Opinion

2Mar

Ethical Blogging 101

On what can be deemed acceptable, and otherwise.

Blogging is an area that can be fraught with legal and ethic issues - in many ways these reflect the way journalism is affected by ethics and the law, but with blogging there's one significant difference - anybody may start a blog on just about any topic. The barriers to entry normally associated with the press are effectively gone - and passionate folk now have near absolute free reign to write whatever and however they please. [read more...]


10Feb

Windows Vista: Better designed than OS X?

On design challenges and keeping all the people happy, all of the time

This week I gained my first experience with Windows Vista. Whilst it wasn't so much of a 'Wow' starting as a mildly impressed 'Hmm', I do believe Windows Vista is a step in the right direction for the Windows operating system. It may be a couple of years late, but we'll forgive Microsoft for that seeing as they eventually made it to market. Whilst functionally, not all that much has changed, Vista has a lot of swish new minor features and visual chrome that do add significantly to the desktop experience. [read more...]


11Jan

Web Standards Don't Matter (As much as you think)

Rules are supposed to be broken...

W3C. Valid XHTML. Valid CSS2. Ring any bells? If youíre learning web design, or even if you have a passing interest, then some standards evangelist has probably told you how everything should be marked up semantically and to current standard definitions set by arbitrary organisations. Itís just the way things should be done. But hereís what they donít let on Ė standards donít really matter at all. [read more...]


7Dec

Why not .NET?

Why use PHP over ASP.NET?

I was recently asked about my choice of scripting language for Modern Life - and why I chose PHP over comparable alternatives such as ASP.NET, Ruby on Rails etc. I work with PHP, Classic ASP and (more recently) ASP.NET - but what was my rationale for choosing PHP? [read more...]


11Nov

What's Wrong with Web 2.0?

Bubble? What bubble?

Aside from the fact that nobody knows quite what Web 2.0 actually is, not everything is sweet-smelling in the latest wave of websites. Web 2.0 is a mixed bag of great successes, swathes of unmentioned failures, and squandered venture capital. But what is it that lurks rotten at the bottom of Web 2.0? [read more...]