Getting My Guru On
Like I mentioned, .eduGuru is sucking up a lot of my writing time right now. So, for those of you missing out, here’s some of the stuff I’ve thrown down the pipes over there. I usually manage a post a week, with several ideas currently in the works. So much writing, so little time…
The web design world let out a collective cry yesterday. To some, it was a squeal of delight. To others, it was a groan of despair. At issue was Google’s new brainchild (and latest step towards WORLD DOMINATION), Chrome. If you have been hiding in a hole since Labor Day, Chrome is Google’s attempt to enter the web browser market by dropping a “lightweight,” WebKit based browser designed to function more efficiently in an increasingly modern web environment (while at the same time trying to drag us kicking and screaming back into the browser wars that defined the late 90s). They made a bit of a goof in their release cycle, and let the cat out of the bag a bit early the other day (it could have just as easily been planned to stir the pot for the couple days leading up to the Beta release on the 2nd). Like many things Google related, the idea is quite idealistic, and has a ton of potential. But just the same, new browsers always pose a number of issues.
Those of you who have kept up with some of Microsoft’s new toys (or who read my Twitter), have undoubtedly heard of a new little Seadragon based photo interface they have been working on in conjunction with the University of Washington called Photosynth. This new spatial photo organization system sent the tech word abuzz when news, video, and a tech demo began passing back and forth across sites like Digg and Slashdot.
It was brought to my attention the other day that there are some concerns about e-mail addresses published on our college’s web site and the effect it has on spam. It turns out the filters here run through about 10,000,000 emails a day, about 7% of which are passed on as being actual, legitimate messages. We are not a huge campus, but I’m going to guess that many of you would see a similar ratio. Naturally, this has brought up conversation of obfuscating e-mail addresses. We’ll set aside the “closing the gate after the horse got out” metaphor for now, because techniques can always help prevent spam from hitting new addresses, so at least that way we can lighten the load for our new users.