Aug 082012

For those who have been foolish enough to sign up for Ratestars, here’s what you’re going to want to do to remove them (securing your privacy again):

  1. Log into LinkedIn
  2. In the upper right corner of the screen you’ll find your name:
  3. Mouse-over your name, then select Settings from the drop down.
  4. In the center of the screen you’ll have the various settings you can edit, first select Groups, Companies and Applications. Then select View your applications.
  5. Look under the list of External Websites you have associated with your account. Select the checkbox next to (Mine won’t show it, I never signed up). Then selec the Remove button.
  6. Ratestars has now lost access to your account.
  7. Probably best if you also change your LinkedIn password.

Jan 202009

Visit the Change Log (NOTE: You must register for a user account on the bugtracker, and you may wish to filter for only Post Levels related changes).

I’d like to thank Katy and Sine for pointing out bugs that were addressed in this release.  If you have any feature quests, please make them on the bug tracker (link above) or on the Disqus conversation thread.

Dec 232008

I’ve completed the first draft of the Post Levels 2 plugin that I’m using here.

Post Levels is a WordPress plugin that permits the administrator to hide private posts from users with insufficient access.  This is performed by assigning a post level to each post, and a user level to each user, and a post is hidden if the user level is less than the post level.  Originally authored by Felipe Fortes.

This version has been tested with WordPress 2.6.1 and 2.7 without any conflicts.

Nov 232008

I’ve not made any updates lately because I’ve been learning AJAX coding techniques and I’ve been working instead on the hotfix parser.  AJAX has a lot debate on what exactly it is (which is weird), but the definition used in the book that I’m reading (and on Wikipedia) is that it is essentially a client-side programming technique that permits the website designer to asynchronously load content from the website to the client browser.

This means more streamlined content display experiences than you would normally experience from a traditional webpage.  An example would be Yahoo or Google Maps.  Both use AJAX techniques to load map data without refreshing the entire page.

The purpose of this education is the realization that I load a significant amount of page overhead (a wrapper, if you will) around the DNB data and that I could improve the load speed if I could convert the page to an AJAX enabled app (allowing me to load content in to the browser and then “page” between it without refreshing the page.)

I figure that approximately 15-20% of my page is overhead (CSS stylesheet, template information, navigation, images, etc.)  Cutting that data transfer out of each page change would be a pretty dramatic increase in my page efficiency (and make it more user friendly).

Granted, AJAX breaks the traditional BACK BUTTON functionality that we come to expect from our web browsers, but I think that’s a small price to pay.

Additionally, the hotfix parser has become much more appealing to me as a next project than the ESN parser.  I’ve been doing a lot of Microsoft hotfix patch checking on a few customer’s Contact Center and CallPilot servers at work, and this effort would have been dramatically more efficient if I had this parser.

I’ve completed the client-side VBScript that will capture all of the data that I require.  I’ve determined that Windows Installer is required to collect information about what programs are installed on a Server (not critical, but useful information) and even determined how to gracefully handle Windows Installer being missing (thus, preventing the collection of the Programs Installed info.)

Next is to start building the database tables and work on the server-side parser.

Nov 212008

Bloomberg posted an article on my birthday annoucing that NetVersant (one of the competitors in my employers space) filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection.

Obviously they’re not out for the count, but in this tightening market and continuing recession, this is an opportunity for all of NetVersant’s competitors.  To the best of my knowledge, this is the first large Nortel Telecom distributor that has filed any Bankruptcy papers (although Black Box was NextiraOne recently, and before that they were Williams Communications… and Shared Technologies has traded hands about 4 times in the last 9 or so years…  Intermedia, MCIWorldcom, Allegiance Telecom and now privately owned.)

It’s been tough for all Nortel Telecom distributors in the last few years (for a number of reasons).