Archive: November 2002

And You Thought YOUR Job Sucked (November 27, 2002)

Wow. Think your workplace is dysfunctional? You’ve got nothing on the poor lawyers at Clifford Chance LLP, judging from this memo leaked to Read through the whole thing — it may look long, but trust me, this thing is solid gold. And if you actually do work at Clifford Chance — well, you’re probably […]

Mozilla 1.2 Out (November 27, 2002)

Hey kids, looks like the Mozilla Project has just released the latest and greatest version of their browser, Mozilla 1.2. This edition has been in beta stage for a long time, but now that it’s finished there’s a host of goodies ready for you to snag: Type Ahead Find (want to find a word in […]

Putting the DUH in Fun-duh-mental (November 27, 2002)

It appears that ignorance is once again on the march. NPR’s Morning Edition reported Tuesday morning on the latest battle between creationists and sensible people over whether to teach evolution in the schools, this time in Atlanta, Georgia. The school board there, bowing to pressure from local religious nuts, has decided to put a sticker […]

XUL Help? (November 25, 2002)

If anybody out there has experience using the Mozilla front-end language, XUL, and its support for localization, I’d love to hear from you — I’ve been working through O’Reilly’s Creating Applications With Mozilla book, and it seems to be riddled with errors in the sample code provided. I can figure out everything except how to […]

SOAP vs. REST (November 21, 2002)

Oh, boy… Dave Winer‘s at it again. Today he’s pontificating on the differences between two philosophies of how applications should communicate over the Internet. And, as he’s been doing a lot lately, he’s busied himself throwing a hand grenade into the discussion.

Byrd on “Homeland Security” (November 20, 2002)

There’s an interesting article over at the NY Times today about Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV). Always known for his command of rhetoric and his respect for the Senate as an institution, he has been deploying both qualities to stand in lonely opposition to the recently passed bill to create a “Department of Homeland Security” (God, […]

Stripping for Peace (November 18, 2002)

Well, if you had any doubts that Californians have a… ahem… novel approach to life, this should dispel them — apparently in Marin County their women are stripping to protest against war with Iraq. What can I say? Clearly I’m going to the wrong protests…

Grounded (November 18, 2002)

Over on her blog, Jen Klyse is telling an interesting story of her experiences with airline security blacklists — lists of people who, for reasons that aren’t disclosed, are automatically singled out for special scrutiny when they travel. Apparently she’s not on the “A list” of people who are actually denied boarding, since they do […]

Keith Knight Gets It Right (November 14, 2002)

This entry from Keith Knight’s “The K Chronicles” comic strip is probably the best single explanation of how I feel about war in Iraq that I’ve seen yet. How sad is it that a comic strip is more perceptive than the editorial pages?

K-Meleon is Back (November 12, 2002)

This is good news — after a long dormancy, the K-Meleon project is finally back up and running. K-Meleon takes the powerful Gecko rendering engine used in Mozilla and wraps it in a real, native Windows interface, instead of using Mozilla’s slower interpreted interface language. The result is a small, fast, snappy browser that you […]

Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution (November 11, 2002)

Well, Tuesday’s election came and went and Tara Sue Grubb, the woman I wrote about awhile back who was running for Congress on a platform of Net freedom, picked up about 11% of the vote. Not bad for a third-party candidate running against an entrenched incumbent — especially one whose total campaign budget was $3500! […]

On the Warpath (November 7, 2002)

Are you an Angry Dem? Don’t worry, there’s lots of that going around these days 🙂

The Results Are In (November 6, 2002)

So, about that election… As Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo so eloquently puts it, “Well, that really could have gone better.” We (I’m a Dem, if you hadn’t guessed by now) lost big yesterday. The Senate races tell the tale of the tape: Ron Kirk in Texas; Jean Carnahan in Missouri; Ted Strickland in […]

Harvey Pitt Takes a Hike (November 5, 2002)

Well, it looks like we have the first big development of Election Day 2002: Harvey Pitt, the chairman of the SEC who has managed to thoroughly bungle every attempt to reform that agency, has finally gotten the hint and resigned. See the story at for all the gory details. Personally, I’m thrilled about this: […]