Before Christmas, I have been contracted to design, deploy and develop at Segonquart Studio a brand and concept for a rental apartment luxury company based in Barcelona.
HeyBarcelona Rental Apartments Website © Delfi Ramirez @Segonquart Studio 2006
HeyBarcelona Rental Apartments Website © Delfi Ramirez @Segonquart Studio 2006
As you know, Barcelona City activity is focused mainly on tourism and holidays residences; being this industry responsible of the 67% from the benefits the city gains annually.

It was, the, a product for the place.

 Lodging et al for tourists and criminal minds.

See the brief Here.


Ilaria Consolo @Segonquart Studio
Ilaria Consolo - A crafted website Segonquart Studio 2006


Hippies always puts you in trouble.

Remember that old motto:" Never trust a hippie..."?

Then add, if you please, some kumbes, snurfers, or whoever else you might consider.

Deixa'm En Pau by Manel Mayol © Delfi Ramirez @ Segonquart Studio 2006
Deixa'm En Pau by Manel Mayol © Delfi Ramirez @ Segonquart Studio 2006

Deixa'm en Pau, a web-site about a hippy, has been flavoured with minor updates. Today.


ActionScript 3 is based on the newest ECMA standards, and provides a look at what JavaScript 2.0 may look like. JavaScript developers who take a look at ActionScript will feel right at home and not be required to hack around browsers or worry whether or not their code is going to run for most people.

Via Ryan Stewart

Just a Break

Or a kind...To mention music.

HezBollah has been accepted and included in Life of Bush Remixes' web-site.

That I told you before in this, your blog.

File Under Artist's name: Delfin - take notice - , or title song HezBollah - a premonitory one for peace -, joining the grouppe of deconstructers along with genious like Scanner.

Happy almost because of- private things and chatty confession - "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" was a real influence in my early years.

Guess it was to everyone involved into samplers, enoism...and all that bush.

How to Learn

I didn’t learn programming in school, but mostly on my own reading books and just doing it (initially on a Commodore VIC-20, later on a Sinclair QL). 
That said, I think especially University was very useful. Rather than go to an engineering school, I went to Helsinki University, which is pretty theoretical...most of the courses tended to be on fundamental concepts and things like complexity analysis. 
Which can seem boring and even a waste of effort at times, but I think it was useful, and I mostly enjoyed it. And I think I’m probably a better programmer for it.
quoting Linus Torvalds.
I learned programming by starting to put together my first web page in HTML. Then I wanted to make some dynamic pieces and picked up first ASP then PHP. 
After I already knew how to program, I then started on a joint computer science and business administration degree.

quoting David Heinemeier Hansson.

Initially, I was self-taught. I got my first programming job before I went to college. But I’m glad I did. I had a lot of fun. I kept going until I had a PhD.
quoting James Gosling.

All this savvy words were found via Sztywny blog.

Addenda: Some hyperlinks, fromt the year 2006, have been updated in the year 2012  while others, unfortunately, do not link to any current URI

At the third day....

MAC OS X open source returns.

After looking at the brand new Leopard's features, next target for Cupertino to grow up would be the actual disenchanted KDE members, or, say, people like you and me, who rather prefers a beautiful and desktop oriented OS.

Confidentially - in my opinion - gnu's aesthetics can be, sometimes, deplorable.

Take a chance.

Taking the dirt Away: AJAX

Note from the editor: Links from this post, written in the year 2006, had been revised and - if possible -updated.

Let me have a break up the series "Taking the Dirt Away" to name explicitly this post AJAX,  because of I would like to announce you something.

Some readers of this - your blog - may have noticed I've delayed myself in posting  during last weeks. The reason? Simple:  I was cooking something.

This is: Last May I was commited to design and plan a gentle 125 hour' introduction-seminar about AJAX, oriented to Spaniard's web-developers, team managers, web-designers and front-end teams. From zero to eternity, the course is intended to make your life as a developer a bit easier.

I have took several decisions planning it, most implying to leave apart some serious trends like: SAJAX ( Sorry, as a JavaScripter I see no sense in mixing PHP with JavaScript), or Google's JAVA API ( that is a good one) to focus properly on AHAH and Microformats.

It does also make sense to explain and explore the future possibilities of ECMASCRIPT as a Server-Side language, having so few hours to do it all, instead of recurring to old script-server languages.

Something, I guess, goes against the original meaning of AJAX.

So my counsel is, if you are a PHP-scripter, you better focus yourself helping to build PHP as a real strict-typed language when it comes 6.0. , and leave actionscripters or javascripters alone with themselves.

Furthermore, now we have more fascinating milestones things to climb at, like Ruby ( the rails thing ),  and Python. Languages that sure will deserve your attention dawn.

Concluding: Time for you now to start to learn AJAX. Here's the spanish version of the AJAX Professional Course. The price is right.

Notice this will be the first official professional training course offered in Spain, thanks to the interest Crea Formación, a consultancy company, has put into my initial proposal.

At the end of the course , you will get a precious certificate, be able to expand your abilities and you'll be in touch with the most professional team of shy developers (not all, you know who you are ) from BCN.

Leave your comments, if any.

Portfolio Updated

Portfolio section of Segonquart Studio has minor updates.

Segonquart Portfolio © Delfi Ramirez @ Segonquart Studio 2006
Segonquart Portfolio © Delfi Ramirez @ Segonquart Studio 2006

Some works in progress due to be finished before the end of the month...Stay informed.

Am I SELFish?

Note from the editor: Links and content of this post, written in August of the year 2006, have been revised and updated in the year 2012.

Just diving into SELF this summer. If you believe, like I do, Java is dead, -well, giv'em two more agonizing years - time comes now to learn something new. SELF, maybe?

The SELF Release

Self is an object-oriented programming language and associated programming environment. It is close in spirit and semantics to Smalltalk.

What is SELF?

Self has no classes. Instead a more direct object-based inheritance mechanism is provided. The programming environment facilitates direct manipulation, in which the programmer communicates with objects directly (or appears to), rather than applying "tools" to effect changes.

Wanna be pure and selfish? Come aboard, I've just implemented it in my MAC OS X today.
 More to say, tomorrow.

Legal Notice

You agree that MTVNE has the right and licence to transmit your photo, animation, video clip, sound recording, or other material uploaded by you (your "Material") on MTVNE television channels and MTVNE affiliated television channels worldwide ("MTV Channels") and on any other media whether now known or known in the future (including without limitation MTVNE operated websites (the “Websites”) in perpetuity and gratis. MTVNE also has the right to commercially exploit, host, store, copy, distribute, modify, edit, incorporate into other material, and/or otherwise treat in any way your Material at its discretion without any payment to You. In particular, you agree to waive all moral rights to the Material.

Via MTV Europe. Incredible. Monomaniac.

Bigger than you think

Big monitors are the easiest way to increase white-collar productivity, and anyone who makes at least $50,000 per year ought to have at least 1600x1200 screen resolution.

Via Nielsen.

Who killed Darwin

Darwin is clearly fading into the background now.

via Rob Braun.

OpenDarwin was originally created with the goal of providing a development environment for building and developing Mac OS X sources as well as developing a standalone Darwin OS derivative. OpenDarwin was meant to be a development community and a proving ground for fixes and features for Mac OS X and Darwin, which could be picked up by Apple for inclusion in the canonical sources. OpenDarwin has failed to achieve its goals in 4 years of operation, and moves further from achieving these goals as time goes on. For this reason, OpenDarwin will be shutting down

via Open darwin.

Life Goes On

Myths and Math
Many IR and PhD students have developed beautiful models in controlled computer lab environments.
When transferred to a real environment like the Web, these models simply do not work.
The Global Curse of Comic Sans
Visitors to Barcelona and the Costa Brava are somewhat obligated to acclimate to the mysterious Catalan dialect, a cross between Spanish, Portugese and pidgin Esperanto, where every third word seems to begin with the letter "X."
Ruby On
I’m still learning about the Ruby/Unicode issues, but for the moment, suffice it to say that the most advanced Ruby regex technology doesn’t do Unicode properties. Blecch.
History of the Button
Push. Click. Start.

Still early days in Barcelona

Delfin, ein Catalane der tatsächlich durch seinen kulturellen Aktivismus in seiner legendären "Fist-bar" neue Anstöße in Barcelonas Musikszene durchsetzen konnte, zählt für mich zu den avantgardistischsten DJs. Seit 1988 hat er in den letzten acht Jahren immer wieder Neues nach Barcelona gebracht. So individuell seine Persönlichkeit ist, ist auch ein Musikstil. In seiner Exbar traf sich alles und jeder, vorallem, weil die Beschallung immer etwas Neues bot. Im Moment hat er sich ganz der elektronischen Musik verschrieben und wartet nur darauf, wieder einen eigenen Club zu etablieren. Ich wünsche ihm viel Glück dabei. Die Nächte in Barcelona fangen spät an. Vor drei Uhr lohnt es sich überhaupt nicht, einen Schritt in einen der Tanztempel zu setzen. Wenn die Diskotheken frühmorgens schließen, ist die Nacht noch lange nicht vorbei. Die Clubhopper ziehen weiter und hier beginnt, was in Barcelona im Moment populär ist, nämlich die "after-scene". Kleine Clubs und Bars mit einer Lizenz, frühmorgens zu öffnen, nutzen die Gelegenheit, den Schlaflosen eine Verlängerung der Nacht zu bieten.
Still early days in Barcelona.


Aptana is a robust, JavaScript-focused IDE for building dynamic web applications.



David was a closest friend of mine since we were six years older.

David Such i Perez, founder member of Fist Bar! was killed yesterday.

We played music together when fourteen, went at night into the 80's scene together, attend Universityand  master classes...

David, rest in peace, wherever you are, my beloved friend.


Adobe Flash Professional 9
Adobe's Flash Professional 9

Basic Values

Yes, regulation to keep the Internet open is regulation. And mostly, the Internet thrives on lack of regulation. But some basic values have to be preserved. For example, the market system depends on the rule that you can't photocopy money. Democracy depends on freedom of speech. Freedom of connection, with any application, to any party, is the fundamental social basis of the Internet, and, now, the society based on it.

Training Adobe Flash

While I am training ActionScript and OOP development, we share lovely moments, being me the only musician aboard: Designers, webmasters, infotainists, art directors, marketers, programmers, engineers...

A mean to communication and art. The media is not, once again, the message. Coffee and Nicotine, stains.4"It's my wife and it's my life...And I guess but I just don't know"


If web design were not an art, then we would always get every part right. But it is an art, and, like all arts, it deals with the subjective. The subjective is something you can never get 100% right.

Via Jeffrey.


Should leave computers. Asleep.

Training ActionScript and Flash Architecture modules can leave you without blood.

Told you more tomorrow, honey.

Sleep well.

Call Upon

Peter-Paul Koch, ppk on JavaScript, 1st edition, New Riders, 2006. ISBN 0321423305.

Release date: probably second half of August 2006 in the US. It'll be available in Europe about a month later.

Go to your local Web design bookshop and ask for the book by name. It deserves it.

The June Articles

Marx Attack
One key issue with this is the case where users have more than one browser window open at once. In some instances, a script from one page should be allowed to access data from another page or object, but in others, this should be strictly forbidden, as a malicious website could attempt to steal sensitive information this way. For this reason, the same-origin policy was introduced. Essentially this policy allows any interaction between objects and pages, so long as these objects come from the same domain and over the same protocol. That way, a malicious website wouldn't be able to access sensitive data in another browser window via JavaScript..
The Regex
The Regex Coach is a graphical application for Windows and Linux/x86 (also usable on FreeBSD) which can be used to experiment with (Perl-compatible) regular expressions interactive.
3 column
Since it can be done, and since I wouldn’t be writing this article if I had nothing to show for it, here it is: a (mostly) cross-browser JavaScript implementation of the CSS3 multi-column module.
AHAH is intended to be a much simpler way to do web development than AJAX: "Asynchronous JavaScript and XML." Strictly speaking, AHAH can be considered a subset of AJAX, since (X)HTML is just a special kind of XML..

Bills and Contracts

Et le maître loua cet intendant malhonnête d'avoir agi de façon avisée.

Car les fils de ce monde-ci sont plus avisés envers leurs propres congénères que les fils de la lumière.

Debug Safari

Look at those liite devil's details while browsing.

Close safari 1.3. or higher.

Open Terminal

Run the following:

defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 1.


Open Safari and look at the navigation panel. Right Away.


Something thou like, save it as Web Archive.

Before The End Of June

Flickr killed the Opera start
I don’t care that some might think the number of Opera users is too small to care about. If just ten of you visitors experiences a crash, you can be sure they’ll spread the word of your shortcomings. Not to say my sites support every single browser that swings by, they don’t. But this is Slashdot, one of thé most popular sites on the web, and we’re talking about one of the world’s top five browsers (I’d think)..

Is asynchronous communication really being used?
In other words, the Gmail interface, for one, doesn't use Ajax's advantage in practice, since it's pointless to continue interacting with it while a request is being handled. From an interaction point of view, Gmail could as well have used frames: a click in the navigation frame shows a page in the content frame, and the net result is exactly the same. (Of course, from a technical perspective Ajax is much sexier than frames.)

International Codes OK
There is no more important cause for electronic freedoms and privacy than the call for action to stop DRM from crippling our digital future. The time is now. Join us.


Putting the flash back in Flash.
Brevity is a new language, based around ActionScript 3.0. It provides a very simple syntax to create ActionScript 3 based SWFs. Think “Processing for Flash”.
by Keith Peters

Artificial Inheritance

"Myspace is another recent experiment that has become even more influential than the Wikipedia. Like the Wikipedia, it adds just a little to the powers already present on the Web in order to inspire a dramatic shift in use. Myspace is all about authorship, but it doesn't pretend to be all-wise. You can always tell at least a little about the character of the person who made a Myspace page. But it is very rare indeed that a Myspace page inspires even the slightest confidence that the author is a trustworthy authority."

An article by Jaron Lanier

Stop the music...

..For a minute or two.

Currently, at Segonquart, developing four new projects:

One, Eyesea, uploading and publishing their web-site. The company has also commanded us the design of their logotype. ;-)

EyeseaCrea © Delfi Ramirez 2006 @ Segonquart Studio
EyeseaCrea © Delfi Ramirez 2006 @ Segonquart Studio

Two, Mr. Carlos Mata's new flash based web-site.
Carlos Mata Bijoux © Delfi Ramirez @ SegonquartStudio 2005
Carlos Mata Bijoux © Delfi Ramirez @ SegonquartStudio 2005

Three vs. Four ...mmmhhh, we can unveil in part: AnarkoFlamenco, the project of Maluk, formerly dancer of Ojos de Brujo.

AnarkoFlamenco © Delfi Ramirez 2006 @ Segonquart Studio
AnarkoFlamenco © Delfi Ramirez 2006 @ Segonquart Studio

Eutopia, an NGO's project.
Eutôpia © Delfi Ramirez 2006 @ Segonquart Studio
Eutôpia © Delfi Ramirez 2006 @ Segonquart Studio
Best wishes, honey.

Since we are friends

this happens

* Note from the editor: Links and content of this post, written in June of the year 2006, have been revised and updated in the year 2012.

Statistics May 2006

Visitors of this - your - blog, during May:

On Notation Visitors
Operative SystemsOSVisitorsPercent
Windows XPWinXP172 22.51%
MacOSMAC OS X15320.03%
Win2000Win 2000334.32%
Win98Win 9850.65%
Win NTWin NT10.13%
Windows 95Widows 9510.13%

We 2.0.

Segonquart Rocks
Segonquart Studio ( 1998 interface )

Web Today

This is based on the concept of network neutrality, where everyone has the same level of access to the web and that all data moving around the web is treated equally.

Before it was hype
What I object to about "Web 2.0" is that it was created to exclude people from the conversation, and by the way, I'm one of those people. They're planning the third Web 2.0 conference, and I haven't gotten an invite to present, and I'm not holding my breath.

The End of an Era
The end came last Friday. That's when Wikipedia's founder, Jimmy Wales, proposed "that we eliminate the requirement that semi-protected articles have to announce themselves as such to the general public." The "general public," you see, is now an entity separate and distinct from those who actually control the creation of Wikipedia. As Vaughan-Nichols says, "And the difference between Wikipedia and a conventionally edited publication is what exactly?".

One day's Essentials

Todd Dominey's Masterpiece
Create as many unique galleries as you need for multiple slide shows with Director's user-friendly drag and drop gallery setup system.
Woefully Inadequate
Instead of complex VM security models applied to general purpose languages, we'd be better off using domain specific languages that are by design limited to provably safe activities. I see a future more about simple and small special purpose languages that can be connected easily, and less about giant bloated do-it-all beasts like C# and Java.
Skinning rabbits
The parellization aspect is also important. By default, both Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Firefox will only download two resources from a single domain at once when using persistent connections (as suggested in the HTTP 1.1 spec, section 8.1.4). This means that while we’re waiting to download those JavaScript files, 2 at a time, we’re not loading image assets - the page our users see during the loading phase will be missing its images.
Require Positioning
What if we use JavaScript to determine when we’ve made a mistake and simply correct it? Instead of looping through all the contained elements, looking for the tallest and setting the containing elements’ height to match, the function would determine the tallest contained element and change its positioning to relative and its siblings to absolute..

Azogue V02

Azogue © Delfi Ramirez @ Segonquart Studio 2006
Azogue © Delfi Ramirez @ Segonquart Studio 2006

The Good Son

This is a personal post.

Dj Sideral, Aleix Vergès nickname as a DJ,  for whom we knew him, died last Friday due to a heart attack while he slept.

DJ Sideral Aleix Verges

Sideral, as a DJ, will be not with us anymore, nor Aleix. His music, but, will remain as solid as Stonehedge. Forever will.

Good luck, wherever you are now, friend.

Azogue V01

Days ago, I noticed about Azogue, a personal web-site done with WordPress. Enough. NO Way.

Azogue will be oriented as "The Life and Death of a pal...", a multimedia content, flash, quicktime et al product to be stumbled and get fun with it.

Segonquart Studio: Azogue Website
DR Project Website and Assets. 2007. Segonquart Studio 

I think there is enough blogs in the web, to bring a new one into life. Egoistic ego is big, but not that big.

And a spaniard blog does not deserve your, nor mine, time to waste in it.

Private content will be the matter. Have a look

Right On Line

A submit button
Google was not a success because their homepage was sparse. They were a success because they brought a better technique to solving a real world problem, and didn’t ever go off-message. And partly because it didn’t take much explaining, and partly because they were the scrappy underdog, and partly because they were going against the design trend of the time, their homepage was utterly bereft of any hint of design.
No Best Practices
...since Arrays (the big "A" type) in JavaScript are meant to represent numerically indexed things, using them as an associative array violates the principle of least surprise. Array.length doesn't count properties added in the above manner. so the above example would return 0. The Array constructors also don't allow for string keys, further demonstrating that they are really meant for numeric indexes.
Flexible Framework
If the body tag has an
of “blog” and a
of “article”, all text should be black.
Stop, In the Name of Love
Causing web developers to buy more software and hardware simply to test seems an unlikely scenario; but somehow, test we must.

From Today

"This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States . Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above."

False Expression

Drinking tea and reading a post about real meaning of CSS to some companies, then, it comes the following:

 Microsoft has a Live Preview of their Expression software tailored to web designers who want to create standards-compliant, CSS-based sites.

In a pure MS style, this is what you obtain as a response when you have a request to  Microsoft's Expression Web-Site:

"We are encountering technical difficulties.
We are working on this problem right now
and hope to have it resolved soon.

Please check back again tomorrow morning PST."

So.. .ehem .. Is this the future of the ever changing web?.

Text Files

Note from the editor: Links and content of this posts, written in May of the year 2006, have been revised and updated in the year 2012. 

Tricks and tips for you, honey.

One: Problems debugging your pages with WebKit Safari ?

First, do this: Open a Terminal window in you MAC OS X and type:

defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 1

Safari's "Debug" menu allows you to turn on the logging of JavaScript errors. Easy, so easy...

Via Design-Nation.

Two: Problems visualizing your pages correctly from IE 5.2 for Mac? This could be due to the improper use of WYSIWYG software.

Here, you'll find NotePad - a missed one - for MAC OS X.

There, you'll find Mac NotePad for MAC OS X and MAC 9.

Hope it has helped you.

ADDENDA: If you know about other excellent software for writting textfiles in MAC, please, do not doubt to hesitate me.

Yours Truly.

Desktop Speers

Mon Dec 12 19:35:58 PST 2005:

Gnome seems to be developed by interface nazis, where consistently the excuse for not doign (sic) something is not "it's too complicated to do", but "it would confuse users".

Via Linus Torvalds.

Uh,uh.. Some intelligentsia peepers should read this and fix the problem.

Version 9

*Note from the editor: Contents and links from this post, written in May of the year 2006, have been revised and updated in the year 2012.

Just had a visit to Adobe Labs, and get a pick to make a clean install of  Flash Player 9, and its standalone Debugger in my computer. Great.

I was mostly interested, however in the Spry framework for Ajax, released under BSD license.

For the use with Adobe's Flex framework - not any other framework,my apologies - Spry is a JavaScript library for web designers that provides functionality that allows designers to build pages that provide a richer experience for their users.

Recommendation: Why do you  not to explore by yourself, the next week-end Adobe's  Flex_sdk_2_0_beta3, built on the foundation of ActionScript 3.0. ?

That wouldmean  twenty well spent minutes.

Using only the free Flex SDK, you can commercially deploy Flex applications that connect to XML and SOAP web services with no additional costs or server licensing required.

Juice into your glass. Serve it chilled.

Original Soundtrack Engineering

There is life behind Segonquart Studio.

To do some work as engineer, sound designer, to record and to produce a soundtrack for a film, next Monday.

Switch Off Documentary. Original Soundtrack @ Delfi Ramirez
Apaga y Vamonos - Switch Off Documentary. Original Soundtrack @ Delfi Ramirez

See ya.


Brand new article on usability attitudes, formerly known as marketing plus brand, in A List Apart this week.

Mr. Derek Powazek remind us the importance of writing well ; cleverly and clearly in his quick-to-read article.

At least, I've found a good definition for this, your blog:

"This is not just marketing text (though it’s that, too). It’s interface."

For you, my beloved designer friend.

ADDENDA: Meanwhile find myself still fighting against Word Press, and its -still - darkest way to treat and correct those 404.

Aged Experience in Usability

Mr. Nielsen has published his Trends for Usability Professionals on May 8, 2006.

The difference between new and experienced staff ought to be even larger. In the usability field, skill is strongly dependent on experience. University courses rarely teach the details of how to correctly run a usability study. As a result, entry-level staffers typically need extensive mentoring before they can do a good job in practical projects...

Chips on my shoulder...Mmmh, I'm proudly getting older.


Azogue is a part of my other self. Currently a newborn blog, initially written in spanish and devoted to the music and life of a pal named Ramírez.

Less than a few pretention to write in this - your blog - about things and focus myself on real notation. From now on, this blog would be oriented more to languages, software and visual themes, deserving music, life and other passions involved in my daylife and nightmares for Azogue.

Don't be sad for the missing , honey, you can always can have a read to practice your spanish. Not my mother-in-tongue language,

Note from the editor 2015: The project named Azogue did not see the light on the web. The music  succeeded later under the alias known as DR, producing and designing a collection of music and sounds for collection of sound for cinema and exhibitions that you may to hear, there


Currently developing Meet Ramirez, a brand new site featuring music videos et al.

Converting QuickTime movies into Flash Video might be exciting sometimes. ;-)

Besides, teaching ActionScript and Coldfusion courses at Crea Formación, in BCN.

Weekends, enjoying a new position as musical director in a small company. Film Production.

Busy days, these days.

April Skies: Statistics

April statistics, reflecting OS used by visitors of this - your - blog. Here they are:

On Notation Visitors
Operative SystemsOSVisitorsPercent
Windows XPWinXP17136.38%
MacOSMAC OS X13528.72%
Win2000Win 2000408.51%
Win98Win 9881.70%
LinuxLinux3 0.64%
SunOsWin NT10.21%

Apaga y Vamonos

Apaga y Vamonos featured at the Sao Paulo International Documentary Film
Apaga y Vamonos featured at the Sao Paulo International Documentary Film
04 28 2006: Ready to go.

In case you want to know how was built the music score, this blog seems to be the right place for. ;-).

Yours truly.

REST, In Peace

*Note from the editor: Links and content of this post, written in April of the year 2006, have been revised and updated in the year 2012.

REST describes what makes the Web work well. Adhering to the REST principles will make your services work well in the context of the Web.
  1. All resources accessible via HTTP GET should be side-effect free. That is, the resource should just return a representation of the resource. Invoking the resource should not result in modifying the resource.

  2. No man/woman is an island. Likewise, no representation should be an island. In other words, put hyperlinks within resource representations to enable clients to drill down for more information, and/or to obtain related information.

  3. Design to reveal data gradually. Don't reveal everything in a single response document. Provide hyperlinks to obtain more details.
Via Roger L. Costello.

Allright, I'll wrap it up. What I like about it is that if more sites were RESTful, a lot more URLs would be easy to remember and share...making the internet a little more approachable for each of us (which means A LOT more approachable as a whole).

Via Giacomo 'Peldi' Guilizzoni.

Interesting, isn't it? So, enjoy yourself and learn about REST here or there.

Coaching V3

EyeseaCrea Coaching © Delfi Ramirez @ SegonquartStudio 2006
EyeseaCrea Coaching © Delfi Ramirez @ SegonquartStudio 2006


Personal branding

Or how Anita went from lawyer to corporate IT to small business consultant.


Or how sophisticated and expensive content management tools produce poor-quality, non-semantic, inaccessible mark up.

Kill Paragraphs

Or how no to insert your replies below the relevant paragraph and trim the exchange to be just about the matters of discussion.

Note from this yours truly: Some links of this article, dated in 2006, have been re-visited & updated in 2012.

Coaching V2

Eyesea Crea © Delfi Ramirez 2006
Eyesea Coaching - © Delfi Ramirez @Segonquart Studio 2006

Coaching Standards

I am currently working on a web-site re-design: EyeseaCrea, a coaching firm bureau from BCN, Spain.

Our main work was to develope a funky-but-no-so style, using web standards and pure Nifty Corners.

Also a brand logo re-design, information architecture study and imagery treating were realized.

We'll see... Meanwhile, have a look.
Eyesea Coaching © Delfi Ramirez @ Segonquart Studio -2006

One of these days

Just Boot Into Windows
As many pundits and members of the Mac community feared, Apple’s decision to allow dual booting of Macs into Windows has caused all OS X developers to abandon the platform.
The Unthinkable
Mark my words: within five years, there will be no Macintosh. There will probably be no Apple.
Launching Crappy Apps
Software developers who’ve made Windows and Mac OS versions of their applications will inevitably drop their Mac efforts. It’s in their bests interests. Most people don’t care enough to do more than grumble. They need the functionality, hamstrung as it is, to do their work. They will continue to pay for the application, especially because they can run it reasonably well. Mac-only developers will rarely, if ever, be able to profitably compete with established Windows applications. The growing momentum to provide Mac versions of applications will stop dead in its tracks.
The Viruses
Because the Mac becomes a true Windows computer when in Windows mode, it is susceptible to all of the viruses and spyware that plague regular Windows machines, but not Macs running the Mac operating system. While these viruses can't infect the Mac side of the machine, you do have to install antivirus and antispyware programs on the Windows side.

No Object Allowed

I told about the patent that afects how you click a plugin embedded in a page to my alumni, back in the year 2003. Now, in 2006, you have two months to be ready.
Who’s affected? Well, do you use the object element? Then, potentially, you are. 
Sites that embed PDF, Flash, QuickTime, Windows Media, or RealPlayer files will all get hit by this. 
What happens? The page loads, but the controls are disabled by default. In order to activate them, the user must click on them first. Bad for advertisers? Yep. 
Bad for CMS/eCommerce vendors that rely on ActiveX controls? Yep. Bad for media sites? You bet. Bad for Adobe? Of course.
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Oranges and Apples

About the stirring in Wall Street Boot Camp has made last days. A clever and well-documented article by Mr. Robert X. Cringely.

A must-read page if you care about your job as sysadmin.

I have not yet installed Boot Camp. Just downloaded the app, and send David -- an old time-colleague of mine with whom I shared unforgettable moments, talking about Macs and Maths when we were students dreaming in our bachelor degree's date in the eighties, -- one email.
He just phoned me back after reading it, excited, with a figured smile over his face, and told me: " After Intel, this is the next logical step for Cupertino". David has always been a MacOs evangelist. He is still one, in spite of his wife's despair.

Reasons for David's happiness might be Apple never has had the influence in Spain, were we live, as it deserves like , say, ii has in the United Kingdom. We were treated as fool geeks.
Macs were for people who does not like computers, but design. No Linux in Macintosh, no left mouse button, no IBM packages. After the OS X release, we were back to programming again and time, now, seems to be in our side. Ordinary sys admins should think to themselves silently, maybe there were wrong in their initial considerations. Maybe.

Ordinary sys admins don't listen to, and don't make music. Not in Spain. Some of us - however - do it.

An Ipod is a brilliant thing. And Ipod is a computer. And sys admins now must face companies who demand to be attended with their own systems, not theirs. It's the sign of our times. First, the costumer, later the big corps. The end of OS wars.

Mr. Bob Cringley's article explains what you can be expected about the end of OS's wars. His article is essential to understand how future might be.

Obviously, I don't agree with all his terms, what make his opinion even more respectable.

Writing this - your blog - have nothing to do supporting Apple or Windows. I'm just an ordinary consumer who post about things that care in life.

Is because experiences I share everyday, like a MACOSX pro-attitude with friends like Dave, I talk and know about Redmond or Cupertino. No other hidden intention. I promise you.

ADDENDA: Excellent metaphor: Windows: The New Classic via Daring Fireball.

Return (to the source)

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.

Two interesting links of two great composers, just below.

Me ( or Satie )

I'm burning to give you my description here (enumeration of my physical particulars - the ones I can mention decently, that is):... Hair and eyebrowns dark auburn; eyes brown-green (probably clouded); hair covering forehead; nose long; mouth medium; chin wide; face oval. Height 1 metre 81 centimetres.
The description on this document dates from ....). It would not fit me today.

I'm sorry I can't give you my digital (finger) prints. Oh yes. I don't have them on me, and these special reproductions are not good to look at (they look like Vuillermoz and Laloy combined).

Let us pass on. I shall come back to this subject later.

Following a rather short adolescence, I became an ordinary young man, tolerable but no more. At that moment in my life I began to think and to write music. Oh yes.

Wretched idea!... very wretched idea!

It certainly was, for I lost no time in developing an unpleasant (original) originality, irrelevant, unnatural, etc..

Then life became so impossible for me that I resolved to retire to my estates and pass the rest of my days in an ivory tower - or one of some other (metallic) metal.

That is why I acquired a taste for misanthropy; why I nurtured hypochondria; why I became the most (leaden-like) miserable of men. It distressed people to look at me - even through hall-marked gold eye-glasses. Oh yes.

And all this happened to me because of music. That art has done me more harm that good, really: it has made me quarrel with people of quality, most honourable, more-than-distinguished, terribly genteel people.

Precise and acuratte words to describe oneself. I did not wrote them. But he did.

PNG, part two

How might look your PowerBook if your screen would be less or more like, say, a window?

  Kosmar has the answer.

A reason to beleive in transparencies. ;-)


Khoi Vinh is behind the new NYT brand.

In the archives, you can find me there, because of this.

Via Todd Dominey.

*Note from the editor: Contents and links from this post, written in March of the year 2005, have been revised and updated in the year 2012.

O Essays

On Algorithms
We, as hackers, know the USPTO is letting people patent the knives and forks of our world. The problem is, the USPTO are not hackers. They're probably good at judging new inventions for casting steel or grinding lenses, but they don't understand software yet.

The Age of Mechanical Reproduction
For every page of print and pictures published a century ago, twenty or perhaps even a hundred pages are published today. But for every man of talent then living, there are now only two men of talent. lt may be of course that, thanks to universal education, many potential talents which in the past would have been stillborn are now enabled to realize themselves.

Video Killed the Webby Star
Sir Tim Berners-Lee speaks on the 'Future of the Web'

On Players
“IBM and Macromedia were in discussions to open-source the Flash player. It was down to signing the contracts when MM pulled out of the deal. IBM had already built a Flex plugin for WebSphere Studio before these events that was eventually shelved. IBM was told at the time that MM was not interested in Eclipse (on top of which WebSphere is built).”

Open Doors II: March Statistics

March statistics, reflecting OS used by visitors of this - your - blog. Here they are:

On Notation Statistics
Operative SystemsOSVisitorsPercent
Windows XPWinXP15936.81%
MacOSMAC OS X13932.18%
Win2000Win 2000378.80%
Win98Win 9871.62%
LinuxLinux4 0.93%
WinNTWin NT10.23%

Chips and Fish

Shiira 1.2.2 has been realized.

Shiira is a web browser based on Web Kit and written in Cocoa. The goal of the Shiira Project is to create a browser that is better and more useful than Safari.

Swimming in you desktop Shiira Mini, if you care.


Mr. Drew McLellan has developed and published a must-have-and-install microformat extension built for your WYSIWYG favourite editor: Dreamweaver.  I just have installed it.

Available in the Wasp site,  the main idea is to encourage and assist the on-line Dreamweaver community in the adoption of web standards. The extension ( formerly known as .mxp)  supports for hCalendar, hCard and XFN. If you want to learn grammar, this could be a good start.

All the further development will depend on your feedback, of course.So you can either email Drew or email the WaSP and let them know what you think.

Stirred but not mixed

No matter how many new marketing phrases and acronyms emerge (some even with concepts attached), and no matter how much money some people make or lose betting on them (and the choice of Las Vegas as venue is telling), what I value does not change.
Via Jeffrey.

Tue, Feb 13, 2001

Remember Dell Computer started in Michael's dorm room. There's no reason new companies can't start on the Web. All it takes is the will to do it. And after computers every product that has an embedded computer will shift to user design. Today's companies become fulfillment houses, building products on contract. Manufacturing margins will shrink, the real value will be in the insight -- this is what people want now -- and the risk taken that today few manufacturers seem willing to take.

Via Dave Winner.


Next week, I'll be mastering a Dreamweaver 8 training course at Crea Formacion in BCN. Old "What you see is not what you really get" for dummies.

I felt in love with DMW a decade ago, I even flirted with Ultradev and, the release of MX versions did enthusiasm me. Then our minds subtle changed. It was the end of the WYSIWYG era for a blank generation.

As hand-coding becomes de facto standard way for building web-sites, WYSIWYG lost all charm. Apart from T-Shirt design printing. Close your eyes and imagine for a while a huge WYSIWYG over you chest.

It will be fun, however to teach the not-so-kids to code again. And, for shure. it will be a pleasure to face Dreamweaver, in its eight version now, again. With my T-shirt on.

So, few posts next week. I'll have to back-up myself.

Mail Attention

If you receive as much emails as I do, better think to use Mail Appetitizer.

A useful and silent service that fits perfect into your desktop. Latest beta version, however, fits perfect to tigers like you.

Two of a Kind

Two of my favourite apps for MAC OS X have been updated.

Text Wrangler version 2.0.1.
A powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator's tool developed by BareBones, the company that made possible BBEdit. A must have in case you focus your career in authoring web and software developing.

Lynotype Font Explorer X version 1.0.
Fixing minor bugs, Font Explorer is a must have. Beleive me. The perfect tool to manager your fonts, to buy the ones you need - if you ever - with a simple click. From your desk. Smart product. Free.

I told you so.

The Fight

I've been getting both public and private warnings that some people are going to try to do something nasty with OPML, maybe get a "war" going with me. 
I'd love to avoid having to protect my creative work this time. I think at this point, no one would argue that, for better or worse, I am the designer of OPML, and the author of its spec, and the developer of the app that defines the format (the last part probably some people would contest, but I believe most reasonable people would concede that). Yet, based on recent experience, there are people who think it can be "taken over." I don't know if it can or it can't. 
But why not wait until after the OPML Editor 1.0 release ships to try to hijack the format. After that I won't fight with you. I probably won't even fight very much now. 
The fight has pretty much gone out of me. I'm feeling the stress of all the fighting, and age, and I'm satisfied that I have enough money to retire on now. Why not let me go, quietly and peacefully, I'll stop writing my blog, I'll stop developing new stuff, you can be me if you want, I won't be in your way. How about it? If ever there was a peace offering, it seems like this one must be too good to be true.

Via Dave Winer.
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