Author Archives: David Megginson

About David Megginson

Scholar, tech guy, Canuck, open-source/data/information zealot, urban pedestrian, language geek, tea drinker, pater familias, red tory, amateur musician, private pilot.

Breadcrumbs: yes or no?

In web design, Breadcrumbs are those little navigational links you see across the top of some web pages, like Home → Canada → Ontario → Ottawa or Media»Music»Classical»Beethoven Good idea? Breadcrumbs let you can see where you are in a … Continue reading

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It’s never the end of history

Remember when we thought the web was stuck in a rut, with IE, Flash preroll, fixed-width layouts, and endless browser incompatibilities? Continue reading

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Hashtags and data standards

Could #hashtags help us share data during a humanitarian crisis? Continue reading

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What if people will pay a subscription fee for something they really want (like Netflix), but almost everything on the net is stuff people don’t actually want much? Continue reading

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Netflix, Philips, and the fragility of APIs

Update: Either Philips or Netflix has now fixed the problem described below (2014-03-29). I bought an inexpensive 29″ Philips 4000 series TV for the basement, and its built-in Netflix app isn’t working. Why doesn’t Netflix work on my TV? Time … Continue reading

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Mobile web app or web site?

If you’re creating an HTML5 mobile web application, this is the minimum you need to give your users what Google calls a “homescreen launch experience” on an iOS or Android mobile device: <!doctype html> <html> <head> <title>Awesome app</title> <meta name=”viewport” … Continue reading

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How to install a usable Emacs in Android (Feb 2014)

Since I mentioned in a review that I’m using Emacs on my Android Nexus 7 tablet, I’ve received several requests for information about how I set it up. There is a prepackaged Emacs app in the Google Play store, but … Continue reading

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