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January 2004’s Posts.

  1. Cleaning the desktop: journalism-related links

    My desktop is getting overwhelmed by bloggable (and primarily journalism-related) links, so it’s time to clean it up:

  2. Citytv’s true colours?

    Citytv’s CityPulse journalists making goofs on themselves on tape: a prominent Toronto anchor makes some questionable jokes (he’s apologized), a crime reporter steals some of an interviewee’s Grand Marnier, and the Leafs’ former captain tells off a cocky sports reporter.

  3. Dayparting

    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer divides the day up just right.

  4. Honderich resigns; CSS tooltips

    And so ends a dynasty: John Honderich, and his trademark bow-tie, won’t be seen around the offices of the Toronto Star for much longer. The paper’s publisher is leaving his post “with regret” due to a “corporate desire for change.”

  5. Wearing sheep’s clothing

    Groups are starting to exploit journalists as both a means and an end for accomplishing their goals.

  6. Recognizing abbr; are newspapers the last mass medium?

    The aforementioned rant on the RCMP raid of a journalist’s home, and the precedent it may establish, has now been posted.

  7. Interviewing Shea; RCMP raid

    Digital Web has published my interview with Dave Shea. His thougtful answers touch on his past and future, as well as offer insight into his own works.

  8. Conservative Web sites; Roots looking to sweatshops?

    David Akin has written an article in The Globe and Mail that reviews the Conservative Party leadership candidates’ Web sites. But how do they do on the standards count?

  9. Nielsen says patent; maybe CanCon rules are needed

    Stupidest advice yet: Jakob Nielsen actually advocates that companies “patent usability innovations.” Great, just great.

  10. Black’s tragedy

    Wow…even if you aren’t a business and media buff, this is one engaging, and tragic story: the mighty Lord Conrad Black has lost his media empire after (among other things) being fired from, and sued by, his own company, Hollinger International.

  11. Better 404s and CSS illustrations

    Help the lost and confused at your site by following the advice at A List Apart. (Yes, I know this site doesn’t have a proper 404 page — long story — but if it did, the page would look something like the one suggested in the article).

  12. Mozilla 1.6 released; mitigating media concentration

    Mozilla 1.6 is out, and features the ability to refresh the source code window (great for debugging) as well as numerous bug fixes (including one that prevented me from using an experimental new design for this site).

  13. Challenging the tarrif; VeriSign wants RFIDs; cross-browser DHTML Behaviors

    Not like it was unexpected: Apple, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and a bunch of retailers are challenging the tarrif to be placed on MP3 players. A successful suit could lead to the end of legal downloading in Canada, though.

  14. CSS layout tutorial; CBC archives flooded

    Russ Weakley has produced a well-written, step-by-step tutorial for creating CSS layouts. Great for beginners and veterans alike.

  15. Bell Globemedia break-up; Rebus Symbols;Nott’s hacks and filters

    Earlier reports about the break-up of Bell Globemedia (my employer) are looking truer by the day. Over the weekend, the National Post reported that the company’s board has been dissolved. Could be another interesting Janaury/February here…

  16. Web award deadlines; Elm Street falls

    Looks like another tough year for the Webby’s. Last year, as you may recall, they cancelled the gala awards party; this year they’re extending the deadline for entries.

  17. CSS supports limit semantic mark-up; Internet as coffee-house

    Dave Shea has a detailed breakdown of a stumbling block I’ve been climbing over while rebuilding this site. Strip-down mark-up to its semantically pure form, and it becomes almost impossible to access the needed elements with today’s CSS. As a result, the mark-up needs additional hooks.

  18. CBC (r)evolution; whatever:hover; hand-writing fonts

    Could the CBC be in for some changes, too? CanWest reported at the end of 2003 that two internal studies found the public broadcaster too stuffy, and suggested a new anchor was needed to attract younger viewers, like, say, me.

  19. Media rumours and trends; printing the Web; the Daily Standards

    Recently, when talking with a co-worker about the possible sale of our employer, I said there was no big media companies left who would want the Globe — I had forgotten about Transcontinental, best known as the publisher of the TV Guide.

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