Archive for February, 2006

Game might incite naughtiness

Friday, February 17th, 2006

So the Classification Review Board has banned another video game in Australia. This time it’s Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure. And in what way has this game offended the censor? It promotes graffiti.

Yep, that’s right. Graffiti. (more…)

Target of legal action

Monday, February 13th, 2006 is currently the subject of litigation over poor web site accessibility:

The US National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has brought legal action against Target corporation (a major US-based discount retailer which operates more than 1,300 stores in 47 states) because their web site is not accessible. The NFB has raised the issue with Target Corporation before

It seems that some of the accessibility blunders are pretty fundamental (lack of alt tags, image maps without alternatives) but some actions can not be performed on at all without using a mouse.

And here’s a real gem of good advice:

Word to the wise - if you are making accessibility changes to your site based on feedback - make sure you document your process so that you can at least show that you’re doing something to address the issues, and if you are doing it incrementally make some sort of public announcment with each improvement you make, ok? You know - that would make good business sense.


Spyware on the web - some data

Friday, February 10th, 2006

Following the recent nonsense over the Firefox Myths web page, it’s interesting to see in Information Week that more data has come to light about spyware and browsers.

Researchers at the University of Washington have been looking at the prevalence of spyware on the web, and in the process they did a side by side comparison of spyware attacks on IE and Firefox. (more…)

A backup guide for the rest of us

Monday, February 6th, 2006

On his blog Tim Bray recently offered some advice on protecting your data - it’s backup advice for the rest of us (more…)

A tip for the boys at AWB

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Speaking of what’s in the news, today’s Age features a series of photos of two senior staff from AWB acting like complete dickheads while “doing business” in Iraq. No doubt the Cole Royal Commission will reveal what really went on, and I reckon this is the least of their problems, but these guys could have done well to heed my long-standing view on photography in the digital age (more…)

The end of the world as we know it. Again.

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

If I may get diatribal for a moment, there are a few things that have turned up in the last day or so that need comment: IE7 bugs, the ‘Kama Sutra’ worm, and Firefox upgrades. (more…)