August, 2006

  1. Tasks Pro™ 1.7 beta 6 and Tasks 2.7 beta 6

    I’ve decided to get one more beta release out before the release candidates I planned to push out next week. The changes in this version are small, but potentially significant: Reduce the number of CSS and JS files being downloaded per page. GZIP the page and much of the CSS and JS being downloaded. Updated…

  2. Yellow Jackets (Shudder)

    I don’t care for bees in any flavor, but yellow jackets are particularly bad. And that is exactly who decided to take residence on my house this year. I called a local guy who got rid of them – thank goodness.

  3. Tasks Testers Needed

    One of my customers reported experiencing slowness with the pre-release of Tasks 2.7. I believe the reason for the performance hit is the additional JavaScript files that are included with the Yahoo! Auto-Complete feature, and I’ve coded up a quick hack to fix this. It all works fine for me, but I am quite wary…

  4. Docs, docs, docs

    Writing documentation is not high up the “fun ways to spend my time” list. It is however, an important part of any software package – especially if you don’t have a support team. 🙂 Generally it is good practice to have someone who is not the developer write the docs; the developer is often too…

  5. End-to-End Calendaring “Solution”

    My post asking for calendaring suggestions resulted in a lot of feedback, but no solutions that accomplished the goals I was looking for: Sync between desktop computers and handheld. Web access for viewing and entering/editing. Public view of combined free-busy state. There is a solution that does all of this, but is isn’t one I’m…

  6. Choo-ing out the Mariners GM

    The Mariners made another “stupid” trade this year – dealing Shin-Soo Choo to the Indians for Ben Broussard. Choo basically spent the entire year in AAA, and had very good numbers, compiling an .893 OPS. He’s had good numbers (especially his OBP) at every stop along the way in the minors, and is only 24…

  7. Around the web

    Cocoatech: News: Path Finder 4.5 released! – if you use a Mac, you should be using Path Finder. The Washington Post: What Next? By any definition, Iraq is in a state of civil war. Indeed, the only thing standing between Iraq and a descent into total Bosnia-like devastation is 135,000 U.S. troops — and even…

  8. BarCampDenver Wrap

    Many thanks to Danny and Dan for making BarCampDenver such a success. I met a lot of smart and interesting folks and learned quite a bit. There was less of a “web development” focus than I believe is normal, but that isn’t too surprising for Denver. Maybe we’ll get some more web geeks out for…

  9. Tasks Pro™ 1.7 beta 5 and Tasks 2.7 beta 5

    I’ve put up the beta 5 releases of Tasks Pro™ 1.7 and Tasks 2.7. These releases have a few bug fixes: Date range searches work properly. Searching by “private” task works properly (Tasks Pro™ only). Tags screen “works” in IE now. Tag feeds and iCalendars work properly. Added character set explicitly to iCalendar. E-mail subject…

  10. “Fun” IE Bug

    So in the current beta releases of Tasks Pro™ and Tasks (1.7b4 and 2.7b4 respectively) there is an IE only bug that makes the list of tags on the tags screen look like this: instead of like this: Being the CSS expert that I am, I looked at all the HTML and CSS rules and…

  11. Text Link Ads

    A few folks mailed me about my Ads post, asking about my experiences. On this site I started off using Google AdSense, switched to Yahoo! Publisher Network, then switched back to AdSense again. Initially (when I switched) the Yahoo! ads were paying better that the Google ads, but the price per click on them dropped…

  12. CrackBerry Detox

    DeWitt has ditched his BlackBerry, not wanting to be connected 24-7 anymore. I can understand, I’ve had e-mail on my handheld for about 7 years now: Palm V and Palm Vx with OmniSky Palm i705 Treo 300 Treo 600 BlackBerry 8700 It doesn’t matter what device you use, push e-mail to a mobile device is…

  13. BarCamp Denver

    I’ll be attending BarCampDenver on Friday-Saturday. My session idea will probably be “A Discussion of JavaScript Toolkits”. I’ve been looking at a number of them lately and would love to pick some brains on the topic.