Ik hoorde de nieuwe van Laurent Garnier enkele weken geleden al bij Gilles Peterson. Nu -het is immers vrijdag- bent U aan de beurt; hieronder in een mp3-speler een fikse portie “Back to my roots” en daarna “Panoramix” (het b-kantje). Op de website van het Duitse Innervisions-label kun je de EP of de 12 minuten durende mp3 (of WAV) overigens ook direct kopen. [audio:http://www.innercityvisions.com/content/tracks/82/BACKTOMYROOTSWebseite.mp3]
De vier linkse militanten die donderdag werden opgepakt in het kader van een terrorismeonderzoek […] zijn aangehouden op basis van twee feiten […] Het tweede feit is dat de vier beschikten over een decoderingssyteem voor hun e-mails en software om alle data op harde schijven grondig te wissen.
Een decoderingssysteem voor hun e-mails? Software om data op harde schijven grondig te wissen? Serieus? Betekent dit dat het gebruik van bv. GPG of Truecrypt of dban verboden zijn? Of dat, als we toch bezig zijn, SSH en -al helemaal van de pot gerukt- het alomtegenwoordige SSL U de gevangenis in kunnen tunnelen? Ik ben bijzonder benieuwd wat hier nog van gaat komen … Wie meer weet over het wettelijke kader van het gebruik van encryptie en andere data-beveiligings-tools; het comment-formulier behoort U toe!
Radiohead held an online contest to remix “Nude” from their album – “In Rainbows” This was quite a difficult task for all the electronic musicians that entered, as Nude is in 6/8 timing, and 63bpm. Most music that’s played in clubs is around 120bpm and usually 4/4 timing. It’s near impossible to mix a waltz beat into a DJ set. This resulted in lots of generic entries consisting of a typical 4/4 beat, but with arbitrary clips from “Nude” thrown in so that they qualified for the contest. Thom Yorke joked at the ridiculousness of it in an interview for NPR radio, hinting that they set the competition “for a laugh” and to find out what would come out of such an impossible task. I decided to take the piss a bit, as the contest seemed to be in that spirit. Based on the lyric (and alternate title) “Big Ideas: Don’t get any” I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they’re trying their best to do something that they’re not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there. It doesn’t sound great, as it’s not supposed to. Sinclair ZX Spectrum – Guitars (rhythm & lead) Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer – Drums HP Scanjet 3c – Bass Guitar Hard Drive array – Act as a collection of bad speakers – Vocals & FX
[UPDATE june 2009: this is solved in WordPress 2.8] Having a fair amount of experience with WordPress installations and configuration, I wanted to install trusty old WP 2.5.1 on an idle desktop (winXP+xampp) at work to do some blogging on our intranet. The installation itself went smoothly (how hard can unpacking a zip-file be) but after some time the damn thing stopped working, producing nasty timeout-errors caused by a.o. wp-includes/update.php and wp-admin/includes/update.php. The problem is that WordPress tries to open an internet-connection (using fsockopen) to see if updates are available. Great, except when you’re trying to run WordPress on an intranet behind a proxy without a (direct) connection to the internet. After some unsuccessful fiddling in multiple WordPress php-files, I ended up disabling fsockopen in php.ini (disable_functions)!
Disabling! Fsockopen! In php.ini! Just to have a working WP?
I mean, come on guys, why doesn’t WordPress provide configuration options where you can specify if and how (what type of proxy, what address to find it on, …) it should try to connect to the internet? I even made this truly amazing UI mock-up which you guys can just like copy/paste straight into your code;
ensure the accessibility of your site (should work on all common browsers/os’es, don’t misuse technology, make sure Google can crawl your site)
speed up page load times, the user decides in half a second if (s)he’ll stay or not
make navigation easy to use (structure, terminology, placement)
provide clear overview pages (example; belgium.be and it’s doormats)
your search should be as good as google (depends on technology and content!)
use an intuitive page lay-out
make your text legible (Verdana 10pt, Arial if you’re adventurous)
write for the web
make sure the info is there (do user needs analysis)
A fun session as well, those usability-guys and girls know how to entertain! My conclusion: this was not an uninteresting day, but the focus was clearly less technical then previous year’s edition. Content Management -around which much of this event was focused- is slowly but surely becoming a commodity and vendors are having a hard time differentiating themselves from their competitors. It is my feeling that the bigger changes and challenges with regards to “the web” are more on the application-front, where backend-integration (SOA, webservices, …) and RIA’s (using ajax, GWT, flex, …) are today’s hot topics. The fact that webscene2008 did not explore these new frontiers (and their implications with regards to business, marketing, usability, accesability) is a missed opportunity really. Let’s hope they reconnect with the webtech-trends next year! And maybe I’ll be there to let you know?