Review: 'Drupal 6 JavaScript and jQuery'

Submitted by yelvington on February 6, 2010 - 12:45pm

Let's start with a confession: I don't like JavaScript. I don't like object notation and I don't like programming languages where whitespace (line enders) is significant. I cut my teeth on C, and I am suspicious of any deviation from its spartan truth. I also don't trust power windows and think the Volvo 240 was the pinnacle of automotive engineering, just to put it all in context.

Looking for journogeeks

Submitted by yelvington on February 2, 2010 - 2:01pm

Life is change, and we've had some great people change their lives by leaving Morris DigitalWorks to take on new challenges in the Web consulting and development world. We're sad to see them go, but excited when they wind up working on cool projects like Whitehouse.gov.

So we're looking to grow a new crop of wizards, and in the mix we're going to be recruiting some journogeeks.

Blows against the empire: iPad, Chrome, HTML5 and Android

Submitted by yelvington on January 31, 2010 - 2:03pm

It hasn't been a good month for Microsoft. First Google with its Nexus One, then Apple with its iPad, have highlighted how its empire is in risk of falling, replaced by a new mobile world in which Microsoft is irrelevant.

Most revolutions fail because the revolutionaries can't stay united. This one is no different. And there is plenty of skirmishing among the revolutionaries.

The soft paywall: Some more numbers to chew on

Submitted by yelvington on January 25, 2010 - 12:53pm

OK, one more post about the "soft paywall" concept and then I'll move on to something else.

Paid-content discussions tend to be dominated by religious wars -- declarations of belief, not fact -- so I want to do what I can to inject some facts when I can.

As I've pointed out repeatedly, averages are useless and segmentation is essential if we're going to understand human behavior and discover whether there is any real reader-revenue opportunity left in local journalism.

Cookie monster versus "soft" paywalls

Submitted by yelvington on January 23, 2010 - 7:48pm

Pretty much everybody who's talking seriously these days about asking users to pay for news content is pointing at the same model: Leave the website open to casual visitors, but require heavy users to sign up as paying customers. Let people see perhaps half a dozen stories a month, but if they show signs of high interest, present them with a bill for the content they're consuming.

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