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  1. It’s been a fun two decades

    Somewhere in the haze of it all, I missed an anniversary.

    May 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
  2. Move those blocks

    In eight minutes—seven minutes—this will appear to you.

    May 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
  3. 8 News Product Ideas

    Drafted a year ago, floated for months, shared today.

    December 8, 2015 at 3:14 p.m.
  4. At 30


    December 4, 2015
  5. 5 Years


    November 5, 2015 at 8:10 p.m.
  6. Overlap

    Last weekend, I got on the bus.

    June 16, 2015 at 9:22 p.m.
  7. Spring


    March 8, 2015 at 10:40 p.m.
  8. Dante


    February 10, 2015 at 11:11 p.m.
  9. 2015

    January 1, 2015 at 11:12 p.m.
  10. EPIC 2014

    Thoughts after rewatching the iconic Flash movie about media.

    December 17, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.
  11. Civic Journalism

    When journalism rises to its true potential it can bring the hidden stories to the front of a nation’s conscience and inspire that country to be better.

    November 22, 2014 at 11:12 p.m.
  12. Tilde Launch

    The beginning of retirement for saila.com

    October 20, 2014 at 10:52 p.m.
  13. Introducing Miscellany

    Reviving the idea of the old link blog to collect shared bits across the social web

  14. Building a bridge

    An open letter to Toronto’s city council to urge them to support continued construction of the Fort York Pedestrian Cycle Bridge

  15. Muzzling the election

    What Elections Canada ban on reporting the results means for news organizations and social media

  16. Reviving the news outlets of old

    More interesting than the re-evaluation of the paywall, is what traditional media outlets are doing with their legacy products.

  17. Paying for the news in a digital world

    News publishers are struggling to establish a viable revenue stream in the digital realm as it becomes their paying online audience alone can’t support the entire product.

  18. New designs on news

    The new msnbc.com design represents a whole new way for editors to report the news online

  19. Safari fine

    The latest upgrade to Apple's Web browser brings a promising set of new features.

  20. The summer of the city

    Toronto reveals its true face in a trio of movies released in 2010

  21. Lessons from working with Web standards, revisited

    Four years later, I look back at some of the lessons learned about designing a news Web site using Web standards to see what still applies.

  22. Magazines reborn

    Although mainstream magazines are being shutdown in record numbers, there is a magazine renaissance of sorts is underway. You just might need to lok beyond the newsstand to find it.

  23. Gaining pay walls and losing page views

    Sometimes, it pays to have list people clicking more pages as more online publications are finding.

  24. To get to the other side

    A genuine rant inspired by waiting to cross the street and counting the cars going by

  25. The promise of the iPad

    Apple's latest device provides tremendous design promise in comparison to the Web, but the price may be too high.

  26. A Safari adventure

    With the exception of a few years when Internet Explorer was actually the more standard-compliant browser, I’ve always surfed the Web with a Netscape-originated browser. I supported Mozilla when it was still struggling to make something even approaching a usable browser. My name was one of thousands to be found in a New York Times ad announcing Firefox’s debut. I have friends that work with Mozilla.

  27. Touching the future

    Thirteen years ago, the future imagined by Apple was a tablet computer called the Knowledge Navigator. Today, this vision became real with the iPad. And while the iPad lacks many of the features Apple first imagined, it represents an experience literally inconceivable in 1987.

  28. Cessation of government

    A year ago, the country I live in swore in a leader who promised hope to a population that reveres the government’s executive office.

  29. Blind instinct

    The following is a jumble of sentences. And for most of you, the next time you read this, those sentences will be even further jumbled. After five false starts, the narrative I was trying to form around the idea of of tunnel vision in creative pursuits would come to be. So, I broke each sentence into its own line, and let randomness happen.

  30. Open letter to the CBC about the news relaunch

    This letter was sent in response to CBC’s relaunch of its news offerings and relates directly to the changes to The National.

  31. Ready to pay the price

    Advertisers and readers may finally be ready to see the online medium as a place worthy of paying for.

  32. With glowing hearts

    A run-down of the best Canadian music for Canada Day 2009.

  33. No more newspapers

    Watching the newspapers collapse and grasp the new media dream a decade too late has been sobering.

  34. No more newspapers

    Watching the newspapers collapse and grasp the new media dream a decade too late has been sobering.

  35. Open letter to the CBC about the news relaunch

    This letter was sent in response to CBC’s relaunch of its news offerings and relates directly to the changes to The National.

  36. Just the facts (and more)

    Open source can have a transformational effect for companies, and news organizations are starting to figure that out.

  37. Canadian election hangover

    With the Canadian 2008 election producing no real change, but a lower participation level, it might be time to look into voting alternatives.

  38. Election blackout in Canada

    Watching the election results not come in from the West coast of America is a surreal experience.

  39. Canada Day rant

    Living in the U.S. puts into context how important it is not to become complacent about Canada’s national perception.

  40. The year that was

    A decade ago, the Web was in a boom that would lead to a bubble — now, it’s in a boom that will lead to…

  41. 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.

  42. Primus sets it right

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

  43. 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.

  44. Getting dry DSL hassle-free

    The second 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.

  45. 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.

  46. Pumping up the praise

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

  47. Free Radio 3

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

  48. The year that was: 2004

  49. Google and you

  50. The value of a protest

  51. Registration pro and con

  52. Registering your voice

  53. Don’t play the election blame game

  54. It bleeds, but doesn’t lead

  55. Shutting the gates

  56. Two-in-one

  57. Dayparting

  58. Wearing sheep’s clothing: exploiting the media for political cover

  59. The year that was: 2003

  60. Web design generations

  61. Online election results

  62. Invalid mayors

  63. Great Blackout of ’03

  64. Mutual funds get CSS layouts

  65. From Web to print

  66. Browser bug swatting

  67. Where I stand (at least when it comes to the content of this site)

  68. Google: any way left but down?

  69. All quiet on the Bell Globemedia front

  70. The year that was: 2002

  71. Growing Google

  72. The WaSP’s new target

  73. Final days for CANOE?

  74. The year that was

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

  75. CANOE Money: R.I.P.

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

  76. First impressions

    A reminder as to how meaningful first impressions can be.

  77. Subscriptions might just work

    If the right kind of sites adopt them.

  78. Devolution of blogging

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

  79. Hackers threaten news sites’ integrity

    Online news sites face risks with Web site defacements.

  80. There’s hype in tech journalism!

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

  81. A tale of two redesigns

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

  82. CRTC decision handicaps journalists

    A CRTC decision prevents journalists from freely sharing information.

  83. The day my Web died

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

  84. Exit ads are just bad

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

  85. The fun with titles

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

  86. The New Yorker finally goes online

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

  87. More changes for CANOE

    What Quebecor’s merger of CANOE and Netgraphe means.

  88. Election results (or how the big sites fared)

    How Canadian news sites fared during the night of a federal election.

  89. Dot-what?!

    A less-than-postive reaction to the domains ICANN approved.

  90. With a whimper

    The underwhelming relase of the much-delayed Netscape 6.

  91. Make a change

    What to do with your “Taxpayer Dividend”

  92. Give students their own Web site

    hat if journalism students were given the opportunity to create their own online portfolio that was hosted by the school? This piece looks at how that might be possible.

  93. Current state of online journalism

    An analysis of the state of online journalism in Canada and the United States at the beginning of 2000.

  94. Macs, frames, and usablility

    The problems inherit in designing a usable site, especially with frames.

  95. One more Internet bubble: MP3.com

    Looking at the astounding IPO of the music portal, MP3.com.

  96. After the Event has landed

    Reflecting on the Event’s impact.

  97. The next Event

    A personal perspective on what has been one of the biggest cultural events in the past 20 years, Star Wars.

  98. Canuck Portals

    The portal wars begin in Canada.

  99. Taxes

    The joy of taxes.

  100. Looks like another is needed…

    The updates continue.

  101. An Apology of Sorts…

    For the lack of updates and poor browser support of the Web standards.

  102. Any hope for online journalists?

    Thoughts on the future of Canadian online journalism.

  103. The Odyssey

    A sentimental piece written the day before I leave for momentous trip.

  104. Technorealism

    Filtering the signal from the noise of Digital Hype.

  105. Another redesign?!

    The column introducing one one of the site’s longest designs.

  106. It begins…

    The first of the many, occasional main page rants.