Winter on the Hudson

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Frozen river

Croton Point Park, 2007-01-27

Eight Windows Features Mac OS X Should Adopt

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Eddie Hargreaves has a nice write-up of nine Windows features Mac OS X should adopt. I agree (or at least don’t disagree) with eight of them. However the one I part company on is #5, “Refresh keystroke/toolbar button for Finder windows”. Eddie explains:

Nearly every major revision of OS X has touted an “improved Finder” and one of the improvements has been the updating of folder contents. But there are still occasions where a file has been updated and its appearance in a Finder window goes unaltered. Windows toolbars have a refresh button that can be used to update the contents of the window. Since Apple has already copied the concept of making Finder windows look and act like browser windows (forward/backward buttons) they should add a refresh or reload button. They wouldn’t even have to create a new toolbar button icon, since they could just use the one from Safari. They could even use the same keyboard shortcut, since Command-R is currently unused in the Finder. Ideally, a refresh button shouldn’t be needed in the Finder at all, but we’ve seen four major revisions of OS X and it still hasn’t become unnecessary.

Sorry. That is totally the wrong solution to the problem, and totally a Windows way of thinking. You do not put an extra button in to make the computer do something it can and should do automatically. If there’s a problem with auto-detecting the need for refresh, then you fix the underlying problem so auto-refreshs happen automatically. You do not complexify the interface. The product is done when there’s nothing more to take out, not when there’s nothing left to put in.

All Empty Tags in HTML

Monday, January 29th, 2007

For my next book, I need a complete list of all the empty tags possible in classic HTML such as <br>, <img>, and <hr>. This is a list of the genuinely empty elements, not including the ones with omitted end-tags such as <p> and <li>.

So far here are the ones I’ve got. Am I missing any?

All Valueless Attributes

Monday, January 29th, 2007

For my next book I need a complete list of all the valueless attributes possible in classic HTML. e.g.

<input type="radio" name="p" value="debit" checked>

So far here are the ones I’ve got:

checked, disabled, readonly, ismap
disabled, multiple
selected, disabled
disabled, readonly

Am I missing any?

Scoble Catches Winer Disease

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Apparently it’s now all about Robert. When someone links to the New York Times instead of him, it’s a direct personal assault, not that we happen to read the New York Times more than Scoble so we never even noticed his original piece, or that we prefer a well-written text piece to a long streaming video.

P.S. Scoble was more interesting when he was blogging from inside Microsoft. That at least gave him a perspective most people did not have. Now he’s just one of dozens of independent bloggers.

43 Pocket Accordion File

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Has anyone found a source for a 43 pocket accordion file? The goal is to create a Getting Things Done tickle file. So far the largest I’ve been able to find is 31 pockets.