Infrequently Noted

Alex Russell on browsers, standards, and the process of progress.


This would have really saved my butt 4 or 5 years ago when i was still learning C++.


I'm seriously mulling a move away from blogger.

I started this weblog because I needed to get some stuff out of my system (not that any of it was terribly important), but there are some things I'd like to do that blogger just isn't up to. For instance, I'd like to allow "threadable" user comments that use a netWindows widget to request content on the fly (i.e., no page referesh). So now I have to consider options for a new backend.

Web-based posting would be preferable, and I'm trying to stay away from PHP and Perl (security and maintenance nightmares, respectively). My hosting provider has both MySQL and Python 2.2 installed, so I'm thinking of rolling my own with either ZODB or MySQL (not under ZODB) as the storage medium.

Requirements for the project include:


I've fixed the menu z-index problem Konqueror 3 users were experiencing. It's a bit of a hack, as it's an emulation of the "real" fix put in place for the window widget, but it works.

Funny part is I think I'm the only one that reads my blog with Konqueror 3. There's still a strange behaviour with window.location assignments in Konq 3. Oh well.

"You see, ya can't please everyone, so ya got to please yourself"

-- Rick Nelson


I applaud counting stock option grants against earnings. It's about damn time.

On the other hand, I'm not sure that I understand how forcing executives to hold large stock positions during their employment is a Good Thing.

Somehow it seems to me that instead of encouraging harmful short-term thinking among management, such a provision only encourages harmful short-term employment instead. If the goal is to make executives more responsive to the long term needs of shareholders, then this is sure to backfire.

Instead of the current modus operandi (puff the stock, cash out, then leave), we get the much more palatable permutation: puff the stock, leave, and then cash out.

Progress, sweet progress...

Back Button

After Jennifer mentioned it, I finally got curious enough to try to fix the bad behaviour that NW exhibited WRT to the "back" button when nothing is loaded via the content iframe (as is the case with this blog). The problem seems to be fixed on Moz based browsers.

The diff is here. Embarassing that it was broken this long, really.

If you're running IE and this site still "breaks" your back button, please let me know. Thanks.

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