Citing Wikipedia

A meme that has been going around is that you can’t cite Wikipedia.

You can’t Cite Wikipedia Academically

Now it’s well known and generally agreed that you can’t cite Wikipedia for a scientific paper or other serious academic work. This makes sense firstly because Wikipedia changes, both in the short term (including vandalism) and in […]

Web Site Validation

Over the last few days I’ve got this blog and my documents blog to conform to valid XHTML according to the W3C validation service [1].

One significant change that I made was to use lower-case for HTML tags. For about 15 years I’ve been using capitals for tags to make them stand out from content […]

WordPress Plugins

I’ve just added the WordPress Minify [1] plugin to my blog. It’s purpose is to combine CSS and Javascript files and to optimise them for size and it’s based on the Minify project [2]. On my documents blog this takes the main page from 313KB uncompressed, 169KB compressed, and a total of 23 HTTP transfers […]

Help A Reporter Out

I recently discovered the Help A Reporter Out [1] service.

Subscribers receive three messages every business day each of which contains about 40 queries from journalists. People who subscribe can contact the journalist to provide information or offer an interview. Any journalist can send in a query. Peter Shankman runs this, it seems that it […]

Web Hosting After Death

Steve Kemp writes about his concerns for what happens to his data after death [1]. Basically everything will go away when bills stop being paid. If you have hosting on a monthly basis (IE a Xen DomU) then when the bank account used for the bill payment is locked (maybe a week after death) the […]

How not to write the way dumb people think smart people write

Don Marti has written an amusing and informative little post about the way that ill-educated people use phrases in print [1]. The one example that didn’t fit with the tone of his post was the use of “half mast” to refer to a flag on land, that one is used often enough (both in print […]

Feeds and Banning from Planets

Stewart Smith has written about the removal of a blog from Planet Linux Australia [1] due to publishing a list of URLs that the Australian government wants to censor.

The first point I want to make is that even if you had a list with thousands of entries that are not likely to offend anyone […]

The FAIL Meme

One of the recent poor trends in mailing list discussions is to reply to a message with a comment such as “FAIL” or “EPIC FAIL“.

The FAIL meme has been around for a while and actually does some good in some situations, slate has a good article about it [1]. The first example cited in […]

Planet Flooding

One annoying thing that happens regularly is “Planet Flooding”. This is when one of the many blogs that is syndicated by a public Planet installation changes it’s time stamps and has 10 or more old posts appear as new. It’s doubly annoying when the blogger in question knows about the problem.

Planet Flooding is easy […]

OpenID Delegation

I’ve just installed Eran Sandler’s OpenID Delegation Plugin [1]. This means that I can now use my blog URL for OpenID authentication. I’ve also included the plugin in my WordPress repository (which among other things has the latest version of WordPress). One thing that I consider to be a bug in Eran’s plugin is the […]