Wikis in the public sector

One of my colleagues, Marieke Guy, has just written a puntastically-titled article entitled Wiki or Won’t He? A Tale of Public Sector Wikis in the UKOLN online periodical Ariadne in which I get extensively quoted. I hadn’t realised when I tacked those few paragraphs onto the end of the short questionnaire, it was going to be quoted directly, so I apologise in advance for my poor use of English.

Tomorrow I’ll be talking at UKOLN’s national Wiki Workshop in Birmingham about evaluating wikis for rollout at universities. It’s only a 15 minute talk (most of the day is spent in discussion panels), and I have trouble keeping just sentences that short, so I have no idea how I’m going to shut myself up. It should be a fun experience anyway.

XHTML hilarity

It’s funny to watch this Sending XHTML as text/html not-considerd-harmful after all (which is wrong, of course) post get a load of comments almost a year later, but the best bit is saved until the comments, where the author of the article, Brad, responds to a comment by Sam:

Sam: how exactly is this:

I believe the biggest advantages to XHTML are its readability, uniformity, well-formedness as it pertains to authoring, and the consistency of the rendered DOM (which is also a result of any well-formed HTML document).

different from HTML 4.01 strict?

Very simply, XHTML is more aesthetically and logically pleasing than HTML.

Comedy genius.

Fixing the WAG54G

I’ve had my Linkssys WAG54G (a wifi router and four-port switch) for about eighteen months, but over the past month or so, it’s been consistently dropping and then reconnecting my wired network connections every few seconds with Windows reporting that “A network cable was unplugged”. Replacing the network card would solve the problem for a few hours, after which it would start again.

It turns out that changing the connection type to 10Mbps (full duplex) solves this problem. I’m not really sure why, possibly too sensitive to noise on the line at higher transfer rates?