Archive for November 2006

Is it me or is SPAM down today?

It's thanksgiving in the US and I swear SPAM is down today by about 30%, could it be that those inhuman SPAMMERS actually take a day off once in a while. I'll have to pay a little more attention at Christmas and New Years, and if I was being really keen, I'd start gathering some stats to support my anecdotal evidence.

Toronto Demo Camp 11 – Impressions

I was generally impressed with the overall experience last night.

The good:

I was very happy to learn that selenium now has a remote control module that works with python. I'm still not sure it will help me, but I have to give it a try. I've been using a python specific tool for testing called PAMIE. This is a

There was some tough questions asked, which is always good to keep people on their toes, and that this isn't a big love fest, criticism can be good.

I didn't know about the Firestoker guys before the demo, but they are pioneering enterprise 2.0 apps and validating our business model.

Making job announcements is a good thing and illustrates the health of the community, and is a source of encouragement for students, et al.

The Bad:

The first demo didn't work, which is unfortunate, you only have 10 minutes to demo so your it needs to be a slam dunk.

I like the no powerpoint rule, but Mark makes a good point about demos that may not fit the usual demo camp mold.

Demo Camp Toronto 11 Tonight

I haven't been to one since we demo'd BlogMatrix at demo camp 5, so it's time to getout and support the community.

Octagate Site Timer

I saw this little gem via digg. This is a great tool, the one thing that wasn't obvious to me, was that there were no details about the files listed. After contacting the author, he informed me that the "i" button beside the URL title would expand the table revealing other columns that show such things as: file size, start time, … If you click on the "i" button and don't see anything appear, try the horizontal scroll bar on your browser window.

 It works well in IE, unfortunately I've had no luck with FireFox.

This scares the heck out of me (rocket scientists?)

 The title says it all…

From the article: '"The shuttle computers were never envisioned to fly through a year-end changeover," space shuttle program manager Wayne Hale told a briefing. The problem, according to Hale, is that the shuttle's computers do not reset to day one, as ground-based systems that support shuttle navigation do. Instead, after December 31, the 365th day of the year, shuttle computers figure January 1 is just day 366

and frankly I find this totally shocking in some ways but in light of all the other NASA miscues, not so much.

As seen on slashdot 

and Reuters