Blocking Firefox Popups

Firefox is great at blocking regular popups. So much so that insidious developers have gone to great lengths such as hiding them in Flash code to get them to appear.
bq.A number of pundits and bloggers have been wondering aloud whether or not we’ll be able to keep up with the pop-up spammers now that more of them are focused on us.

Just a tool

bq.A computer is just a tool. It’s just a hammer. Let’s get these tools to as many people as possible, let’s teach them how to use it, give them an idea of what they can do with it, and then let ’em go.

On a USB Drive

Back in December 1993, I had a copy of Microsoft Office that I desperately wanted to install but it wouldn’t fit on the 40 MB I had in my computer. So I shopped around and bought a huge replacement drive, 340 MB.

No Longing for Longhorn

bq.Should you buy Longhorn? Consumers buying new PCs probably won’t have much choice. Windows XP will likely stick around longer for corporate customers, but it’ll eventually be phased out. – “John Clyman(Microsoft Unleashes Longhorn)”:http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1836619,00.asp I am not so sure about that.

A Farewell to Floppies

bq.It’s something universally recognized with computers, and something I’ve come to loathe with a passion. Even though it’s changed over the years, it’s still mostly the same. I speak of none other than the floppy disk. We all know about it.

DontClick.It

Depending on your mouse, you can have anywhere from one to many buttons. Could you get by without a button at all? The people behind “DontClick.It(DontClick.It)”:http://www.dontclick.it/ are out to prove that you can, and they offer some examples of ways it could be done.

Microsoft and RSS

Is Microsoft’s “RSS Plan(Microsoft to bolster RSS support)”:http://news.com.com/Microsoft+to+bolster+RSS+support/2100-1025_3-5759366.html going to turn out to be good or bad? There is lots of talk both “for(Microsoft, lists, RSS and me)”:http://www.reallysimplesyndication.com/2005/06/22#a634 and “against(Microsoft to take RSS five steps backwards)”:http://www.digital-web.com/news/2005/06/microsoft_to_take_rss_five_steps_backwards. Better support for lists sounds like a good thing, but I had always thought that RSS already had “support for all sorts of lists(Seattle PL Releases RSS Feeds Out into the Wild)”:http://www.theshiftedlibrarian.com/archives/2005/06/17/seattle_pl_releases_rss_feeds_out_into_the_wild.html.

The Power of the Internet

bq.Within the space of a few hours, the committee was Slashdotted, BoingBoinged and Instalanched. – “Danny O’Brien(Flag Day)”:http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/003730.php

Death of the Audio Cassette

Back in the late ’90s when I was working as an elementary school media specialist, I remember having to explain to some students what a record was. I distinctly remember one of them describing it as “a big CD.” I am wondering now how we will explain what a “cassette tape was( Not long left for cassette tapes)”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4099904.stm.

Polaris 3.2

Our ILS, “Polaris(Polaris Overview)”:http://www.polarislibrarysystems.com/Polaris/PolarisOverview.asp, is about to hit version 3.2. The beta testing at the “Pierce County Library(PCLS – Pierce County Library System)”:http://www.pcl.lib.wa.us/ has been successfully completed. This is one of those situations where they could easily be justified in going 3.5 or even to 4.0.