Archive for September, 2004

He, Bugzilla, is misguided (and on Open Source QA)

Dennis Heuer posted an article called I, Bugzilla on OSNews. His essential claim is that Bugzilla makes life hell for open source users by making it ridiculously hard to get support. As the numerous reader comments on the article point out, his gripes are mostly about annoying personalities around OS projects, not the software itself. […]

September 25, 2004 · Jouni Heikniemi · No Comments
Posted in: Bugzilla

Live bookmarks bring RSS to your bookmark folder

Firefox 1.0 preview release is out, and live bookmarks rock. If you don't know what they are, take a look at the previous link and the image to the right. Simply put, it's an RSS reader inside your bookmarks folder. I need to think about this a bit more, but I believe this technology offers […]

September 19, 2004 · Jouni Heikniemi · No Comments
Posted in: Web

Loose thoughts on code documentation

Anatoly Shalyto, a professor at Saint-Petersburg State University of Information Technology, Mechanics and Optics recently published an article about Foundation for Open Project Documentation. If you're interested in reading another set of philosophy about the importance of documentation in general, go ahead and read it. I didn't find the article itself very interesting or evolutionary, […]

September 12, 2004 · Jouni Heikniemi · 2 Comments
Posted in: Misc. programming

Spam-related, part 2

A while ago I wrote about spam filtering in MovableType. It turns out that the blog spamming bots are a bit more advanced than I expected. A simple hidden field (even with an html encoded value) didn't cut it – apparently the bots have gotten to the point of actually parsing the HTML, at least […]

September 11, 2004 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
Posted in: Web

What do you mean "you can't"?

Every now and then I come across a situation where a person gets asked to do something, usually a work assignment, and he replies resolutely: "I can't". The voice inevitably conveys the lack of desire for the task. But what on earth you mean you can't??? Ability to do something is an interesting factor in […]

September 6, 2004 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
Posted in: General