Category Archives: Web development

Flash Panned

Today usability guru Jakob Nielsen released his list of the “Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2005.” I’m gratified to see that Flash is #3. I view it as a personal failure that Flash collected the bronze medal for annoyance. It’s been three years since I launched a major effort to remedy Flash problems and […]

Firefox Under Fire

George Ou at ZDNet suggests that the Firefox “honeymoon” is over. Now that Firefox has become the first viable contender to Microsoft Internet Explorer in years, its popularity has brought with it some unwanted attention. Last week’s premature disclosure of a zero-day Firefox exploit came a few weeks after a zero-day exploit for Internet Explorer […]

Filosofo Comments Preview Now on

I’ve posted the source of my WordPress blog plugin, Filosofo Comments Preview at the WordPress Plugin Repository. You can see the source or view the wiki. And if you use Subversion, you can get the latest version from For example, on a Linux machine you might type svn co   to “check out,” […]

McAfee and Web Standards

As a Comcast broadband subscriber, I’m supposed to get a free copy of the McAfee anti-virus and firewall software for my Windows machine. But McAfee requires ActiveX for its downloads, so I have to use Internet Explorer. Fine, I thought. I use Internet Explorer only to test the look of web pages, but for a […]

Opera Giveaway

I’m a Firefox man myself, but I respect Opera. Usually you have to pay to register your copy or put up with sidebar ads. But today you can get a free registration code from Opera, as part of its tenth anniversary celebrations. (It’s really that old?)

WordPress Upgrade

I just upgraded the software that runs this blog, from WordPress to 1.5.2. Everything seems to have made a smooth transition. I did notice that my new Filosofo Comments Preview plugin for WordPress was missing some variable names in WordPress 1.5.2, but a few quick changes and I have the new version ready to […]