Archive for July, 2009

Bermuda

We Choose To Go To The Moon

It started during a Joint Session of Congress on May 25, 1961 with John F. Kennedy challenging the United States to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. 1969, 6 years after JFK was assassinated Apollo 11 landed on the moon and this famous newscast with the late Walter Cronkite […]

RFID War Driving

I’ve been a critic of RFID for the purpose of identifying people from early on because the concept is inherently flawed despite the insistence of people paid to insist otherwise. Chris Paget is in a widely circulated story regarding him driving around Fisherman’s Wharf with $190 worth of gear (likely not bought with an RFID […]

Google Chrome OS

The big news over the past 24 hours is the announcement of Google Chrome OS. Effectively Google Chrome OS is a stripped down Linux Kernel with just enough to boot Chrome/WebKit as it’s main UI. The exact UI paradigm hasn’t been reveled as of yet. Google claims: Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects […]

Debating Ogg Theora and H.264

Since the big HTML 5 news that there will be no defined codec for <audio/> or <video/> there has been a lot of discussion about the merits of such a decision, and what led to it. To quote Ian Hickson’s email: Apple refuses to implement Ogg Theora in Quicktime by default (as used by Safari), […]

Optimizing @font-face For Performance

You want to use @font-face, then you realize it’s got some downsides. First of all, it’s another http request, and we know that the golden rule of web performance is to keep http requests to a minimum. Secondly fonts aren’t even small files, they can be 50k+ in size. Lastly the lag of fonts loading […]