Thursday, May 19, 2005

Color pallete tools

Mambofrog has collected a set of different color pallete tools. If you have difficulty in finding a good color sheme for your site, here are some tools to check out.

I also might add ColorCombos and I Like Your Colors.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Full-circle gaming

I shouldn't promote Microsoft but it seems they are kicking their dog anyway. It's hard times for them ahead.

But Xbox 360 looks neat. Sony, the bar is set. Check out the specs. I can't hardly wait to have Linux up and running on it. Although I might leave that fun for the last generation consoles. Look at the screenshots. Especially Dead or Alive looks astonishing.

Missed the MTV promotion? Check this video. It shows the box and the specs inside out.

Webcam and voice communication while gaming. Cool.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Old media vs. New media

Ars Technica writes very well in an article about the decline of the newspaper industry and quotes Rupert Murdoch's probably historical speech. The Economist writes about it as well.

A couple of good points from the article:
  • Top-tier bloggers themselves are better educated than top-tier newspaper columnists

  • Commentary from trained specialists and insiders instead of professional outsiders (traditional jouralists)

  • Audience, which is more media savvy is more interested in being treated as a peer by news sources

  • Treating as peers by allowing posting comments in context and writing in a more personal, conversational tone

If you want to read about the classy journalist trips and how journalists sell their integrity in favor of corporate gifts, see A Sell-Out's Tale.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Single-signon bookmarklet

Nic Wolff's single-signon bookmarklet is pretty old news but I haven't spotted it before.

It's a brilliant idea on how to manage all those different passwords you have to access all kinds of web pages with a single master password so that each authenticated web page gets a different password derived from your master password. Good for security:
  • Each page has a different password, so guessing one doesn't compromise every other site you are on

  • The master password is not stored anywhere and it's not transmitted over the wire
It's easier to remember a single password than several hundred :) I bet many of you use the same password for all web services. That's bad for security.

This is a simple bookmarklet that asks your master password and generates a password in the password field on the site you are on. It's stored in your bookmarks and you use it to generate the password by clicking the bookmark in your browser.

The only thing you have to remember is your master password and the username. Using the same username in all web services helps a lot :)

[: UPDATE :]
Coolest stuff since sliced bread.. A firefox extension is now available in addition to a DHTML version of the same thing. The firefox extension adds an arrow next to every password field for entering the master password. Neat!