Archive for the 'Web' Category

Magpie Unit tests

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Since people were waving tasks around several months ago and I finally got tired of atom feeds showing up incorrectly in Gregarius, I decided to port some of Feedparser tests to Magpie. I created a rudimentary ajax-ified unit testing harness for Magpie. You can download it to your webserver with subversion svn co Then, [...]

Dreamhost Quirks

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Dreamhost is doing some strange things with my php scripts. Why are you stealing my newlines? For some strange reason newlines at the end of files seem to be eaten. Take a look at these two php files. < ?phpecho "This string has no newline at the end";?> and < ?phpecho "This first string has a newline at the end\n";?> If you wget these two files (file1, file2) you will see that [...]


Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

I finally upgraded wordpress (this blogging software) to version 2.0.1 and beyond. Instead of following the usual upgrade instructions, I just checked out an svn version right on top of my old wordpress directory. I had to move things around a bit, but eventually I have this blog running on a development version that I [...]


Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

One advantage of having a web based aggregator that constantly pings away at sites (albiet very politely), is that you get to catch mistakes that feed publishers make. Notice any difference in these two items from Slashdot?. Click the image for a close look…. I guess Slashdot is worried about getting sued by Microsoft ….

More blogs?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Need to read more blogs? CNET has come up with a top 100 list. The list is grouped via subject so you can easily find cool blogs that you are interested in. Add the ones you find interesting to your feed agregator. Never mind that they forgot to put my blog on the list.

Web based interfaces

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Roundcube is a very impressive open source web based email reader. It seems to be just like a desktop application and has all the advantages of being web-based. You can access it from anywhere using almost any browser on any OS. The Ajaxified interface feels light and dynamic. Try out the demo. It is quite [...]


Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Guess what the top hit in google is for the word failure? Click here to see if you guessed right. This information is from 2003 (yes I know I am a little late to the game ). Read about it at Snopes. Consequently, you get the same top result if you search for miserable.


Sunday, September 4th, 2005

Gregarius is a nifty web based feed reader. Web-based feed readers are much better than desktop programs because you can read your feeds from anywhere. This one is particularly nice because it is full of features, has a nice clean, AJAXified interface and can be themed to look quite beautiful. I have been using Safari [...] recommendations

Monday, August 15th, 2005 now has recommendations. If you have a tag with more than 10 items bookmarked in it, clicking on the tag will give you several other url’s and tags that thinks you might be interested in. Check out for example. I have been waiting a long time for this feature.

The Long Tail

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

The Long Tail is about how our economy and culture is shifting from mass markets to million of niches. This fascinating Wired article written by Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired, in October 2004, is now becoming a book. The article (and the forthcoming book) is about the effect of the technologies that have made it [...]