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2001’s Posts.

  1. The year that was

    A year-end review, without the predictions, of the Internet in 2001

  2. Have a good New Year’s

    What with the holidays, the New Year festivities, and a trip to Ottawa to visit family and friends, LCKY will be quiet until at least January 7, 2002.

  3. December 27, 2001

    Just in time for “One page, many designs”, saila.com now has a number of different designs for Netscape 6, Mozilla, and other Gecko-based browsers to try

  4. December 21, 2001

    Fixed some problems with the Links box on the homepage, as well as the Mini Web Reference

  5. AdCritic.com, DrKoop.com gone as independent content comes back

    This week we bid adieu to:

  6. December 18, 2001

    Opera (versions 5 and 6) is once again displaying the table-free, CSS-based layout. Unfortunately, because of Opera’s poor DOM support, the dynamic functionality is not available in that browser

  7. CBC.ca redesigns

    Yikes. You know things are bad when DoubleClick shuts down its Canadian ad sales arm.

  8. Simple CSS drop shadows

    There are a number of ways to create Web-based drop shadows; this article offers a way to do it that works in most browsers, while degrading in the rest — and graphics are not needed.

  9. Three-column layout tutorial coming

    Been getting a few emails asking about how I do saila.com’s three-column, fluid layout with only CSS.

  10. The WaSP rests

    They done good work.

  11. December 13, 2001

    Added a new guideline to the Steadfast Suggestions for Web Design and cleaned it up slightly

  12. Newspaper subscriptions

    Following on the heels of a study saying Canadian news sites lost ground to CNN post-September 11, The Globe and Mail reports the Winnipeg Free Press is moving to a pay model.

  13. First Usenet post, first Web visit

    After following Joe Crawford’s (of ArtLung) first Usenet posting, I decided to see if I could dig up mine. Could never find it in Deja, but Google Groups has dug it up: “Re: What do Coffee Drinkers Want out of life?”, from November 2, 1994.

  14. The sincerest form of flattery

    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Simcoe.com must really like the globeandmail.com. According to a senior producer at globeandmail.com, that site launched its design in June—a time when, according to the Internet Archive, Simcoe.com still liked bevelled graphics.

  15. Dot-com mania hangover

    This dot-com mania hangover truly is brutal.

  16. CANOE Money: R.I.P.

    CANOE decides to replace its established business brand, the result? A truly Canadian effort.

  17. Dynamic style sheets

    A discussion on evolt.org’s thelist on using ASP to create a “customizable” style sheet using variables lead me to this article, “Creating Dynamic Style Sheets Using ASP”. Am in the process now of playing around with the concepts therein to see if I can find a solution to my ongoing style sheet battles with Netscape 4.x

  18. December 1, 2001

    Made a variety of minor tweaks to help prevent Mozilla 0.9.6 from crashing all the time. Along with those tweaks are a few minor stylistic improvements that, in a dose of irony, work best in Mozilla

  19. Hechtman a hostage; Kandahar; reputation managers; writing well

    Bunch of stuff today that has been collecting over the past few days:

  20. DOM nightmares

    Lately I’ve been remembering my dreams more than usual, and those who’ve seen Waking Life will understand the following a bit better. Mostly they've been lucid dreams—I know I’m dreaming even as I dream. Problem is I actually want to enjoy my dreams but my (sub?)conscious keeps pulling me out of them.

  21. Get Opera 6 beta and Mozilla 0.9.6

    Normally, I wholeheartedly recommend downloading the latest versions of browsers, but in two recent cases I can’t.

  22. First impressions

    A reminder as to how meanigful first impressions can be.

  23. November 17, 2001

    Updated the About section to include information on syndicating the site, PDA-friendly pages, and an archive of the site news

  24. Enjoying Neo-Citron while building civilizations

    Been quiet due to a (for me) rare cold that hit on my first real long weekend in a long while. One advantage with being doped-up on Neo-Citron at home is wasting time building civilizations. For some more interesting reading, go to the first big event from Independents Day.

  25. Becoming Human

    One of my colleagues at the Ontario Science Centre pointed me to this outstanding Flash-powered documentary on human origins. Narrated by the man who found “Lucy”, Don Johanson, the work is an incredible example of hypermedia’s potential.

  26. November 7, 2001

    For some reason, the browser identification system I’ve been using successfully for over three years is no longer working. Still tracking down the reason, but until it’s fixed, you be seeing the old-look site (and a notification encouraging you to upgrade your browser) even if you have the latest browser

  27. Content management systems

    In anticipation of this site’s switch from an Apache-powered server to an ASP-based one, I’ve been doing experimentation with building a simple content management system. And, in the Net’s typically serendipitous way, an excellent article detailing Salon’s CMS came to my attention via evolt.org’s thelist.

  28. Saturday Night, alive

    The National Post is reporting that the paper’s former weekend insert (and Canadian institution), Saturday Night will return from the dead. The magazine will publish on a more rational scehdule of six times a year, thanks to a new deal reached by CanWest and Multi-Vision Publishing Inc.

  29. Dis-Connect

    The Toronto Sun’s Connect is no longer. The end of the weekly technology section comes on the heels of continued lay-offs at the paper. Toronto’s other daily, The Star, shuttered its tech section a few months ago.

  30. Newfoundland’s new name

    As I work on a piece about one journalist’s attempts to make money online, I thought I’d share something completely unrelated: the province that can always get a laugh is changing its name.

  31. Online Journalism Awards; Web standards

    A little while ago, I mentioned that a couple of Canadian sites were nominated in the Online Journalism Awards, unfortunately, when the winners were chosen this past Friday, neither the globeandmail.com nor CTVNEWS.com won in their category. For the record, BBC Online and Slate were the big winners of the night, each capturing the relevant General Excellence award.

  32. MSN opens up

    As predicted, Microsoft changed its MSN access policy. Opera and Mozilla will—in theory (but not yet in practice)—have access to the site, but there are no guarantees the content will look good. (For some good fun, read Opera's press release about it all, then view the XHTML-version of the release in Internet Explorer 5+ and in Opera or Mozilla.)

  33. saila.com at five, MSN blocks Mozilla

    Sometime this fall—the date lost being memory—is the fifth anniversary of this site. Orginally hosted at the former Toronto-based ISP, Interlog, at http://www.interlog.com/~saila/, it moved to its own doman (this one), in August of 1997 (the dot-ca edition came last November).

  34. Subscriptions might just work

    If the right kind of sites adopt them.

  35. Digital editions

    The Globe and Mail unveiled today a very old-school idea: put the entire paper online. The catch is, this electronic version lets you see the pages as they were printed—full-colour layout, ads, articles, and…ads.

  36. Flash stats

    Some stats on the popularity of the different multimedia players as of September 2001 (caveat emptor: the study was commissioned by Macromedia—the makers of Flash and Shockwave):

  37. Ems and awards

    Anyone who has ever wondered why ' is not ’, and how using -- could infuriate people, should read the “The Trouble With EM’n EN.”

  38. Canadian traffic boast

    Further example of how misrepresentative Media Metrix’ numbers can be:

  39. Patenting Web templates

    A perfect example of the stupidity of Web-based patents: IBM has been granted the patent for Web templates. And in case you think the company filed this long ago, it didn’t.

  40. Devolution of blogging

    The events of September 11 has brought on the worst in some weblogs.

  41. October 16, 2001

    Display problems for IE 5+ browsers at Living Can Kill You have been fixed, and the white space to the left of banner up top should be gone, too. (If you notice something odd, let me know)

  42. Surging traffic for online news

    September’s Web traffic numbers are out, and — not surprisingly — online news sites fared impressively well. On average, the general news sites had a 32 percent boost in traffic. Despite being U.S.-only numbers, anecdotal evidence suggests Canadian sites (like CBC.ca and CANOE) experienced similar growth.

  43. Debunkng hoaxes

    To those who are worried about the threat of hoaxes and false information on the Net, I offer this. (A good source of September 11-related rumour-debunking can be found at snopes.com.)

  44. October 4, 2001

    As I mentioned last week, saila.com is switching to a server using ASP, which will require some substantial changes to the site’s architecture. I hope you won't notice any disruptions as the work gets underway, as the end result will allow for a more interactive and open saila.com

  45. Bert - bin Laden and airing the tape

    By now you’ve likely seen the Bert - bin Laden poster, perhaps read the explanation for its appearance, but did you know about, as the National Post writes, “Bert’s political beliefs first aroused controversy in 1996”?

  46. The Armies of the Night

    Picked up Norman Mailer’s The Armies of the Night at this year’s Word on the Street, and have been quite enjoying it, though I find it strange reading his observations made while protesting the Vietnam War, even as we attack Afghanistan. For example, his definition of a “bad war”:

  47. Canadian magazines hurting

    Masthead Online is reporting on a rumoured postal hike that could be a knock-out blow to an already dizzy magazine industry in Canada.

  48. War

    On Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, the world is attacking Afghanistan.

  49. October 5, 2001

    Got a PDA? You can now take saila.com with you. Under the Options or Personalize menu there’s a class of links called “To Go”. AvantGo creates a channel for the eponymous PDA browser, and DOC File makes a Palm-friendly file of the Web page using the technology from Screwdriver

  50. October 5, 2001

    Added text-based icons to the Web Design Tips to indicate the type of tip. As the list grows, I will likely arrange these tips by category

  51. October 4, 2001

    >There’s now a headline feed from saila.com you can access to include in your site. It’s a simple XML-based RSS file, so it can be used to distribute this site’s content. You can see an example of what’s possible with the content through UserLand

  52. Repsonse to Web patents

    One of the amazing things about WebDesign-L is the high signal-to-noise ratio. This is in large part due to the impressive efforts by the ListMom, Steve Champeon and the fact the members are among the world's best Web design experts.

  53. Web patents

    Had Tim Berners-Lee patented his creation, the World Wide Web, he could have become a multi-billionaire. Instead, he gave it away, believing that would be the best way for the Web to flourish.

  54. Bigger ads ands distracting text

    Two unrelated notes today, one was actually meant for yesterday but between grading assignments for the online journalism class I teach, and being interviewed by an reporter for an Israeli newspaper, I never got a chance to post it.

  55. September 25, 2001

    Due to some changes with my web hosting company, the back-end of saila.com will be undergoing some major changes over the next couple of months. So, if anyone knows some good ASP tutorials online, let me know

  56. Musical markers

    Music has a way of creating powerful signposts in people’s lives.

  57. Hackers threaten news sites’ integrity

    Online news sites face risks with Web site defacements.

  58. Plans for the World Trade Center

    Just under a week ago, Roger Ebert turned his attention away from films to eloquently propose the World Trade Center become a simple, empty park.

  59. Selling Quebecor

    Talk about bizarre twist on the stale convergence theme.

  60. Saturday Night’s over

    A friend living in New York sent an email this weekend capturing the strength of the human spirit and urging us all to be compassionate and humane. As the days grow into weeks and months, please remember we are all in this together. But at some point life has to return to some degree of normalcy…

  61. September 14, 2001

    I decided to put a call for donations to the Canadian Red Cross' disaster relief campaign throughout saila.com following the events of September 11.

  62. The day after

    Watching the online community react to yesterdays events at the World Trade Center and beyond has strengthen my belief in the power of this medium. (The New York Times has an article about this as well.)

  63. Crisis coverage in online news

    This page offers a series of screen captures from online-news sites taken shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

  64. Tuesday, September 11, 2001

    The whole thing is unfathomable. I can't even wrap my head around the scale of attack against the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the United States.

  65. Watch the Web weave itself

    Watch the Web weave itself in this dynamically-updated page that grows as pages link to it. And it’s done with just some simple (I’m told) PHP and JavaScript. (courtesy little green weblog).

  66. There’s hype in tech journalism!

    A rant inspired by Steve Gilliard’s NetSlave rant about technology journalism.

  67. canada.com launches

    A new Canadian portal (of sorts) appeared this week even as another faces an uncertain future.

  68. Unplugged

    My wife and I took the weekend off for our anniversary. Not only did we not check email, we only used the computer to play music and the TV to watch movies. And we unplugged the phone. No interruptions commercial or otherwise. I forgot how unbelievably refreshing it is to not be constantly plugged-in

  69. SirCam for Craig

    Weird thing just happened. Got a typical SirCam infected message, but this one had my name on it — literally.

  70. August 30, 2001

    Keeping with the fluid design of the site, the text scales proportionately to the width of the browser when you resize the browser. Fonts too big? Narrow the browser or decrease the size in the Option menu. Too small? Do the opposite

  71. Internet Explorer 6.0 released

    The new Internet Explorer has officially been released. If you’e using Windows 98 and up, I urge you to download the browser. You don’t even have to use it as your default browser (though if you’re not. I hope your using Netscape 6.1/Mozilla or Opera — if not, what are you waiting for?).

  72. August 30, 2001

    There was a problem entering the front page of the site if cookies cannot be set. It should be fixed now. (Noticed by pointed out by Matthew Howard on August 25, 2001)

  73. Commuter paper shake-up

    Well, with the Post sold and speculation on its future running high in forums like the Canadian Association of Journalists email list, the next victim may be Sun Media’s free commuter paper, FYI. Just look at the signs:

  74. CanWest buys all of Post

    The timing of the announcement was a surprise, the move really wasn’t. Conrad Black made it pretty clear that he wanted to get out of the Canadian news business when he started dumping his papers here. But selling his “baby”, the National Post, to the Liberal Asper’s does not bode well for the future of the conservative paper. Either it will be remodeled into a national equivalent of The Toronto Star or it will die as a full-on competitor to The Globe and Mail. Let the speculation begin

  75. August 30, 2001

    Because of problems in Opera’s implementation of the DOM, the browser will display the old template temporarily. (Noticed by pointed out by Mimi Haung on August 19, 2001)

  76. Blocking pop-ups with Mozilla

    On WebDesign-L, there’s been a passionate debate about "X10 ads" — those annoying ads for a Web camera company that a small window beneath the current window. Some argue that, like banner ads before, people will get used to pop-up and pop-under ads; most believe, to varying degrees, they are the work of the devil.

  77. Blackvoice.com

    A former co-worker of mine, and all-around-good-guy, Rod Charles was one CBC Radio One’s flagship program This Morning, um, this morning. Unfortunately, I missed the segment (hoping to catch it tonight in repeat), but this here’s the promo blurb used on the show’s site:

  78. Computers as writers

    Years ago I was asked to participate in an online debate technology will affect writers. In one of my arguments (which I think I still have lying around somewhere, and may post one day), I said that its very possible that computers will be able to write acceptable quality newspaper articles. Though intended as a minor — and by no means original — point of my argument, it became the most fiercly debated topic with many participants refusing to accept the possibility.

  79. Scenes from New York

    Upon returning from New York City and walking into a brutal heat wave in Toronto I was felled by a cold. Maybe I should have just stayed in Manhattan. Anyway, here are some observations about the City as it existed in the first days of August 2001:

  80. Teaching online journalism

    There two schools of thought when it comes to teaching online journalism: teach students the languages of the Web or don’t.

  81. Going to New York City

    The amazing photographer Natalie Schönfeld is having her New York City debut on Thursday (if you're in the city, please drop by), so a bunch of us our going down there to as part of her international (Canadian, U.S., Venezuelan) contingent of supporters.

  82. Client-side data manipulation

    Finally started to play with XML and XSLT, using it to manipulate some data about some human cannonball performances (a whole other story). I've never had the chance to work (in-depth) with ASP, PHP, or any other database-driven, server-side language, but using JavaScript to access the XML-HTML parser in IE 5+, I was easily able to do some pretty impressive data manipulation on the client-side.

  83. Introducing ia/

    A lot of usability information sites I’ve seen are quite dull. Perhaps it’s because I'm not purely an Information Architect. Nonetheless, I stumbled across ia/ [eye-eh slash] today. Not only was the site nicely designed, it four annotated links to articles from the (typically dull-looking) that I immediately read. Three were from SURL’s Usability News and were about the best place for link locations (embedded in the text), the best use of online fonts, and why liquid multi-column Web page layouts are preferred. The fourth was a PDF explaining, in detail why all sites should have a comprehensive style guide.

  84. Spam and SirCam

    A couple of items drawn from my inbox:

  85. July 21, 2001

    Sure you can turn-off the ads on a page-by-page basis, but if you subscribe to the saila.com newsletter you can learn how to surf the site ad-free—always! If you notice the text-flow feature (or anything else) acting strangely, please send let me know

  86. Wired News on journalism

    I’ve been reading Wired News religiously for the almost five years (long enough to remember its white on black with red look). Yesterday I didn’t. Yesterday, there were three web journalism stories (kindly posted to the caj-list by Bill Doskoch).

  87. July 17, 2001

    That last phase of the homepage is done, with the beta release of the Links tool. Add up to five of your favourite sites to it, then detach it from the page to use as a desktop reference. Web spec links included free of charge! Like much of saila.com’s new features, you can find it under the Personalize menu

  88. Credibility of online journalism

    The Online News Association is doing a study into the credibility of online journalism. The online survey (which takes less than ten minutes to complete) is targetted either to journalists or "media consumers" depending on how you answer the first few questions. If you read or create online news, fill out the survey and watch for the results in late October.

  89. Salon as syndicator

    Egad. The plan behind the rumoured hostile takeover bid for Salon.com seems downright loopy. The 24-year-old spearheading the plan (who ran his own syndication company for two years until it folded last year) believes he can make Salon (SALN:Nasdaq) profitable in 30 days thanks to its brand and traffic.

  90. Coverage of the Olympic announcement

    In the spirit of my little test of sites during the elections, I checked at some of Canada's big ones for coverage of the Olympic announcement between about 10:05 a.m. and 10:20 a.m.:

  91. Richler’s book sales soar

    Every artist dreads this slice of brutal irony: in a twisted bit of schadenfreude, within 24 hours of Mordecai Richler's death, his books sold out at my local Book City store and the three others in Toronto. Chapters had a big increase in demand with some stores being sold out as well. Not only that, Reuters is reporting that "sales for The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz had jumped 1,100 percent since July, while Barney's Version was up 450 percent in the same time frame" at Amazon.com. (Despite my affiliate relationship with Chapters, its just too bizarre to post this item and solicit sales.)

  92. A tale of two redesigns

    A look at the redesigns of the latimes.com and The Globe and Mail.

  93. Cleaning Word

    Dean Allen (of Textism fame) has created a little tool for cleaning Word's HTML. Apparently, it can strip out all the nonsense HTML/XML/CSS code Word 2000+ puts in your documents when you save the work to HTML. While I haven’t much use for it yet (both copies of Word I have — one at home, one at work — are the ’97 editions, which surprisingly, generate relatively clean code), I thought someone out there might appreciate it

  94. CRTC decision handicaps journalists

    A CRTC decision prevents journalists from freely sharing information.

  95. Website tips

    Stumbled across Website Tips while trying to figure out why my Mozilla was crashing consistently every five minutes. Couldn't reproduce the problem (the browser seemed only to crash when sitting idle), but I did spend enough time on the site to explore some of this excellent resource for resources about the vast subject known as Web design. Many of the links are well known, but all are annotated in a nicely designed, easy to use site. Worth a bookmark

  96. July 4, 2001

    New templates are up for the site. Essentially, they are modifications to the printer-friendly style sheet. One, called Clean has replaced the earlier text-only version of the site. The other, Low-Fi is how this site could have looked in 1993 and is specially modified for text-only browsers and handheld devices (like AvantGo)

  97. Mordecai Richler has died

    Mordecai Richler, one of Canada's most opinionated and respected writers, has died from what is believed to be complications related to his cancer. Best known for his book The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Richler, 70, wrote a total of ten books (three of which were judged as part of the 100 best English-Canadian books) and hundreds of columns, many of which featured his passion for Montreal and Quebec. If you feel so inclined, you can sign a virtual book of visitation for him…or just raise a pint in his memory.

  98. Smart Tags and more IE fun

    Been quiet here as I’ve been busy with the post-mortem of the Ontario Science Centre’s launch. One day there'll be an article about the differences between pushing out a corporate site and a media site. Over this past week or so there’s been a lot of very interesting sites, articles, and issues which have caught my eye, many of which are listed below for your enjoyment:

  99. Ontario Science Centre site launches; OJA deadline

    Launched the new Ontario Science Centre site today, after spending a couple of hours trying to figure out some weird style sheet interpretations in IE 5.0 for Windows (praise ELEMENT/* */{ attribute: value }). This morning, I was able to fix a weird style sheet interpretation unique to IE 5.0 for the Macintosh. I'm now struggling with a buggy JavaScript engine in IE 4.0 for the Mac that creates endless loops when trying to detect if the page is framed (partial solution).

  100. Privacy Policy

    Happy Bloomsday!

  101. Notes on Web Design

    It's hot in Toronto, a humidex of about 35ºC, and the QA period is winding down. Nothing much to report except Valerie Casey's "Notes on Web Design". Unique, with content that genuinely have the feel of quick, yet inspired, notes covering topics such as: visual design, interactive design, typography, color theory, Web graphics, the development process, and useful resources (found via Interaction by Design)

  102. Mozilla 0.9.1 tips and Netscape 6.1

    A few things for anyone looking for a good Gecko-based browser:

  103. Trying to make money

    Looks like a comment I made on Buzz.ca has stirred the pot over at CANOE. As I told some of my former colleagues, the item wasn't intended mean-spiritedly, but more as a comment on how Web content sites are searching out ways to generate cash. I feel it's an especially relevant topic in light of what's happened with Spingboard.ca, the Automatic Media gang, and possibly Salon.

  104. The day my Web died

    The collapse of Automatic Media, Suck, Feed and Plastic, once three of the best sites online.

  105. Canadian community sites

    Despite an incredibly awkward title ('Digital gunslingers take aim for 'third sector' Web projects') an article in CanadaComputes is a good look at what's happening in the world of Canadian community/forum-based sites, such as Buzz.ca. Worth a read

  106. The next battle in the Browser Wars

    I knew this would happen: declare I'm not going to write for a bit only to stumble across something noteworthy.

  107. Plans for this site

    Things are going to be slow here for a bit, as we move into the QA phase of the new Ontario Science Centre Web site. Realize I haven't talked much about it (well, perhaps the odd rant), but it has definitely inspired a few ideas (some of which are evidenced in the new version of this site)….

  108. June 4, 2001

    The Condensed Net Glossary is now at version 3.0.2 (after ensuring the not found page would display, and fixing a minor bug which prevented a search on terms). Features include a search-based interface for those using the newest browsers

  109. Steel-toed shoes

    Ended up catching a cab to work because if I didn't I would've been an hour late (ended up being 20 minutes late). So, $17.75 (plus tip) later, I arrive at work just to catch the glimpse of a co-worker disappearing in the distance to buy the company-paid-for, steel-toe shoes.

  110. CANOE, meet NetGraphe

    Pierre Karl Peledeau's foray into convergence occured just as the markets peaked, and the move has left Quebecor $7 billion in debt. While the printing operations are in the black, the new media divison is $1.5 billion in the red, leaving Quebecor struggling to make payments. And on the heels of merging NetGraphe with CANOE in a bizarre reverse-IPO, the company's top brass are paying the Toronto troops a visit tomorrow.

  111. Weblogging journalists

    J.D. Lasica writes about blogging as it relates to journalism in his recent OJR column, which profiles a six weblogging journalist. As always, his column was a good read, but it was this month's opening that got me thinking.

  112. Navigating Web sites

    Found (via antenna) a fantastic resource on navigating Web sites. The site — done in a crisp, low-fi design — was created by Elizabeth Boling, who teaches graduate students in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University.

  113. Shift relaunches

    Shift relaunched (along with its print sibling) last week, and I've just now checked it out, unfortunately.

  114. The roll of On the Road

    On the way to a friend’s wedding Saturday, my own best man began talking about how Jack Kerouac’s On the Road was written on one, big, long scroll of paper.

  115. Exit ads are just bad

    Why its a bad idea to advertise to users when they leave the site.

  116. Convergence madness

    At what point does the trend toward media convergence become silly? Despite genuine concerns raised about the creating a homogenous media voice, the industry is caught in a "me-too" mindset.

  117. New-media grants

    Mark Evans has an interesting take on the government's plan to give the new-media industry $108 million. He argues, in his column on CANOE Money, that the plan is exactly what should not be done.

  118. Sun layoffs

    Pierre Karl’s bloodlust continues…. Quebecor has cut 302 positions from Canada's second largest newspaper chain, Sun Media. Media watchers should not be surprised by the announcement, given the signs:

  119. The nature of journalism

    Read a great essay/speech by Bill Moyer on the nature of journalism. Anyone wondering why public broadcasting is important should read this. In fact, anyone interested in media at all should read this

  120. Describing online editors

    In an article from the Content Spotlight, Gary Kebbel, director of AOL News, offered one of the better definitions of an online editor's job I've yet read:

  121. Mozilla 0.9 released

    Another reason for downloading, and developing to, the newest version Mozilla, the Gecko-based browser released today....

  122. Buzz.ca

    Missed the big picture of Buzz.ca completely when a former colleague of mine pointed out the Chrétienizer late last year.

  123. Portals for women

    Slipped into an article about Excite Canada firing 41 percent of its employees, was the seed of a intriguing story: the death spasms of the Canadian women's portals.

  124. Taxes; Contact; OSC redesign

    Beautiful sunny days have been the standard for the past while here in Toronto, thus partially explaining the lack of entries. But so to does:

  125. Sun redesigns

    The Toronto Sun, the city's brashest tabloid (and sister company to my former employer), has undergone a complete redesign which saw an end to a couple of its own trademarks.

  126. Ugly, ugly

    Feel as though your latest Web design is uninspired, sterile, or just cliché? Try this ego boost

  127. Salon’s premium

    Salon.com has announced its premium edition, and I can't help but notice how its been inspired by one of the few areas of the Web making money: porn sites.

  128. Stick men fight

    What with the popularity of the Xiaoxiao movies (1, 2, and 3); the logo icons found throughout Plastic; and the "hosts" on sites like Lookandfeel (all likely inspired by the various stick figure death, dancing and tarot card sites; along with the 24,000 pages other pages found by Google), it looks as tho the stick figure has become the new design motif du jour.

  129. Doing JavaScript

    Managed to finally roll-out the dHTML-ized version of the site's interior pages this weekend. Throughout this process (and that of redeveloping the still unlaunched Ontario Science Centre site) my JavaScript knowledge went from nothing to passable competence (with thanks to the braintrust at WebDesign-L).

  130. Summit of Americas

    The media coverage of the Summit of Americas has, surprisingly, been almost fair. The Internet has allowed the indie media outlets get their message out as quickly

  131. The fun with titles

    Why it’s worth moving away from using titles for just usability aids.

  132. Re: Getting a Press Pass

    A response to a reader’s question about getting a press pass, and setting up an interview.

  133. Big ads and subscription

    Salon.com’s made what could be a bold step. By

  134. Text and lynx

    I’ve got a borderline compulsive need to outfit my work computers with a core set of browsers,

  135. The New Yorker finally goes online

    Commentary on The New Yorker magazine's long absent Web presence.

  136. Sympatico content choice

    Following on the heels of CANOE,

  137. Overturning CANOE

    Ten days after writing a piece about the CANOE-Netgraphe merger, it seems the worst has happened. I wrote that another round of layoffs would devastate moral, but if Pierre Karl Péladeau didn’t let the markets dictate things, CANOE.ca could be okay. But he did, and most of the tech department, the head of the art department, and the vice president of content is gone. Those working on contracts will not be renewed. Management promises, again, this is the last of the lay-offs

  138. More changes for CANOE

    What Quebecor’s merger of CANOE and Netgraphe means.

  139. CBC’s new, new-media initiatives

    Bored with a repeated episode of CBC’s Ideas, I wandered through my bookmarks looking for some intelligent audio online. Too much stale content brought me back to the CBC and todradio.com. Tuned in and enjoyed an hour’s worth of technorealist-focused live audio. That lead me to CBC’s other new media initiatives: 120seconds.com, NMC, and Just Concerts. The Flash-heavy designs seem to be hiding some quality music, animations, and video shorts. Might make them part of my regular rounds.

  140. One-word: Plastic

    First off, my bias statement: I'm a big fan of the two of the sites launching this service. That being said, their new community site (based on the Slashdot.org engine) Plastic, could introduce open-source journalism. Despite pioneering the style, the “News for Nerds” nature of Slashdot created an sense that this was an exclusive group. Plastic wants to be more open. Essentially covering pop-culture news items, submitted in part by professional journalists, Plastic might encourage the average person to actively participate in the media fray. I’ve been skeptical about open-source journalism in the past, but a number of things I’ve seen in the past few months are changing my mind. Plastic will be an interesting site to watch and participate in.