It appears to be a year of reflection for many in the blogosphere, as indicated by such posts as Damien Katz on identifying lousy programmers and Emil Stenstrom on CSS knowledge. Roger Johansson has followed with a post of his own in this vein, addressing the widely varying "levels of HTML knowledge" throughout the Web industry.
Fonts are a popular topic with our readers, so it's important to note that major changes appear afoot for Times New Roman--something of a de facto standard for the last decade because of its enviable position as the default on Microsoft Word. But as Andrew Whitacre notes in this post, it was knocked from its perch earlier this year in beta releases of Office 2007. So what, he asks, does this portend for the future of the font world?
Is it really possible to build an iPod recharger with a couple of standard AA batteries and an Altoids gum tin? This post gives step-by-step instructions to assemble what it says is a "very powerful USB charger for your MP3 player, camera, cell phone, and any other gadget you can plug into a USB port to charge." And if you have more spare tins lying around, you can try your hand at some other homemade gadgets.
As the specter of a robotic society looms, it's about time that someone start thinking about some rules to keep things from getting out of control. The Japanese government has apparently been thinking along these lines, according to this LiveScience.com article, which reports that the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is drafting "safety guidelines for next-generation robots."
At the Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital Conference in Carlsbad, Calif., Nicholas Negroponte showed off the latest prototypes of the fabled $100 PC for developing nations. It's no longer a $100 PC, however.
The ruggedized, 2-pound Linux desktop (Fedora) system with mesh networking will sell for about $130 to $140 (sans shipping) to governments starting in April 2007. As he has previously stated, Negroponte expects to reach the $100 price point by the end of 2008. The colorful system can turn into a tablet, and Negroponte said it "will run like a bat out of … Read more
No matter what they do, a lot of people seem to think an alternative to the universal JPEG format is a good idea. They just wish it wasn't coming from Microsoft.
Knee-jerk criticism, and even downright hatred, of Microsoft has softened in the last couple of years thanks to Google's ascension toward world domination. But bloggers and News.com readers indicate that some things--namely skepticism toward anything Microsoft does--may never change.
Blog community response:
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Google's deal to distribute its software on Dell PCs has renewed complaints about "crapware"--the less-than-flattering term for the free,
One can hardly blame Dell, of course, for accepting a huge sum of money for the arrangement at a time when it's resorting to fire-sale prices to battle unprecedented competition in the PC market. But if price cuts are forcing a race to the bottom, is it possible that the industry will resurrect the concept of free PCs?
TechEBlog has come up with a list of the "top 10 strangest gadgets of the future." Strangest of all, in our opinion, is the transparent toaster. The reason: It doesn't get hot enough to toast the bread. (By the way, we already knew about the self-cooling beer can.)
Video devices that attach to eyeglasses have been developed for years, but they generally have been either too clunky or too expensive--or both--for mass consumption. Mirage Innovations claims to have changed all that, touting an "affordable" lightweight pair of glasses embedded with tiny screens that it says provides an experience equivalent to watching a high-quality 42-inch screen from 7 feet.