Archive for January, 2005


Thursday, January 20th, 2005

You can’t comment now unless you can type in the text in the little picture next to the submit button. So much for accessibility, but I don’t think I had many visually impaired users here.. (If you’re visually impaired and wish to comment on my blog, send me an email!)

Generalizations about Development

Thursday, January 20th, 2005

I’ve heard a lot of generalizations about software development lately. Here’s an example: Developing software to create, navigate and manipulate XML data is a significant part of every developer?s job. That’s from the ECMAScript for XML specification. But.. it’s not true. Similar generalizations about how every program interacts with databases are also false. There are […]

Long Tail is Back

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005

The streaming data from is back! Visit The Long Tail of the Blogosphere.

Comment Spam

Monday, January 17th, 2005

Seems I’ve become a victim of comment spam. Bummer. Unless you’re looking for Online Poker.. Time to see about upgrading .Text to something that supports CAPTCHA.

Weblog ping stream access

Sunday, January 16th, 2005

The interface has been down for days, so The Long Tail site hasn’t been getting any data. The page has been 403 Forbidden about half the time I’ve tried to pull it, and (worse) doesn’t give me the xml of the changed RSS, just the link to the site. So much for semantics. […]

Another Acrobat Post

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

Here’s the previous article as a PDF. Just playing with capturing websites as PDF. I guess this would be useful for keeping a copy of something that you really want to have later, but that might not be available later – I guess that could apply to any part of the web. Nice thing about […]

Acrobat 7

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

Adobe just released Acrobat 7. Acrobat Pro includes the form designer, which is what I work on now. I cooked up a form to try it out, and put it online. Acrobat 7 supports allowing Reader to submit forms via email, or by saving the XML to disk. It also lets you sign and certify […]

Comment Spam and Spam Filters

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

I read my mail through gmail (need an invite? email me), which has great spam filtering. I receive notification of comments posted to my blog through email. The text of the comment is included in the notification. You can see where this is going. Comment spam is being posted to my blog, and I’ve not […]

Recommendation Engines

Sunday, January 9th, 2005

A product I worked on in the past is the Corel All-Movie Guide. This was a cool product, basically a local copy of the All-Movie Guide database with a lot of custom tools for searching, filtering, and displaying it. Last night I was trying to figure out what movies to order from and was […]

Tsunami death count

Thursday, January 6th, 2005

165,000 people according to CNN. There are 38 countries that have a population of less than 165,000 people.