Monthly Archive for March, 2008

Daylight savings…

My phone, on the Optus network, is set to use network operator time. The screenshot above was taken at 21:43. I’m skeptical about the carrier’s the phones themselves.

( is very cool)

Update: I just noticed that Wordpress thinks daylight savings has ended also:

Wordpress and daylight savings

Webkit and Acid3

I just noticed on , so I downloaded the latest WebKit nightly and ran the test…

Acid3 on WebKit r31370

It certainly seems like we’re all in a rush to pass these tests…

Acid3 rush

Does passing these web standards acid tests necessarily mean a better browsing experience? I still use Firefox 2 over Safari 3.1 even given the speed difference. Sites with heavy use of javascript, Google Docs in particular, have always felt like they work better in Firefox. The rich text panel in Wordpress another (I started writing this on r31370 and paragraphing doesn’t seem to work).

Perhaps these sites don’t follow web standards to the letter, but does that mean the browser renderer shouldn’t be as accommodating? We’re starting to get out of the bad old days but we’re still not there yet, and it’s still frustrating for developers and users alike.

A Chat with Ben and Pete - Episode 20

Intro to random topics.

Thanks for the Alastair and Geo!

In this episode we chat about:

  • Ben’s Time Capsule experience
  • OmniFocus 1.0.1 review
  • Safari 3.1
  • Bicycle news from Ben (he didn’t get the )
  • Ham Radio News from Pete

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Note: Sorry for the lack of detailed shownotes for this episode. An attempted Google docs to Wordpress export went .

A Chat with Ben and Pete - Episode 19

iPhone 2.0

This week we talk about:

  • About the podcast
    • Change of name?
    • Suggestions and Feedback? Perhaps we should talk in more depth about topics?
  • iPhone 2.0 software launch and SDK
    • Ben hasn’t been able to get the SDK yet:
      • Friday signed up to get the SDK and all day the email link didn’t work
      • Saturday email link worked, logged in to find a page without functionality
      • Hit a link to download SDK and got back to the register to download page again.
    • Engadget posts an excellent SDK comparison
  • Internet Explorer 8 beta
    • Supports CSS 2.1 and they have their CSS test suite
    • Mashups built in:
      • Activities. You can do things like select an address, right click and go straight to maps (or see a preview in the menu)
      • Web Slices. A good example is where you can follow an item and place a bid directly from the toolbar
    • They’re not going all out. SVG is still
    • It has a javascript debugger!
  • Google Sites
    • Last week Google launched (built from jotspot)
    • You need to have your own domain with a email account at that domain to get started
    • Features:
      • It uses a wiki style of editing of pages
      • Very simple “list” feature that can be used for simple database tables
      • Built in search
      • Navigation tree
      • Editable nav bar, logos etc
      • Create page: web page, dashboard, announcements, file cabinet, list
        • Dashboards are made up of “gadgets” such as image, calendar, document, picasa web slideshow, presentation, spreadsheet, video, recent items…
    • It certainly is designed to bring together all the Google Apps
  • Silverlight 2
    • We all saw the impressive World Wide telescope at Ted, and the to the technology at last year’s Ted
    • The Hard Rock Cafe launched it’s new memorabilia web site at the mix conference with a very impressive of Seadragon in Silverlight 2 (it’s live )
    • A good article about data and web services support in Silverlight 2 is on
      • SOAP support by importing WSDL / generic XML support (like YUI?) / JSON support
      • No REST however.