Posted at 5:36pm on Monday, March 31st, 2008 by Andy
They are indeed. My beta invite to Lovely Charts turned up today, and I have to say it’s about as awesome as I had hoped. Proper Visio-esque drag-and-drop chart, wireframe, and network diagram generation all within the browser. Yes it’s still beta (there’s no print, for example) but it’s really rather fine.
Posted at 5:08pm on Friday, March 28th, 2008 by Andy
Was this really 19 years ago? From one of my favourite albums of all time; the Arch-Drude himself.
Link for those without embedding.
Posted at 12:20pm on Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 by Andy
The sublime summation of my current 3 most recurring themes, in one handy lolmonster. I really really need to get out more.
Posted at 12:16pm on Sunday, March 23rd, 2008 by Andy
As a comparison to my NetVibes experience I’ve just had the loveliest thing happen with last.fm… I finally got round to adding pyscrobbler to the list over at build.last.fm, and have just received an email a) thanking me and b) giving me a free subscription. What lovely people. And it turns out that I should have been a subscriber anyway – I’m currently on holiday, miles away from my stereo and my recommendations radio is proving a real god send.
Posted at 12:28pm on Thursday, March 20th, 2008 by Andy
There’s a lesson in this somewhere. I’ve been a heavy NetVibes user for a long time now. It came on the scene at just about the time that I started to rediscover the joys of RSS and so for me I’ve never really known another online RSS reader. I’ve invested a lot in the application, not only in adding and organising feeds but also in learning to accept its shortcomings. It was never perfect, but I’d come to love it anyway.
As you can imagine I was pretty excited to get the new version (ginger). Finally, I thought, they will have addressed all the little niggles and all those smart alecs who use google reader will be silenced. That’s what I thought.
Sadly what I’ve been given is a service that:
- Adds even more unused/unusable space to the screen (try using it on an eee now; it was already shocking)
- Has nasty CSS bugs
- No longer actually keeps tracks of what I’ve read
- Randomly forgets to update some feeds for days at a time
- Keeps chucking errors
- Has been offline 4 or 5 times in the week or so since I’ve been upgraded
- Breaks Coriander based bespoke Universes (that sentence may make no sense – if you are a ginger user make sure you are logged in and then visit a site like www.captaintheband.com to see what I mean)
But at least I’ve got yet another public persona to maintain. Now is the time to try Google Reader one more time, methinks.
And the morals of this story? Stick to what you’re good at. Listen to what your users really want. “Me too” is not a strategic decision.
Posted at 7:55pm on Saturday, March 15th, 2008 by Andy
Youtube linky for those without embedding. This is one of those records that changes my mood every single time I hear it, regardless.
Posted at 10:23am on Friday, March 14th, 2008 by Andy
I am an Internet veteran. That is all.
Posted at 11:58am on Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 by Andy
One of my subversion repositories broke. Nastily. I thought that I was going to have to rebuild it and lose the changes that came after the corrupt revision. I googled for help, and found someone who had written a script to fix my very problem. I ran it, it worked, I was very grateful. I blogged about it on the Isotoma blog.
4 hours later the author of the script commented on my blog post. How awesome is that?
Posted at 11:46pm on Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 by Andy
I do so sincerely hope that Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt were in some way involved in this Sugar Puffs advert. If not, someone needs suing.
For your delectation and reference – The One And Only Four Way Crimp.
Posted at 3:35pm on Monday, March 10th, 2008 by Andy
Well then. We’re there. After months and months of development Forkd is opening up to public registrations. Feta mark 4 is released today with yet more snazzy new features, including a really rather awesome activity stream, WordPress integration, RSS feeds, commit messages and much more. We’ve even managed, amazingly, to bring something new to the game of tagging with the ‘tag brush’ feature.
We’re stopping development for a bit to focus on growing our user and recipe base, but the plan is to start on the next release (Gammon?) in about a month. If you’ve not signed up, please do. And please try out some of the tasty tasty food.