Monday, July 26, 2004

Back at one It looks like Google has been tweaking their search engine to give weblogs a bit less favorable ranking . If you try these first-name searches I did last year, you'll see the majority has had to give up some Google mojo. This weblog used to be the number one search result when you did a google search for "Luke", now... (162 words, 6 Comments)

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Congrats Jay! About 10 months ago, I posted a lazyweb request for a blacklist-based comment-spam solution. Only 2 days later, Jay Allen posted a solution that pretty much did exactly what I (and many others) needed. Ever since, he's been adding more and more features to aid in the fight against comment spam and even started maintaining a master blacklist people could... (156 words)

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Gmail anyone? Want a Gmail account? I've got 5 invites for the first 5 comments in this thread. UPDATE: They were all gone within 12 minutes. If you were too late, you may want to try gmailswap or ebay.... (38 words, 31 Comments)

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

JRoller and SharpReader JRoller had a problem a little while ago where any RSS requests to it returned an HTTP Last-Modified Header somewhere in 2028. While this seems to be fixed right now, it has the unfortunate side-effect that any JRoller feeds you were subscribed to during this time will no longer be updated in SharpReader. This is because when SharpReader requests updates,... (268 words, 5 Comments)

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

SharpReader SharpReader is now available at Changes since the last version are: Fixed a NullReferenceException that would sometimes occur upon closing the options dialog.... (26 words, 34 Comments)

Monday, July 19, 2004

SharpReader SharpReader is now available at Changes since the last version are: Bugfix: filter ending with "\" previously caused an exception to be thrown. Autocomplete in textboxes, implemented using LaMarvin Autocomplete Tool. Changed the threading model to fix Threadpool issues and hangups with very large number of feeds. Read/unread counts in subscriptions-pane in blue (like outlook). Read feeds with... (325 words, 37 Comments)

Sunday, July 4, 2004

JavaOne Report: The MemoryModel and Concurrency Utilities For me, the most interesting sessions of the conference were regarding the new MemoryModel and Concurrency Utilities. Having recently done quite a bit of threading code, it's clear that JDK 5.0 will vastly improve on the current primitives synchronized, wait and notify (which will, of course, still be supported in JDK 5.0, though they probably won't be used as much).... (875 words, 9 Comments)

JavaOne notes Sun's studio creator has interesting collaboration-options built in: it comes with an instant messenger pane that has code-options, enabling things like copy'n paste of code (which will be sent with code-highlighting), doing code-completion in the IM window, and even sending entire files, which can subsequently be edited synchronously between both parties - very cool stuff. It was announced that "There... (526 words, 4 Comments)

Friday, July 2, 2004

Trackback Spam It was bound to happen sooner or later - after comment spam, there's now also trackback spam. With MT-BlackList's help, I just deleted about 60 spam trackbacks in a minute. As an extra precaution on top of MT-BlackList, I had already started closing comments-threads after a couple of months. I guess I'll have to turn off the trackbacks as well.... (60 words, 4 Comments)

JavaOne report: EJB Persistence Prior to going to JavaOne, the main subjects I was looking forward to were generics, EJB3 and the AOP panel. The actual experience was different though: sessions on generics did not show me much I had not already read online, and the main thing to take away from the AOP panel was that it can be useful, but don't overdo... (331 words, 2 Comments)