Force IE to bow to your CSS

hacks, open source, berkeley

I've found myself mentioning this to a number of people since I found out about it. There's a nifty little script that you can use that will rewrite IE's DOM so that you don't have to hack away making CSS compatible. From the J-School's Scot Hacker, who has the coolest name for a geek ("CSS Compatibility in MSIE"):

Don't hack your CSS trying to make MSIE behave -- force the perp into compliance instead, with Dean Edwards' (unfortunately named) IE7. Uses JavaScript to detect MSIE and tweak its DOM to act as though it had a clue. Not only a great solution for developers currently struggling to create clean code, but also future-proof: When/if MSIE7 gets on-board, developers won't have to un-do the hacks they've done.

On SVN...

hacks, open source, berkeley, friends, research, education

Karl and Matthew have me using SVN and it rocks... especially since it doesn't seem to suffer from many lame-o properties that CVS has. One thing, to get $Id$ tags to update on commit, you have to update a file's SVN properties via:

svn propset svn:keywords "Id" *

GPG <= 1.4.2.1, bad

hacks, open source, privacy

As Schneier notes, there is a significant vulnerability in GnuPG versions before 1.4.2.2 that allows one to prepend or append arbitrary data to a signed message and not affect the signature calculation.

So, I'll be treating all messages signed with 1.4.2.1 and older as if they're unsigned.

Tails from the Long Tail 3: The Gossip

music, podcasts

Link: http://josephhall.org/podcasts/tlt_03.mp3

For the third installment of Tails from the Long Tail, I concentrate on a single album recently released. The Gossip, from Olympia, Washington, have put out a new album called "Standing the the Way of Control". It's their best album yet and will definitely have you moving your feet in no time. (I decided to put all the talking in the podcast at the beginning... so if you just want to hear the music, skip ahead on the mp3 to 2:32).

http://josephhall.org/podcasts/tlt_03.mp3

How disputes get resolved on Wikipedia...

open source, politics, policy

Well, I've always wondered how disputes are resolved on Wikipedia... looks like I'm finding out in practice. Among other things, A Wikipedian has recently threatened to send email to Hal Varian, the former dean of the SoI, about my conduct. It's pretty baffling that someone would think that they could affect my behavior (which has been polite and sincere) in one forum by grasping for something they're more familiar with in another forum. Further, it's hilarious as I had been trying to mediate the dispute. I can't imagine a world in which Hal would give a shit one way or another.

[UPDATE 2006-03-11T11:27:13]: So, it appears that the Wikipedian I allude to above has taken the liberty to contact Anno Hal! The nerve! His argument makes little sense, but is an interesting read from the perspective of an academic who's interested in wikipedia. As I say above, the only reason I'm involved in this dispute was an initial attempt at mediation. I've included the text of the email he sent below the fold (for those not interested).

[UPDATE 2006-03-20T18:13:40]: Well, he's now produced a 67-page comment on the dispute and is demanding $150 from me and $300 from the other student involved! The comment document makes for interesting reading (at least the beginning of it) as he relates my being upset with him contacting Anno to 800 million starving people.

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