ad Silicon Tails: February 2006

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Off to Denmark - Talks on Web 2.0

Ok, I'm off to Denmark to see my family and to give some talks - two in Aalborg and one in Copenhagen. Topic is Web 2.0. - should be interesting, looking forward to some debate and dicussion. Those who work with web design/development know that this is a pivotal time for WWW. If you are in the area, hope to see you there.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Yahoo! Design Pattern Library launched

Yesterday we launched the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library in an effort to share design patterns and engage in dicussions with the larger Web community. This first release is small but we will be adding to it over the months ahead to round out its offerings. We also launched at the same time Yahoo! User Interface Library, an AJAX/DHTML framework. Today there is only little synergy between the two libraries but in the future many of the design patterns will link directly to the code library for examples and help in implementing design solutions.

Going public with all this received a lot of praise in the blogosphere and the web dev community, here are just a few links and snippets:

O'Reilly paid us a huge compliment.

Kokogiat claims that "Yahoo seems far more like it's made of People than Google does these days. People who care, make efforts, make mistakes, share and build."

WebBreakStuff writes: "Yahoo! keeps showing the world how much they get web 2.0. ... This is clearly celebration time for the online development community and open source movements. Big players embracing the need for open standards - thus stimulating innovation instead of re-invention - are definitely something we need more of. Excellent!"

And one of my favorites from Chris Heuer: "Yahoo! 'gets' Web 2.0 and then some..." ... "you can now officially leverage all the years and millions upon millions of dollars of Yahoo! research that has gone into developing highly usable web sites, using highly interactive design elements - without having to try to hack it or reverse engineer it, without fear of reprisal or that guilty inner conscience.


Monday, February 13, 2006

Cheney's hunting accident

T-V comedians target Cheney hunting accident:

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I heard about Cheney's hunting accident. I ended up laughing:

"Said David Letterman on C-B-S's 'Late Show': 'Good news, ladies and gentlemen, we have finally located weapons of mass destruction: It's Dick Cheney.'
'The Tonight Show's' Jay Leno says with word that Cheney had shot a lawyer, 'his popularity is now at 92 percent.'
And Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show' had some advice for parents: 'Do not let your kids go on hunting trips with the vice president. I don't care what kind of lucrative contracts they're trying to land, or energy regulations they're trying to get lifted -- it's just not worth it.'"


Thursday, February 09, 2006 - Who has the No. 1 album? Barry Manilow - Feb 9, 2006

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Bush defines "compassionate conservatism" once again

President Bush Releases Economic Blueprint

I find it appalling that first the Bush administration sends the poor off to war in foreign lands and then they cut spending on education, health and social services for the poorest at home - while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest. Thanks for defining "compassionate conservatism" for those of us struggling to understand what that means.