Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Tempus Omnia Revelat

The intent within that Latin tag is to say "don't get impatient!". But how to avoid web pages trying our patience?

Do you experience eager anticipation when waiting for a web page to creep fitfully onto your screen? . . salivating like a Pavlovian dog?. . or snarling rage? (like one of those "Cave Canem" roman doorway mosaics).

Russian scientists have provided me with a handy tool to check web page loading times.

Their excellent Xnote Stopwatch is a tiny, efficient, download. Activate it at any time in a corner of your desktop and analyse . . to the millisecond . . that page. . find the glitches! Graphics too large? Gizmos to be pruned? . . I use the snap function and the report form to note: 1. first appearance of some readable text; 2. when screen first fills and looks inviting; 3. when the browser says _"Done"_. Here are some results this morning for another really great tool, and nice site, "Sequoiaview" (from the University of Eindhoven): phase 1, 5.18 secs; phase 2, at 11.87 secs; loading phase 3, at 53.70. That last figure is quite high but the graphics are worth waiting for . . and meanwhile there is interesting reading.

Must see "Tempus Fugit" pages from my friend and Graphic Design Guru: Daniel Will-Harris. I think his Sun/Moon design watch, with roman numerals, would go well with your toga? however I prefer the black one. Daniel also has screensaver clock designs and is known to pronounce infinitely wise words about the web. More stories about Daniel (and the Lion?) will follow in this column.


At 25 May 2004 at 10:17, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tempus Publishing is always worth visiting:

At 28 May 2004 at 06:44, Blogger modusoperandi said...

re _Archaeology in Europe_ Here's a nice note from David Beard:

Dear Peter,

An extremely attractive layout and some very good content - I've just downloaded Xnote Stopwatch as a result of looking at the page :)

I've added a link to your blog on the sidebar of mine and I've also posted a short note telling people about your blog.


David Beard

At 28 May 2004 at 06:48, Blogger modusoperandi said...

" .. the lion roars tonight" : . . . Hi Peter,

Thanks for signing up for my SchmoozeLetter; with archives at http://www.schmoozeletter.com You'll get one email every two weeks--no more, and I NEVER share your email address with *anyone* (not even my mother!)

If you like clocks, hopefully you also like watches. You can
see my unique designs at

I recommend you save these clocks to your desktop so they're easier to find and run.

(Just double click to run it. To make it full-screen, either press ^F, or click on the maximize button in the upper right corner. To close it, click on the X in the upper right corner.)

(Once you've downloaded it, just double click to install it. To uninstall, go to Start/Control Panel/Add Remove Programs, select it, then clock on Add/Remove)

for the MAC CLOCK:
(Double click to run--note: some Macs aren't set up to download these files correctly. If you just get a screen full of gibberish, then your Mac isn't set up properly for this common filetype).

And now for the small print--You should carefully read the following terms and conditions
before using this software: By running these programs, you accept all liability. You cannot hold me liable for anything. That's pretty clear, isn't it? If you haven't *personally* downloaded the files from the ElementOfTime server you should not run them.

If you do not agree to any of the terms of this License, then do not install or use these programs. This software, and all accompanying files, data and materials, are distributed "as is" and with no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied. the user must assume the entire risk of
using the program.

Any liability of ElementOfTime will be limited exclusively to refund of purchase price. in addition, in no event shall ElementOfTime, or its principals, shareholders, officers, employees, affiliates, contractors, subsidiaries, or parent organizations, be liable for any incidental, consequential, or punitive damages whatsoever relating to the use of our clocks or screensavers.

I know that all sounds scary but hey, it's free, and these are the terms that have to apply to all software:)
Please email me at elementoftime@will-harris.com and let me know what you think of it.

Thanks--have fun!

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