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Notices for 22nd January 2007 to 12th January 2007

Monday, 22nd January 2007

Rest in Peace, Steve Katz (1954-2007)

Via a forum I frequent I learnt that a good friend – Steve Katz, from Prescott, Arizona – passed away yesterday morning. He had recently contracted the flu, and we were joking about him dying and who’d run his site if he did die, since he promised everyone on his site:

If i should die, I will leave it in some capable hands, I assure u! Not like I'm gonna die tomorrow, but just a precaution to make sure the site lives on.

Neither of us expected him to die the next day, of a heart attack. He was 52, which is far too young, although his health was not as great as it could have been. What is worse, is that he lived with his father, who had the horrible shock of finding his son dead. It was his father who contacted someone he worked with – another friend – who passed on the message to a forum he frequented.

He will be missed…

Tuesday, 16th January 2007

For beta 341 of the iCab Web browser for Macintosh, I produced a set of file icons for the Mac OS X build series. Until that point, under OS X it had been using the Mac OS 9 file icons, which were very much unsuitable.

I have now posted the icon design project under Artwork so that people can have a peek at the icons and the process behind them.

There is also a new bug of the moment up. I am curious about this one: can anyone reproduce this problem, particularly in Windows XP? Or did this bug breed on my computer? Tomorrow, however, I have a really cute one to post.

Update: betbest1 confirms the above Character Map bug in XP, and the new bug of the moment is up as promised.

Finally, one more challenge. Take a look at the following set of colour bars:

I would like everyone please to tell me whether they perceive the bars in the middle to be darker than those at the top and bottom? Particularly, is the second bar down darker than the top bar? I am quite curious about this because Jenni and I perceive this image quite differently and I would like to get a handle on what the majority of people see.

Friday, 12th January 2007

Another bug of the moment entry. This cannot be the first time that I’ve remarked that it seems to be all I update these days… And only because I can, I suppose.