Thu, 26 Jul 2012

Bailey Says Good Morning

Also, he wants to eat your shoe.

Yak shaving detail for nerds.

Yes, I'm playing around with the HTML 5 video element. I decided I really hate the YouTube and Vimeo embeds, and it's not like I serve a bunch of pageviews here, so I'm locally hosting them. I'm re-encoding the videos in various formats because Apple, Google, and Mozilla are a bunch of crybabies (and patents suck) and punted on standardizing on the sensible choice (guess) for video format.

If you're stuck on Windows XP (IE8 or older) and your IT org won't let you install a real browser these posts just aren't going to work out for you. Sorry, the world has moved on, and I'm not going into contortions/fallbacks for archaic browsers.

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Go to one of those really cheap discount stores where they sell
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you accidentally hit yourself or anything else, or expose it to direct
sunlight.
— Dave Barry, “The Taming of the Screw”