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December 2004’s Posts.

  1. The year that was

    The Internet turned 35 this year yet somehow 2004 managed to create an air of excitement about the medium’s potential. The sense of possibility is almost as rich as it was a decade ago. In fact, some of this year’s trends harken back to then, too.

  2. Canadian relief sites clogged

    The Globe and Mail listed five sites accepting donations to help ease the horrors occuring as a result of the South Asian earthquake and tsunami, half are slow or not responding. Although it could be coincidental, I’d like to believe Canadians are flooding humanitarian aid sites.

  3. Installing Acrobat Reader 7

    Asa Dotzler explains how to best to install this speed-increasing upgrade.

  4. Chapters blocks validator

    Joe Clark discovers the book store’s Web site blocks any attempts to balidate its mangled code.

  5. eBay best Net stock

    The auction site was the only one of the big five to improve upon its price at the bubble’s height.

  6. PressThink’'s Top Ten Ideas for 2004

    From the legacy media to the Pajamahadeen and more.

  7. Opera betas version 8

    The browser was to 7.6, but the amount of enhancements boosted it a whole number.

  8. Kensington Market Festival of Lights

    Always a great way to celebrate the beginning of the end of winter darkness.

  9. More Toronto tabloids?

    Rumours abound that the National Post, and maybe one day the Toronto Star, may go tabloid.

  10. Slate sold to Washington Post

    The sale should be done by mid-January, and no major editorial changes are planned.

  11. Smart, wireless transit ads

    The TTC will carry location-specific digital ads served using a wireless network. Could true WiFi be next?

  12. New media timeline

    Despite the poor interface, this comprehensive timeline covers 35 years of American new media history.

  13. MP3 player levy quashed

    The Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the copyright levvies applied to digital music players aren’t legal.

  14. The New York Times Firefox ad

    Somewhere in the blur you’ll find my name amongst the 10,000 or so donors.

  15. Canadian journalism a stagnant pool?

    John Miller argues the media here is could care less…

  16. CSS needs fixing

    Daniel Glazman weighs in with a mea culpa on the curent state of CSS.

  17. ICANN killing the domain name system

    I now believe ICANN is intentionally trying to destroy the domain name system. How else can you explain the ludicrous, opportunistic creation of the new “mobi” TLD? And why “mobi”? Is it supposed to be hip? What’s wrong with “mobile”? Web-Graphics outlines one of the largest problems with the “mobi” TLD (as did did Tim Berners-Lee earlier).

  18. Dude

    Clive Thompson on dude’s current usage.

  19. CBC does RSS

    CBC now has support for a variety of RSS feeds. Wonder who will be next…?

  20. Canadians are going digital

    We’re dropping analog media in favour of its digital equivalent at an increasing rate.

  21. Details on the AOL Browser

    It will use IE, but will included tabbed browsing. Why they don’t use the Netscape Browser still confounds me.

  22. Gary Webb is dead

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who tied the CIA to crack cocaine-trafficking in Los Angeles has committed suicide.

  23. Citytv news bests CBC, CTV

    Toronto’s own CityPulse at Six won a Gemini Award for best newscast beating out CBC’s The National and CTV News

  24. What to do about writer’s block

    The return of the (content as) king.

  25. Ontario stops censoring movies

    Next year, the Ontario Film Review Board will likely lose its powers to censor film in the province.

  26. Will citizen journalists hurt journalism?

    Bill Doskoch points voice to some concerns I have over the buzz around “citizen journalism.”

  27. Testing all copy editors

    The Toronto Star’s ombusman Nitpicker’s Quiz tests ones editing skills.

  28. Google News en français

    The French edition of Google News Canada enables searches and browsing news items from more than 500 French news sources.

  29. Wireless in Montreal

    Île Sans Fil helps businesses and local institutions give Internet access away free.

  30. Supreme Court rules in favour of same-sex marriage

    Canada’s top court has ruled same-sex marriage is constitutional, now the Liberals have to make good on their promising to change the legal definition.

  31. Tog’s list of persistent design bugs

    The top ten list is only seven items right now, but expect more.

  32. Firefox’s effect on news sites

    Mark Glaser takes a look at the browser from an online news perspective (and quotes me in the process).

  33. Mozilla’s developer FAQ

    Mozilla answers some common questions about the Gecko rendering engine, including how to use XHTML.

  34. Coulter on Carlson elucidate on Canada

    The pundits of conservative America demonstarte their skills.

  35. Time for a new Net?

    The Christian Science Monitor wonders if the 35-year-old Internet needs a facelift.

  36. XStandard supports Firefox

    The XHTML WYSIWYG is now Firefox-friendly.

  37. Advertising without hockey

    The New York Times, of all places explains how the lock-out has hurt the TV industry.

  38. As if it wasn’t conservative enough…

    Clear Channel Communications (who banned the Dixie Chicks) will use Fox News Radio to provide national news for most of its news and talk stations.

  39. The future of RSS advertising

    Jason Kottke surveys the users and developers of RSS aggregators to find out.

  40. Firefox users don’t click on ads

    Of course there’s a litany of reasons for this, savviness being just one.

  41. Marqui on a slippery slope

    Paying bloggers to create a buzz about a product could backfire.

  42. Thunderbird 1.0

    Mozilla’s excellent mail client is ready for its close up.

  43. Web design forecast for 2005

    Predictions for next year’s Web design trends.

  44. Editorial judgement by log analysis

    The Financial Times looks to its Web logs for tips on news trends.

  45. Eye blog

    Toronto’s alterna-weekly gets a blog.

  46. Why blogging as journalism is a pipe dream

    Jason Kottke posts scoops about a Jeporady whiz Ken Jennings, and Sony threatens to sue him — but not the Washington Post, which did the same thing.

  47. Park-by-phone

    Well, actually it’s pay-by-phone-to-park, but still…

  48. Editorial judgement by click

    A newspaper is tracking every click on a story and using that to help determine the content of the next day’s paper.

  49. ITunes Canada has finally arrived.

    After a lot of stumbles, Apple has launched a Canadian edition of it’s iTunes service. With 700,000 songs available for only 99¢ it maintains the less-than-a-buck/pound-a-song model here in Canada. The result means it’s cheaper to buy the same songs off of the Canadian iTunes than it is in U.S. or the U.K.

  50. Why Google News is still “beta”

    The WSJ’s Online Journal caught Google News link, as its top story, to a satirical article claiming Canada had arrested U.S. President Georg

  51. Joe Gillespie retires

    Joe Gillespie is retiring from his pioneering work as a Web designer and publisher of Web Page Design for Designers.

  52. The media company I want to work for

    Mark Glaser describes the ideal online journalism outfit. Sign me up.

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