I’ve had this link in my drafts for a while now, but it’s still something I want to write a little about. I recently watched the OSCON 2005 Keynote – Identity 2.0 presentation by Dick Hardt — other than having a name that could be any non-descript “actor” in a cheesy 70’s porn film, he does have a good idea and a fantastic presentation style.
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I’ve been eyeing up a 15″ Powerbook G4 for a while now and yesterday I finally took my first step towards a, hopefully, better future for my computing life by purchasing one.
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I’ve been reading the 24 ways to impress your friends web developer tips on the run up to Christmas and the 21st article, Swooshy Curly Quotes Without Images, was quite timely for me as it is an effect I was going to include in my current project.

At first it looked quite promising, but upon experimentation it proved, for me at least, to be a little bit hit and miss to get it right in all browsers, and I must admit I gave up trying to tweak the margins and paddings quite quickly. But I liked the idea of not having to resort to using images for the large quotes, as I have done on previous attempts and began adding my own thoughts to the mix.
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This really starting to get silly, even though I think the logic behind the recent actions of the music industry is flawed, I do understand where that flawed logic comes from – trying to protect their bottom line from piracy.

However the latest round of actions is starting to take the biscuit.
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It just hit me, why do I have to install programs?

I was in my start menu in XP, which I try to keep clean and compact, and noticed 10 program folders which I’ve hardly ever used – these are programs that I either installed to try or just needed to use once. I then noticed that in my sub-folders I probably have a dozen or so programs that I’ve moved from their default shortcut install – but again rarely used.
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I meant to link to this last week, but I’m glad other things got in the way as the article has progressed giving both sides of the story.

Pete at intermaweb.net posted a well referenced article entitled An Open Letter to the Hilltop Hoods after taking offence at some comments made on a DVD by the Australian Hip-Hop band Hilltop Hoods.
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As I have mentioned before recently I have been working quite a bit with some JavaScript frameworks – most heavily with the Prototype JavaScript framework. The main drawback to these frameworks (at the moment) is the scant amount of documentation for them.

I have just come across Justin Palmers look into Enumerable, Array and Hash in Prototype. By exploring the test cases from the source tree he has managed to figure out and demonstrate the power of these features and if you are even slightly tempted by Prototype his article is well worth a read.

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Ahhh the good old days of the internet. You know how sometimes a smell or a sound reminds you of something from your past, be it good or bad. Well the digital equivalent of that (for me at least) is typified in a web page I just came across.
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