My New Venture (reblaze.com)

I have been quite busy lately, ever since I have started working on Reblaze in the winter last year (2011).

We all wish to make the world (wide web) a better place. I think we have found a way to improve the web, to make it a better, safer and cleaner.

I guess we can be categorized under the SaaS tag, in fact, we are SaaS x2, we provide Software as a Service, as well as Security as a Service.

Visit us at reblaze.com and read all about, as well as add your site, it is free now, and so it will remain for all those who join during public beta.


Installing Python 3.0 on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex

UPDATE (Dec, 7): apt-get install python3 works now. this might be the prefered way for most of us.

Based on sofen’s blog’s post about python 2.6

This was the easiest thing I did recently. It went so smooth that this post is totally redundant.

Seven commands and you are all unicode.

Step 1: Make sure you got all the prerequisites

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential libncursesw5-dev libreadline5-dev libssl-dev libgdbm-dev libbz2-dev libc6-dev libsqlite3-dev tk-dev g++ gcc

Step 2: Grab the bits, extract them and build them

$ wget http://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.0/Python-3.0.tgz
$ tar xvzf Python-3.0.tgz
$ cd Python-3.0/
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install

That’s it my friend. You now have the best software development platform in the entire universe!

$ python3.0
Python 3.0 (r30:67503, Dec  4 2008, 21:27:40)
[GCC 4.3.2] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>>

Good luck and enjoy the sweetness of open source software!


jQuery vs. Prototype

just put both libraries on wordle to visualize on which each library have focused.

Here are the results:

jQuery

jquery-1.2.6

Prototype

prototype visualized


Do we need more facebok applications?

My friend has 73 friends and 152 Facebook applications.
IMHO, the layout is lack of usability and functionality.
Let alone the fact each application require other users to install them in to their accounts in order to view standard web content (images, flash, videos, etc.)

I am sure Facebook’s dudes need to rethink the whole concept and come up with something more sensible.

152 facebook applications


def grab_contacts(ask_for_password = 0)

stefan fountain -> coding horror -> hacker news

Jeff – here are the links for you:

Google Contacts API: http://code.google.com/apis/contacts/
Yahoo! Contact API: http://developer.yahoo.com/addressbook/
Windows Live Contact API: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb463989.aspx

I’m glad these malpractices are getting more attention, they deserve to get the bad wrap on their wrist for these kind of infringements of respecting users’ data.

Stefan Fountain on June 5, 2008 05:37 AM

Is Facebook the next Microsoft?

I just came across this post by Robert Scoble

If you are trying to contact me on Facebook, please don’t. My account has been “disabled” for breaking Facebook’s Terms of Use. I was running a script that got them to keep me from accessing my account. I’m appealing. I’ll tell you what I was doing as soon as I talk with the developers who built what I was using and as soon as I talk with Facebook’s support (I sent an email in reply to the one below, but haven’t heard back yet).

I am working with a company to move my social graph to other places and that isn’t allowable under Facebook’s terms of service.

While they wrote their own screen scrappers Your addressbook and facebookso they can read all your contacts and friends that stored in the addresses books at gmail or hotmail or live.com, and many others. They blocked Robert Scoble’s account for running a script that (as far as I can read between the lines) exports his own friends list.

It is pretty clear now why Facebook preferred to go along with Microsoft instead of Google.
It is even more clear why they don’t join open social.
I can see what they thought at the first place when they released that cursed Beacon, and I don’t buy the apologizes that came after the rush.

Here is a short description of [Windows|Facebook] (you choose) platform.

  • It is a closed source system that comes with a set of APIs, which let third parties develop new applications.
  • If a user wants to use a third party application he must install that application.
  • If a user decided to uninstall a third party software.
  • When a user run the uninstall process, most of the data might remain in the system.
  • You never know who has access to your private data.

Getting things right vs. Getting things done

Most of today’s web developer will tell you that

the following:

<h2 id="foo">Click Here</h2>
<script>
    $('foo').click = function(){alert("Hello")};
</script>

is better than:

<h2 id="foo" onclick="alert('Hello');">Click Here</h2>

and the following:

<style>
body{
    background-color:#ffffff;
    color:#000000;
    margin-top:3}
a{color:#0000cc}
a:visited{color:#551a8b}
</style>
<body>....</body>

<script>
$(document).ready(function(){
    sf();
    if(document.images){
        new Image().src='/images/nav_logo3.png';
    });
</script>

is far better than:

<body bgcolor=#ffffff
text=#000000
link=#0000cc
vlink=#551a8b
alink=#ff0000
onload="sf();if(document.images){new Image().src='/images/nav_logo3.png'}"
topmargin=3 marginheight=3>....</body>

and last but not least: Using HTML tables for layout-ing is evil.

The point is that the code above is taken from Google, Facebook and Yahoo.
Yep! All the majors seems to be caring less on standards and more for their own interests.

None of them are valid HTML and Google.com uses a table to align the two buttons (Google Search and I’m felling Lucky) in the middle of the page.