Posts from April 2003

On office space

No, haven’t yet seen the movie, but considering the constant prodding of friends to do so, I’m likely to see it some day. What I will note, however, is that having (and enjoying) office space in downtown San Francisco seems an ironic luxury, specifically for me. When employed at a normal “job” — where it was expected that I be present in the office at least half the week — I found myself wanting to work from the comfort of home more often than not. continued

Learning more CSS

Already know the basics of CSS? Want to learn more about the ins and outs? It’s not too late to join Westciv’s free self-paced online course, currently covering CSS Level 2. I’d recommend looking into it if you’ve never bothered to see what Westciv offers. Because how convenient is free? New material comes out each week, replacing the prior week’s material. Of course you could buy the course if you want to take it at your own pace (faster or slower, without material disappearing). Or you can simply follow along with each of the 18 weekly doses Westciv will provide under the free course schedule. This course assumes an understanding of the foundations covered in CSS Level 1, so it may be confusing to jump in as a beginner. The course started last week, and has already moved on to Week 2. But the introduction from Week 1 is still available — possibly for a limited time, so get there quick.


Favorite marquee slogan spotted above the liquor store on 24th Street in my San Francisco neighborhood of Noe Valley:

I’ve always wanted to be a procrastinator.

Yahoo!, rebuilt

Alright. It was low-hanging fruit. I couldn’t resist. I mentioned the launch of the New Yahoo! Search a couple days ago. After wading through their code for an hour or two last night, I almost gave up. But determination kicked in. I’m not going to add any hoopla or propaganda. I’m not even going to claim whether it’s a solid improvement or a horrible compromise. Does it look pretty in Netscape 4? Hell, no. With very few design liberties, new markup, and about 85 stylesheet rules written from scratch, here’s a few free hints of what Yahoo! Search could be if it used valid XHTML+CSS. Cleaner code. Heavy reliance on CSS. And, of course, as you’d expect: no tables in sight. continued

Do you still Yahoo!?

In the current Google Age, we tend to default our web searching to one tool which finds what we’re looking for every time. Many of us subconsciously believe Google is the answer to Bono’s soul-seeking lyrics from 1987. With such a prominent player in the field, it’s easy to dismiss the improvement efforts of other search engines as inconsequential. Everyone seems to be stripping it down, playing catch-up to Google. Why would we make the effort to switch our search engine of choice when we haven’t seen much innovation for some time now? continued