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The Giant Global Graph

I posted this article at designed.nu, a weblog is about design. Design commentary usually focuses on the aesthetical and artistical side of what is considered design. But this particular post is about the original design of the internet, the world wide web and the giant global graph. -Huh? The what? Exactly.

Let me explain. When just about any blogger comments on the development of the internet and the world wide web, long discussions about web 2.0, web 3.0 and all kinds of concepts usually follow. And when that blogger considers to rename the world wide web into something as obscure as the Giant Global Graph, this normally is greeted with laughter at that person’s expense. Enter the latest weblog post of Sir Tim Berners-Lee. -Huh? Who? Exactly.

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Note to gov: don’t make your texts too simple

The Dutch government aims to keep their texts simple and clear. This as part of its policy to make its contents accessible without discrimination. In order to achieve this goal, a lot of texts and forms are being reviewed on their complexity and readability, guidelines are created on how to write readable simple texts and a lot of research on text readability is being conducted. Bureau Taal (The Language Agency) has written a very nice booklet on language readability and levels of understanding. Basically, there are 4 levels, with 2 sublevels. A1 being the most simple text, and D2 the most complex. European Research indicated that most government texts are written in C1 and C2 level, while only 15% of the population fully understands those texts.

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The case against organised leadership in open source communities

Everything you say tho seems to me to be a point for my personal case *against* organised leadership within the XOOPS community. Especially since creating a hierarchy and organization is it’s primary *goal* and not a tool to accomplish the actual goal: to develop a world-class product, and provide great community support, all in the spirit of open source software.

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Death of a legend: Netscape is no more

On one of the final days of 2007 we are forced to say goodbye to an old legend. On December 29 2007, America Online decided to pull the plug on the Netscape project. For many people, including myself, Netscape was a big part of discovering the Internet in its early days. Netscape started in 1994 as a fork off the Mosaic Grandfather of all browsers (yes, I used that one too), and started the battle for the web by taking on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. AOL bought the brand name and the technology a while back, but the browser that had won the war had fought its last battle.

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Bring on tha Kung Fu, baby!

The movies I am going to review are: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Wo hu cang long by Ang Lee (2000), Hero Ying xiong by Yimou Zhang (2002), Shaolin Soccer Siu lam juk kau by Stephen Chow (2001), Kung Fu Hustle also by Stephen Chow (2004), House of the Flying Daggers by Yimou Zhang (2004), Fearless Hou Yuan Jia by Ronny Yu (2006), Ong-Bak by Prachya Pinkaew (2003), Zatoichi by Takeshi Kitano (2003), Shinobi by Shimoyama Ten (2005) and Seven Swords Chat gim by Hark Tsui (2005).

First up: Crouching Tinger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

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