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November 30, 2006

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November 29, 2006

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November 28, 2006

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My "Countries Visited Map"

After the jump.

November 27, 2006

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November 26, 2006

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November 25, 2006

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November 24, 2006

Configuring a Linksys WRT54G router to work with a Westell 6100 modem for Verizon DSL

Tonight I've been having a bitch of a time configuring a Linksys WRT54G router to work with a Westell 6100 modem for Verizon DSL. After an hour or more of bushwhacking through help forums, I was lucky enough to run across this post in this thread at Broadband Reports. I made a couple of changes to the WRT54G's "Basic Setup" screen, and suddenly everything was fine!

Specifically, I followed Dslammer0's suggestion and changed the values of the "Host Name" and "Domain Name" fields of the "Basic Setup" screen to the following values:
Host Name : Verizon Online
Domain Name : myhome.westell.com

That was it! I'm typing this blog entry at a computer connected to my new Wireless-G router :)

I've never had problems when I've configured Wireless-G routers to work with cable or DSL before, but then again this is the first time I've configured one for Verizon DSL.

Another I learned (tho it may have been in a different thread) was that I should change the "Local IP Address" of my Wireless-G router from to something else, such as This is because the DSL modem was already configured to listen on This change was also made from the "Basic Setup" screen.

November 21, 2006

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November 20, 2006

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Event Selectors JavaScript/Ajax library at Encytemedia --- Design and development crossfade


Another js library that I'd like to use some time.

"event:Selectors allow you to apply an event such as mouseover, mouseout, click, et al using a CSS style syntax."

Here is some example syntax:

var Rules = {
    '#pdetail .sizeButtons span:click' : function(element) {

November 19, 2006

links for 2006-11-20

Why Ajax is not just JavaScript

Would they pay Ajax developers $3000 more, if it were "just JavaScript"? But JavaScript developers can take heart in that at least they are not Web developers, a clearly inferior profession.

November 18, 2006

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Turn a plain text URL into a hyperlink wrapped in an LI

Add these lines to your .emacs:

(fset 'list-hyperlink-from-URL
[?< ?l ?i ?> ?< ?a ? ?h ?r ?e ?f ?= ?" ?\C-k ?\C-y ?" ?> ?\C-y ?< ?/ ?a ?> ?< ?/ ?l ?i ?> down ?\C-a])

November 17, 2006

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November 16, 2006

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Barneys.com rated second most effective luxury e-commerce Web site

Barneys' website is... first for trust and security. ...the top-rated site for exceeding customer expectations and for improving overall brand favorability. Respondents who found that the site exceeded their expectations say the site has excellent quality and images, and is easy to use.

Article is mirrored after the jump.

Luxury Institute Survey: Wealthy Consumers Rank Nordstrom, Barneys and Neiman Marcus the Luxury Retailers With the Most Effective Websites in 2006

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 14, 2006 -- In a recent Luxury Institute survey, a whopping 93 percent of individuals worth $10 million or more said that they purchased a luxury product over the Internet in the past 12 months. But are luxury retailers' web sites ready for the 2006 holiday season? According to the Luxury Institute's 2006 Luxury Website Effectiveness Index (LWEI) for luxury retailers, Nordstrom, Barneys and Neiman Marcus have the web sites that truly deliver for wealthy consumers. The LWEI incorporates four components of a luxury website's effectiveness: usefulness of content, ease of navigation, overall look and feel, and trust with one's personal information.

The survey measures the impact of the website on three critical "outcome" measures: exceeding visitor's expectations, willingness to recommend the site to people they care about, and improvements in the overall opinion of the brand as a result of the website experience. The research also captures consumer feedback, from those who found the site failed to meet their expectations, on how the website could be improved, as well as reasons consumers say their expectations were exceeded. Importantly, the survey measures the e-commerce experience of each site.

Although wealthy consumers were surveyed about eight leading retailer brands, only six brands, Barneys, Bloomingdales, Brooks Brothers, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue, had sufficient incidence of visits to be rated.

"Nordstrom's website is the clear winner in the 2006 LWEI," said Milton F. Pedraza, CEO of the Luxury institute. "It ranks first for overall LWEI in three of the four sub-indices. On the index measuring trust with personal information, it ranks third, closely behind Barneys and Bloomingdales. Nordstrom is also the top-ranked site for the outcome metric measuring willingness to recommend the site. Wealthy responders cite the 'excellent customer service' and ease of use. They say the site is 'intuitive,' 'well-organized' and has great products. Respondents like the shipping and return policies."

Barneys' website is also a top performer, ranking second overall for LWEI and first for trust and security. It scores particularly well in each of the three outcome measures. Specifically, it is the top-rated site for exceeding customer expectations and for improving overall brand favorability. Respondents who found that the site exceeded their expectations say the site has excellent quality and images, and is easy to use.

When it comes to actual buying experience, Saks Fifth Avenue is the top-rated site. The website ranks first for easily tracking product shipments, receiving an e-mail order confirmation, having a shopping cart that is easy to use, and products arriving as ordered. Nordstrom's website ranks second overall on the e-commerce index, and first for comfort providing credit card information, ease of returning products, and likelihood of repeat purchases.

A nationally representative sample of 1,611 wealthy consumers was surveyed online. Respondents had an average household income of $298k and average net worth of $2.9m. Survey results are weighted to match the demographic and net worth profile of the same audience according to the latest Survey of Consumer Finances from the Federal Reserve.

About the Luxury Institute

The Luxury Institute is the uniquely independent and objective ratings and research institution that is the trusted and respected voice of the high net worth consumer. The Institute provides an impartial portfolio of proprietary publications and research that guides and educates high net-worth individuals and the companies that cater to them on leading edge trends, high net worth consumer rankings and ratings of luxury brands, and best practices. Publications include the monthly Wealth Report, the Luxury Brand Status Index surveys, the Luxury Best Practices surveys and the Luxury Consumer Experience Index surveys. To reach the Luxury institute, please call 646-792-2669, or go to www.luxuryinstitute.com.

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November 15, 2006

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November 14, 2006

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November 13, 2006

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November 12, 2006

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November 11, 2006

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November 10, 2006

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Pragmatic Ajax

pragmatic ajax
I bought a copy of Pragmatic Ajax at Computer Book Works a few months back. I love the cover, but I haven't had time to really get into the book yet :(

November 09, 2006

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The Sinner's Guide, by Robert Lanham

I'm slowly enjoying my signed copy of The Sinner's Guide to the Evangelical Right. I'm learning about Creflo Dollar, and of course, Ted Haggard

November 08, 2006

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Clusty cloud for Hypertext Architect

I think this is my new title. It's an old turn of phrase, but it does actually describe what I do.

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A suggestion for LiveMarks

LiveMarks lets you "spy " on what del.icio.us users are posting, in real time. It's very cool, but I wish they would Hide the static links in the right column. That way I could split a NetVibes page into two columns, and watch digg spy and LiveMarks at the same time!

November 07, 2006

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Links I've tagged with "Vic Sussman"

Clusty cloud for Vic Sussman

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November 06, 2006

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Choose a value with two select menus

Intermediate Web developers often stumble over the problem of getting select menus to talk to each other. One common problem is the situation where the options that are in select menu B, are dependent upon the option that has been selected in menu A.

Here is one solution to a somewhat different problem, that also involves getting two select menus to cooperate.

The problem is that we have two menus, one of which contains the first part of a choice, and the other contains the second part. Once a selection has been made, how do we collect both parts of the choice; and how do we decide what that particular choice means, in the context of the application? Here is how I would probably implement that.

Choose a value with two select menus

Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition

Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition

Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition

I bought this book at Coliseum. It has a concordance, which allows you to create your own translations by mix-and-matching english equivalents of Chinese words. There's also a couple of support chapters, which I haven't looked at yet at all.

See also the Tao of Programming.

November 05, 2006

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The Long Tail, by Chris Anderson

The Long Tail, by Chris Anderson

I just picked up
The Long Tail, by Chris Anderson. I read about the Long Tail Web site in Ambient Findability, this spring. I now understand that sorting a great deal of material according to taste, seems to consistently produce a few "hits" and a "long tail" which is everything else. This seems to happen even in my own CD collection, for instance.

Smashing Pumpkins (live '93)

Smashing Pumpkins, record release party for Siamese Dream, Tower Records, Chicago, July 26, 1993. On Rbally.net.

"...a reminder that whatever you might think of the band towards the end, they were definitely great (at some point)..."

This show is a total jam!

Beck and the Flaming Lips (live)

Beck with The Flaming Lips, at the Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, CA, December 8, 2002. On Rbally.net.

I have been listening to this for about a week and it's a total jam. I wish there were some Flaming Lips songs as well as Beck's, though.

November 04, 2006

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November 03, 2006

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November 02, 2006

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November 01, 2006

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BlogLines inside NetVibes

I've been using NetVibes for a while. But I just discovered the Web Page Module. And that has greatly increased NetVibes' usefulness to me.

First, there are several visualizations (newsmap, delicious map, delicious LiveMarks and digg spy ) which cannot be replaced by an RSS feed. Web Page Module allows me to view each of these interfaces from within Netvibes, each in its own tab. NewsMap is so flexible that it fits into one column of a 3-column layout.

Netvibes is a smooth interface for reading 10 or 20 important feeds. Beyond that, I either have to scroll deeper than I'd like, or I have to start breaking up my feeds into tabs; and then I have to go back to BlogLines. Reading a bunch of little boxes spread across many tabs, does not appeal to me. I cannot make a good case for just why that is, however.

In any case, tonight I realized that the Web Page Module means that I can put BlogLines inside Netvibes. So now I truly do have all my feed-reading on one page.