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Help, this weblog is quickly turning into a literary/cinema blog! I go in spurts about various subjects. For a few weeks, I’m crazy about python, another week I’m ranting about world affairs, then the next two weeks I’m into mythology and wacky photoshop sites.

This week, everybody has been publicizing the Internet Explorer exploits. From the MS article about how to avoid being duped:

The most effective step that you can take to help protect yourself from
malicious hyperlinks is not to click them. Rather, type the URL of your
intended destination in the address bar yourself.

So much for hypertextuality. I wanted to bring up something about Firefox which is truly incredible. One of the extensions, Web Developer, lets you highlight html elements, edit css on the fly and most importantly, display ID & class details. This last feature is something I’ve been seeking for a long time, and topstyle doesn’t have. At least, Topstyle doesn’t make visible classes and ID’s for pages being actively edited. It’s hard to believe why style editors or dreamweaver haven’t incorporated this feature. (Yes, I know, you are wonderings, since when have I spent much time editing styles?)

Slashdot forum: when donating a laptop to a school in Uganda, what software should I put on it? Some of the more interesting answers: 1 gig of porn (to copy and resell). The entire wikopedia database (available in sql/mysql) and an ISO burn of Project Gutenberg.

Not that I have anything against Project Gutenberg, but people’s reading habits have changed. They are more likely to experience older things a)if they are in audio form, b)if it is short or for school. Maybe there will be a resurgence of interest in 19th century texts only when we have an ebook reader that doesn’t include DRM.

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