IE and standards

Good summary of the current situation surrounding Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.

The piece concludes:

The conversation [with Dean Hachamovitch IE general manager] shows that while Microsoft is clearly serious about implementing better web standards in IE8, the battle for control over which technology dominates the web is not over yet.

TBL on privacy and choice

Facinating 27 minute video interview with World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee on the BBC News site.

The interview covers privacy, choice, social networking, openness and the future of the web.

There’s also an interesting accompanying blog entry by interviewer Rory Cellan-Jones.

kottke.org clocks up 10 years

kottke.org is 10 years old.

I’ve long followed Jason Kottke’s site, which is one of the longest running blogs on the web.

Here’s to the next 10 years – congratulations Jason!

Thrills and spills in Australia

Picture of 6 wheel Tyrell-Ford P34-6 77 Formula 1 car

I’ve been watching the live streaming feed of the opening Formula One race of the 2008 season on ITV.

The deal with Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula One Management, includes coverage of practice sessions, and is understood to be initially for a year.

From my connection to the net the feed was struggling at times – not surprising given the speed of the cars resulting in plenty of changing picture data.

It was disappointing the original 4 by 3 aspect ratio of the pictures from Australia had been ‘squashed’ into 16 by 9 on ITV’s site.

The race itself showed the dramatic effect of the 2008 rule changes, particularly the removal of traction control – only seven cars finished, the lowest number in the history of the Melbourne race.

The race was certainly one of the most unpredictable and exciting Formula One race I’ve seen for a number of years and show the rule changes have put more emphasis on driver skills.

Labour-creating

Bobbie Johnson partly answers my question “How did that happen?” in relation to the internet.

He says:

It’s not for nothing that the net is characterised as a time sink, because wherever it carves out efficiencies, it usually manages to create extra work, too.

Good point.

Blog wars!

Well – not really – but this post by Matt Mullenweg needed to be said.

I agree with many of the comments to the post: Movable Type is a nightmare compared to WordPress.

Red light for cyclists

No cycling UK road sign

I saw it again last night – a cyclist going through a red light.

I’ve almost been run down twice by cyclists going through red traffic lights.

I’ve cycled myself in the past – but it never crossed my mind to jump lights.

Cyclists are not exempt from the UK Highway Code and the legal aspect is clarified on the Department for Transport’s site.

The decline of newspapers

Roy Greenslade summarises the current situation facing newspapers.

I agree with his conclusion:

Unless traditional newspaper publishers can find a way of securing substantial online revenue streams, by attracting sufficient eyeballs for their editorial content, there is no future for them.