My daily readings 01/22/2011

    • 对于他们的商业成功,你可以使用任何字眼来形容,但唯独“注定”是不合适的——如果将时钟调回到十年之前,我不知道有多少人敢大胆做出预言,说满脑子点子的首席执行官乔布斯(Steve Jobs)有朝一日会成为全美第二大企业的领导者,除了埃克森美孚(XOM)之外,让所有的上市公司都拜倒在自己脚下。
    • The flowchart below describes how Nikita divines the encoding of a Web document. You can click on any white shape (the diamonds and boxes) to learn more about that step. First, some terminology: what I call an encoding is also called a character set. Some of the specifications that I quote use the latter term. Also, when I say the HTTP spec I am referring to both HTTP 1.0 (RFC 1945) and HTTP 1.1 (RFC 2616). They don’t differ on the subject of encodings, so I can safely lump them together.
    • The HTML 4.01 specification passes harsh judgement on this portion of the HTTP spec. It says, The HTTP protocol ([RFC2616], section 3.7.1) mentions ISO-8859-1 as a default character encoding when the “charset” parameter is absent from the “Content-Type” header field. In practice, this recommendation has proved useless because some servers don’t allow a “charset” parameter to be sent, and others may not be configured to send the parameter. Therefore, user agents must not assume any default value for the “charset” parameter. (emphasis mine)

      In practice, when the encoding isn’t specified most browsers either guess (using their own encoding diviniation tricks) or default to win-1252 which is a superset of ISO-8859-1. Since Nikita’s goal is to help you to comply with published specs, she sticks with the HTTP-specified default of ISO-8859-1.

    • When I joined Google in 2001 I never imagined—even in my wildest dreams—that we would get as far, as fast as we have today. Search has quite literally changed people’s lives—increasing the collective sum of the world’s knowledge and revolutionizing advertising in the process. And our emerging businesses—display, Android, YouTube and Chrome—are on fire. Of course, like any successful organization we’ve had our fair share of good luck, but the entire team—now over 24,000 Googlers globally—deserves most of the credit.
    • Larry will now lead product development and technology strategy, his greatest strengths, and starting from April 4 he will take charge of our day-to-day operations as Google’s Chief Executive Officer. In this new role I know he will merge Google’s technology and business vision brilliantly. I am enormously proud of my last decade as CEO, and I am certain that the next 10 years under Larry will be even better! Larry, in my clear opinion, is ready to lead.

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