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  1. Online news demographic not the newspaper’s

    Some stats to back-up a lot of anecdotal evidence. Those under 40 read online news, not newspapers.

  2. Canvas in IE

    Emulating canvas in Internet Explorer.

  3. Ajax link tracker

    This is a very elegant way to do this, a much cheaper than some offerings.

  4. Khoi Vinh becoming Design Director for NYTimes.com

    His minimal, grid-heavy look could slowly bring some needed improvements to the Grey [sic] Lady’s site.

  5. The future of new is people

    Hypergene MediaBlog disects tthe latest Niewman Report on citizen journalism.

  6. How to reimagine a newspaper

    Although The Globe and Mail got some ribbing about it, this is exactly its doing.

  7. Outings’s resolutions for newspapers online

    Most Canadian ones are doing one or two, but none are doing all nine, yet.

  8. E-paper a reality in 2006

    I saw a demo of iRex Technologies’ reader (which uses e-Ink) and it is impressive. The business model, though, sucks.

  9. CSS bar graphs

    Eric Meyer shows another way to create semantic bar graphs.

  10. Online news initiatives out-of-date

    One of the problems with online newspapers is that great initiatives are left to rot once launched. A perfect example of this: the Toronto Star released a clever Google Map of murders in the Toronto area “2005 to date”; but it’s not up-to-date.

  11. Ingram’s Web 2.0 report card

    Overall it gets a C, with eBay seen struggling.

  12. Firefox for music

    Rob Lord planning potential iTunes-killer to be based on Mozilla

  13. Media levy to stay

    The tax on recordable compact discs and other recordable media will stay until 2006 at least.

  14. RSS icon

    Now that Microsoft has adopted the Mozilla RSS icon, Matt Brett has created a graphic template of it for everyone to use.

  15. Yahoo! JavaScript Developer Center

    Great collection of articles, resources, and tutorials on Yahoo’s products and on JavaScript itself.

  16. Opening the media

    Launching a new site can be a painful experience, especially for one visited by hundreds of thousands of people a day. When the Toronto Star launched its new design, there were a number of rough edges; but in the intervening weeks, the team there has worked hard to fix them. In fact, shortly after the site’s unveiling, the Star created a comment-enabled blog to discuss the online team’s experiences and ideas.

  17. Designing outside the grid

    Molly encourages designers to go beyond the table-inspired grid.

  18. CanvasGraph.js

    Another nice demo what can be done with the canvas element.

  19. thestar.com does GoogleMaps

    Not quite ChicagoCrime, but this map of toronto homicides is a start.

  20. thestar.com removes registration

    Though I have no love for registration, I can’t see any business reason for doing this other than regrouping after some negative results.

  21. thestar.com: webmaking

    The Toronto Star has launched a ne wblog to speak to its reader about its Web site. Very smart.

  22. Toronto gets some real power

    The Ontario government finally allows T-dot to make its own decisions.

  23. Calling all Canadian Web workers

    Kim Seiver and Jay Gilmore have sparked a passionate discussion about creating a Canadian-based Web design conference.

  24. Newspapers are mainframes

    Interesting comparison of the newspaper business to what has happened to the computer since the mainframe.

  25. Improving the blog interface

    Luke Wroblewski and Jed Wood come up with intelligent ways to improve the findability of content in blogs.

  26. The ultimate Web 2.0 offering

    WebTwenny will revolutionize user-focused experiences.

  27. What CSS browsers support

    Covering IE 6, Firefox 1 and 1.5, and Opera 8.5

  28. The Anatomy of Web Fonts

    An comprehensive guide to what makes some fonts better online.

  29. The Elements of Web Typography

    Richard Rutter unveils a beautiful resource about displaying words and letters online.

  30. Pulitzer will accept online journalism

    Online journalism will not compete on par with printed newspapers articles for the first time.

  31. Journalism ethics around the globe

    The University of British Columbia’s journalism school launches an ethics watchdog Web site.

  32. Podcast is the word of the year

    No surprise as almost anyone whose anyone is doing it. Bird flu, lifehack, and sudoku were among the runners up.

  33. E-rights make it to the Supreme Court

    Freelance writer Heather Robertson’s case against The Globe and Mail over electronic rights, finally makes it to the Supreme Court.

  34. Ajax mistakes

    Mistakes in code and design the one can make while building Ajax-based apps.

  35. Mobile Web development in Japan

    Andreas Bovens argues for Web standards on mobile sites.

  36. Community authorship still has hope

    The Wikiepedia is under attack; Web 2.0 is under a backlash, but masionneuve argues there is still hope.

  37. Mary Meeker on global tech and Net trends

    Lots of data crunched into some nice slides. Worth browsing.

  38. Eolas patent forces Internet Explorer changes

    Microsoft will be changing the way its browser handles embedded multimedia within a few months.

  39. Where to use DOM scripting

    THough Alex Bosworth says Ajax, and means DOM scripts, his advice is solid.

  40. Do you prefer Internet Explorer or Firefox?

    Rocketboom asks New Yorkers which they prefer — its charming and quirky.

  41. iPod Zepto

    Capable of holding 12 million songs and only one-tenth the size of the head of a needle, the iPod Zepto is a revolution in sound.

  42. WebDrive

    WebDrive claims its an FTP client that acts like a virtual drive. Nice.

  43. Ingram on the Bell Globemedia deal

    Mathew Ingram sounds off on a deal that he feels leaves the company in continued limbo.

  44. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

    Woodbridge and Torstar are buying Bell Globemedia — I woulda thought the former would have got The Globe, the latter CTV.

  45. Web design trends for 2006

    All of the predictions are safe, although some are a bit dated.

  46. Ricky Gervais podcasts

    The twelve weekly shows will be available through Guardian Unlimited starting December 5.

  47. Running two versions of Firefox

    With Firefox 1.5 out, it’s a bit tricky to run an instance of version 1.0, too. But there is a way (hint: profiles).

  48. Top 10 JavaScript functions

    Use all but the last “bonus” function ” but I may soon.

  49. Firefox 1.5 released

    And the improvements over version 1.0 are well worth the download.

  50. Mozilla.com

    The commercial site for Mozilla has launched (in time for the 1.5 releases of Firefox)

  51. Tantek on CSS filters and hacks

    The man who popularized CSS workarounds sounds-off on the current state of affairs.

  52. CSS beyond the Web browser

    Bert Bos and Håkon Wium Lie use CSS to create a printed book.

  53. Canada.com goes standard

    Yet another Canadian news site unveiled a standards-based redesign, this time canada.com. Unlike the Toronto Star redesign (which was likely hampered by a crusty CMS), canada.com’s mark-up is much cleaner and elegant. Not exactly semantic, but not too crufty either.

  54. Canada’s government on the brink

    Now, it’s just a matter of minutes before the opposition parties in Canada’s parliament pass a motion of non-confidence in the Liberal government of PM². When that happens, Canadians will mark their ballots for the second time in less than two years — the date, likely Janaury 23, 2006.

  55. The 33 hottest bands in Canada

    Canada’s music bloggers, writers and critics pick the hottest in 2005. No real surpises, but all quite genuine.

  56. Really reimagine a newspaper

    Ethan Kaplan reimagines a newspaper as a dot-com shop. Radical, but real (for some papers).

  57. Really reimagine a newspaper

    Ethan Kaplan reimagines a newspaper as a dot-com shop. Radical, but real (for some papers).

  58. Web 2.0 Bingo

    Buzzword bingo for the new boom.

  59. Web 2.0 Checklist

    It’s funny ’cause it’s true!

  60. Journal of Usability Studies

    A peer-reviewed online journal about, well, usability.

  61. Instant filler text, improved

    Now you can specify the number of words or type of elements to be automatically created.

  62. mashingtonpost.com

    Adrian Holovaty makes his mark (again) by open-sourcing the washingtonpost.com site.

  63. Oh the irony: AOL selling online ads for CBC

    Canada’s national broadcaster will enlist America On-Line to become the exclusive seller of advertising to former’s Web site.

  64. Paying Visa bill in pennies

    Protest over privacy threat results in a nearly 10-metre long credit card statement.

  65. del.icio.us does command line

    A newish feature makes the breadcrumb/page title/navigation bar act like a command line. Not completely intuitive, but works.

  66. Survey of online journalism skills

    The Medill School of Journalism is conducting a brief survey on about the skills that online journalists and producers ought to have.

  67. WebPatterns

    John Allsop continues his noble efforts to bring patterns to the wild Web.

  68. Batelle on a better Boom

    John Battelle opines in The New York Times on how to do Web 2.0 right.

  69. Tab in a textarea

    Tabinta lets Firefox users use the tab key within a textarea.

  70. Anti-gravity spaceship patented!

    No joke: The U.S. Patent Office approved Boris Volfson’s “concept.”

  71. Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 delayed?

    Rumour has it Windows Vista’s Beta 2 is being delayed, meaning the new browser version may be, too.

  72. Innovation with corporations

    Why big companies have a hard time innovating, and how that can be fixed.

  73. CSSVista

    In one app, preview and edit CSS in two browsers.

  74. Digital Think

    I think it’s a book supported by a Flash Web site with a McLuhan-follower’s-esque penchant for newspeak. Intersting, though.

  75. 130,000 actively pay for TimesSelect

    In the first two months, the number of people paying to read nytimes.com is huge (even after newspaper subscribers are substracted).

  76. Newsvine

    Mike Davidson’s new project could explode (in a good or bad way) — it has some very smart grounding.

  77. Selling TV episodes

    As predicted, more networks are selling old shows on-demand, for cheap. Are you listening, CBC?

  78. Canada gets m-commerce

    The three national wireless service providers have a agreeded to support a standardized system of wireless payments.

  79. The Rabble Podcast Network

    Politically progressive webzine rabble.ca launches a hub for like-minded podcasts.

  80. Instant filler text

    A clever little script automatically loads up waiting elements with some generic text.

  81. The Web browser market as a high school party

    Maybe it’s jsut funny because I don’t use Opera or maybe it’s perfect satire.

  82. Toronto Star goes all CSS

    Well, credit where credit is due: the Toronto Star unveiled a redesign that makes it the first major news site in Canada to use a CSS-based layout. Though later than hoped, the Star’s relaunch beat The Globe and Mail by a good couple of months.

  83. Use Internet Explorer’s rendering engine in Firefox

    Netscape 8 did it first, but now Firefox can, too. With IETab, you can view pages in Firefox the way Internet Explorer would show them.

  84. Common class and id values

    John Allsop crawls the Web and finds some truly odd choices for class and id values.

  85. Sonic Youth gets its gear back

    Punk broke in 1991, and eight years later, Sonic Youth’s sound was broken when their equipment was stolen. Now it’s coming back.

  86. The Ultimate getElementsByClassName

    Not sure if it is “the ultimate” but it seems quite comprehensive to me.

  87. BBC podcasts with video

    This is a smart move, and will be the big trend in media for 2006.

  88. The Truth about Internet Explorer 7

    Via, via, via, Chris Wilson repsonds bluntly about the expectations around IE 7.

  89. Worst breadcrumb ever

    The Kingston Whig-Standard’s breadcrumb trail has a nice symmetry. (Thanks Angus)

  90. CBC Radio 3 plans

    The details about the pay-radio satellite service are coming out, as is the little detail about the Web site relaunch being delayed until next year.

  91. Gomery: Latest developments

    Blog-like updates at The Globe and Mail.

  92. Gomery lays blame

    Gomery assigns blame (in Chapter 16 of his first report) to Guité as well as Chrétien, Pelletier and Gagliano. Martin cleared.

  93. Wan-sabi fundamentals

    Yes, it’s another “Eastern philosophy” swallowed by pop culture, but it’s one that reflects Web design’s best practices.

  94. CBC Radio One going Top 40

    To those in charge: CBC Radio is not a commerical enterprise, it is a public broadcaster.

  95. The Gomery Report coverage

    This is it — coverage of a so-called scandal that will be the cause for the next election.

  96. PM²’s first podcast

    Yes, the Prime Minister of Canada is doing a weekly podcast, though they don’t dare call it that. When’s the mash-up appear?

  97. Canadian Web design salaries and rates

    Joe Clark opines on a recetn salary survery for Canadian and Torontonian Web folk. Given my experience, the rates seem about right.

  98. JavaScript libraries

    A good overview of the popular Web 2.0 JavaScript libraries (formerly known as DHTML libraries).

  99. “I’ve fallen and can’t get up”

    CBC president Robert Rabinovitch falls during his Heritage Committee testimony.

  100. Eye redesigns

    For its fourteenth birthday (has it been that long?), Eye gets a full-colour redesign (but the site is awful).

  101. Searching of the “one true layout”

    Alex Robinson tackles CSS layouts using floats and builds a totally flexible layout.

  102. On Montreal and Broken Social Scene

    Douglas Bell provides a beautiful takedown of a hilariously misinformed The New York Times review of Broken Social Scene’s latest release.

  103. Canadian Magazines blog

    Yes, a blog about the small, crazy magazine industry in Canada.

  104. Opera 9 preview

    Lots of nice little fixes across the board, with the browser moving closer to the Firefox app behaviour.

  105. Dean Edward’s addEvent

    Don’t really get what’s going on here yet, but others think it rock solid.

  106. Saturday Night done, again

    The magazine that always seems to die, only to be reborn, is dead again.

  107. The new “addEvent”

    Haven’t played with it at all, but will be using this new way to add events universally.

  108. Doing sidenotes

    A better solution to presenting footnotes can be easy in CSS.

  109. Longing for the World Without Web

    Some days, I must admit, I agree with Mr. Ford’s stated sentiments.

  110. The Globe and Mail a top Google News source

    According to survey of Google News, The Globe and Mail is the top Canadian news source, and the 22nd top source overall.

  111. Support the right-of-way for streetcars on St Clair

    The Save our St Clair lobby group succeeded in shutting down the construction of a dedicated right-of-way for streetcar; this petition aims to get theproject back-on-track.

  112. Oh, the irony

    IEBlog asks CSS developers to stop using hacks, but the logic seems a bit fuzzy.

  113. iPod Video

    Figures; buy a Nano, and a new iPod comes out. Still not solid on portable video, but buying TV shows for $2 ’ brilliant move that will save movies and TV.

  114. Canada wants to wiretap the Net

    A new bill could allow the government to eavesdrop on the email, Net and/or phone use of more than 8,000 simultaneous interceptions around the clock, every day of the year.

  115. Does this mean the tide is turning?

    This Free iPod banner doesn’t want you to hit the monkey — it invites you to sound of on the war in Iraq.

  116. Newspapers need their iPod

    The music industry benefitted from the iPod — now its the newspaper that needs a hot gadget to help its survival.

  117. The Blooker Prize

    The world’s first literary prize devoted to “blooks”: books based on blogs or websites [sic], says the site.

  118. New Toronto blog: Paved

    Marc Weisblott finally convinced the Toronto Stat to do a real blog covering the city.

  119. CSS: Specificity Wars

    Andy Clarke simplifies CSS​selectors for Star Wars fans.

  120. The expanding box problem

    Another Internet Explorer CSS bug explained and fixed. Posting mainly for its suggestion of word-wrap: break-word.

  121. Economist redesigns with standards

    Also offers a day pass. Interesting stuff.

  122. CBC back to work Oct. 11

    CBC will return in all its beaten glory next Tuesday. Hockey Night in Canada will be back for Saturday, though.

  123. How to describe Web 2.0

    Steven Johnson uses a very apt metaphor to describe the difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0.

  124. CBC: deal reached

    After being told to settle their dispute, and given a 48-hour deadline, the CBC management and the Candian Media Guild (CMG) did just that last night. The Great CBC Lockout looks to be over. Finally.

  125. Judith Miller freed

    Her source (U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff) “voluntarily and personally” released her of her promise of confidentiality.

  126. Brandless icons for documents

    Hate seeing a branded icon for your HTML or MP3 files? Try these.

  127. Dream project

    Imagine your dream project. Now imagine it being handed to you. What would you do?

  128. Wireless VoIP

    Use a “softphone” to transform almost any device into a telephone.

  129. A List Apart on columns

    Examines how to support CSS3’s multicolumns using JavaScript and how to split lists.

  130. In the Hot Zone

    Kevin Sites is a one man reporter whose wat coverage has garnered him a lot of well-deserved respect. Now he’s doing it for Yahoo!

  131. 2005 Online Journalism Awards Finalists

    Good range of nominees, including work by The Globe and Mail’s Stephanie Nolen and Joel Corda.

  132. Solving the onload dilemma

    Dean Edwards has crafted a clever way to initialize events before “onload.”

  133. PHP Canadian?!

    This I did not know: PHP was apparently created by a Canadian (as was Java).

  134. Screen reading and line lengths

    Joe Clark digs up some research that says longer may be better.

  135. Axing journalists

    The New York Times is cutting at least 100 journalist from its payroll. This is not the direction the industry should be going (even if we all secretly feel it is).

  136. Opera is free

    Looks like the trial free registration was no trial. Opera is free, including its newest version, 8.5.

  137. Improving printed Web pages

    Aaron Gustafson riffs on how best to display URLs in a printed Web page.

  138. Add a comment at The Globe and Mail

    The Globe and Mail becomes the first mainstream media outlet in Canada to allow its regular readers to comment directly on the news presented on its Web site.

  139. The Globe and Mail: now comments-enabled

    Just spent a lot of hours finishing up what has become the first comments-enabled manistream news Web site in Canada. Yes, The Globe and Mail is now taking comments on its news pages. For a full write-up, read the latest rant.

  140. Indie Fantasy League

    Don’t know which non-music blogger mentioned this, but it was funny then. Pitchfork’s take is scary brillant.

  141. Truly randomizing a playlist

    Dan Goodin explores what random playlists really mean, and whether that’s what we actually want.

  142. Love the semi-colon

    A defence of one of my personal favourite punctuation marks.

  143. Typetester

    Marko Dugonjić has built a snazzy online tool for comparing how two differently set types appear online.

  144. Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar

    Microsoft releases a Web developer toolbar that mimics Chris Pederick’s, and is available for IE 6 and 7.

  145. Bell, Rogers building wireless network together

    Details are a bit sketchy, but it sounds like the two will be creating a WiMax network accessible to the majority of Canadians.

  146. Primus sets it right

    The fourth in a series reveals that Primus may let me get VoIP while keeping my current local number.

  147. Dose’s Pill

    A mob-blog from a free tab? Are they mad, or just buzzing up the same market as Virgin?

  148. Guardian redesign

    The British Guardian unveiled a massive redesign the likes of which may be coming here in the coming years.

  149. Editing live Web pages

    PPK makes an all the paragraphs on the page editable by transforming them into textareas. Clever and simple.

  150. ChicagoCrime.org wins big journalism award

    Adrian Holovaty and his ChicagoCrime.org wins $10,000 Batten Award.

  151. Sold! For $2.6 billion to eBay: Skype

    The auction site owns PayPal, and just bought skype for a huge sum. VoIP is hot this year.

  152. The Mayor, the cheque, and the subway

    This is why David Miller is the greatest — the mayor of Toronto actually rode the subway back to work carrying a giant promotional cheque.

  153. Seeking standards-based Web developer

    LIke the title says, there’s an opening for a developer in Toronto who breathes Web standards.

  154. Seeking standards-based Web developer

    Keith was mentioning it earlier, and I agree, it’s hard to find good Web standards developers. So with that in mind, consider this an open call for ones in the Toronto area. Essentially, I’m looking to hear from those who dream live Web standards, and dream semantic mark-up. Being a news junkie who knows why * html can make IE behave is a definite bonus.

  155. VoIP with Primus — so close

    This third rant in a series on my attempts to get VoIP details how close to success I came before being stopped in mid-stride.

  156. Firefox 1.5 Beta 1

    This is a beta beta, but the reviews are pretty solid so far. Developers download and check it out.

  157. Bell doing VoIP in Toronto

    Bell Canada is finally offering VoIP to its Toronto-area customers (like me!). Bah.

  158. CanWest spins off papers

    As expected, CanWest is turning its newspapers and interactive media into a trust. Missing: the National Post, which spurs further speculation.

  159. Readers review TIFF films

    The Globe and Mail is letting readers submit their reviews of films in the Toronto International Film Festival.

  160. Rapid Web development with Firefox

    Great S5 slideshow explaining how to use Firefox for Web development — includes pointers to some very worthwhile extensions.

  161. Hell freezes over: Slashdot doing CSS

    Just as Firefox is about to render the old site’s horrible HTML properly, Slashdot readies with an all CSS-layout

  162. JavaScript Logging

    A List Apart publishes a offers a great resource for debugging JavaScript effectively.

  163. CanCon in a digital world

    Are Canadian content rules even relevant anymore, when every computer gives onregulatable access to a world of music?

  164. Good writing advice

    Some good, and simple, advice about writing; put the ending first.

  165. New Orleans: Post-Katrina

    Google Maps has updated its coverage to include images from the devastated city of New Orleans.

  166. The new strict mode in IE7

    The Internet Explorer development team looks to be adding, wisely, CSS 2.1 support only in strict mode.

  167. hasLayout explained

    Markus Mielke explains what Internet Explorer means when it uses “hasLayout” — quite informative.

  168. Workopolis redesign

    Canada’s biggest job site redesigns and offers a employer/job seeker login option.

  169. Chatelaine shake-up

    Canada’s magazine world is very small, so the story of Kim Pittaway’s resignation from Chatelaine is rich with juicy gossip.

  170. The 50 Most Toronto

    Marc Weisblott is getting a greatest Torontonian-type project underway an wants your help.

  171. Get yourr Weekly Pass

    Finally, the TTC is offering a transferable weekly and monthly pass starting September 1.

  172. Dean Edwards’ IE7 updated

    Version 0.9 is the last feature release before it moves to beta and final.

  173. Counting FeedBurner

    A PHP counter for FeedBurner.

  174. Get Opera ad-free

    The browser is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is letting people register for an ad-free version (good marketing move, too).

  175. Andie Barrie and crew returning to airwaves

    The former staff of CBC’s Toronto morning show return to the airwaves Labour Day morning.

  176. Getting dry DSL hassle-free

    The seconnd in a series of rants about VoIP and dry DSL explains how easy it can be to get both — if you look at it the right way.

  177. CANOE converges again

    Sometimes they never learn: PPK tries again to be the master of convergence.

  178. The Official Megabin Site!!

    The Web imitates life in this unfathanobly awful (official) Web site for Toronto’s new mega garbage bins.

  179. Mark Starowicz on the CBC lockout

    The senior executive producer of the CBC Documentary Unit opines on the lockout in a biased, but balanced opinion piece.

  180. Making a better business magazine

    Some advice from Jon Friedman on how to improve on the current host of business magazines. (Canadian Business already does a lot of this.)

  181. Caught on tape: Finch Avenue collapses!

    Nine photos of the massive collapse of Finch Avenue during the recent storm.

  182. Toronto iPod Subway Maps

    Have an iPod that displays photos? Get the map to Toronto’s subway system (or about a dozen others).

  183. August 26, 2005

    Hid the subscribe box and showed the search box in the menu Changed the spotlit items on the homepage.

  184. Ninjalicious obit

    More details on Jeff Chapman’s life and death. He will be missed.

  185. Ninjalicious is dead

    Ninjalicious , a pioneer of urban exploration, has died. Not sure, not sure when, but he was a underground (pun intended) cultural icon.

  186. Kottke’s thoughts on a WebOS

    He’s put a lot of thought into this and the potential is powerful, but I do have a sense of déjà.

  187. Online video news in Canada

    The Globe and Mail runs an insightful (if incestuous) article about video online.

  188. Brilliant new A List Apart design

    Buzzed-about in pre-launch, this design involved some big, big names: Jeffrey Zeldman, Jason Santa Maria, Eric Meyer, Dan Benjamin, Kevin Cornell, and Erin Kissane.

  189. CBCunplugged

    The Tyee has the story about the site the locked-out CBC workers built to keep reporting the news.

  190. Producing online projects

    Designed for the projects with the Virtual Museum Canada, this online guide can be used for developing general online projects, too.

  191. Robert A. Moog dies

    The man who essentially gave birth to electronica by inventing synthesizers that turned electric currents into sound has died age 71.

  192. Exploring Internet Explorer

    A new MSDN feature that could help give some tips on working with the popular browser.

  193. WikiPEI

    The guys at silverorange muse about governement Web sites, and create a wiki for their home province in the process.

  194. Single advertisier in New Yorker sparks concern

    Jon Friedman applauds the New Yorker’s decision to use Target as its sole advertiser; others moan.

  195. Extending tabindex

    Some documentation explaining how tabindex works on every element in Firefox 1.5 and Internet Explorer.

  196. Police allowed to spy on Canadians’ Net use

    A new law will give police and national security agencies new powers to eavesdrop on cellphone calls and monitor the Internet activities of Canadians.

  197. Petition to overturn satellite pay radio decisions

    The American satellite radio companies got a sweet deal mine Canadians pockets. We, however, got very little in return. Ask PM² to stop it.

  198. Blogging the CBC lockout

  199. Klymkiw leaving CBC

    Slawko Klymkiw, the man behind much of the innovative features on CBC is leaving said Mother Corp.

  200. Why doesn’t Internet Explorer add a table using appendChild?

    Adding a table using the DOM is relatively easy — all you need to do is dynamically create the needed TD (and/or TH), TR, TBODY (and/or TFOOT and/or THEAD), and TABLE nodes using createElement. The you add each child to its parent using appendChild.

  201. Design In-Flight: Web edition

    In its previous incarnation, Design In-Flight was a subscription-based PDF magazine. Now it’s been freed into a Web-friendly format.

  202. TTC stations on Google Maps

    Ian Stevens puts Toronto’s subway stations on Google Maps.

  203. New JavaScript Array methods

    Gecko 1.8 will provide Firefox’ JavaScript engine with a bunch of new, and helpful, methods for the Array object.

  204. Blatchford profile

    The Eyeopener has a rare, in-depth profile of fellow alumni, Christie Blatchford.

  205. efrank.ca design?

    Allegedly, this design (which looks to be very graphic or Flash heavy) shows what the online version of Frank will look like.

  206. Cohen broke?!

    Maclean’s will be running an article detailing the news that Leonard Cohen is broke.

  207. xajax: a PHP library for Ajax apps

    Touted as the the easiest way to develop asynchronous Ajax applications with PHP. Filed for future reference.

  208. Canadian Net penetration levels

    New study shows 73% are connected, as they've been for three years. Sixty-four percent of those have high-speeed access.

  209. Fucking Caps and Spelling

    Canadian journalism’s de facto spelling guide, Caps and Spelling, allows “fuck” to be spelled out.

  210. It’s gonne be a good fall

    Laying aside it also brings an anniversary and a birthday, there are about a dozen solid Canadian releases coming out.

  211. CBC locks out employees

    This morning, I woke up and flipped on CBC Radio One as I normally do. Today, though, I did it primarily to see if the inevitable didn’t happen. But it did. The voice on the radio told me the CBC management had locked-out its 5,500 or so members of the Canadian Media Guild. The Mother Corp. wants more flexibility in its hiring practices by hiring more contract workers. Already, almost a third of the employees now are currently working on a contract basis.

  212. Bob Rae on universities

    The funding system for Canada's education post-secondary education system is a mess and we need desparately to fix them.

  213. Thinking behind New York Times newsroom merger

    Mark Glaser talks with Martin Nisenholtz and Bill Keller about The New York Times dreams and plans.

  214. CBC to be silenced

    CBC could face a long and ugly strike or lock-out of almost all its employees Monday.

  215. Survey on Toronto’s new garbage bins

    Do you like the new bins? Or do you think they’re a billboard retrofitted to collect our waste. Tell the city what you think.

  216. Two-colour sIFR

    Here’s a clever way to do sIFR as a duotone.

  217. Young Canadians choose Net

    Ditching radio and TV in favour of the Net; CANOE, CBC.ca, and CTV.ca most popular sites for Canadians.

  218. The 911 on VoIP

    Canadian police and security services are worried about the difficulties in tracking VoIP calls.

  219. Going dry with DSL

    The first in a what I hope will be a series detailing my experience trying to set-up VoIP on with a Sympatico DSL service tied to my phone number.

  220. Going dry with DSL

    The first in a what I hope will be a series detailing my experience trying to set-up VoIP on with a Sympatico DSL service tied to my phone number.

  221. Blogging The Amazing Race

    Longtime blogger Cam Barret wants to get on The Amazing Race with his brother and they’re using this site to drum up support.

  222. Ajax mistakes

    They should be obvious, but best to read these mistakes just in case.

  223. YASNS: O’Reilly Connection

    This one’s a developer-centric netwrok for jobs, essentially. If you join, add me as a connection.

  224. Introducing the Mozilla Corporation

    Speculation is that this taxable entity may have been created, in part, to work with Google (and I’d add Nokia).

  225. Multiple backgrounds in Safari

    Surprisingly, Safari already has the support for multiple backgrounds.

  226. Blogged coverage of air crash

    BlogTO does an great job summarizing the news from the air crash in Toronto.

  227. Toronto plane crash audio

    A Web search and some careful listening helped me produce this audio file and annotation of the Toronto air crash today.

  228. They come in threes

    What happens when the inevitable happens not once, but three times in four days?

  229. What happened to The 360?

    BlogTO looks into why the Legion shut its doors to the Toronto music and the Queen West communities.

  230. Internet Explorer 7 will support CSS 2

    Chris Wilson of the Internet Explorer 7 development team lets us know the next beta will be a lot better — which is very good news.

  231. Place-shifting television

    If I didn’t pull my TV signals from the air, this would be a very cool device.

  232. CSS in Internet Explorer 7

    Dave Shea checks for CSS improvements in Internet Explorer 7 and finds few.

  233. The Elements of (Newspaper) Blogging

    The editor of Grenboro’s News & Record posts some smart standards and practices for its blogging journalists.

  234. Introducing Devmo

    The Mozilla Foundation’s follow-up to DevEdge is now, finally, online.

  235. Tips to speed your Web pages

    Microsoft offers some tips — heretofore unkowne to me — on improving page load times.

  236. No Apple on Microsoft’s Earth

    Mistake? Prank? Either way Mircosoft’s Virtual Earth shows a small building where Apple’s sprawling campus should be.

  237. Windows glyph characters

    A collection of Unicode characters supported on Windows, at least.

  238. CBC faces strike

    CBC employees voted in favour of a strike if they don’t have collective agreement by mid-August.

  239. Frank returning as online rag

    Frank is returning this September and looks to be run by someone named Peter Scott, in Newcastle, Ontario.

  240. Emergency Greasemonkey update

    A temporary patch has been issued to disable a serious security vulnerability in Greasemonkey announced yesterday.

  241. Accessible Web design tips

    very week, a new tip to make one’s site accessible is posted on this consultancy site.

  242. DOM Scripting Task Force

    The WaSP takes on scripting with its new taskforce (and blog).

  243. Django

    A(nother) Web framework for rapidly devloping complex, database-driven Web sites — this one by Adrian Holovaty and Simon Willison.

  244. India offshoring to Halifax

    A California company’s transferring its development lab to Halifax, after finding it too hard to retian staff in India.

  245. Dunstan’s goodbye gift

    Clever coder and designer Dunstan Orchards packs it in while giving it all away.

  246. Searching The Globe

    Another item on this site about stuff at the globeandmail.com — one of these days that site will actually have a blog to deal with this kinda stuff. Until then, I’ve created three search plugins for Firefox (or Mozilla, or Netscape 6+, or MacOS’s Sherlock).

  247. Toronto news in The Globe and Mail

    Toronto-based stories in “Canada’s national newspaper”.

  248. Atom 1.0

    The Atom syndication format has been submitted to Internet Engineering Task Force.

  249. “Any key” could be a reality

    This mock-up of what a keyboard would look like if it dynamically changed based on what function the keys represent is trés cool.

  250. Nuking Yonge and Dundas

    Eric Meyer’s HYDESim illustrates what a Hiroshima-sized nuclear explosion would do to downtown Toronto.

  251. Deconstructing citizen journalism

    Although I think much of this citizen journalism is hype, Doskoch’s deconstruction of Zerbsias critique of the topic is a worthwhile read.

  252. It’s all gonna break

    The Internet Archive is being sued for storing copyrighted material. Expect more like this, soon.

  253. Toronto⁏s not next

    BlogTO has a gutsy (and fate-tempting) post about why Toronto isn’t likely to be on any terrorist hit list soon. I agree with a lot of the points — after all, we refused to join the war in Iraq.

  254. This picture is worth 1,000 words

    For a change, an online news photo perfectly captures the context of a story, i.e, Ralph Klein’s reaction so same-sex marriage.

  255. CBSNews.com opens the floodgates

    The revamped site will offer free access to 25,000 video clips and encourage users to create their own newscast.

  256. Smooth sliders

    Almost three-years old, this is the best dynamic, degradable slider I’ve encountered yet.

  257. Check your contrast

    A slick little tool for check the accessibility of a colour contrast scheme.

  258. News report of London bombings using Google Earth

    Although still a bit primative, this is exactly the kind of thing online journalism can do exceptionally well.

  259. WSJ.com: 10 years on the Web

    On July 11, 1995, the first Web site of The Wall Street Journal launched.

  260. Ten years of yellow

    CNET turns 10 and celebrates by looking back over the past decade.

  261. style vs. className

    PPK confirms a JavaScript best practice is also the fastest thing to do.

  262. Sparkline generator

    A Web service to generate Edward Tufte’s simple word-sized graphics.

  263. Wikinews shines in the face of tragedy

    The citizen journalists at Wikinews have produced an astounding amount of in-depth information about the terrorist attack on London this morning.

  264. Don’t click it…

    Experimental, “clicks considered harmful” interface that makes a good art project but a troublesome user interface.

  265. Spacing: The Blog

    Toronto’s very own public space activists blog the city.

  266. Remaking Toronto’s streets

    Toronto is trying to harmonize its street specs, and is asking for its citizens’ opinions. Spacing Wire explains.

  267. AIDS in Africa

    A spectacular interactive report by Stephanie Nolen about the crisis, and the hope in Africa.

  268. Defending freedom of the press

    The New York Times speaks out on Judith Miller’s decision and showcases the part of the American landscape I deeply admire — the passionate support of a free press.

  269. WaSP and Microsoft: working together

    The Web Standards Project … is collaborating with Microsoft to promote Web standards and help developers build standards conformant Web applications.

  270. del.icio.us direc.tor

    This amazing Ajax app showcases what can be done with valid mark-up and some client-side magic.

  271. Newspapers welcome public comments

    More and more newspapers moving into the citizne journalsim arena. Though it may not provide the expected revenue boost, it certainly isn’t a bad move.

  272. Curley moves on

    LJWorld.com’s cyber-savant is heading to Florida to head the Naples Daily News

  273. The Canadian Series of tees

    Evokativ has 12 designs encapsulating Canadian history.

  274. Does sIFR enable piracy?

    Jonathan Snook launches FONTSMACK only to realize distributing fonts in Flash for sIFR may be illegal, and mean sIFR users are violating their font licences, too.

  275. Internet Explorer hasLayout

    Ingo Chao (whose site is simple, and elegant) has dissected the cause of many of IE’s layout problems.

  276. Where (or where not) to buy marijuana in Chicago

    ChicagoCrimes shows a disturbing concentration of arrests around, ironically, Humbolt Park.

  277. The Art and Science of Web Design @ 5

    Veen’s second book, which outlined today’s Web design philisophy when tables and font tags ruled the Web, is now available as free download.

  278. Karla Holomoka’s letters

    The Globe and Mail has published Stephen Williams’ correspondence with the killer — the cuteness her letters is macabrely ironic.

  279. Topix comes to Canada

    The news aggregator entry into Canada should make some media companies worried.

  280. Bad brand brings broken band

    Broken Social Scene play Dundas Square courtesy of Toronto Unlimited.

  281. Nvu 1.0

    The Gecko-based Web design program (based on the old Mozilla Composer) has officially hit the 1.0 release and is available for Windows, Linux and MacOSX.

  282. Syntax highlighter

    Dean Edwards (again) releases his very borad syntax highlighter for code examples on Web pages.

  283. Packer packs JavaScript

    Dean Edwards has a pretty efficient JavaScript compressor available at his site.

  284. Great writing in Steven Johnson profile

    Written in the second person (difficult to pull off) the intro sucks you into an enagaging profile review of the author and his work.

  285. Getting rid of the QuickTime pop-up

    From a Slashdotter comes a helpful tip for a big pet peeve.

  286. TO Unlimited? Try TO Ugly

    The new brandmark for Toronto is unbelievably awful.

  287. Wikinvestigative journalism

    Sure, the wikitorial failed by using a wiki to collabratively do the grunt work of investigative journalism could be interesting.

  288. Every New Yorker published, coming to DVD

    Eight DVDs containing searchable electronic reporductions of every New Yorker from February 1925 to February 2005 will be available in September.

  289. TSN.ca does RSS

    Not sure when they launched it, but its one of the few Canadian mainstream media properties to have RSS.

  290. TSN.ca embraces Web standards

    Worthy of praise even were it not for my rant a few weeks back!

  291. Those eyes…

    How that iconic photo of murdrer Karla Holmoka came to pass.

  292. Rick Mercer’s Blog

    If you know the name, visit, elsewise you probably won’t get it.

  293. Grocery Store Wars

    Learn the ways of the Farm from Obi-Wan Cannoli.

  294. Why the wikitorial failed

    Clive Thompson nailss the reason why the L.A. Times wikitorial experiment failed.

  295. Ben Kerr dead at 75

    The Toronto busking legend and perennial mayoral candidate has died — and just a few days ago I was wondering how much longer he would be around.

  296. Yawn…Live 8 in Barrie

    Will I be rushing to see Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Great Big Sea, Tom Cochrane, and Motley Crue in Molson Park on Canada Day weekend? No.

  297. microformats.org

    Your one-stop shop for microformat specifications (including such hits as XFN and hCard).

  298. Writing efficient JavaScript

    Although targetted for those writing Greasemonkey-like scripts, it has some good tips for normal scripts.

  299. Questioning the satellite radio ruling

    Sure for CHUM it may be sour grapes, but the point about a lack of exposure to Canadian music rings true.

  300. Pumping up the praise

    Canada is without a feedback loop when it comes to online developments and this is an attempt to adjust that.

  301. Now even less choice of movie theatres!

    Cineplex is buying up the Famous Players movie theatres — can you spell monopoly?

  302. Rico: an open-source Ajax library

    Seems to cover a lot of items designers and developers are starting to need.

  303. Publishers to sell books online

    Smart move to service a need, but booksellers shouldn’t fear.

  304. Universal Child Selector

    Eric A. Meyer explains a child selector-type rule that works in Internet Explorer

  305. Lovin’ Loverboy

    A fan makes a tribute video to the greatest rawk song ever!

  306. CBC.ca to run ads

    Should be interesting to see how that goes over with its audience.

  307. Podcasting CBC Radio 3

    Well, although I’d like to take the claim for it, it likely has more to do with the podcasting being the meme-of-the-moment: CBC has unveiled a CBC Radio 3 podcast.

  308. The not-so National Post

    The National Post will no longer be delivering printed newspapers to the Rock, only those horrible “e-paper“ ones.

  309. Webby winners

    The New York Times covers the Webby winners for 2005.

  310. Base64 images for Internet Explorer

    Dean Edwards comes up for a client side solution to yet another Internet Explorer bug.

  311. Are they selling me?

    Eric Reguly thinks BCE is ready to sell the company I work for, Bell Globemedia.

  312. Jonathan Dube joins CBC.ca

    This is a big coup for the Mother Corp. and should help to reinvigorate the online journalism game in Canada.

  313. Mac OS X already Intel-compatible

    Blimey, that's quite clever. Surprised no one found out Apple’s Mac OS X could run on Intel since day one.

  314. Pedals and paint

    Colourizing Toronto’s abandoned bikes.

  315. Next steps for JavaScript

    Web-Graphics surveys what the future holds for JavaScript.

  316. Becoming Deep Throat

    Bob Woodward explains how Mark Felt Became “Deep Throat”

  317. Dot-xxx finally a reality

    ICANN approves a worthwhile top-level domain.

  318. hCard creator

    Tantek has created a quick and easy tool for creating to hCards, and points to an hCalendat and hReview creators.

  319. Vanity Fair drops the online ball

    In its Deep Throat scoop, the magazine forgets about the online-side of things in a very 1998 way.

  320. 2005 Canadian New Media Award winners

    Just in case anyone is interested…

  321. Happy 10th, Z

    Jeffrey Zeldman, the man who brought “Web standards” to the forefront, celebrates 10 years online.

  322. Dave’s markup guide

    A little style guide designed to show the basics of semantic markup.

  323. The rationale for XHTML 2.0

    The W3C explain the reasoning behind and the features of XHTML 2.0.

  324. Internet Explorer support end dates

    Most versions of the Microsoft browser will no londer by supported by the company after December 21, 2005.

  325. Review the latest XHTML 2.0 draft

    Anne highlights the changes to the latest draft XHTML 2.0 draft — seems a step backwards…

  326. Replacing the Vomit Comet

    Eye asks what I’ve always wondered, too: why do subways still stop before last call?

  327. Frank back?

    Ms Z. is suggest the gossip magazine is being resurrected by its former owner as an online publication.

  328. Details on tabs in Internet Explorer

    Essentially, IE 7’s tabs will behave as Firefox and Safari do.

  329. Salon’s Site Pass success

    The online magazine’s revenue model seems to final have got its groove.

  330. Nokia 770: the Internet tablet

    Although I had an early Palm, I only really used it to read downloaded Web sites. This, though, looks to satisfy my needs…

  331. Unistall Netscape 8 says IE team

    The Internet Explorer team suggests users uninstall Netscape 8 because of an XML issue.

  332. What’s the object?

    The W3C concludes its two-part series on how to embed multimedia into HTML documents, and asks the Web standards community to help them QA browsers. The timing is just about perfect for this because as most reading this are no doubt aware:

  333. MySQL tips

    More than thirty tips about the database language.

  334. Universal layouts

    One HTML file to rule them (i.e., CSS designs) all.

  335. Finder-style menu

    I was thinking about doing something like this myself, but once again A List Apart beats me to the punch.

  336. Dean Edwards releases IE7 update

    The script now corrects almost all of Internet Explorer’s CSS bugs.

  337. Enter stage left: Kerouac

    An unpublished play by Jack Kerouac has been discovered.

  338. A social-democratic budget passes

    Yes, there’s been a dearth of posts here; no, I don’t plan on turning this into a polictical blog. However, given the last two posts were about the Canadian government’s delicate position, consider this the third (and for now) concluding entry.

  339. TTC Rider Efficiency Guide

    A mini-map to each subway station in the TTC.

  340. Netflix beats Wal-Mart

    Online DVD rental business goes to the little guy.

  341. Netscape 8 released

    The browser that won’t die now has two heads.

  342. Using hCalendar to fill your calendar

    Eric Meyer explains how the microformat can be changed into an iCalendar file.

  343. Online news survey

    Questions are a bit skewed, but worth taking to see the results.

  344. NYTimes.com redesigns story pages

    In anticipation of subscription content, the site tweaks it pages and, visually, makes them worse.

  345. Custom DTDs not so good

    Making you own DTD may not be such a good idea after all.

  346. The New York Times follows The Globe and Mail

    …in the sense it will be putting some of its content behind a paywall. However, they are letting paper subscribers in for free — smart.

  347. Toronto Star blogs and podcasts

    Antonia Zerbisas does the media blog thing and John Sakamoto’s Anti-Hit List is part of the podcasts.

  348. Globeandmail.com tweaks its look

    Updates includes some changes to the bottom of the homepage (standards-based structure); great improvements to the story bundles; and a Flash-edition of a print-based golf guide.

  349. On the release of IE7’s user-agent string

    Simon Willison has some concerns about the release of IE 7’s user agent string.

  350. sIFR 2.0 finally released

    With this release, the image replacement technique also gets its own page on Mike Davidson’s site.

  351. Safari passes Acid2

    The browser can now claim the one with the best standards support.

  352. The Globe and Gmail?

    Or as the headline of this column speculating on newspapers being bought by dot-com companies suggests, The Google Street Journal.

  353. Bye bye RadioShack

    In Canada, the RadioShack brand is being replaced by a clunky new name: The Source By Circuit City.

  354. Layton wins concessions from Martin

    The NDP now (almost) hold the balance-of-power.

  355. Making a newspaper business online

    Bill Doskoch offers his insight on The Globe and Mail’s article on the struggle with online newspaper revenue.

  356. Mapping New York’s literary locales

    This idea floated in The New York Times cries for a Google Maps Greasemonkey script.

  357. Aardvark: a Firefox extension for Web designers

    Intuitively highlights elements, and lets you manipulate them on a page.

  358. Tom Waits upset over commercial

    Commercials are an unnatural use of my work, he said. It’s like having a cow’s udder sewn to the side of my face. Painful and humiliating. (Em

  359. Opera CEO takes a bath

    Jon S. von Tetzchner has begun what will likley be an uncompleted trans-Atlantic swim.

  360. Problems wiki-ing the news

    True it is still finding it’s legs, but the problems Wikinews is encountering won’t surprise the skeptics.

  361. The blog-friendly U.S. papers

    Interesting survey of shows The Wall Street Journal really is ignored by the blogosphere. Maybe someone do a similar survey for Canada…?

  362. Some IE7 fixes revealed

    Chris Wilson says PNG transparency support is in place, as are fixes to a couple of notable CSS bugs.

  363. Who do you want for Prime Minister?

    Based on the 2004 poll (issues which are still true in a 2005/6 election), I scored 100% for Jack Layton Leader, 74% for Gilles Duceppe, 48% for Paul Martin and a whopping 7% for Stephen Harper. Pretty accurate.

  364. The article page as a news hub

    Steve Outing uses globeandmail.com’s phenomenally successful article redesign as a jumping-off point for new ways to navigate a news site.

  365. HTML 5

    A.k.a., Web Applications 1.0, the spec may one day be the future.

  366. Canadians get number portability

    Not a cellphone user, but this good news is something I didn’t think the Canadian telecoms would cave on so quickly.

  367. Layton’s response to Martin

    [E]ducation, training for workers, and the environment are more important than this scandal.

  368. The next 20hz

    After a troublesome takeover (and subsequent censorship), the Canadian indie crowd leaves 20hz en masse.

  369. Steps to better typography

    One of the most valuable seminars I had in j-school was in typography and this is a great refresher.

  370. Then again’

    Okay, maybe the Gomery revelations will bring down the government. To be fair, my last post was based on the first day of leaked testimony. The subsequent revelations definitely make neither the Liberal party nor PM² look good. Nevertheless, I hope Mr. Wells is right — we don’t need another election a year after our last one.

  371. 2005 Canadian New Media Awards’ finalists

    If this is the cream of new media in Canada, then maybe multimedia CD-ROMs will be the next big thing.

  372. Online sales quintupled since 2000

    Looks like this e-commerce thing has finally caught on in Canada.

  373. Finally, transerfable metropasses

    In September, Torontonians will be able to share monthly and weekly transit passes.

  374. Camper Van Beethoven live in the Archive

    A slightly inside joke for those that know my dog, for the rest, some good, free music.

  375. DevEdge resurrection plans

    A temporary mirror of this great resource is now online.

  376. Opera 8 released

    Been playing with the beta for a while, and can safely say this is a very good release.

  377. Toronto’s Pitchfork?

    The guy who “transformed” the El Mo plans to overhaul 20hz

  378. AP’s plans

    Tagging and better online stock data coming from AP.

  379. AP finally realizes it can make money online

    Print and broadcast suscribers will now have to pay for the AP feeds they have received free for a decade.

  380. Globe on Firefox

    The Globe and Mail presents a glowing overview of Firefox and Thunderbird.

  381. Go Jack!

    Jack Layton offers Paul Martin a shoulder for support.

  382. How to destroy the Earth

    Recipes for obliterating the planet Earth.

  383. Adobe to buy Macromedia

    Holy graphics powerhouse, Batman. Your one-stop monopoly for your pixel pushing needs.

  384. PPK on Safari 1.3

    Peter-Paul Koch notes the bug fixes in the latest Safari upgrade.

  385. Is this Area 51?

    Google Maps may reveal what Mulder and Scully long searched for.

  386. Google Maps meets craigslist

    Nice effective real estate Web app combining the best of both sites.

  387. Solving transit woes

    John Barber advocates downtown tolls to help pay for the expansion of the TTC.

  388. CAJ awards finalists

    Nominees include the late Bill Cameron’s piece on Guantanamo Bay, the Globe’s Louis Palu for photojournalism, and David Akin for his story on the CIBC faxes.

  389. Asterisk 2

    Mr. Robinson redesigns his entire site and produces something I like much better.

  390. Browsers’ standards support

    According to this survey, Opera, surprisingly, comes out on top.

  391. Yahoo News beta

    As promised the new site is coming, and it looks very nice — clean, open, and standards-based.

  392. Al Gore stealing from ZeD!

    His new cable channel (formerly CBC’s NWI) will be heavily based on the “open-source” television show, ZeD.

  393. The Pugly Awards announced

    The tremendous renovation that resulted in the home of Toronto’s 51 Division wins.

  394. An accidental reprint

    Google News gets a story Mark Washburn wrote published in The New York Times.

  395. Meetup charging $19/month

    At almost $240 a year (U.S. I presume), watch a lot of the little groups whither.

  396. The Acid2 test

    No browser I’ve seen comes close to rendering it.

  397. 2005 Webby nominees

    The late CBC Radio 3 is amongst the nominees, as is the Subservient Chicken and BCE.

  398. Ryerson Review of Journalism Online relaunches

    The Web site I helped launch nine years ago, relaunches.

  399. Eyeopener at risk

    My alma mater’s infamous (and best) school paper, the Eyeopener, is being threatened with “third-party oversight.”

  400. TTC strike

    The TTC, and much of Toronto, looks like it will be shutdown come Monday.

  401. On media events…

    Russell Smith nails it when he speaks of the media’s reaction to Pope John Paul II’s death (or the Gomery inquiry).

  402. Google Maps: Power and responsibility

    Jeff Veen talks about how Big Brother is us and we best be smart about what we do with the power.

  403. Gomery lifts publication ban

    Jean Brault’s testimony legally published at globeandmail.com

  404. Journalism != blogging

    Derek Powazek explains (and he being a non-MSMer, may it carry some weight).

  405. Canada the best in “eGovernment”

    Tops the U.S. and twenty others; myself, I’m pretty satisifed, too.

  406. Updating Access to Information

    Canada’ ATIA needs updating; let’s hope it’s for the better.

  407. Man am I glad I got my passport

    But this kind of move is what makes me reticent to visit the U.S.

  408. “In the Mood,” ̶Smells Like Teen Spirit” preserved

    Songs are among 50 recordings marked for special preservation by the U.S. Library of Congress.

  409. The Annotated New York Times

    Combining the Times’ RSS feed with comments from the blogosphere. Clever.

  410. Glowing profile of ExtendMedia

    Toronto’s one-time new-media darling (a.k.a., Digital Renaissance) gets the full-treatment at globetechnology.

  411. Gomery revelations won’t bring down the government

    The Captain’s Quarters seems to have got itself a juicy scoop and some nice traffic from Canada. But with all the hyperbole coming from our media outlets (force a quick election, explosive and damning testimony, devastating impact on the minority Liberal government, and criminal charges against senior Liberals), keep in mind a few things:

  412. All about JavaScript’s closures

    New to me, too. Noticed sIFR uses this, so I figured I best get up to speed.

  413. The future of news

    Five pages on how the next generations news consumption habits will change what news is.

  414. Water on Mars

    NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day proves it.

  415. Pop-ups begone, part 2

    A new extension/patch for Firefox to block all pop-ups — help’em test.

  416. Canadians watch TV…news

    Drama and sports watching drops, and young people seem to prefer being online rather than watching television.

  417. Browser stickies

    A rough Web mini-application for creating Post-It-like Notes. Some tweaks could make this very useful.

  418. Drag-and-drop sortable lists

    This little JavaScript + CSS demonstration could greatly improve Web applications.

  419. Using CSS columns

    One of the developers Gecko#8217;s implementation explains the ins and outs of columnized layouts.

  420. Interactive graffiti

    Art school-esque experiment “blurs the boundaries of the Web and real life.”

  421. What happened to “way new journalism”

    Ten years on, online journalism hasn’t reached its imagined potential.

  422. Ink-stained wretch swears off newspapers

    An ABC columnists talks about why he doesn’t miss the printed newspaper.

  423. Dallaire, Eggleton senators

    Lt.-Gen. (Ret.) Roméo Dallaire, former T.O. mayor Art Eggleton as well as a few Conservatives become PM²’s first

  424. Canada’s new copyright laws revealed

    From a brief glance, it looks like the act will tone-down a lot of the rhetoric suggested by the Canadian Heritage Standing Committee.

  425. NowPublic tackles citizen journalism

    The spawling site has an idea that seems to difficult to implement.

  426. Firefox 1.0.2 released

    The Firefox browser’s security update is released.

  427. Slashdot going XHTML/CSS?!

    Could it be, the geek news behometh is entering the standards-age?

  428. Speeding up XML

    The W3C considers making a binary XML format.

  429. Thunderbird 1.0.2 released

    This is a minor update, covering security fixes.

  430. Kofi Annan on fighting terrorism

    The Secretary-General of the United Nations explains the five Ds.

  431. Sharing your open-licensed media online

    OurMedia will host open-licensed videos, music, photos, and other rich media content for you.

  432. Flickr goes Yahoo!

    The little Vancity Web app goes bigtime.

  433. Why Micorsoft can⁏t support standards

    Dean Edwards explains that the problem lies within the Trident rendering engine.

  434. A “Candidate Recommendation” is the recommendation

    Hixie explains the changed status of recommendation titles.

  435. CSS 2.1 not part of IE7

    Rumours are flying, but it looks like IE 7 wil lcontinue to eb the only major browser not supporting CSS 2.1.

  436. New typefaces from Microsoft

    Some very nice serif, sans-serif, and monospaced faces to be released in 2006.

  437. The Acid2 Test

    Ensuring IE7 does what it’s supposed to.

  438. Newspapapers stuggle with pay models

    The New York Times has a pretty open anyalysis of the problems facing newspapers in print and online.

  439. SXSW presentation: Emergent Semantics

    Eric A. Meyer expands on the concept behind XFN.

  440. Firefox extension: HTML Validator

    Go now, Web developer, and download this wonderous tool.

  441. Bill Cameron: 1943 – 2005

    CBC Archives remebers was one of my favourite, and most personable anchors.

  442. Microsoft does del.icio.us

    Microsoft developers play some more with a social bookmark manager.

  443. Microsoft does Bloglines

    Microsoft developers play a Web-based RSS reader. Interesting...

  444. A little help from a friend

    Hey Chris, glad to hear your back and looking for advice Hope this helps

  445. Banning postering

    Toronto, bizarrely, is on the way to bar postering in the city.

  446. The Globe and Mail has RSS!

    A year-long lobbying effort has paid off: the Globe has finally launched a pretty decent RSS service.

  447. The Billionaires Club

    Theres more of them and generally, their even richer, Forbes finds.

  448. Mozilla 1.8 will never be

    The Mozilla Suite transition plan will surely ruffle some feathers, but it makes sense (this from a longtime Suite defender).

  449. Slashdot on Net libel⁏s global reach

    Yes, I submitted it (only my second ever story), but hey, it made it to the frontpage — and they slam my grammar!

  450. J-school launches online magazine

    The publication will be a show case for the school’s online-journalists-in-training.

  451. Wikis on journalism skills

    The Online Journalism Review launched a series of wikies targetted to non-professional journalists.

  452. Net libel’s global reach

    Media appeal an Ontario court ruling that could threaten free speech and [the] development of the Internet

  453. Takedown: TO-style

    Toronto cops drive into a knife-welding assailant (Windows Media video).

  454. Netscape 8.0 Beta released

    The franken-browser has its first public beta.

  455. Toronto panorama

    This amazing photograph shows all of Toronto as seen from the top of the CN Tower.

  456. The Pugsly Awards

    Recognizing, with Flash(!), the best and worst of Toronto’s urban landscape.

  457. Bye-bye, Radio 3

    One of the best online magazine has published its last issue today. CBC Radio 3, with a 100 issue run, is being replaced by a plan to mesh the CBC’s various “youth-orientated” together. Read my rant about the plans

  458. Free Radio 3

    CBC is still trying to catch a younger audience, and a full-scale revamp of CBC Radio 3 is underway

  459. Watch Battlestar Galactica online

    The entire, commercial-free first episode is available online.

  460. Jef Raskin dies

    The man how developed the Mac interface has died.

  461. Newspaper runs embedded text ads

    The New York Post IntelliTXT ads test go public.

  462. WSJ faces irrelevance, too

    Adam Penenberg (weakly) argues Wall Street Journal needs drop subscription.

  463. Number portability coming to Canada

    Finally mobile customers will be able to dump their carriers but keep their numbers

  464. $9/hour for Wifi!?

    Second Cup and Rogers will charge 15¢ a minute in great this infobahn robbery.

  465. Canada blocks Firefox users?

    Good news: Canada wants its citizens to connect with federal departments online in a secure and a consistent manner. Bad news: only Internet Explorer on Windows seems to be supported.

  466. Thomson offers $1.5B for Bell Globemedia

    This is either a low-ball offer for Bell Globemedia, or a rich offer for The Globe and Mail.

  467. XForms vs. Web Forms

    A in-depth explanation of the fight to find the best way to mark-up forms.

  468. Codename: Ajax

    JJG describes the new Web application interface model.

  469. The Doctor is dead

    Hunter S. Thompson has ended his gonzo life.

  470. Wikinews design contest

    Could be worth watching to see what the collective consciousness of the Web comes up with.

  471. New Washintonpost.com homepage

    Clean look, and notably, the left navigation is gone in place of the top nav.

  472. Microsoft to release IE7

    Wow.

  473. Interview with Salon’s new editor

    Founding editor David Talbot has stepped-down, and Joan Walsh explains what she’ll bring the magazine.

  474. No nostalgia for us, we’re Gen-X

    Nice little piece from The New York Times on eighties “nostalgia”

  475. We are the bunny-earred

    Over-the-air TV is the new cool.

  476. XMLHttpRequest tutorial

    The basics on building very dynamic Web interfaces.

  477. RSS big driver for NYTimes.com

    The NYTimes.com site got more than 4.5 million page views in Janaury from RSS.

  478. Watch Chrétien testify

    Canada’s ousted PM defends his role in the sponsorship inquiry.

  479. The New York Times: “Smaller Than a Pushpin, More Powerful Than a PC”

    Crazy-small 64-bit processor could reshape the home computing landscape.

  480. CTV wins Olympic broadcast rights

    CBC loses big: the Vancouver Olympic broadcast rights go to CTV-Rogers

  481. Standards-based phishing exploit

    This one is nasty, and affects standard-compliant browsers but leaves IE unaffected.

  482. O’Reilly’s Web design books online

    The full-text of early classics on HTML, CSS, and IA.

  483. SXSW’s 2005 Web Awards Finalists

    Finalists include Digital Web Magazine, a redesign I worked on.

  484. Picking a pope

    A old, yet timely Slate article on the process involved in selecting the next Catholic pope.di

  485. The Esquire covers

    Watch the magazine go from cutesy to classy to trashy.

  486. Creating a custom DTD

    A List Apart reveals how to create and validate a custom DTD.

  487. Rosen questions Akin

    David Akin reveals how blogging has changed his journalism.

  488. Interview with the other Craig

    Craigslist founder ponders citizen journalism and more.

  489. MSN redesigns

    The very, very dull page at least uses a semantic, CSS-based layout/

  490. Media Bistro redesigns

    Now includes five Denton-fighting blogs.

  491. CBC.ca Arts redesigns

    Stylish standards-based, CSS layout holds the promise of good content.

  492. Blogs won’t change the world

    Jack Shafer says what the open-source journalists/bloggers don’t want to hear.

  493. RSS recommendation reader

    This Web-based RSS aggregator also acts as a simple recommendation service.

  494. Best American online newspapers

    The Newspaper Association of America just released its 2005 Digital Edge Award Finalists.

  495. Giving them what they want

    A List Apart offers some ideas for pleasing Web site visitors.

  496. Scrivs sells CSS Vault

    The price is cited, in his enigmatic way, as $XX,XXX. If true, that’s a hefy bit of cash for a gallery site.

  497. Online ad boom

    Dow Jones has revealed the real reason for the MarketWatch purchase: the financial site was bought to ease a potential ad inventory crunch. The company spent six times MarketWatch’s 2004 revenue to be sure it gets some of the U.S.$10 billion online advertising spending.

  498. Canadian New Media Awards return

    No mention on the site, but an email suggested they were looking for nominations.

  499. Amazon.ca opens to Web services

    The Canada site releases its API.

  500. Akin to the Hill

    Long-time technology reporter moves to CTV’s Parliamentary bureau.

  501. GeoCities or CSS Zen Garden?

    Scarily enough, it’s all real…

  502. Quoting in Canada

    Joe Clark covers everything you need to know about citing other work in Canada online.

  503. Gillmor on the end of objectivity

    Dan Gillmor posts a draft of an essay on the irrelevance of objectivity in journalism.

  504. Ta-da: a to-do list

    37signals release a sub-component of Basecamp: a Web-based to-do list that’s brilliantly simple.

  505. Carnivore dies

    American law enforcement has abadoned its Internet surveillance technology.

  506. News and blogger comment

    This news aggregator appends blogger’s comments about each story.

  507. Choosing the Word of the Year

    A story only a language obsessive could enjoy.

  508. Copyright killing culture

    The Globe and Mail has a provocative article on how copyright is destroying documentaries.

  509. Musical pablum

    Using AI, music labels are now able to predict the next charting-topping track.

  510. Slashdot on the future of online news

    The uber-geeks riff on what the future of news on the Internet will be like.

  511. Real-world accessibility guidelines

    A fantastic collection of guidelines built after watching people who actually work with screen readers regularly.

  512. Anti-Hit List Star-bound?

    Seems like my former co-worker is going to our former competition. Good on, Sakamoto.

  513. The 2004 Canadian Blog Award winners

    Like a high school election, it’s all about popularity.

  514. Bill Doskoch on Canada’'s first maga-paper

    The Sunday Toronto Star rejigged itself to be more like a magazine.

  515. The New York Times flirts with paid subscriptions

    Rumour has it that the The New York Times is planning on doing what The Globe and Mail did (partially) four months ago: introduce a subscription fee to read it online. Unlike here in Canada, the critics are quite vocal.

  516. Find contributions to Canadian political parties

    Find out who your boss (or family) is giving to.

  517. The future of the Internet

    Experts tell Pew what they thik the Net will be like for us in a decade.

  518. Village Voice embraces online

    Weekly print publication now publishing daily online.

  519. Editor of Maclean's resigns

    Anthony Wilson-Smith decides to leave the magazine after a series of high-level shake-ups.

  520. How online newspapers are remaking themselves

    Online newspapers are reshaping themselves to better accomadate blogs and RSS.

  521. A National Web library

    Michael Geist proposes Canada be the first country in the world to create a comprehensive national digital library.

  522. The creators of CSS

    A mini-history lesson on the origins CSS

  523. Zed now open source

    The software built to power CBC TV’s great, late night show is now open source.

  524. Steps to open online newspapers

    Greensboro News & Record gets some great advice on how to make its Web site more “open source”

  525. Technorati tracks keywords

    The innovation improves Technorati’s service tremendously.

  526. Complex table inspector

    Ever since I diteched tables for layout, I’ve tried to make true tables as accessible as possible. This bookmarklet exposes the metadata of those tables.

  527. Wikipedia defence

    Clay Shirky rebuts anti-elitism criticism.

  528. CanWesties paid to advertise

    Employees at CanWest get up to $3,600 a year to turn their car into a moving ad.

  529. Wikipedia criticism

    The “anti-elitism” issues reflect my concerns about citizen journalism.

  530. 2004 Canadian blog awards

    Most of those I don’t even know, but hey…

  531. The 2005 colour forecast

    Purples, browns, desaturateds, and trippy tints.

  532. Looking back to the year that 2004 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. Read my year-in-review for 2004

  533. BLC’s Year in Review

    Better Living Centre reviews the media year that was.

  534. Banished words for 2005

    Includes election jargon, “blog,” and “safe and effective.”