Monthly Archives: March 2003

AvantGo Popular

My web access logs for the month of March are showing that AvantGo is now the most popular user agent and AvantGo servers account for 5 of the top 10 sites (by KByte). Looking closer, I realized that some visitors have added my list of PDA optimized web sites as a custom channel in AvantGo.

This is a cool use of AvantGo — carry around this list of web sites. The trick is to specify the “link depth” to be 1. Otherwise, AvantGo will read the links page, then will follow to home and continue from there. I think the default link depth for AvantGo is 4 which would essentially capture my entire web site since each page is at most 2 pages down from the home page.

To help these folks out, I checked the AvantGo Developer Docs and created an appropriate link that people can use. I’ve set the link depth to 1 and turned off “follow offsite links”. The offsite links could be followed of course if that’s what people were using it for.

Registry Tweaks

Registry Tweaks for Better Computing (PC Magazine) lists a handy set of registry tweaks for Windows and Internet Explorer.

Among other things, I learned how to set my Start menu to be multi-column rather than a single scrolling column. This did help emphasize that I really need a new system at home. This old Celeron/Win98 box is loaded with way too much software (and cobwebs).

My poor overloaded desktop

Invalid RSS Brings People Together

I’ve been reading Rob Fahrni’s weblog via his RSS feed. Since I’m using AmphetaDesk as my RSS reader — actually my modified AmphetaMailer — I recently noticed a problem with the validity of his RSS feed. In this case it was a simple matter of some unencoded characters. (AmphetaDesk in its current release is appropriately picky about RSS feeds being valid XML.)

Along with a guess at Rob’s movie line of the week, I mentioned the RSS problem I found. I’ve done this several times in the past with different sites and have usually found the site author to be receptive to the feedback. In this case, Rob was glad to hear about it — he’s even given me a link from his site. Cool.

What I’d really like to do is put together an “RSS checker” service that would check your RSS feed and e-mail you if it found any problems. This could be set up as a simple server process with e-mail interfaces. For web authors who care to make sure their outgoing feeds are valid, this might be a handy service.

Rob also asked:

I also found that he works for Palm, double excellent! So Brian which device do you use and do you moblog with it?

Right now I’m using the Tungsten T as my daily device. I’m not using it to moblog or post to my website, but I’d like to. I’ve got another side project envisioned that would be helpful for mobile blogging.

Perforce at Home

To help keep better track of my personal software projects and web sites, I’ve set up an installation of Perforce on my Win2000 server. I contemplated using CVS or another open-source solution, but I’m already using Perforce at work so I can just start using it straight away.

Perforce’s licensing policy is to allow one to run a Perforce installation for free (no license needed) for a maximum of two users and two client specs. (A client spec maps the Perforce depot locations to local directories — normally you’ll need one client spec per computer.) They also provide evaluation licenses for multiple uses — and, free support during evaluation.

This is perfect for a single-user setup where you want to access it from home and from a remote location (like your laptop). If you were going to do a multi-person project, the cost might be prohibitive once you add a couple of people.


Posting from Zempt

This is a test post from Zempt — providing “Multi-platform posting for Movable Type”. The developers have said it will be available on Windows, Mac, and Linux. An early release of the Windows version is available now.

[From mt-dev]