Fix Outlook – On the first page of Google results please

Wednesday 24th June, 2009

This morning I was introduced to the wonderful FixOutlook.org (thanks @philhawksworth) and thought I should throw it my tiny speck of pagerank support. The short version is that Microsoft are planning on keeping on using Word for HTML rendering in Outlook 2010… which is quite broken (justification on request, I wouldn’t know where to start).

Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could get enough links pointing to fixoutlook.org that it appears on the first page of results for a Google search for “Outlook”.

As a side-point… has PageRank replaced the whole signature/petition thing? Has Twitter replaced PageRank? I love change.


This is me not claiming my Facebook URL

Tuesday 16th June, 2009

Rather than spending 5 minutes claiming my personal Facebook URL I’m going to spend 5 minutes writing a blog post. During that 5 minutes time, a statistically unlikely 165,000 people may have registered theirs.

Reasons in favour of registering a Facebook URL:

  • Vanity
  • Umm… vanity

Reasons against registering:

  • 5 minutes of life wasted (dubious benefit since I spent them doing this)
  • One step closer to Facebook being a closed monolithic identity provider
  • Obstinance

The nays have it.


Internet Explorer fails to render ' in XHTML

Friday 5th June, 2009

XHTML is a subset of XML. All XML rules should apply. Why then, in 2009, does Internet Explorer still fail to unescape the ' entity as XML dictates? Come on. It’s not complicated.

If it’s backwards compatability the IE team are worried about then surely the burden of compatability lies with page authors who wish to switch to XHTML from HTML.


Bing abbreviation of b(or)ing?

Wednesday 3rd June, 2009

I can’t comment on the technical architecture of Bing, but ultimately it doesn’t matter that much. Bing is trying to make solving a solved problem look new by adding a big photograph of a man standing on a mountain. Bing is b(or)ing. As Hugh MacLeod says, Microsoft: change the world or go home.

Maybe they can get some traffic by doing deals but ultimately a mousetrap is just a mousetrap unless it can do something other mousetraps can’t do. Until then I don’t see it making any waves.