Even in the summer, you’ll probably end up with the lights on every now and then. And, if you’re concerned about the environment, you might be using energy-efficient lightbulbs. But if you are, make sure that you’re using either LED-based ones, or ones carrying the European Eco-label, as otherwise you may have bulbs with high levels of mercury in them that are so poisonous you can’t dispose of them with the regular rubbish.
Andy Orlowski’s latest piece links blogging with the techno-utopian twaddle that was typical of the Wired ethos from a few years ago. He’s managed to put into words what has been eating at me about much of the talk about blogging. I’ve long had problems with the techno-evangelists – see the piece I wrote for Rewired in 1997, for example – and Andy puts his finger on what it’s irksome about the current wave too.
It’s typical of Apple to try and push people towards the “elegant” solution when the “cheap” solution offers a viable alternative, so it’s perhaps no surprise that iChat AV works only with FireWire cameras. Now, though, thanks to Macs Rock, you can hack iChat AV to work with a USB camera as well. [Insanely Great Mac]
I missed this one. Microsoft is no longer granting new employees stock options, instead giving them gifts of stock. How times change.
Dan Hon has some comments about Jack Schofield’s piece on why Daring Fireball sucks, design-wise. Jack is completely correct that Daring Fireball looks poor when viewed on Windows, and Dan is completely correct that this is due to MS not following standards. But the problem is that if you’re designing a site, to fail to cater for the huge percentage that will view it in Windows IE because “MS doesn’t follow standards” is simply dumb. Remember the user is always right – even when he chooses to use a sucky browser. [via ext|circ]
For those that are interested, I’m splitting my weblogging into two: technology and politics and boring things go here, while personal stuff can be found over at my LiveJournal. Mmmkay?
The next time you see a Daily Mail headline of the “EUROCRATS WANT TO BAN OUR SAUSAGE” variety, take a little trip to the European Commission’s Euromyths web page. Here you’ll find detailed debunking of just about every lie peddled by the UK press, including such doozies as banning Caerphilly cheese made in Caerphilly, harmonisation of condom dimensions, and the banning of Teasmades.