The ugly underbelly of the web

The longer I work with large corporate intranets, the more I am amazed at how ugly they are. Ugly in that special Internet sense: they use unusual authentication schemes, have plain weird URL design, the list goes on. I particularly find the URL design annoying: in an intranet redesign, you’re often required to recombine existing stuff, but if pages don’t have unique URL’s you’re kinda stuck. What was ever wrong with giving every destination page a unique URL?

If you need to do an easy local install of Apache, PHP and Mysql on your computer running Windows XP, I can highly recommend AppServ Open Project. I ran the installer, and it just worked (I tried the XAMPP installer before that and that didn’t work).