February, 2004

  1. Around the web

    Dougal is 94% Dixie. I’m 53% Dixie – guess that’s about what I’d expect growing up in Seattle with parents from the South. A Halliburton whistleblower… this just seems like a horrible situation getting worse. I like Yahoo’s new search results (#3) better than Google’s new results (#24) for my ‘alex’ ego-search. In barely related…

  2. Leasing Tasks Pro™?

    I had an interesting e-mail conversation today with a fellow interested in a leased license of Tasks Pro (as an additional pricing option). There are several software packages that use this model. It’s an interesting idea; basically, this would allow you to buy a monthly usage license. I’m reluctant to offer this option at the…

  3. Tasks Pro™ Pricing

    One of the interesting things about releasing Tasks Pro™ is the response I’ve gotten to the pricing. It’s been pretty much split 50/50. I get some people wondering why software that does so much is so cheap (they wonder if it really works) and other people who see it as too expensive. I guess that…

  4. Another Day, Another Safari Bug

    I found another annoying Safari bug today. If you dynamically write an empty textarea element into a page, Safari self-closes the tag. This is illegal with a textarea tag. Safari actually knows it’s illegal since the next time you try to write one, it has to close the first one before opening the second one……

  5. Hello Zippist!

    I’ve been using DropZip (no link for you) for all my, um, zipping for as long as I can remember – no more! Packaging up Tasks Pro™ at 1.4mb zipped was taking 2-3 minutes per archive – it was driving me nuts! On top of that, I was getting reports from WinZip users that they…

  6. No More Opening Links in New Windows

    I finally got around to changing all of my target=”_blank” links to rel=”external”. Using a similar technique to the previous database cleanup, I ran these queries through PHPMyAdmin. Fix Posts: UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = REPLACE(post_content   ,’ target=”_blank”‘   ,’ rel=”external”‘   ); Fix Comments: UPDATE wp_comments SET comment_content = REPLACE(comment_content   ,’ target=”_blank”‘   ,”   ); Now the…

  7. Comparing Lenses with MTF Charts

    If you had been discussing lenses with Jason tonight like I was, you probably would have had to read about understanding MTF charts as well. The $.10 tour… MTF charts are really good ways to: Understand the strengths and weaknesses of a specific lens. Compare lenses you are considering aquiring. Justify spending more money on…

  8. New Vienna Teng and Indigo Girls CDs

    I got the new Vienna Teng and Indigo Girls discs today – very good stuff. I’d heard a lot of the songs on Vienna’s new CD Warm Strangers already, and they sound great in polished CD form. Often I prefer the debut album of most artists to their sophmore effort (they’ve generally had longer to…

  9. Tasks Pro™ License Decisions

    I posted a few weeks back regarding encoding options for Tasks Pro™. In the end, I decided to go with a PHP obfuscation solution instead of an encoded solution and to only encode a the code which enforces the number of users allowed by the purchased license. I also decided to allow modification of the…

  10. Tasks Pro™, the first 12 hours

    It’s been a very busy day… I had my first sale, signed up 20 groups to free trials and had over 1000 visits to the taskspro.com web site (by unique IP address). I was hoping a few more people would have purchased today (considering the amount of e-mail I’d gotten over the last year asking…

  11. Tasks Pro™ 1.0 Released!!!

    I have released Tasks Pro™ 1.0! Tasks Pro™ brings the long-awaited multi-user functionality to Tasks. A partial list of changes from Tasks 1.x is here. The Tasks Pro™ web site has an in-depth list of features, screenshots, an on-line demo populated with demo data and some real documentation! I’ve been working extremely hard on this…

  12. Around the web

    If you copy of a copy of a copy of a CD… to 100 copies, the last one is bit for bit the same as the original. At least in this test. I like the way Jon Hicks has connected related buttons in his new Safari Buttons. The php|architech blog has a good take on…

  13. Keeping Dates Current in Demo Data

    One of the things I wanted to have for the Tasks Pro™ launch is a demo that is already populated with a real usage scenario. A couple of users, inter-related tasks, stuff like that. I enlisted my Mom’s help in entering the demo data; she works for a consulting company and created a great scenario…