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[14 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Unhandled Errors

Checkout this screen grab of an error message thrown up by my garbage collector’s online bill pay system. This is appalling. If you develop software for a living you’ll know what’s going on here. Essentially the developer didn’t unit test their code, and didn’t handle the exception. Actually they did handle the exception but in completely the wrong way, throwing a system exception straight back to the end user.
Not only has this developer ruined the user experience but he’s exposed vital information to a potential villain. E.g. from this …

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[3 Apr 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
The Turbo Encabulator

For a number of years now work has been proceeding in order to bring to the crudely conceived idea of a transmission that would not only supply inverse reactive current for use in unilateral phase detractors, but would also be capable of automatically synchronizing cardinal grammeters. Such an instrument is the turbo encabulator.
Now basically, the only new principle involved is that instead of power being generated by the relative motions of conductors and fluxes, it is produced by the modial interaction of magnetoreluctance and capacitive directance.
The original machine had a …

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[28 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
Beware of Software Alliances

You’ve got to be careful with alliances. When two companies work on the same thing then try to make those things work together, hilarity ensues. Last time I wrote about WSRP [“WSRP is Soo dead“]. WSRP in my opinion is a dead man walking. This time the topic is “Open Ajax”. [LINK].
The Open Ajax Alliance has been in existence since late 2005/early 2006. In that time I am not sure what they’ve done other than publish the OpenAjax Hub.
The charter is “The OpenAjax Alliance is an organization of vendors, …

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[15 Jul 2007 | 2 Comments | ]

The thinly veiled phishing scam, WikiYou.com [LINK] claims to be the "the unauthorized biography of every person on earth."
Sorry, then why does it ask for a Zip Code on the main page and make it mandatory??? do you think America is the Earth? Do you think everyone on earth has a zip code?
That’s like saying baseball has a "World Series" when only US teams participate.
Or like saying the NBA champs are the "World Champions". Ehh, call me old-fashioned but you didn’t play any other countries!!!
WikiYou relies on a …

Web Development »

[16 Jun 2007 | One Comment | ]

Here’s a list of things I hear about frequently that generally mean or count for nothing. These are features that people will never use but typically if your product doesn’t support it, folks won’t buy it.
Ask a question in a meeting on any of these and you’ll give off an air of being really tech-savvy. Unfortunately the question and answer will be pointless. People ask anyway:

BPEL compliance (Business Process Execution Language): "Is your engine BPEL compliant?" Doesn’t mean anything. You’ll never switch orchestration engines. Even if you …

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[3 Jun 2007 | 2 Comments | ]

Marc Logemann has asked in his blog [LINK] "Is WSRP Dead?", a question prompted by Marc’s failure to find wsrp producers on the web.
Judging by the responses at TheServerSide.net [LINK] it would seem the answer is unfortunately no.
If you look at the spec though it’s pretty blatantly obvious to me that the real answer is it was never alive!!!
WSRP stands for Web Service for Remote Portlets. It lets you share a portlet hosted in a portal with other portals based on configuration alone.
The host (WSRP producer) instantiates …

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[20 May 2007 | No Comment | ]

DreamScene[LINK] is a little known extra in windows Vista which allows you to replace your desktop wallpaper with a video of your choice. The video plays on your desktop as if it were a wallpaper. It doesn’t seem to bog down the machine although I’m running it on a dual core AMD with 2GB of RAM.
A nice curiosity but I found it a bit repetitive for long viewing. Someone definitely put a lot of time into this but it seems destined to failure as I can’t imagine anyone ever …

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[14 Mar 2007 | No Comment | ]

Captchas are those little tests that prevent automated scripts from registering or submitting content to your site. Usually a weird, skewed image of random numbers or letters that you have to then type into a box. They work on the principal that only a human could decipher this thing. But sometimes the images are so skewed that you can’t read what the darn thing says. Then you have the added inconvenience of typing it in.
This is an example of over-thinking the problem.
Asirra is a "research" project at Microsoft that …