This revolution has occurred, says the paper's publisher Augustine Edwards, thanks to his decision to listen to "the people." Three years ago, under Mr. Edwards's guidance, LUN installed a system whereby all clicks onto its website (www.lun.com) were recorded for all in the newsroom to see. Those clicks - and the changing tastes and desires they represent - drive the entire print content of LUN. If a certain story gets a lot of clicks, for example, that is a signal to Edwards and his team that the story should be followed up, and similar ones should be sought for the next day. If a story gets only a few clicks, it is killed. The system offers a direct barometer of public opinion, much like the TV rating system - but unique to print media.
There is a better way to manage this vast complexity than by making big decisions up front and hoping for the best. To make better sites — sites that are functional, beautiful, and "usable" — we have to break our design problems up into small independent chunks based on the real issues within our requirements. Christopher Alexander, who came up with this stuff, calls these chunks patterns.
In BBC NEWS | Business | Online gremlin scuppers M&S sale, the Beeb writes:
Marks & Spencer suffered a blow to its "Christmas spectacular" on Thursday after a glitch on its website left customers unable to place orders..
Of the problem, M&S' response:
M&S blamed "unprecedented traffic to the website because of the Christmas spectacular" for the problems with ordering on the website..
Also covered in the Guardian: Website crash ruins M&S flash sale:
Marks & Spencer's flash one-day sale, offering 20% discounts, backfired yesterday when its website crashed, stopping thousands of shoppers from buying the cut-price goods.
Now, the thing is, this isn't 1996.
It isn't even 1999 or 2000.
Broadband is outpacing dialup in homes in the US, and I'm sure Internet take-up in the UK is not slouching off either.
This isn't magic...I mean, there use to be magic involved, I used to have to walk around my office a certain way at ibm.com lest the site would crash, but generally there's no magic involved these days.
You know what your customer set is, you know
that a sale will bring in more customers, you know how your systems work (presumably you've tested these things all beforehand).
I know the reality is that the web site team probably received a call Monday morning asking
So, we plan to do a little promo, web site's running fine eh? with little or no time to prepare, nor any response to that memo from last August asking for more technology to be brought online before the Christmas sales begin.
M&S site falls over:
The struggling high street retailer had tried to drum up trade with a 20 per cent-off bonanza in its stores and on its website yesterday. But so many people responded online yesterday, the M&S site fell over for several hours during the middle of the day.
I've been following the development of implementations & uses for
Here are some related links, found mostly by a semi-intelligent perusal of google results:
- Web Developers: XMLHttpRequest Object Can Make Your Webpages Dynamic
- Using XMLHTTPRequest in Mozilla
- Server Side Autocompletion with PHP and XMLHttpRequest
- An example of using XMLHTTPRequest to do "live" searching: Livesearch got keyboard access
- Via clagnut/blog another Sitepoint article: Quick tip: XMLHttpRequest and innerHTML
- Curiouser and curiouser! mentions that
XMLHTTPRequestis what's used at flickr and gmail.
- At devx I found: Use XMLHttpRequest Object for Communication With HTTP Servers
- Next generation web apps using REST, XML, XSLT, and XmlHTTPRequest
- Apple has some documentation related to the implementation in Safari: Developer Connection: Dynamic HTML and XML: The XMLHttpRequest Object
- Client Side Validation Using the XMLHTTPRequest Object
- XMLHttpRequest API madness
- XMLHttpRequest, REST and the Rich User Experience
- XMLHttpRequest for The Masses
Idleness is not just a psychological necessity, requisite to the construction of a complete human being; it constitutes as well a kind of political space, a space as necessary to the workings of an actual democracy as, say, a free press. How does it do this? By allowing us time to figure out who we are, and what we believe; by allowing us time to consider what is unjust, and what we might do about it. By giving the inner life (in whose precincts we are most ourselves) its due. Which is precisely what makes idleness dangerous. All manner of things can grow out of that fallow soil. Not for nothing did our mothers grow suspicious when we had "too much time on our hands." They knew we might be up to something. And not for nothing did we whisper to each other, when we were up to something, "Quick, look busy."
echoid Dr. Jonathan Hayes writes: The New York Times > Travel > Choice Tables: In Paris, Boutiques and Cafes Where Chocolatiers Raise the Bar:
a guide to Paris for the chocolate aficionado...the piece includes a description of a chocolate dremel tool