November, 2007

  1. Public Knowledge Bases

    One thing you learn rather quickly when you release and support software is that the faster you answer questions the more questions you receive. Fast e-mail responses often lead to fast responses on the other end and you end up engaged in a psuedo real-time conversation. Being responsive to customers is important, but if you’re…

  2. Introducing Peter Gornell

    Crowd Favorite has grown again, this time adding someone with the skills to help us keep up with all the fun stuff we’re working on. I’m very pleased to announce that Peter Gornell has joined us to take over our project management responsibilities. As we’ve been growing, communication and project management has become more and…

  3. dompdf: Easy PDF generation with PHP

    A week and a half ago I started looking into PDF generation with PHP. As my friends pointed out, this can be a somewhat arduous process. Since I was working on a deadline1, I decided the best solution would be to create a nice printable view that I could create PDFs from, then come back…

  4. Around the web

    Re-examining priorities – thinking I need to rededicate myself to finding time to blog. Lately I find time to Twitter, but not blog. Checking CodeIgniter out of the Subversion Repository – all good OS projects need public SVN. Amazon Kindle Real-Life Review (Verdict: Lightweight, Long Lasting and Easy to Grip… In Bed) Safari Microformats plugin…

  5. Jack in the Box in Colorado

    Leonard told me there was one a couple of weeks ago, but I didn’t believe him. He was right, there is a new Jack in the Box in Golden, CO by the Home Depot at Colfax and Hwy 6. I thought it was only right to do a recon trip. The place was packed, and…

  6. Comment Spam Multiplier

    There are a number of sites that are harvesting the RSS feed of the comments on this site for SPLOGS. I know this because they send pingbacks when they post the content on their sites. This has been getting worse for me over the last few months – anyone else seeing it? It’s annoying to…

  7. Dear Covad…

    Dear Covad— It’s your choice to hide your pricing behind a “give us your phone number” blockade on your web site. It’s my choice to be annoyed when you take that as an invitation to call me the next morning. Please lose my phone number. Regards, –Alex King

  8. Around the web

    Bill Manning’s Thoughts on UMPC and Small Laptops, just get a MacBook – I always get tempted by mini-laptops, but the MacBook is an excellent compromise. I hope Apple comes out with a slightly smaller version in the next rev – they could trim an inch or so without affecting the screen size. VentureBeat: Barack…

  9. ShareThis Classic 1.5.1

    One of the things I really like about the ShareThis.com team is the attitude they have about putting the needs of the user/publisher first. When we talked about the new version of ShareThis that would be a widget and offer all the new features in version 2.0, we also realized that not everyone would want…

  10. Goodbye Kontera

    I’ve turned off the Kontera in-text ads that had been shown to people on their first page load if they came in from a search engine. Frankly, I’d forgotten I still had them on since I hardly ever saw them, and the income wasn’t enough to offset the bad impression they made on many visitors.…

  11. Around the web

    Apple Tablet Concept: the iPad Touch | FactoryCity – nothing drives the fan boys crazy like concept mock-ups. An attempt at using Opera OpenSocial? Google Cortés Still using SpinVox – I’ve had the same results. It’s become a guessing game trying to decipher the caller’s name from the rest of the context. Phone Salesman Amazes…

  12. ShareThis 2.0

    I’m very pleased to announce that ShareThis 2.0 is now available! This new version has a ton of great features, including: A new WordPress plugin. WordPress users can download the new plugin here. Support for non-WordPress platforms. This was by far the #1 requested feature, and you can use the ShareThis widget for other blogging…

  13. Around the web

    Living with defaults – I learned this (and the value of web apps) when I started using 2+ machines on a regular basis. You just can’t maintain settings on everything, which is why apps like LaunchBar and MsgFiler are so great (because they react to your data, not setting up shortcuts, etc.). Adding Inline Search…

  14. Fatblogging

    I promise this isn’t the start of “fatblogging” here on alexking.org, but I found Jeremy’s posts very helpful and thought I’d briefly share some of my experiences over the last year. On Nov 1, 2006 my volleyball team started a 10 week weight loss competition and I was at 216 lbs. I decided to keep…