China puts the grip on web news

China appears to be really getting set to rain some bad mojo down on their media sources:

China imposes new rules on news Web sites

Only “healthy and civilized news and information that is beneficial to the improvement of the quality of the nation, beneficial to its economic development and conducive to social progress” will be allowed, Xinhua said.

It added: “The sites are prohibited from spreading news and information that goes against state security and public interest.

“Conductive to social progress?” Well I guess that means Fox News is doomed from ever airing in China! πŸ˜€

But seriously, I find it remarkable how consistently wrong those advocates are, of the idea that China will open up to democracy as the country becomes more prosperous. Seems to me that instead they’re using this prosperity quite effectively towards the goal of solidifying their control. Everyone is afraid of going against the party line, lest they lose control of their multi-million-dollar manufacturing operation, or worse…

DIW, hosed, deceased

Well it turns out I hosed my motherboard when trying to upgrade my own PowerBook hard drive. The problem occurred when I was trying to unplug the power button line from it’s socket in the motherboard. The socket was fused, and eventually I just pulled the whole damn thing off. Apparently this isn’t the kind of operation that you can go and just solder something back on. It’s damaged beyond repair and the motherboard needs replacing. Since the cost of a new PB G4 12″ is just a tad more than the cost of the repair job, I’m going to give this soldier a proper burial and donate it’s organs to a new host. The plan? Find a nice used or low end 12″ G4 PowerBook with the updated 64 MB VRAM (the old one had only 32 MB) and give it the new 100 GB hard drive and the extra GB of RAM.

In the meantime, I’m using a borrowed old Blueberry 350 MHz iMac. Suprisingly, Panther is not too horrid on this machine. Wish I could give it the Tiger update, but this thing only has a slot-loading CD.


What I love about the new Macromedia Dreamweaver 8:

  • The Mac installer is a smaller download than the windows version.
  • CSS code completion improvements
  • PHP coder improvements and support for PHP5
  • Improved CSS rendering
  • CSS visualization of margins and padding
  • Faster than the last version
  • Background file operations
  • Document tabs and window management commands like Tile, Cascade, and Save Panel Layout Sets – oh my.
  • The full studio comes with a Contribute 3 license.
  • Improved support for web standards
  • Find diffs using integrated BBEdit or opendiff

Best version of Dreamweaver. Ever.


As I was in the process of installing a new 100 GB hard drive into my old PowerBook G4, I had a little boo boo. At one point you’re supposed to go in like the old board game Operation and disconnect two wires plugged in to the motherboard by these flimsy little sockets. Well it turns out the one that goes to the power button was fused closed and not going to come apart, so in jiggling with the damn thing I pulled it’s soldering off the motherboard. Crap! I am going to be down a few days it seems.

At least there’s plenty of backup technology lying around this house to tide me over. I installed PHP on an old 266 MHz Tangerine iMac, which seems to work just fine. No Dreamweaver running on that bad boy though… I think that’d bring that poor machine to it’s knees…

iTunes 5

What I like about iTunes 5:

  • Better, larger status display window
  • Much faster performance in the UI, especially when browsing the iTunes Music Store.

And bottom line, those are the most important features to me. However…

What I could care less about in iTunes 5:

  • “Skip when shuffling” preference. Yawn.

And what sucks:

  • “User interface guidelines? What user interface guidelines? We don’t need no stinkin’ guidelines!”
  • The iTunes Visualizer is totally busted now. The other visuallizer plugins work just fine, but the Apple one is hosed. Shows an Apple logo and the song title for too long, then fades to black and that’s it. Minimalist for sure.