A technology blog for The Economist Group IT team

Thursday, February 26, 2004

This DB is fantastic!

Deutsche Bahn's timetable service has a fantastic option that allows you to create a personal timetable in .PDB format so that it can easily be read on a Palm device.
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Thursday, February 12, 2004

What a load of c2p!

From ColdFusion Journal:

Welcome to another installment of Extending ColdFusion. In this edition, we are going to look at one of the ways you can add localization to your Web site. What do we mean by localization? Localization or L10N (L10N is an abbreviation for the 10 letters between the "L" and "N" in localization) describes the process of adapting an application to a specific locale.

You can think of L10N as the process of applying a locale or language "skin" to an application. That can mean many things like date, currency, and number formatting; calendars; text direction, and so on. Typically localization is done after a process called internationalization. Internationalization or I18N (I18N is an abbreviation for the 18 letters between the "I" and "N" in internationalization) is the design and development of an application so that it functions in at least two locales. You can think of I18N as making an application language or locale neutral.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Sex, lies, and Earth Station 5

�oh, and Kylie, Norah, Paul, Robbie, Radiohead, Chingy et. al.

The music and media industries in an online world

So, it is illegal to use KaZaA, Earth Station 5, and all the Napster imitation technologies (sorry peer to peer). There are two articles that address these issues, one from the Economist Christmas issue where I, in true internet fashion, "borrowed" the title of this story, or part of it anyway (you will need to login) and one from CFO Europe, February 2004, cover story.

More stories from CFO Europe

All IT related.

Getting rid of it (or, what to do with the old PCs when you buy new ones)

Spying (IT security for corporations)

Microsoft (late, again�.?)

I promise something more positive about Microsoft next week. Meanwhile, please find below some interesting statistics:


You may have heard about the Economist having launched a
latte index to accompany the Big Mac index. You may find that there is a similar concept behind the two indices introduced below, and hopefully they will let us have a look at how many people link their webpages, or make references to the Economist Group websites; WLU therefore stands for who loves us.

The second index is a comparison of the economist website with the web sites of publications that are US or Europe based and have similar content (or at least aspirations) like us. However, for those of you who speak the language these publications are in, I strongly recommend to browse through them� so, UAT stands for Us and Them.

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Many many thanks to Donald Hoonan for making the graphs in Economist house style and to John Neeson for kindly parking them on his personal webspace.

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Tuesday, February 03, 2004

If you want safe surfing learn javascript

So say Miscrosoft. This is from Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 833786. Really.

Things that you can do to help protect yourself from malicious hyperlinks

To try to identify the URL of the current Web site, use the following methods.

Use Jscript commands to try to identify the actual URL for the current Web site

Use a JScript command in Internet Explorer. In the Address bar, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

javascript:alert("Actual URL address: " + location.protocol + "//" + location.hostname + "/");

To properly close the loop hole where a link incorrectly displays the address of another site in the address bar, Microsoft has removed support for username and passwords in the URL.
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