chrome the third-place spot after No. 1 Internet Explorer and No. 2 Firefox for the week of December 6 through 12, according to a Computerworld story Tuesday. Chrome had 4.4 percent share to Safari's 4.37 percent.

[From Chrome edges out Safari in browser usage | Deep Tech - CNET News]

December 09, 2009

Google's New Real-Time Search Streams

Interesting enough... wonder if this could effect the way people tweet.

Google's New Real-Time Search Streams Breaking News and Live Twitter Updates

Google upped the relevance factor of its search results today with the launch of a new real-time feature that integrates live updates from blogs, news sites, Twitter, Facebook, and more.

Now, when you enter a search term like Golden Gate Bridge into Google, you'll not only get results from across the web, you also get the option of checking out a real-time stream of what people are saying about the bridge right that minute in the news and blog posts, or on popular social networking sites like Twitter and FriendFeed. Besides the obvious coolness factor, the new feature makes it possible to get news related to your search term almost the instant it happens instead of waiting hours or days for web sites to get indexed.

[From Google's New Real-Time Search Streams Breaking News and Live Twitter Updates - real-time search - Lifehacker]

December 08, 2009

Google Chrome for Mac goes beta!

I'm excited to see what this browser can do on the Mac...though the thought of yet another browser to support doesn't sound appealing. I'm hoping it's a non-issue.

73,804 lines of Mac-specific code and 29 developer builds later, we're excited to finally release Google Chrome for Mac in beta. We took a hefty dose of goodness from the Windows version to build a fast, polished browser for Mac -- with features such as the Omnibox (where you can both search and type in addresses), themes from artists, and most importantly, speed. Try downloading Google Chrome for Mac and see what you think.

We also took great care to make Google Chrome a native application for Mac. For example, we integrated the Keychain into Google Chrome for Mac, and incorporated Mac-style animations when you open the Bookmarks bar.

For more details on today's beta release of Google Chrome for Mac, check out the video below.

[From Google Chrome for Mac goes beta!]

October 26, 2009

RIP GeoCities

I can't say that I ever setup a Geocities page, but I've definitely visited plenty of them. For us "old timers" on the web, this is kinda sad. Ok, not really, but definitely nostalgia-inducing.

Yahoo! GeoCities (1995-2009) is finally put out of our misery
by Jay Hathaway
Oct 26th 2009 at 11:00AM
We've known for months that early-90's homepage service GeoCities was shutting down today, taking a big chunk of Internet history and a lot of hideous animated GIFs with it. That doesn't stop the web geeks at Download Squad from getting a little sentimental, though. To paraphrase Obi-Wan Kenobi: we felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. So, let's take a moment to remember GeoCities. The easy website-creation service opened in 1995, and many Internet users set up their first homepages within its quirky "neighborhoods".
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October 12, 2009

tap tap tap... Is this thing on?

It's been a while... Dusting this blog off and trying a new editor. Let's see what happens.

In the meantime, this seems pretty cool...