Anyone have any idea why I’m suddenly seeing a large number of hits using a browser with the following UA string:

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0)

Only happened in the last few days too. Weird.

§479 · July 15, 2008 · Microsoft, Software, Technology, Web · 3 comments · Tags: , ,


Looks like WordPress 2.6 is out. I submitted three patches about three months ago: 6583, 6602 and 6642. I’d like to sturdy up WordPress’s ability to handle invalid XHTML markup. Care to take a whack at my XHTML Piñata? This all sounds vaguely familiar.

Anyway does anyone have any suggestions on how to get these patches moving? Someone I need to email? kthxbai

§477 · July 15, 2008 · Software, Technology, Web · 5 comments · Tags: ,


I took 20 minutes and added a feature request to my SVG Web Stats web application tonight: Now you can switch the timeline graph from Traffic mode to Distribution mode, which shows the share of each browser on my site as a percentage of the total. Read the rest of this entry …

§476 · July 11, 2008 · Firefox, Microsoft, Opera, Safari, Software, SVG, Technology, Web · 2 comments · Tags: , ,


Shelley has a good long read about web standards, Silverlight, etc. I haven’t yet installed Silverlight (I’m on Linux most of the time) so I can’t even look at the effect everyone’s getting all gooey about over at the Hard Rock Cafe site. Maybe one day I’ll get around to it. Unless it’s truly 3D effect, I have a hard time believing that the effect can’t be done using SVG and SMIL and made to work in 3 of the 4 major browsers today. And this with standards that have been around for more than half a decade. So there. Nyah.

Speaking of plugins, I’ve been watching this guy continue to improve his SVG viewer (a SWF file that runs in Adobe’s Flash player) with about an update per week. Interesting idea (which has been pursued before incidentally). I’ll be really impressed if he can get the thing to a point where SMIL and scripting can be implemented.

Still, nothing beats some type of native support. In the meantime, I’d even accept ‘native’ plugin support from the big stick-in-the-muds. I still haven’t ruled out the idea that one day in the future, the Silverlight or Flash plugins might suddenly be able to render SVG directly, with no translation step in between. Here’s hoping for Flash 11 and Silverlight 3… Why not? They both already support a scripting engine, interactivity, XML parsing, animation, vector graphics, gradients, etc. Hm, why not, indeed.

§475 · July 10, 2008 · Adobe, Microsoft, Software, SVG, Technology, Web · Comments Off on SVG in Flash · Tags: , ,


Despite my best intentions and my inner voice crying out “microblogging is stupid!”, I’ve been slowly sucked into it. It started innocently enough with the Facebook status. Then I joined the party over at Twitter just to see what all the hubbub was about. When I learned about identi.ca, I decided to check that out a couple days ago (more and more people are joining there now).

The problem, of course, is that not everyone is on the same social network. And you might not want to be on any of the social networks that I’m on. Or you might not trust any of those companies. Enter ping.fm. Read the rest of this entry …

§474 · July 10, 2008 · PHP, Software, Technology, Web · Comments Off on Microblogging Floo-Flah · Tags: , , , ,