Snippets #8, Wednesday, 07.Jun.2000 (ISSN 1530-9622)
_______________S N I P P e T S
_________________________from James S. Huggins' Refrigerator Door
___________________________________#8, Wednesday, 07.Jun.2000
_____1. Updates to WebMastering
_____2. Updates to Humor
_____3. Cool Stuff
_____4. New Award for My Site
__________1. UPDATeS TO WEBMASTeRING
I recently updated the WebMastering page on my site. The updates include:
_____How Domain Name Servers Work
A great series of articles explaining how Domain Name Servers (and the whole
DNS System) works. Part of the How Stuff Works site.
With a name that makes it show up “first”, this is a domain name
registration service. Its price is just a bit more than Joker.com (also
shown on the page), but offers more name management services. It also
eliminates the need to initially specify the domain name servers to “park”
_____WhoIs.net Advanced Domain Name Search
This site offers the standard WhoIs. It also offers an advanced service that
will let you specify a part of a name and will find all the domain names
containing that string. Want to try it? Check for domain names beginning
Greeking is a term from design that means “using dummy text to represent
actual text in a layout.” Testing your design by greeking the text may be a
worthwhile way of seeing if the layout and graphics stand on their own.
This script accepts your page URL and returns a “Greeked” version your page.
_____Greeking for the 21st Century
Pages of technobabble that can be used to Greek a page.
__________2. UPDATeS TO HUMOR
A new page:
_____Courses for Men and Women
ever wish you could teach the other gender? Here is a sample.
__________3. COOL STUFF
Recent information includes:
_____WorldWideWeb Acronym and Abbreviation Server
This is a great site for finding out what an abbreviation means. It doesn’t
yet list all my Hugginisms, but I’m working on it.
_____The Standard (05.Jun.2000), “Another Voice enters the Napster Debate”
The Coalition for the Future of Music aims to bring independent labels and
musicians into the discussion.
Alfie Kohn has been writing for years about the ineffectiveness and
counter-effectiveness of rewards, incentives and contests. His site offers a
wide variety of quotes and references. I list only two.
_____For Best Results, Forget the Bonus
A reprint of a 1993 New York Times (Sunday Business edition) article.
_____No Contest: The Case Against Competition
A quick look at his 1986 book (revised in 1992). Contrary to the myths with
which we have been raised, Kohn shows that competition is not an inevitable
part of “human nature”. It does not motivate us to do our best (in fact, the
reason our workplaces and schools are in trouble is that they value
competitiveness instead of excellence.) Rather than building character,
competition sabotages self-esteem and ruins relationships.
An interesting site. Below are some of the interesting parts.
_____Let Me Go Back! (Strategy Letter III)
Joel Spolsky looks how you can attract more customers by making it easy for
them to leave you.
_____Chicken and egg Problems (Strategy Letter II)
Joel Spolsky looks at the backwards compatibility problem, including
software platforms and bill presentment systems.
_____Ben and Jerry’s or Amazon? (Strategy Letter I)
A great article by Joel Spolsky on two different business models.
_____Some More Info From Joel Spolsky
A collection of essays and a book on UI design.
_____Michael David Scully Writes About Mr. Castilla
A letter by Michael David Scully, of Richmond Hill, New York, to Michael
Lowry, a Customer Service Manager, about his encounter with Mr. Castilla,
Postmaster at the North Richmond Hill Station. If even part of what Michael
Scully writes is true, this is disturbing.
__________4. NEW AWARD FOR MY SITe
Web Works Designs Award