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Archive for ‘October, 2004’

John Peel “died today(BBC News – Legendary radio DJ John Peel dies)”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/3955289.stm whilst on holiday. Radio 1 will never be the same.

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Act 1: In support of the pessimist

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Fred:
So, I’ve made this thing for you
Bob:
Cool! What’s that tube for – and why the electrodes?
Fred:
Don’t worry about that, have a play…
Bob:
Cool, now – what does this do? Oh, and if I poke a stick there, put my finger there, then stick my tongue in the power socket…*ouch*!
Fred:
Dammit! That’s not how you’re supposed to use it! I’ll never get that out of the carpet now….

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Skinning GMail

Over at “persistent.info”:http://persistent.info/, Hammers has used the “URLid”:http://extensionroom.mozdev.org/more-info/uriid extension for Firefox to create a “personal skin for GMail”:http://persistent.info/archives/2004/10/05/gmail-skinning using CSS. The result is less than stunning, however does show the potential. Personally, GMail’s interface has put me off – not just the look (which is so 2002), but the actual UI – I frequently find myself hunting for links, and find the interface far too busy. Now whilst I can’t change everything I’d like to, I can change some of it, so I should probably stop moaning about the excellent free service.
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Simple code that works is only considered a bad thing by programmers who either don’t care about maintainability, or like to hide their inadequacies behind complex solutions.