Is Internet access a human right?
January 5th, 2012 by ravi

Op-Ed by Vint Cerf in the New York Times / International Herald:

Internet Access Is Not a Human Right

[T]echnology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself. There is a high bar for something to be considered a human right. Loosely put, it must be among the things we as humans need in order to lead healthy, meaningful lives, like freedom from torture or freedom of conscience. It is a mistake to place any particular technology in this exalted category, since over time we will end up valuing the wrong things. For example, at one time if you didn’t have a horse it was hard to make a living. But the important right in that case was the right to make a living, not the right to a horse. Today, if I were granted a right to have a horse, I’m not sure where I would put it.

A carefully argued piece.

IE9 to support rounded corners
March 16th, 2010 by ravi

This is a bit old (from the IE9 blog) but important and interesting news for users of my Ahimsa for WordPress theme: IE9 will support the CSS3 border-radius property, WebKit/Gecko (Safari, Chrome, Firefox) versions of which are used in my theme to render the rounded borders.

Before you break out the champagne, note that IE9 isn’t expected to hit the Internet series of pipes until 2011, and it is anybody’s guess when it will gain a sufficient share of the IE space before we can claim to share our visual experience with all browser users!

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The big browser that couldn’t
January 18th, 2010 by ravi

Anyone who ever had to write a bit of HTML, CSS or JavaScript usually employs a therapist or anger management expert to help deal with the stress of having to deal with Internet Explorer. Now, thanks to its other celebrated feature, to wit it’s generosity towards malware and viruses, some European governments might be helping out:

France and Germany warned against using IE6, 7 and 8 France has echoed calls by the German government for web users to find an alternative to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) to protect security.

[ link: BBC News – France joins Germany warning against Internet Explorer ]

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John Dvorak on Apple
November 2nd, 2009 by ravi

This is John Dvorak commenting on the Apple Macintosh in 1984:

The nature of the personal computer is simply not fully understood by companies like Apple (or anyone else for that matter). Apple makes the arrogant assumption of thinking that it knows what you want and need. It, unfortunately, leaves the “why” out of the equation — as in “why would I want this?” The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a ‘mouse’. There is no evidence that people want to use these things. I dont want one of these new fangled devices.

[ via Daring Fireball and  Jan. 1984: How critics reviewed the Mac – Apple 2.0 – Fortune Brainstorm Tech ]

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