Improving Wetware

Because technology is never the issue

Now using Tynt Insight

Posted by Pete McBreen Thu, 21 Jan 2010 04:02:00 GMT

Since I was on the team that developed it, thought it was about time to install Tynt Insight on this blog, so I can now see what gets copied and the links will be a bit different when you copy from the site.

Based on this trend we will probably reach 400ppm in April or May 2015.

Read more: http://www.improvingwetware.com/#ixzz0dDTBA0Gp

Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Share Alike

If Tynt Insight is working correctly, clicking on that link will take you to the CO2 blog post and highlight what was copies on that posting.

This link http://www.improvingwetware.com/2010/01/09/why-this-site-has-the-co2-badge#ixzz0dDTvtIq1 goes to the articles permanent page ans should always work even after there are more blog posts on the home page that have moved the CO2 article off the home page.

A tale of woe related to optimization

Posted by Pete McBreen Sun, 17 Jan 2010 16:52:00 GMT

In Optimised to fail the authors start with a great quote…

The late Roger Needham once remarked that ‘optimisation is the process of taking something that works and replacing it with something that almost works, but is cheaper’. [emphasis added]

Although the technical details of the protocol are not public, the authors seem to have managed to replicate what happens, but the key part of their paper are the vulnerabilities that they reveal. These vulnerabilities coupled with the transfer of liability for fraudulent transactions from the banks to the customers means that this protocol and the associated hardware and banking cards should be withdrawn from use.

Browser standards and slow progress

Posted by Pete McBreen Thu, 14 Jan 2010 19:13:00 GMT

Justin Etheredge has an interesting rant about browsers and the compatibility with standards. The paragraph below should have rounded corners from CSS, but as he says…

And how about this? If you’re looking at this in Safari, Opera, Firefox, or Chrome, then you are seeing nice rounded corners which are created using only CSS. Guess what you’ll see in IE8… nothing. A square box.

Looks like jQuery might be the way to go rather than trying to deal with these browser issues.

Pseudo random links

Posted by Pete McBreen Thu, 08 Oct 2009 05:14:00 GMT

Decentralizing social media

Posted by Pete McBreen Wed, 16 Sep 2009 01:28:00 GMT

Decentralizing social media s likely to become a hot topic.

Dave WIner has created RssCloud to enable more or less real time RSS updates and notifications, helping to decentralize the notification system. Twitter was an interesting model for a while, but it has demonstrated that it does not scale to a real flash mob. Sure it works well for large traffic volumes, but when there is a massive spike in traffic the centralized model is always going to be in danger of slowing down.

At some level high traffic is indistinguishable from a denial of service attack, sure the traffic is wanted, but if the servers cannot handle it, then the system exhibits the same behaviors that it would under a real denial of service attack - no new traffic gets through in a timely manner.