Archive for the Category Rants


Javascript for Popups = Bad

To my dismay I discovered that the Cayman Islands Government home page uses a very broken version of a java-script popup function, probably stolen from some 1998, 4 inch thick, ‘The Web For Beginners’ guide to HTML. It makes incorrect use of the DOM, this is either an error or was never tested by the developers. In any case the usability of the site is horrid and the code is sloppy at best. I sent them a bug report to the purported webmasters e-mail address two weeks ago. It detailed the problem and its solutions, as yet I have received no response.

I wont bother to regale you with a description of how livid it makes me as a technology professional to see my country misrepresented in this way. I will defer to Mr. Aaron Boodman, who already keeps a hit list for people who deserve execution for their negligence. His article details the problem and its very simple solution.

I have also found a way to make your own personal bitch by rewriting their broken java-script on the fly using the fantastic greasemonkey plugin for Firefox (You do have Firefox, don’t you?).

The Day The Music Died

Winamp will soon succumb to bit rot. Sad but true, the last of the Winamp developer staff has followed Justin Frankel in leaving Nullsofts offices for greener pastures. This leaves AOL free to do as it must with the Winamp player. I have personal used Winamp for as long as I’ve had MP3′s and a computer to play them. I have also aggressively evangelized the program to others as a good replacement for Windows Media Player and Real Audio. I could never recommend Winamp 3 to anyone but Winamp 5 has gone far beyond those issues. It can play video and is a much nicer user experience that Windows Media Player. I just hope that AOL wont pervert a good thing to the point where I can no longer recommend it or use it myself.