11:38:22 am Official Mozilla Microformat extensionCategories: Technology News, Web, Semantic Web News
Mozilla have released an extension for Firefox which demonstrates:
the usefulness of semantic information on the Web, in real world scenarios
It searches for Microformats in the page you're viewing and then lets you use that information directly, for instance by posting hCalendar events directly into Google calendar. There is no specific statement implying this, but I'm assuming this is a glimpse of the future as far as Firefox is concerned - we're seeing what built in support for Microformats might look like in a future version of Firefox.
11:49:33 pm What's in a name?Categories: Web
The .name TLD is intended for use only by individuals, established in 2001 when it was decided there weren't enough domain names to go around. The fact that you've probably never heard of it, or .biz, or .pro, or the other four (.info, .aero, .coop and .museum) indicates the resounding lack of success these new TLDs have had.
Anyway, like I said, the .name domains are intended to be for individuals, so if your name is John Smith you are entitled to the john.smith.name domain (if you get in first, that is). I'm not the sort of person to be put off just because something is unpopular, so now I am the proud owner of rob.crowther.name There's no actual website there, at the moment it just redirects to my CV, but there is a blog to add to my collection.
08:26:24 pm Vista vulnerable to common threatsCategories: Technology News
Last month, Jim Allchin implied Vista was so secure it could be used without any anti-virus software. He quickly backtracked, claiming (with good justification, apparently) that his comments had been taken out of context and 're-interpreted'. But in the week Vista was released it turned out it was vulnerable to 39.7 percent of all malware currently circulating in the wild.
Some qualification for the above claims is required, of course:
[Sophos'] researchers found that though Vista's upgrade of Outlook could identify and stop all of the threats on the top ten list, Stratio, Netsky and MyDoom were all able to infect the system when e-mail was accessed via a third-party web email client.
I'm sure some people will be happy to point out that the security issue is not with the MS product, but with those of third party vendors, but I think that misses the point somewhat - you shouldn't have to spend a further £89.99 to realise the security benefits of your £184.99 'secure' OS, otherwise the security claims for the OS are, at best, a little disingenuous.
06:02:10 pm More Microformat GoodnessCategories: Web, Semantic Web News
Rel-lint is a lint tool (like a non-authoritative validator) for XFN, rel-tag and other microformats that make use of the rel attribute of links.
07:34:48 pm Introduction to Linux dayCategories: Technology News, Linux
If you've ever wondered what all the fuss is about Linux and Open Source, come to the GLLUG's 'Introduction to Linux' day on November 11th in Central London. Click on the link for further details.
11:50:53 pm Microformats ButtonsCategories: Web, Semantic Web News
After my adventures in Microformats yesterday, I was looking for some simple way to indicate on my pages that there were Microformats available. I was thinking along the lines of those little graphics you see to indicate RSS feeds. Couldn't find any that were suitable - maybe I'm just googling for the wrong term? Anyway, as I couldn't find any, I made some - enjoy!
12:02:30 am Prototype.js issues with Select elementsCategories: Web
I ran into a strange bug at work today - on a form with a couple of
select boxes with some buttons which swap elements between them a tester reported that some of the boxes were simply disappearing when he clicked on the buttons (though strangely, only in IE). After some digging around I discovered it was related to the
select elements using the
06:20:26 pm Google Accessible SearchCategories: Amusements
A bit of Google day here in the Boog Link Blog. Discovered this earlier in the week. I was quite pleased to find that, mostly, pages I've been involved with do better on the accessibility search than they do on standard Google - my employer's website currently ranks fifth for our key search phrase on Google.com, but comes in second on the accessible search.
04:51:32 pm Google Data PrivacyCategories: Technology News, Web
The best feature Google doesn't have? I currently have quite a lot of trust of Google (which, of course, may yet prove to be unfounded), but given the current trends on the web it would be nice if they implemented this sort of thing because then all the other major players would copy them.
01:52:43 am Swiftfox - optimized Firefox builds for LinuxCategories: Web, Linux
Emboldened by my success with optimized Windows builds the other day, I had a go with a Linux version this weekend. I chose Swiftfox 1.8, which is just a regular rebuild of the standard release for various different architectures. It was simple enough to extract the archive and set up a shortcut, it did seem to be a good deal swifter on my Pentium III laptop. The only problem I encountered was that my Pinball theme wasn't working, and neither were any of my extensions. They were all listed in the Themes and Extensions windows respectively, but Swiftfox behaved as if they weren't there. Uninstalling and re-installing didn't seem to have any effect either. In the end I had to create a new profile from scratch (after backing up my current one, of course), after that themes and extensions installed and worked fine, and the whole thing is noticeably faster than vanilla Firefox.
06:15:22 pm Faster FirefoxCategories: Web
A couple of performance related links for Firefox users. Here is a page with optimized builds of 126.96.36.199 and 2.0RC1, ie. with various additional compiler options turned on (over the standard build). I've been using a 188.8.131.52 SSE2 build all day and it seems stable. In addition I've applied a hack for reducing memory leaks I discovered while looking around for optimised builds. This should reduce any issues you might have with Firefox getting progressively slower throughout the day (if you're on Windows).