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Tim Strehle’s links and thoughts on Web apps, managing software development and Digital Asset Management, since 2002.


"Scrybe™ is a groundbreaking online organizer that caters to today´s lifestyle in a cohesive and intuitive way."

Wed, 28 Feb 2007 21:57:55 +0000


Wed, 28 Feb 2007 13:31:47 +0000


Fri, 23 Feb 2007 09:23:20 +0000

Bookmarklets - The Evil Lurking In Your Browser

Patrick Hunlock - Bookmarklets - The Evil Lurking In Your Browser:

"Bookmarklets are incredibly useful tools. They can put your favorite sites at your fingertips as easy as dragging the icon in the location bar to your bookmark bar -- you can also drag RSS feeds, and you can drag scripts. While mostly benign, often very useful, and definitely under-exploited, bookmarklets are one of the biggest security holes lurking in your browser in addition to being the biggest thing waiting to hit the web since Ajax."

Thu, 22 Feb 2007 14:56:30 +0000

Seven steps to remarkable customer service

Joel Spolsky - Seven steps to remarkable customer service:

"We treat each tech support call like the NTSB treats airliner crashes. Every time a plane crashes, they send out investigators, figure out what happened, and then figure out a new policy to prevent that particular problem from ever happening again. It’s worked so well for aviation safety that the very, very rare airliner crashes we still get in the US are always very unusual, one-off situations."

Tue, 20 Feb 2007 11:49:52 +0000

HTTP/1.1 Activity Diagram

Alan Dean - HTTP/1.1 (DELETE, GET, HEAD, PUT, POST):

"An activity diagram to describe the resolution of the response status code, given various headers."

Fri, 16 Feb 2007 09:27:41 +0000

Introducing RDFa

Bob DuCharme - Introducing RDFa:

"For a long time now, RDF has shown great promise as a flexible format for storing, aggregating, and using metadata. Maybe for too long—its most well-known syntax, RDF/XML, is messy enough to have scared many people away from RDF. The W3C is developing a new, simpler syntax called RDFa (originally called "RDF/a") that is easy enough to create and to use in applications that it may win back a lot of the people who were first scared off by the verbosity, striping, container complications, and other complexity issues that made RDF/XML look so ugly."

Wed, 14 Feb 2007 22:58:49 +0000

Access Denied - Firefox 2.0 breaks access keys on the PC

David Cummings - Access Denied - Firefox 2.0 breaks access keys on the PC:

"Firefox 2.0 doesn't actually break access keys, as was originally thought. Rather, the Firefox developers fixed a different bug that was four years old and decided to change access keys from Alt plus the number/letter to Alt plus Shift plus the number/letter."

Wed, 14 Feb 2007 09:50:30 +0000


"Woof is a small simple stupid webserver that can easily be invoked on a single file. [...] Just do a

$ woof filename 

and tell the recipient the URL woof spits out. When he got that file, woof will quit and everything is done."

Mon, 12 Feb 2007 12:40:23 +0000

Learning from Founders

Paul Graham - Learning from Founders:

"Suits do not help people to think better. I bet most executives at big companies do their best thinking when they wake up on Sunday morning and go downstairs in their bathrobe to make a cup of coffee. That's when you have ideas. Just imagine what a company would be like if people could think that well at work."

Sun, 11 Feb 2007 21:28:49 +0000

Pipes and Filters for the Internet

Tim O'Reilly at O'Reilly Radar - Pipes and Filters for the Internet:

"Yahoo!'s new Pipes service is a milestone in the history of the internet. It's a service that generalizes the idea of the mashup, providing a drag and drop editor that allows you to connect internet data sources, process them, and redirect the output. Yahoo! describes it as "an interactive feed aggregator and manipulator" that allows you to "create feeds that are more powerful, useful and relevant." While it's still a bit rough around the edges, it has enormous promise in turning the web into a programmable environment for everyone."

Thu, 08 Feb 2007 09:49:24 +0000

Why Isn't System Administration Evolving?

Luke A. Kanies at O'Reilly Sysadmin - Why Isn't System Administration Evolving?:

"Imagine the best books on development only covering how to write code, and skipping over all the hard bits, like design or testing. Now imagine there only being about four books on development. Ouch. Welcome to my world. I’ve said it many times: The state of system administration is pitiful. The tools are horrible, there’s no community to speak of, best practice is essentially non-existent, there are basically no tools with open and active development communities, there are almost no startups trying to solve these problems, and no one really seems to care. Heck, there aren’t really even any sysadmin bloggers; we’ve got 234,486 people blathering on about Web 2.0, and they’re all depending on one guy with SSH and a for loop to build and maintain their network because no one’s even talking about system administration."

Wed, 07 Feb 2007 10:12:32 +0000

Zend Studio

"Zend Studio 5.5 is the only Integrated Development Environment (IDE) available for professional developers that encompasses all the development components necessary for the full PHP application lifecycle."

 See also: Peter Manis at Linux.com - Increase PHP programming productivity with Zend Studio.

Tue, 06 Feb 2007 15:38:25 +0000