A few quick ones. I’m working from home this morning, waiting for the slick ice on our hill to melt enough so that I don’t kill someone trying to go down to the office. I may have to leave anyway, though, as the power has flickered here more than once already.
- VC and startup guy Ross Mayfield is politicizing in a big way over the quiet passage of portions of the late unlamented PATRIOT Act II in the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004. He asks why we haven’t seen more media attention on this one. Did MoveOn even try to mobilize anyone around this issue?
- Interesting piece in the Economist (a rare article not behind their paywall) drawing the analogy between the coffeehouse revolutions of the seventeenth century and the information exchanges in today’s WiFi coffeehouses. While the piece is published without byline, but is written by the author of The Victorian Internet, Tom Standage.
- Putting redesign in perspective: I revisited the Browser Emulator at DejaVu.org to see what the new design looked like in NCSA Mosaic 1.0. It really wasn’t too bad. The one thing I have to work on is getting the same functionality and table-less layout while still having the content column load before the navigation column in older browsers. There’s occasionally a delay even in modern browsers before the main content appears as the navigation loads—not good.