Category Archives: Web

Amazing HTML5 Video/Canvas Demo

One of my developers picked this up at WWW2010 yesterday in the Media on the Web Developer’s Track session.  Amazing what modern browsers can pull off:

http://craftymind.com/factory/html5video/CanvasVideo.html

This makes me really eager to see some standardization on video codecs and streaming protocols.  Note to google: please open VP8 and back it up with your muscle to give the world a true open video standard!  If you can wire a town for gigabit fiber, surely you can foster the adoption of an open video standard.

WWW2010 – Vint Cerf Keynote

So WWW2010 is finally upon us here in Raleigh, NC.  As a Raleigite, it’s a little intimidating to see a rundown of past cities where this illustrious conference has been held, and then to see Raleigh in that mix.   Major props to the conference committee for bringing this to Raleigh.

Vint Cerf gave his keynote address this morning.  I thought I’d post some of his interesting observations.
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Docu-FAIL

I’ve had this ridiculous user manual sitting around for months now, and I couldn’t stand the thought of such an amazing piece of literature wasting away in the data closet.  I just had to scan it in for the world.  I’ve seen some bad documentation in my life, but this goes beyond bad.  Most people who have little command over another language will try to write as little as possible to reduce the chance for errors.  This guy just kept on going for 8 pages.  Mind you, this is for a USB disk enclosure!  How much freakin’ documentation does that require?   Maybe 4 bullet points?

I now present to you in its entirety, the USER MANUAL for the USB PORTABLE HARD DISK (some no-name product I bought from Tiger Direct last year).

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Cache control and redirection with mod_expires and mod_rewrite

mod_expires and mod_rewrite are two indispensable tools in any Apache administrator’s arsenal.  But there is at least one situation where they don’t play too nicely with each other: when you have a global cache policy in place, but you define a conditional redirect that you don’t want to be cacheable.

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