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Anyone here know anything about street sign research?
About the only thing I know is some research was done to compare signs IN ALL CAPS with signs in Mixed Case, and the latter were significantly better. I've got no citation for you though.
2 Oct 2002 (updated 2 Oct 2002 at 19:56 UTC) »

Hmm, as I was searching with Google for the xml rpc interface for Advogato I noticed a company advertising for employees who had paid money for... "Advogato". I don't know how consistent it is but it's certainly curious... [Hey this is cool, I'm using XMLRPC, a 5 minute turn around is pretty good :-) ]

The book is beautifully written, with gripping narrative at times, and fully human, real characters. Heather is reading it now, and I am sure we will discuss it deeply.
Maybe I'm being particularly sappy but that just strikes me as really beautiful.
whenning, according to this page CityDesk can now generate URLs in the form "/blah/blah/blah.html".

I have shared your interest in producing what I call "dynamically-generated static pages". I've started (who hasn't! :-) ) a couple of projects (first in Perl, then in C) which I guess are essentially template-processing systems (command line based), but the long term goal was to produce a GUI-based application.

I could try and dig up the backend code & post it somewhere if you'd like, although I wouldn't suggest that it was necessarily a good example of coding... :-/

Sometimes you finally get a breakthrough.

Unfortunately I can't say what 'cos it's for a university assessment project and there's all those rules to live by, but, what I can say is...

I may have taken a first step toward solving a *real* problem with an IDE (one which I can't actually stand) but continuing along this path might at least reduce one annoyance (which probably isn't encountered that often except by students having to extend the environment, actually that's not entirely true I have also seen requests for the functionality elsewhere).

The sense of importance will probably wear off when I wake up from some much needed sleep, but oh well, I'll enjoy it while I can... :-) (Plus--on the upside--my ability to assemble coherent English sentences will have improved when I wake up too..)

kai suggested:
Maybe allow people to "hide" entries from the "recent log" compiled for them...
So essentially a kill-file for diary entries. Seems reasonable. It's certainly a pattern that's been used before with Usenet, mailing lists and the like.

Hey, fejj: This is not Hollywood. :)

Hadn't listened to that album in years...

djcb asked:
lamento eroico. What the hell does 'lamento eroico' mean, btw?

Assuming this wasn't a rhetorical question, it appears to be Italian and the literal translation of the words is 'I complain' and 'heroic'.

Now, I know no Italian myself, but my completely uneducated guess would be "hero's lament" or something? Anyone who actually *knows* Italian care to advise?

What was the context?

As they say, "un poco babelfish รจ una cosa pericolosa". :-/

raph asked:
why the hell did Apple put a SODIMM socket in the iMac?
Don't quote me on it, but I *think* it's because it actually shares the same motherboard as the iBook.
Ilan says:
"It's amazing how PalmOS is close to 5 years old, yet in many ways the design of its user interface [...] is far more ahead of its time and more well thought-out than much of the crud that came out in the last year."

I don't think those who lived in the world of the Mac from 1989 to sometime in the late nineties will find this amazing at all. I certainly don't.

I have a theory about this which I think applies here:

A good UI is first designed in black and white.

This avoids the problem UIs designed in the post-black&white age suffer from, which is that colour is used gratiuously and not to enhance the interface. In black and white every pixel is significant.

Of course, this isn't to say that you can't still design a *bad* UI in black & white. :-)

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