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Monthly Archives: February 2005

Website redesign at


The Staples folks just launched their redesigned website. Previously I had been mildly impressed by the folks working on their website and web applications. We are not talking about revolutionary/whizbang/insanely anything, rather just a cleanly put together site where things just worked very well. The quality of the site implementation was simply first-rate. A few […]

Things You Love In Your House


Prompted by Halley’s Comment: Things You Love In Your House Interesting question, to which my answers are not so much about individual things. I like the house generally – open layout, lots of windows, quiet neighborhood. I like the fact I have been able to work from home much of the past several years. There […]

It’s alive!


After the last episode, the iRobot folks sent out an entirely new Roomba unit. That did the trick. The problem was not with the charger or the battery. Now I have rather a lot of spare parts … an extra charger and battery, the carcass of the dead Roomba (minus the wire grill sent back […]



Received in the mail. REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE Ken Mehlman RNC Chairman Senator Bill Prist Majority Leader Congressman Dennis Hastert Speaker Congressman Tom Delay Majority Leader Dear Fellow Republican, You are among a select group of Republicans who have been chosen to take part in the official CENSUS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. Just for the record, […]

How much Secrecy do we want to allow the Government?


Secrecy News 02/22/05 VANISHING INFORMATION RESOURCES With almost every passing day, public access to yet another government information resource is extinguished. Like an exotic species or a nearly forgotten language that suddenly becomes extinct, its disappearance excites little attention or protest. But the cumulative effect of many such losses is bound to be significant. The […]

Relative Review

24-Feb-05 – Daily Dish If Al Gore, say, had, turned a surplus into years of mounting debt, if he’d added a huge new federal entitlement to Medicare, if he’d over-ridden the rights of states to set their own laws with regard, say, to education, if he’d put tariffs on steel, if he’d increased government spending […]

Smiling and blinking


This item gives me the creeps… Wired News Egyptian doctors said they removed a second head from a 10-month-old girl [...] the second twin had developed no body. The head that was removed from Manar had been capable of smiling and blinking but not independent life, doctors said. Wonder how the “right-to-life” zealots feel about […]

ajax: a new approach to web applications


Interesting point: a new approach to web applications If anything about current interaction design can be called “glamorous,” it’s creating Web applications. After all, when was the last time you heard someone rave about the interaction design of a product that wasn’t on the Web? (Okay, besides the iPod.) All the cool, innovative new projects […]