UPS Sucks

October 10, 2007 at 12:37 AMJoshua Harley

You never really hate a company until they screw up with you, even if you have done business with them for years. Today, that company is UPS. I have heard rumors before about being careful in shipping anything over a 32" TV, and I figured those were just cautious people or people that didn't like UPS at all. Well, in this case I'm going to join the crowd. Just look at these pictures:

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Arrrgh! Just imagine my frustration in receiving a 37" HDTV and testing it just to find out they broke the freakin screen! Thankfully I've heard good things about Syntax-Brillian and how they handle these situations.

On a much lighter and happier subject, since its inception my spam filter has blocked 22 messages since midnight of 2007-10-08! And I have yet to have an actual spam comment on here! Woo! Naturally, Jared has reminded me that it'll never be perfect... which I do know - but it's pretty damn nice!

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AntiSpam (tm)

October 7, 2007 at 6:44 AMJoshua Harley

Ha, it's freakin 5:41 in the morning, and here I am coding... about to fall asleep! Guess what! Part 1 of my AntiSpam (tm) project went well. Keyword matching is up and working! With weights! This means that you can specify certain words to be weighed more than others. Take the word viagra for example, its a favorite amongst spam people but there is a tiny possibility that an actual person would want to use it in a comment. By applying a weight to the words, it will actually allow a post if the weight does not go above 100. If viagra had a weight of 10, that means it will take at least 10 uses of the word to trigger the keyword filter. You can also specify a weight of 100 for a word too - meaning no matter what, it is instant blocking of the post.

I feel quite accomplished... good night!

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Updates

January 17, 2007 at 11:24 PMJoshua Harley

Well, here are a few updates about the site. Most of my work recently has been behind the scenes, optimizing code, commenting code, and lastly updating and creating new SQL procedures.

I've redone how users are handled internally, now using a colletion rather than sending the display name with the blog. So now, at any point in time - if I have the User ID, I can pull up the relevant information - such as the avatar (soon to be implemented), email address, or anything else that is stored. (Actually, that is all that I store right now).

I have also added an AJAX Windows Live search box to the top of the page. This allows me to let you search my site (that has been indexed by the Live engine) or the web, without leaving the page. I may eventually write my own search to look at blog posts, but that isn't a priority right now.

My current task is removing anything that has been hard-coded and replacing it with the infrormation that is pulled in from the config file. My brother, Jared, has been expressing interest in using this software for quite a while now, in fact he has helped me keep moving along and designed this current layout and glass borders (thanks again Jared!). As a favor, I am attempting to allow him to run a beta of this site, so he can finally use it instead of Blogger. If anyone has any information on how to script/export a database for a new setup, let me know - I am trying to untie everything from my network, but it is proving more difficult than I thought. I currently have 16 stored procedures and while I know how to write them, I am trying to make it as easy as possible for a new user to set up and maintain.

Keep an eye out for future developments - it is slowly but surely moving along!

And thanks for all of your support, it really does help!

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Teh Newz!

January 3, 2007 at 8:23 AMJoshua Harley

Well, as part of getting back into the swing of things for work (a few weeks off will do that to you) I've started reading up on the world happenings that, well, happened over the break. Here are some links to things I found interesting:

It is amazing how hard it is to go back to getting up at 0530 instead of going to bed at that time. Ah well, having a few cups of Green Tea has helped.

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