Tag Archive: Technology

Wasting paper

April 22, 2005 8:26 am Published by

What’s the attraction behind printing things out? The new guy at work has printed at least a dozen emails this week, and also printed several of the documentation pages out and posted them in his cube. When I’m showing him something, I’m sure to say “This has a Wiki page. You can just copy and paste these commands I’m running, just like I’m doing right now.” But he has to write down every command I run on a big ol’ pad of paper.

I’ve been trying to stay virtually paperless. I take notes on my PDA instead of dead trees. I do have a notebook handy in case I need to do something that requires it, like diagramming an application or environment, but I rarely have to use it. I kinda feel like the wasteful habits of my co-worker are invalidating my good intentions. Looking around me in the last week, I’ve seen a lot of desks covered in stacks of papers, and I’m finally realizing how common this is. Why do so many people need paper copies of everything, when they just end up being unused clutter?

Slashdot and CSS

March 21, 2005 2:11 pm Published by

A couple years ago, the great web zine A List Apart featured an article about rewriting the tech news site Slashdot with XHTML and CSS. Not only was it a neat exercise in a site rewrite while keeping the same design, but it also demonstrated the financial (yes, financial) advantages to using web standards. The article estimated that Slashdot would save thousands of dollars in bandwidth per year. (Calculating savings based on ease-of-maintenance wasn’t done, and would be very difficult to estimate).

Despite being perhaps the most well-known technology website, and a number of posts about web standards, it’s taken a while for Slashdot (or rather, Slashcode) to come around. Now, the work is going forward.

Bloglines and RSS

February 14, 2005 11:22 am Published by

I switched from a big bookmark folder of blogs to using the great free website Bloglines only about 30 hours ago, but I can already see that it’s changing my surfing efficiency. Instead of repeatedly hitting blogs, hoping to catch an update, I can just keep bloglines open and it’ll tell me when there’s something new. I’m taking the bandwidth off of the little guy’s server.

But it’s got a downside, too. Now, like Jon Rentzsch, I want RSS feeds for everything.

Update Feb 15: Ask Metafilter gave some good suggestions.

New LCD speed record

January 4, 2005 10:32 am Published by

For me, 2005 is going to be the Year of the LCD. I will finally be replacing my aging Sun 21″ monitor this year. For a long time, LCDs screens weren’t really good enough for gaming, but in the last couple of years, pixel response time has broken the all-important 16ms (=60fps) barrier. And now, Philips has announced a new screen with an 8ms pixel response, or fast enough to run 125 fps.

Update 1-5: Although I can’t connect it to my PC, and they’re still way outside my price range, Apple has just cut the prices on their sexy 16ms cinema displays.