Monthly Archives: June 2004

My Belisha beacon

My work monitor has been flickering between full colour and yellow—a loss of the blue colour channel?—for a couple of weeks now. It would blink a few times before stabilizing in either mode for a good few minutes, then blink … Continue reading

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Demoticratic hamartia

K. has already pointed out the hilarity of sections of the BBC talking point on the Iraq sovereignty handover, so I won’t steal her thunder except (if I may) by quoting one of the more wall-eyed e-mails: A historic day. … Continue reading

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I’m a convert, I’m afraid. After the demonstration of shoddy goods and shoddier service from Argos, and the mediocrity of waiting for three weeks for MFI to deign to deliver the goods we’d pay for, I adore Ikea. I’ve never … Continue reading

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Reinventing the <!WHEEL>

There’s another chapter to add to the great history of XML, mark you: The XSCS Project Team step in with a compact, human-readable version of schemata, a step forward in the fight against invalid documents. Hang on. Wait a cotton-picking … Continue reading

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One for the teleologists to sort out

A potted (and largely inaccurate and/or apocryphal) history of XML. Special people with sharply-pointed heads use SGML to mark up documents for years and years. HTML, the basis of the world-wide web, is spawned from SGML syntax. SGML documents are … Continue reading

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Horation on the Dignity of Man

Speaking of poster children, Lord Kitchener, who told us all during WWI that our country needed us, died with the sinking of the HMS Hampshire, lost on June 5, 1916. Yet his iconic picture continued to recruit more soldiers to … Continue reading

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