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Safari on Windows Crashes Too Often

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I’m not much of a fan of Apple softwares on Windows. I like iTunes though, even if it’s a bit bulky. I’ve tried using Safari on Windows for its super pleasing font rendering, aesthetics and, of late, some testing on WebKit/KHTML. However, it crashes just too often to be of any serious use and, of course, doesn’t have any DOM inspector. It has a barely usable JavaScript console though.
On a side-note, I’ve read that Safari can work on Linux under Wine. I’ll give it a try sometime. Now, if only I could run iTunes under Wine 🙂 .

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Written by Brajesh

January 23, 2008 at 10:25 am

Lack of External Links in RSS Feeds

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Full vs partial RSS feed is an old debate. I understand that a site needs to accumulate page views and ad impressions to pay for bandwidth. Now, Digg’s RSS feed and Slashdot’s RSS feed – both these sites don’t have much original content apart from the story comments. (Reading Slashdot comments is fun, even a few trolls. Digg comments OTOH are invariably retarded). These sites are not obliged to put all “their” content in RSS feeds, and may be that’s just me, but throwing an external link or two won’t hurt the click-through much and they can always put ads in feed.

Written by Brajesh

January 17, 2008 at 12:09 am

Posted in Content, Rant, RSS, Slashdot, WTF

Jetty/JBoss Code Redeployment Slow on Eclipse

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I’ve downloaded Jetty Server Adapter for Eclipse recently. Jetty is supposedly very nimble Java-based HTTP Server and Servlet Container. I’m not sure if I’m doing it wrong, but I find code redeployment very slow and buggy when using Jetty on Eclipse. Even Jboss, another heavy duty application server, is bad on Eclipse with 15-25 second redeployment time.

So far I’ve found only Tomcat to be suitable for development with almost instant redeployment.

Another nuisance is that Jetty relies on the presence of PID file ( on my RHEL 4.2) to determine whether it’s running or not, which is, more often than not, inaccurate as I usually close Eclipse without shutting down Jetty server. Tomcat is much more stable in that sense. However, Jetty seems much more exciting to develop “for” (as opposed to “on”) as it has continuations, a very clever hack/feature.

I suppose that the preferred way to develop on Jetty is to use Maven, and Jetty Server Adapter will improve with future releases of WTP/Eclipse milestones.

Written by Brajesh

December 19, 2007 at 11:18 am

I Nuked My Firefox Bookmarks

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While playing with Firefox profiles, I accidentally deleted all my profiles. Murphy was an optimist and, of course, I had no backups.

Apparently, Firefox deletes profile files permanently without moving them to trash first. I tried using “Free Undelete” to recover my profiles (which were in a non-standard location in first place – somewhere on my H: drive). Most of the files were recovered but my bookmarks were all gone, along with a few of my Firefox extensions.

Written by Brajesh

October 30, 2007 at 2:09 pm

Posted in Firefox, Rant, Windows

BitTorrent Protocol and Client Gone Closed

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Latest version of BitTorrent client (v 6.0), which is based on closed-source uTorrent (acquired a while back), has not been released, neither has been the protocol specs. The “official” BitTorrent client has never been very popular compared to other protocol implementations like Azureus and uTorrent.

Protocol specs, although technically closed, are available with very tightly maintained SDK license.  And, all previous version of protocol as well as the client are available openly.

In lifecycle of any technology “The step after ubiquity is invisibility“. I always hoped BitTorrent to follow that curve. Not anymore probably.

Written by Brajesh

August 9, 2007 at 11:54 am

Google Hosted Email not accessible, wtf!

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http://www.google.com/hosted is redirecting to google.com, Google’s main page. Damn! my mails are all inaccessible.

Written by Brajesh

August 30, 2006 at 4:26 pm

Posted in Google, Rant, WTF

A Case Against Having Bookmarking Icons On a Site

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bookmarking.pngNot that I was ever able to have bookmarking icons here, as this blog is hosted on wordpress.org with limited customization capabilities. I still want to present a case against having them. This one borrows generously from a comment that I recently encountered. With all due credit to ssp, here it goes after my editing/formatting-

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wouldn’t you agree that having half a dozen ‘witty’ web 2 icons on your site

  1. makes it uglier,
  2. alienates people who don’t understand half of them,
  3. suggests you’re a bit of a web sucker who can’t wait for his 15 seconds of web 2 fame,
  4. insults the people viewing your pages by suggesting that
    • they are web 2 suckers as well who would put some ramble up on a bookmarking site and that
    • despite being web 2 suckers they’re too stupid to have a bookmarklet (or other technique) for the one service they actually use handy?

Just asking…

Or just show me the data which show a benefit of having those icons for a page being bookmarked. And, IMNSHO more relevantly, whether this benefit applies to good/helpful pages in the same extent as to meaningless/not-so-helpful pages.

I would never in my life could say it better. But exactly my thoughts. Perhaps there is a reason why Techcrunch doesn’t have them. I would be disappointed if it does.

Written by Brajesh

July 31, 2006 at 8:29 am

Posted in Content, Rant, Trends, Web 2.0