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fixing SMTP

An article on the problems of SMTP, and some of the proposals to fix it.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 1, 2003 at 11:52 PM

more on MS's Charles Cooper agrees with me. (Well, okay, who agrees with whom depends on your viewpoint, but I did post it first, didn't I? :-))

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 1, 2003 at 7:28 PM

you know you've got a minimalist UI when...

...people don't do anything after the site has loaded, thinking that the page is too empty, so something must be missing. According to this news item, this is what happened to Google:

In its early days, the company asked some focus group participants to search for information using its site. But many people, when they went to Google, did nothing for a minute or two.

When asked why, these apparent procrastinators said they were waiting for the rest of the site to load.

The solution? Put a copyright notice on the page, which people associate with "content loaded". Now that will get 'em surfin'!

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 1, 2003 at 10:58 AM

and about that redesign thingy...

...that I mentioned off-handedly a few days ago. One of the things I wanted to change was to move from a three-column layout to two-column, creating a separate page for archies and links to other feeds (leaving the link for the main feed as it exists now). All was going well until...

Well, what happened is, I hit a wall. One of those virtual walls that suddenly are built up in our heads. Nice brickwork and everything.

The machine on which this blog runs isn't all that powerful, and doing a redesign of the blog implies doing a full rebuild. Doing a full rebuild takes forever. (Forever, in this case, meaning a couple of hours.) So it can be done only when all's ready to go. MovableType is great, really flexible, etc, but the templates include XML code that only makes sense (design-wise) after a rebuild. Maybe I'm missing something, but as far as I can see the only way of doing a full redesign (barring moving the weblog to a much faster machine) is to:

  • Install apache/MT/etc in your local machine
  • Create another copy of your templates and a few sample entries in your local machine
  • Play with the design doing local rebuilds on small test datasets until you're happy
  • Move the new templates to the live weblog
I don't see a way out of these steps in my case, so I got to the point where I didn't want to do all that yet. No time. The redesign will have to wait...

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 1, 2003 at 10:35 AM

early-morning linking

I hadn't seen this before, and I found it while looking at referer stats (Awstats is great, but for tracking daily referers it's awful--everything gets lost in the noise). Scott, creator of the excellent Feedster (which for a very short time was called "roogle"--feedster is better :)), likes clevercactus! Thanks!

Scott also recently wrote about the increasingly ludicrous memory requirements of MS Software in this entry read the full entry... but in summary: MSN Messenger, 30 MB, Frontpage 280 megabytes... well, you get the idea. Jeez.

And, Gary has some interesting thoughts on different IMAP clients.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 1, 2003 at 10:24 AM

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