Daily Archives:June 20th, 2005


The buzzphrase of the moment is AJAX. If you’re a programmer, and you don’t know about this, you will soon. It stands for Asynchronous Javascript And XML, which is an increasingly common technique for updating parts of a web page from a server without having to update the whole thing.

It’s being heavily used by Google in Gmail and Google Maps, for example. And I think it my duty to keep Status-Q readers up to date with such terms so that you can casually drop them into conversations around the water cooler. “Oh no, it isn’t using Flash. It’s based on AJAX…”

While my ukulele gently weeps…

A truly fabulous version of ‘While my guitar gently weeps’ played on the ukulele by Jake Shimabukuro.

(Update – that link is now dead. Try here.)

Thanks to the Creative Generalist blog for this and lots of other great stuff.

Three stories

If, like me, you normally only hear Steve Jobs talking about the latest Apple product launches, you might like the
Commencement Address
he gave at Stanford recently.

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