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Flickr Addict Lite v0.1.9 released

Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on January 5, 2010

Flickr Addict Lite v0.1.9 has been released in the Palm App Catalog. See here for more info.

The full version of Flickr Addict v0.1.9 is still in review.  However as it was submitted before the lite version, it should hopefully be approved quite soon.  If you have downloaded both the Lite and full versions, and are wondering why they are so different, this is the reason – there was a massive rewrite since the last version.  You’ll have it soon ;-)

Update Jan 8th 2009: Flickr Addict v0.1.9 is now also available in the App Catalog.

Posted in Ajax, chofter, Flickr, Flickr Addict, Palm, Technical, WebOS | Leave a Comment »

Quitting Register365.com hosting forever

Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on July 22, 2009

For those who come to this blog for Dojo/Ajax discussions, this is a rant I had to get off my chest, so feel free to skip.

For the past year, I hosted my Dojo powered search engine, Chofter.com, with an Irish host (I’m in Dublin, Ireland) called Register365.ie. They were, and still claim to be, the largest hosting provider in the country, so I thought they were a safe bet.

The hosting solution came with some nice tools, and easily installed applications like WordPress, so I thought I’d made a good choice.

How wrong I was.  Register365.com have to be the least reliable web host I have ever come across.  My website would inexplicably go down multiple times every week!!  Each time I complained ( and I complained often), I was told that routine maintenance was being performed on the server.

How often do these machines have to be restarted?  I know other hosts that only restart a couple of times a year, or even less, and these outages are announced weeks in advance.  With Register365 I never knew when the site would be available and when it wouldn’t.

To top it all off, a few times when my site was down, I went to raise a support ticket and the entire register365.com site was down!  If they can’t even keep their own site up and running,  I doubt they put much effort into the uptime of my little website.

So…. based on the recommendation of a work colleague, I’ve switched over to an English host, Bytemark.co.uk, which actually publish the uptime of their servers – my colleagues site last went down for a scheduled kernel upgrade about 8 months ago for a few minutes.  Register365 refused to offer any guarantee of availability when I questioned them about it on the phone, even though on their main page they have an image declaring they give “maximum uptime”, whatever that means.  They also refused to turn on something as simple and basic as resource compression for JavaScript and CSS files, with no reason given.  Now that I have my own hosted Ubuntu install, I can set it up however I like.

register365

Anyway, I’m hoping the availability for chofter.com will be improved by this move.  The DNS is being transferred at this very moment, and should hopefully be complete very soon.

If there’s something to be learned, it’s that expecting quality of service from an Irish organisation is a very risky step, even from a company as prominent as this one. So often in this country I see “shoddy workmanship”, to borrow a phrase, with no apology or attempt to rectify the matter, and certainly with no one accepting the blame.  The IT sector is unfortunately not immune to this irritating Irish trait.

Stay far away from register365!

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Search Dojo, Prototype, PHP, Java & .NET with Chofter.com

Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on November 6, 2008

The Technical search category of my next-gen search portal Chofter.com has been a bit underpowered for a while now, and it was definitely time to strengthen it. So…… the following search sources have now been added, all of which are programming language references:

  • PHP
  • Java
  • .NET
  • Dojo Ajax Toolkit
  • Prototype Ajax Toolkit

For example, a search for “array” will bring up each language’s methods and objects for dealing with arrays. More languages on the way, probably.

Any suggestions?

Posted in Ajax, chofter, Dojo, Javascript, search, Technical | 1 Comment »

Context Menus And Korean Added To Chofter, 한국어판 출시

Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on October 17, 2008

Today two features I’m very happy with were added to Chofter, the next-generation search engine.

오늘 두가지의 새로운 기능이 Chofter, 차세대 검색 엔진,에 업데이트 되었습니다.

The first feature is the Context Menu. A new orange icon is placed next to search results which, when clicked, gives you list of actions you can take on the link in the search result. For example, you can create a bookmark, send it to Digg, add it to your online bookmarks at del.icio.us, share it on Facebook, and more. The image below shows it in action.

첫번째 기능은 팝업 메뉴창입니다. 검색 결과 페이지에 오렌지색의 아이콘들이 새롭게 만들어 졌는데, 이 아이콘을 클릭시 검색 결과에 관련된 링크 리스트가 보여집니다. 예를 들면 특정한 결과 페이지를 북마크에 더한다거나, del.icio.us로부터의 개별적인 온라인 북마크, Digg 사이트에 더할수도 있으며, 또는 페이스북에 원하는 검색 결과를 공유하는 등의 여러가지 기능이 더욱 손쉬어 졌습니다. 아래 사진에서 확인할수 있구요:-)

The second feature is Chofter’s first Asian language, Korean (which is why this post is in both languages). The translation was done by the lovely Francesca Kim, otherwise known as my main distraction.

두번째 새로운 기능은 Chofter의 첫번째 아시안 언어, 한국어 사용이 가능해졌습니다. 번역은 Francesca Kim님이 도와주셨습니다.

Chofter Context Menu

Chofter Context Menu

Posted in Ajax, chofter, dijit, Dojo, dojo.data, dojox.data, Javascript, open source, Technical | 1 Comment »

Chofter.com UI Overhaul

Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on September 28, 2008

I’ve completely overhauled the look and feel of Chofter.com, my next-gen search portal build using the Dojo Ajax Toolkit.  It’s now much more user friendly, prettier etc.  I’ve also fixed a number of small bugs.

Read the official blog post about it at http://chofter.com/blog/?p=26, or even better, try out Chofter.com for yourself!  It rocks, if I do say so myself (and I do :-) )

Ajaxian seemed to like it too.

Some pics of the new look

Posted in Ajax, chofter, Dojo, dojo.data, Javascript | 2 Comments »

Great review of Chofter.com

Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on August 28, 2008

A great review of my (*cough* Google-beating *cough*) Dojo-based search portal, Chofter.com, has just been posted on Technorati, at http://www.techronnati.com/blog/reviews/giving-birth-new-search-engine-is-born . Nice to see people like it!

Posted in Ajax, chofter, Dojo, Javascript | 2 Comments »

Chofter.com: Expanded views added

Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on August 9, 2008

I’ve added expanded views to Chofter.com, my Dojo/Ajax-powered search portal. See the blog post on it at http://chofter.com/blog/?p=18, and check out the changes at http://chofter.com

Up next – multiple language support. Time to hit facebook as see what friends speak which languages!!

Posted in chofter, dojox.data, search | Leave a Comment »

Chofter.com – A Next-Gen Search Portal is launched

Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on August 4, 2008

For quite a while, I had been working with various REST services, e.g. Flickr, the Google search services and more, as part of my contributions to the Dojo Ajax Toolkit, when it occurred to me that no one had done a good job of bringing all these various sources of information together in a usable way.

Cut to four months later, and I have launched my new search portal, Chofter.com.

To add it to the search bar in your browser, click here.

Immodest as it may sound, Chofter.com provides a better search experience than Google, Yahoo or Microsoft Live, because it incorporates search results from all of them, and much more.

The entire application is written using the Dojo toolkit, utilising

  • Layouts, Dialogs, Menus and ContentPanes for the user interface.
  • dojo.data and dojo.rpc for data transfer.
  • dojox.dtl (Django Templating Library) for transforming search data into visuals.
  • dojo.fx and FisheyeLite for eye candy
  • …. and a chunk of custom code.

As of writing, the following search sources are available, arranged into a number of categories:

  • Google – web, news, image, blog, video and book search.
  • Yahoo – web, news and image search.
  • Microsoft Live – web and news search.
  • YouTube – video search.
  • Flickr – image search.
  • BBC News – news and sports search.
  • Digg – web, news and video search.
  • Amazon.com – book search.
  • Wikipedia – web search.
  • IMDB – video search.
  • Technorati – blog search.
  • DZone – technical search.

I will be adding more as time goes on.  A forum is being set up, and I welcome all feedback on the site.  I’ve also set up a blog for the site at http://www.chofter.com/blog.

Posted in chofter, dijit, Dojo, dojo.data, dojox, dojox.data, Javascript, json, search, Technical | 4 Comments »

 
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