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Traditional and WWW classes

Some ICC students received a phone call this week indicating that their enrollment in the traditional version of a class had been canceled and they were being enrolled in the WWW version of the same class. We needed to combine sections for some courses. Since some students live well out […]

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Fall semester starts soon

I hope everyone is looking forward to the start of classes as much as I am. If you registered for one of my CMWEB classes, note that you will likely be receiving a postcard in the mail in the next week or so. Please follow those instructions closely. Sadly, the […]

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Belize photos

These are some of the photos I took during my recent trip to Belize. Since I took nearly 1,000, I chose to be a little more selective. You may recall you can view these as a slideshow at the Flickr site. Just click on any of the photos below and […]

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Belize sounds

Here are some sounds from Belize. I thought you might enjoy listening to these sounds. I will post some photos soon. The amphibians were heard at night, the cicadas were heard in the day. The bird sounds are what I woke up to nearly every morning (unless there was heavy […]

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Congratulations

Congratulations to Luan Railsback and Sheri Humphrey. They won First Place at the SkillsUSA national web design contest in Kansas City this week. Well done! There should be some additional information about the contest posted on the WOW weblog (WOW Technology Minute) in the next week or two. Contestants at […]

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China Trip Photos

These are some photos from my recent trip to China. I spent most of Sunday touring Beijing and vicinity. The Ming Tomb I visited was that of the emperor who brought the capital back to Beijing and built the Great Wall. I also visited the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, […]

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Happy Webmaster Day

I believe GoDaddy initiated this idea – today is the day to say thanks to all those who tirelessly keep websites up and running. More information can be found at: http://www.godaddy.com/gdshop/holiday/webmastersday/send_ecard.asp?ci=12356¬†and http://wowtechminute.com/. As a teacher of these technologies, let me add my note of thanks to those who keep things […]

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Example of Chinese TV

I thought you might enjoy hearing a snippet of one of the broadcasts I listened to while recently in Beijing. I will try to post more snippets of audio as I find the time. [display_podcast]

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MAPS 2008 Fossil Show

I attended the MAPS (Mid-America Paleontology Society) Fossil Exposition in Macomb, Illinois yesterday. These are some of the photos of the fossils (and friends) encountered. www.flickr.com

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Good introduction to Firefox 4

I came across this article today. Thought it was a good read as to the future direction of Firefox. Details can be found at http://www.webware.com/8301-1_109-9904867-2.html. Concepts of Prism and Weave are both quite interesting…

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Happy Dyngus (Dingus) Day

Thanks to my son for pointing out that today is Dyngus Day (not that he has ever heard me call anyone a dingus). If you want to learn more, consider Wikipedia. Apparently (and unknown to me), this is a big deal in many places. Lesson learned – I guess I […]

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Thanks Mike

I wanted to take a moment and formally thank Mike Perdun. He stopped by class last night and pointed out the obvious. I had been plagued with a problem using Adobe Captivate 3 and Vista. In researching a number of other weblogs, I found several individuals had encountered this problem, […]

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Top 10 Application Design Mistakes

Jakob Nielsen has recently posted a listing of the top 10 application design mistakes. They can be found at: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/application-mistakes.html. For students in my classes, review the link and let me know your thoughts (via the appropriate discussion forum).

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HTML 5 working draft published

A working draft of the HTML 5 specification has been published – http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/WD-html5-20080122/ (January 22, 2008). There is an associated press release – http://www.w3.org/2008/02/html5-pressrelease. InfoWorld also has a review/ overview of this milestone – http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/01/22/W3C-offers-HTML-5-draft_1.html. Students are encouraged to review these documents; we can discuss further in class.

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Acid test

In several classes, I briefly mentioned that Internet Explorer 8 has passed the Acid test (actually the Acid 2 test). I forgot to mention the actual URL (for those who want to try this out in their browser). Please visit http://www.hixie.ch/tests/evil/acid/002/. Note that therer is an Acid 3 test, but […]

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