links for 2008-10-30

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  • There’s no doubt that rock stars can be creative entrepreneurs, just like entrepreneurs can be creative rock stars. But Kurt Cobain? It may seem a stretch to call Kurt Cobain and Nirvana entrepreneurs. After all, Cobain was so disturbed by fame that he ultimately took his own life to escape the pressure. The success of the album Nevermind was an accident of creative genius by punk rockers who reluctantly hit it big, right? Not exactly.
  • You may not know it, but you probably have an OpenID. If you have a Yahoo account, you have an OpenID. If you have a Windows Live account, you will soon have an OpenID. And today, if you have a Google e-mail account, you can also start using your Gmail address as an OpenID. By joining the OpenID movement, Google completes the trifecta and adds all of its Gmail users to the hundreds of millions of Yahoo and Windows Live accounts that can also be used as a single login for any Website that accepts OpenID. While Google is more than happy to become an issuer of OpenIDs, what is not so clear is whether it will accept other OpenIDs for people who want to sign up for Google services.
  • Welcome to Dragon Avenue, your home for all things Dungeons and Dragons. Here you can find news about D&D 4th edition as well as other geeky things that most gamers are interested in. We are one of the nicest communities of role-players you'll find, so feel free to join our forums and sit a spell.
  • When Dan Walsh, a 33-year-old technology manager in Dublin, started posting doctored versions of the comic strip “Garfield” on his blog in February, he thought he might amuse a few friends. Instead, his site on Tumblr started receiving as many as 300,000 hits a day from the United States and beyond. More recently it has leveled off to 30,000 to 35,000 a day, which is not bad for a site whose content takes about five minutes to create.
  • Garkov is an application of the Markov model to transcripts of old Garfield strips, plus some extra code to make it all look like a genuine comic strip. Feel free to screenshot and share Garkov output.
  • The Halloween is around the corner and the atmosphere is filled with pumpkins, skeletons, bonfires, horror movies and other scary things spread across the houses, stores and, of course, web sites. Just the right time to spice up your desktop and your designs with an appropriate Halloween spirit. And for this purpose you may use Halloween Photoshop Vectors or Halloween Icons (even more Halloween icons). Alternatively, you can change your desktop wallpaper and prepare some traditional pumpkin carvings. In this post we present some beautiful Halloween wallpapers, art works, recipes and tutorials for your scary Halloween party. All these screenshots are linked to their source. You may also want to take a look at our Halloween Special from last year to get some more ideas for Halloween costumes, recipes and DIY-tutorials and related posts:
  • These are posts from a special 43 Folders series looking at the skills, tools, and attitude needed to empty your email inbox — and then keep it that way. You can visit each of the posts by clicking the title. And don’t miss the “Related Articles” for our all-time popular posts on productively dealing with email.
  • In recent months, many web designers have been asking the question, “How can I make my dynamic site accessible?” Unfortunately, good answers have been slow in coming from the accessibility community. While some articles have touched on the problem, not many have gone into details. Here is our first attempt at rectifying this situation. Why is it so difficult for us to come up with some simple recommendations like we did for web 1.0? A large part of the problem stems from the complex nature of JavaScript. There are so many things to do with it, and so many ways to do them, that making blanket statements about what works and what doesn’t becomes a challenge. For example, screen readers seem to vary widely in how they support and react to JavaScript events. Nevertheless, if we are to have any hope of ever solving this problem, we have to start somewhere. Hence, this article.
  • Like Elvis in '68, Microsoft is itching for a "comeback," and Windows 7 is the perfect excuse. In fact, this week in LA at the Professional Developers Conference, Windows 7 officially shoved Vista aside. Having suffered through the often deserved criticisms of that ill-fated OS installment, Microsoft's people are thrilled to tears to be able to talk about something (anything!) else. On Sunday, they took journalists through a lively 7-hour orientation on Win 7, then handed off a Dell XPS M1330 loaded with pre-beta Build 6801. Thankfully for the overworked, underappreciated developers at Redmond, it's surprisingly stable, and its look and feel already puts Vista to shame.
  • Songza lets you listen to any song or band. Search for it
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