Search This, Google: Microsoft Adds Free Toolbar, Pop-Up Add Blocking to IE

Like Netscape before it, tiny Google has awakened a sleeping giant.

Today, Microsoft unveiled a free MSN Toolbar add-on for
the dominant Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser. The MSN Toolbar looks almost identical
to the Google toolbar, which provides searching, pop-up ad blocking, and other functionality.
Even the MSN Toolbar’s download page looks almost identical to the Google toolbar
download page.

Search This, Google: Microsoft Adds Free Toolbar, Pop-Up Add Blocking to IE

Family Car

My ex-boarding mate Hareen from MIT sent
me this really useful site called The Family Car.
I haven’t gone through it completely but the few pages I read explain the inner
working and how best to use and look after my car in very clean, simple language for
a lay person like me to easily grasp.

Family Car

Simple tricks for more usable forms

Simon Willison has a really cool article which points out simple things that you can
do to make html forms extremely easy to use. This is a must read for any web developer.

My second article for SitePoint has been published: Simple
tricks for more usable forms
. It examines a whole bunch of CSS and
Javascript tricks for improving the usability of web based forms without impairing
their accessibility to clients that don’t support those technologies. The article
has already had some useful feedback on the forums, including the valuable observation
that auto-selecting the contents of a form field when it receives the focus can have
a negative effect on the usability of Unix browsers, where mouse buttons are frequently
used for coping and pasting.


[Simon Willison’s
Weblog
]

Simple tricks for more usable forms

Max Jacobs on Bush’s space vision

A different train of thought on Bush’s space vision.

Via Common
Sense & Wonder

There is always a reason why not to explore, not to be bold. I’m sure there were people
telling the various European exploreres (sic) not to sail across the Atlantic, but
thank God they did. Imagine if the discovery of America was delayed a couple of hundred
years? The world would be so completely different and I think also would be much worse
off. After all there was a very good reason why so many people across the world have
risked everything to come here. Just because we don’t really see the immediate benefits
of exploration doesn’t mean that they won’t be massive over time.

Yes, I would rather private industry do all this since they would probably be able
to do these things more efficiently. But barring a Bill Gates turning his sights away
from Malaria and onto space, I wouldn’t hold my breath for anything other than Hilton
building a hotel in space. At this point, I will take any sort of research in space
I can get. If it has to come from NASA, so be it.


[peter’s
hip pocket
]

Max Jacobs on Bush’s space vision

Guerrilla gardening

Now this is a good idea! 

Guerrilla gardening is the art of using a piece of land which you do not own to grow
something. One step removed from actual guerrilla warfare, guerrilla gardening takes
land not for the people, but for nature; returning misused or disused land and finding
a purpose for it. Guerrilla gardeners come late in the night with watering cans, compost
and gardening gloves, and turn rotting sods of grass outside some condemned building
into a vegetable patch, a clump of daffodils, or a flowering rosebush.
[kuro5hin.org]

Guerrilla gardening

Mars or AIDS?

I read somewhere that the
cost of going to Mars may eventually total up to $170 billion
which is nowhere
close to the $12 billion the US President has stated will flow into NASA’s
coffers over the next 5 years to help finance the Mars dream. I don’t want to
knock the US government’s spending on AIDS (supposedly $1
billion this year
) but aren’t there significant, higher priority problems
on Earth that need tackling before one starts dabbling in interplanterary conquest?

Mars or AIDS?