Posts in 2003

Sniffing The User Agent

Sun's Suttor criticized the use of Internet-sniffing technology to steer users toward a specific browser that may not be of their choosing. "Imagine you went to Starbucks and you told them your name and they said, 'We don't like your last name and you get a [poor] cup of coffee.' There would be a revolt. Why [then] do we tolerate servers sniffing the user agent?" said Suttor. "In the future, the Web is going to escape the browser, and I think that's going to be a very good thing," Suttor said.

Broadband Britain

"In theory, cable television should be building broadband Britain. In practice, it has many problems to solve before it can" argues Steve Bowbrick. Guardian Interesting article about the state of Cable TV in the UK. This was previously published at and was retrieved from the Internet Archive

Gangs of New York

A work of staggering ambition, grandeur and terrible beauty. In a word: majestic. BBC Was I watching the same movie? With the exception of Daniel Day Lewis's pantomime (albeit powerfully portrayed) character, this film has little that is grand or beautiful. Leonardo DiCaprio's character seems bored by his situation for much of the film. Cameron Diaz at least looks like she cares, as she makes the best of a slight character.

Instant Messaging in the Enterprise

"We've gone through three stages," de Souza said. "First, there was ignorance about IM use, then denial, then anger because the IT department didn't deploy it," he said. "Now we've got to move to acceptance and support." Infoworld This exactly describes the enterprise which employs me (a large British university). The generally held view of IM is that it is an unnecessary security attempt as of yet to evaluate IM's potential as a useful corporate tool.

Successful Blogging

"The best blogs are written with conversation in mind" writes Steve Bowbrick in Secret of their success This was previously published at and was retrieved from the Internet Archive

Sun Tech Day - London

Just got back from the Sun 'Tech Day' in London. I thought the line up of sponsors was interesting - aside from Sun, the sponsors were: Oracle, Nokia, Motorola, Macromedia and Novell. Oracle and Novell's presence is no surprise - they bought into Java wholesale some time ago and Macromedia have made a strong foray into J2EE, describe their 'MX' product-line as 'accelerating Java development'. The interesting thing to me was that out of five sponsors, two were 'phone' manufacturers, demonstrating new wireless devices and the tools and specifications needed to write applications for them.