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Ian Smith

Member since: Jan 12th, 2007

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HTML 5 Wish List (Download Squad)

Nov 30th 2007 11:01AM In terms of quirks mode, it would be up to the browser makers to handle that in none HTML 5 docs. The point is that any version=5 html documents would, as part of the standard, follow the same rules. It shouldn't be a requirement every time a page is made to standardize the look and feel of the page across all platforms. The idea would be that if you used version 5 all the browser would do the same thing by default.

It is a little pie in the sky I admit, but HTML works with a few minor caveats. Fix those and we have a great platform in the web. Ignore those problems, focus on XHTML 2, and developers and browsers makers will ignore the new addition and go on hacking around in HTML 4.0.

We don't need a new language, we don't need a "better" language that you can do more powerful things in, we simply need a fixed language. The web benefits most from stability, not extensibility.

Predatory Lending Association (Download Squad)

Nov 16th 2007 10:30AM @rocketboy: I believe the lottery has been called a tax on people who can't add. It is true that PayDay loans only "prey" on people who volunteer for them, but part of educating the "idiots" (as you call them) is to point out the truly nasty business practices that often go with PayDay loan stores. The more people know the fewer people there will be who will fall for this kind of stuff.

Win cash for your startup (Download Squad)

Sep 27th 2007 4:12PM I can't see this tracking many high quality founders. But then again, American Idol wasn't that high quality the first season as no one knew what it was. Still, if someone has a great idea and only needs $15,000 to launch it I suspect they could raise that, launch without it, or take out a loan before this type of thing would be worth the effort and distraction.

MyUninstaller - alternative to Add or Remove Programs (Download Squad)

Aug 6th 2007 4:58PM I used MyUninstaller to pull some of the pre-installed bloatware off of my Dell laptop. Worked very well and much faster than the traditional approach.

Nielsen changes the way it measures web traffic (Download Squad)

Jul 10th 2007 2:47PM I think this is a good change, although it is still hard to measure value and popularity of websites. I use both AIM and MSN but I don't consider that use to be either page views or time spent using the service. On the other hand, when I type in and do I search I'm aware that I'm using their service to solve a problem. Same goes for web mail, Yahoo Answers, and craigslist.

Interview with Facebook Senior Platform Manager (Download Squad)

Jul 3rd 2007 10:31AM Thanks Jordan and kewsvnet, those are great questions. I'll follow-up with Facebook and see if I can get a comment.

Ask DLS: How can I turn this CD into a podcast? (Download Squad)

Jun 6th 2007 12:42PM dontfollowthat - Ahh, well when I couldn't find a tool to do quite what I needed I turned to a friend (Freewaregenius) who pointed me to BonkEnc. Should have explained that in the post.

Ask DLS: How can I turn this CD into a podcast? (Download Squad)

Jun 5th 2007 7:12PM Peter - I think the issue Michelle was having is that they use hardware to make the audio CDs and there isn't a PC in the process. They want to be able to take the CDs and convert them back to audio files that aren't 700 MBs.

Sneaker - Great ideas. I searched and searched for a good auto-audio encoder and couldn't find anything better than BonkEnc's multi-track to one file conversion. It would be cool if all the other parts were more automated however.

Yahoo Mail and the little checkbox that could (Download Squad)

Jun 1st 2007 12:27PM Speed was an issue at the start, but I've been using it for many months now without a problem. It still takes a moment to load but once you are in it is much faster to browse through your mail then the old Yahoo Mail. The only thing I miss is the ability to open messages in FireFox tabs, but given how easy it is to browse messages in your inbox I rarely find a case where I would use tabs anymore.

The tipping point for online games (Download Squad)

Jan 18th 2007 6:54PM In terms of flash development it does cost to get in with the Flash editor, but that isn't a very high bar and many many people already have that tool as part of their job or education. Is an average Joe who codes in PERL and writes CRON jobs going to pick up and build a cool Flash game? Doubtful. But he isn't the target market for Flash nor the best equipped to imaginatively create a visual experience.

That said, Action Script is the language behind Flash. While you still use the tool for a lot of things the Action Script controls, in a JS type syntax, the details of the application.