Snow Day?

Well, got up, checked my email, hit the shower, had breakfast, and went to class:

World Lit 2/24 Canceled: Enjoy the Snow

Well thanks for the Email! Oh well…. on my way back I snapped a few pictures of the snow (from the Camera Phone).

Edit: 2:30 pics posted. Last one is a cheap rip off of Christo’s “The Gates”. Ok, it’s just some construction barrier.

Firefox hits Yahoo Again

Firefox On YahooI’ve mentioned this before. Firefox again is on the homepage. Now celebrating the 25 Million Milestone.

That’s some good press. Yahoo gets a lot of hits. And that title just yells out “Lots of people are checking out Firefox… have you?”

Don’t just take back the web. Take it back with a loud voice! Congrats Everyone!

btw: If your not spreading the word. Help Out now. Get those links in your blog, on your AIM profile, in your forum signature, etc. etc. Be creative!

Coding with Timezones

I’ve got a bit of a complex question here for all you professional web developers:

Environment
Website targeting international users in all 24 timezones. Website based in US.

Problem Summary
How do you handle timezones correctly? What is the best strategy?

Problem Expanded
The particular problem I see is Daylight savings. I’ve seen several sites ask it based on GMT (-5 for New York for example). Now what that misses is Daylight Savings. Not everyone in all timezones participates, and each has a different time when they implement it. Keeping it in GMT isn’t exactly desirable either, since users need to know the time (in their timezone).

Anyone take on the issue? I’ve searched high and low, and yet to see a good solution. Most just leave it as GMT, or hide times (put it in very low contrasting color compared to it’s background for example).

Quiet Time.. pictures coming

Slightly quiet over the past few days. Several things going on. First of all school is busy (lots of work and studying). Then I’ve been hacking away at several projects. Lots of fun there. Not to mention some TV time, and just relaxing. Everyone needs some of that.

I’ll be checking out the “The Gates” in Central Park, NYC later this week as I’ll be in the city. I’ll be sure to take my camera phone and snap a few low-quality pictures (they still are pictures), and post them here for all my non-Northeastern US and international readers. So keep an eye out for those. I’m planning to put those up sometime before the weekend (likely Friday night).

USS Jimmy Carter codenamed Richard Nixon?

Well, we all know trans-atlantic data isn’t exactly secure. But now we know the USS Jimmy Carter can be used to intercept data along those under water cables. The new submarine can provide another gated level of security for the intelligence community.

Why they didn’t name it the USS Richard Nixon? I’m not really sure. Sure would be more appropriate. Not to mention a ship being named after a Democrat with Republicans controlling all branches of government, is slightly unusual.

YASN (Yet Another Socal Network): YUB

There’s yet another social network (like friendster, orkut, the facebook). Yub is backed by Buy.com, Target, and Apple iTunes which gives you “points” for what you buy, or persuade others to buy. You can write reviews, and if someone buys through your review, you get 1% of the product’s price in points. Which are redeemable for cash (shockingly). It’s designed as a social network, but for purchasing products.

I gave it a spin today, and found it rather good. It’s got a nice design, very usable, and it’s actually pretty informative. I can definitely see myself using it as a frontend for purchasing products.

It’s themed like a mall, and even feature’s a map. There are “raves” (topics of interest), including Firefox!

I’d recommend giving it a look. You can find my profile here. If you join, add me as your friend (if you want to be my friend that is).

Social Networks are part of life on the net now. They provide a new way of interacting unlike more archaic forums and chartrooms. This just adds the dynamic of seeing what products other people like/dislike.

I’m curious how Amazon will respond.

Hopefully they will add an web service so I can make (or find) a WordPress plugin to keep my latest reviews on this blog and a generic signup link.