Archive for August, 2006

The Bloggy Politic

August 24, 2006

The project that originally took me away from my netscape adventures, and I guess I can reveal it because I think it’s dead in the water, was The Bloggy Politic. An idea by the now Netscape Navigator msaleem, I developed and designed the entire site from the ground up. With m’s new job it might take away from this but I still think it’s a great idea.

A nibble or RE: netscape.com position

August 23, 2006

I’ve received a reply from C.K. over at netscape.com asking for my resume and if I’d be willing to have a talk with Tom. Of course I will. You see when you’re not in a tech position, but always wanted to be, it’s like a dream coming true. When you go to college and take tech related courses you’ve got a good idea of what you’re going to do but when you’re just some guy then you take what you can get and hopefully you don’t hate it enough to quit and start over. Again because of my lack of formal education I think it will continue to hold me back. Don’t take that as a lack of confidence because I am almost a superman (I have full faith in my ability to do anything, that’s right, anything) but it’s the technical parts that scare me. Not being formally trained I can be asked a typical question, something I do all the time, but I might not recognize the industry name for it. I make up for my lack of formal training with pure moxie!

I’ve also had a stroke of genius and am making a downloading project that will help distribute the bandwidth associated with putting large files on the internet, not bit torrent, or even small files that get downloaded a lot. It will probably only take a couple days to build the windows based downloader as well as the PHP backend. I could sure use some lessons in promoting though.

oblite

August 21, 2006

Unrelated, to anything, I’m working on a javascript framework that will make creating web applications much easier for everyday people, and me. I know, I know, another javascript framework? Especially when so many exist, why would I attempt it?

Take dojo for example, great bit of code, allows the creation of pre-made components, applying effects, functions that do not exist in javascript, etc. Well mine does that as well but it’s simple and anybody can understand it.

for example, take creating a checkbox in dojo:

var chkbox = dojo.widget.createWidget(“Checkbox”);
par.appendChild(chkbox.imgNode);

Simple enough but look at what you’re doing, would an average person understand that? And you still have to code the position and other common tasks.

have a look at oblite:

System.checkbox(‘chkTest’,’Check me’, 0,0, 150);

That’s it, it creates the checkbox with the text ‘Check me’ at the supplied position. In addition to that you get instant access to the object:

alert(chkTest.checked()); //returns true if the box is checked

Further more you get instant access to common events via a typical javascript function:

function chkTest_onclick() {

alert(chkTest.checked()); //returns true if the box is checked

}

dojo calls their objects ‘widgets’, I like components better. The checkbox above is an example of a component that is created independently of the System code or the web application that calls it. Components can be created and added in the same manner shown above.

I’ve got a got bit of the system worked out and quite a few components: listbox, button, static, textbox, checkbox, html, textarea, effect, timer, window, ajax, designer, tabs, browser, popupmenu and menustruct

I’m loving this 🙂

I want to work for netscape.

August 21, 2006

Netscape.com is hiring and I applied. I doubt I’ll be offered any type of position but it would be perfect for me. I can work from home and now that I’m a single dad this would make life so much easier. I’d even work cheap. Problem is that I didn’t even obtain a High School diploma much less any college degrees. When I was 17 my mother passed away which forced me to go straight to work foregoing any chance to further my education. An unfortunate set back. I do have a good bit of experience developing for the web and I’m a fast learner. I’ll have to see what happens without getting my hopes up.

MultiSubmit beta

August 12, 2006

I decided to one up DiggScapeRedlicious and create a bookmarklet that allows website owners and bookmarkers to submit one bookmark to multiple websites. MultiSubmit beta has a customizable list of twelve popular social bookmarking sites. After choosing and saving which sites to submit to, you can drag the MultiSubmit bookmarklet to your bookmarks toolbar (if you don’t customize, it defaults to reddit,del.icio.us, digg and netscape.) It takes you step by step through the submission process. After submitting to one, off you go to the next. This tool should not be used by spammers and if I find it’s being abused I’ll either turn on registration and monitor submission habits or I’ll kill it all together.

Enjoy.

DiggScapeRe…ahhh forget it

August 11, 2006

It seems the diggscaperedlicious bookmarklet is sort of popular. I’ve made many things on the web and this one was a throw away, I’m shocked it’s achieved this much attention, go figure. Apparently one person thinks I work for Netscape 🙂 I’m not employed by Netscape (but I could sure use a job right about now hint hint, east coast, nice guy, creative thinker, hard worker, good leader) So I just thought I’d drop a note saying I’m proud of my little boomarklet and give a shout out to Jason Calacanis who requested it. I don’t know where it would lead to but I posted a business model on Calacanis’ blog.

Also a quick note: this blog is the 45th highest ranked blog on wordpress.com…watch out Robert Scoble! 😉

P.S. I seriously need a job, I work cheap 🙂

Hiatus

August 10, 2006

I’ve been working on a project this past week and I’m guessing it will consume quite a bit of my time so posting will be sporadic at best.

Welcome Redlicious and DiggScapeRedlicous?!

August 10, 2006

Calacanis requested a reddit/delicious bookmarlet and I was happy to oblige. I even took it up a notch (BAM)by combining the DiggScape and Redlicious bookmarkets to create DiggScapeRedlicious!

Check out MultiSubmit for submitting to many more sites.

Netscape Story tracker revisted

August 3, 2006

Wow, this killed my server. I can no longer offer this service but when it gets back on line I’ll continue to host the files if others want to add them to there site.

Netscape Story tracker for your site

August 3, 2006

I’ve been working on a way to implement Netscape’s story tracker into a website. The live tracker represents a problem because of the cross-site AJAX blocking, obviously for security reasons. So I’ve written a PHP and JavaScript solution that anyone can upload to their server and have newly posted stories on Netscape appear live. It requires you to have a website with access to PHP.

For those of you with out PHP I’ve written a static Netscape story tracker as well. It will show new stories when your page is loaded.

For anyone wondering how it works:

Both versions connect to and download the latest stories from Netscape’s tracker. It caches the stories, as to not hammer the Netscape server, and serves up the stories. The live version attempts to get new stories every 30 seconds and, obviously, the static version waits for a page reload.

Get your copy here. Feedback would be awesome!