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Wave's Bloody Seductive Premise Crushed by Complexity

google waveGoogle has stopped developing Google Wave. Quite simply, not enough people were using Google Wave.

I began beta testing Google Wave last October, and sincerely wanted to like it. One month later, I foresaw this day.

I want to love Google Wave, because it's a bloody seductive premise, but it's just not intuitive enough for mass appeal. I'm one of those bleeding edge guys when it comes to web apps and I have a very hard time wrapping my feeble brain around Google Wave's advantage. I can't tell you how many folks I've been waving with who just throw up their arms and exclaim "I don't get it!". It's so hard to figure out, and life is so short...

As recently as this past weekend I logged back into Google Wave to see if maybe a light would go on and I'd see how I could actually use it to make my life better. Again, I left puzzled, wondering who was using Wave.

Google Wave was too smart for its own good. Bloody seductive, but crushed by complexity.

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A True Crackberry

phoneI left my Blackberry in its case on our team's bench the other night during softball. An opposing player hit a foul ball that landed right on my poor Curve.

The result is a true crackberry. The Blackberry is still fully functional, but you'll see the glass screen has been totalled.

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I understand the warranty, which has long expired, doesn't cover such things. Before I drop by a Rogers store to hear what they have to say, does anyone know if they have to replace this phone or can I just get a new screen?

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Unplugging the VCR

tvThis past weekend, I did something that most of you likely did a long time ago. I unplugged our VCR.

This VCR has been hooked up for 14 years. Today, in an age of PVRs and DVDs, it simply collects dust. We haven't used the VCR in over a year, so it's been relegated to storage.

Do you still have your VCR hooked up?

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No Error Occurred Error Message

Question MarkMy text editor of choice is Dreamweaver. I write all my CSS, HTML, JavaScript, PHP and XML in Dreamweaver, but only the "Code" tab. I refuse to use the "Design" tab.

Dreamweaver just served me up a rather interesting error message. This error message, it seems, is to alert me there is no error.

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Thanks, Dreamweaver!

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Why I Love Gmail

googleI was just sending an email from my Gmail account when Gmail prompted me to ask me if I meant to attach a file. Gmail did this because I wrote "I am including" in the body of the email and failed to attach anything.

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Just another reason why I love Gmail.

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3.5 Inch Floppy Disks, Rest in Peace

3.5 inchSony has decided to stop making 3.5-inch floppy disks. That's it, put a fork in this format, it's done.

Of course, the 3.5 inch floppy has been dead for quite some time. When was the last time you used one?

Last year, while cleaning my basement, I came across some old 3.5 inch floppies. There was a time floppy disks held my entire digital photo collection and was the primary way to get Word and Excel docs from A to Z.

The floppy disk may be dead, but it's still the de facto save icon.

Floppy Disks

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Epic Onestop Found at C:\Windows\Media\onestop.mid

mouseThere's a MIDI sequence sound file on your Windows pc that you probably don't know exists. It's called onestop.mid and you'll find it at C:\Windows\Media\.

Onestop was composed by David Yackley and it's been found in Windows since XP, possibly earlier.

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If you're on a Mac or running Linux, you can listen to Onestop here:


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Size Matters

googleGmail gives you a lot of space for free, but I just hit the wall for the second time. The first time I hit 99% capacity, I managed to free up a GB of space with a selective deletion campaign.

A couple of days ago, here's what I was seeing in Gmail.

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After forking over a whopping $5 to Google, here's what I'm seeing today.

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I think it's worth it.

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If IE Ignores it, Does it Exist?

MouseI was just checking out a great little HTML5 and CSS3 checklist by findmebyip.com. They've looked at the top five browsers, both PC and Mac, and looked at whether it supported CSS3 Properties, CSS3 Selectors, HTML5 Web Applications, HTML5 Embedded Content, HTML5 Audio Codecs, HTML5 Video Codecs, HTML5 Forms Inputs and HTML5 Forms Attributes.

I make my living in this world. Web-based work pays my mortgage and feeds my kids. This matters to me.

You don't have to know a stitch about HTML5 or CSS3 to see in this chart that IE6, IE7 and IE8 fare very poorly. This begs the question: if IE ignores it, does it exist?

And yes, I'm being serious. We don't develop web sites for ourselves or our web-savvy brethren, we do it for the masses, and that means we do it for IE.

How much time and energy would you commit to something that couldn't be seen or appreciated in Internet Explorer?

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Back to Firefox

firefoxLast month I openly declared I had switched default browsers from Firefox to Chrome. The new Chrome extensions were pretty sweet, and Chrome seemed to be faster. That was then....

...this is now. I'm back with Firefox. Google Chrome seemed hesitant after a short while, unresponsive. There was even buggy issues with Gmail where I'd click "Attach a file" or "Plain Text" and the option would disappear altogether. You'd think the Google browser would work best with Google email, but Gmail was far snappier in Firefox.

Since then I've returned to Firefox, my default browser for six years, and everything is awesome. It's a portable version of Firefox, by the way, with my favourite add-ons and everything customized to my liking. Just like the prodigal son I've returned.

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