John Croson's Blog Home: 06/01/2008 - 07/01/2008

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Best News Archive Reader

Wow, talk about a news reader on steroids... I happened to stumble upon this VERY cool news reader. From their site, the quick description: What I think is really cool, is that MS docs are also included in the mix. When you find them, it pops them up in what looks like a Thickbox/JQuery interface. VERY nice. It's very intuitive, IMHO. You perform a search, and are presented with a match list of messages. Clicking on one "slides" the thread to the left, revealing the messages. VERY cool. I need more time, as my two year old is insistent that I play with his Playdoh with him...

Monday, June 09, 2008

GoDaddy is blocking my mail....

Well, NOW I know why I've not gotten any mail from my recent subscription to the R:Base mailing list. GoDaddy must be blocking these, as I've not received one, but after signing up via my Gmail account, 2 have hit my inbox.

Turns out if you perform a search on "GoDaddy email issues" you will get many results. *sigh* I thought we'd get decent hosting out of them, but this is just unacceptable.

Reading a few flames of them reveals that they have taken steps on a genocidal level to control spam.

I even found this smart article outlining a method of using Google Apps to host your mail, instead of GoDaddy!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

I'm convinced I AM the only person... this hemisphere that is using R:Base. Although I'm sure if the other person using it reads this, I'll get flamed.

I've posted a comment to the "mailing list", and have further convinced myself I'm the only one, next to the list admin, that has subscribed to this list, as my post rendered no comments, and I've not received any messages over a 72 hour period.

Since this version (6.5) has few functions as compared to that of some other programming languages I've used, and interacting with the data in the form I've been forced to, I will admit to learning more about fundamental SQL data manipulation, use of Cursor's, SQL functions, etc.

I'll have to say overall it's been a satisfying experience, in that it has exercised my brain. Without the luxury of having peer support or newsgroup forums to draw from, I've had to rely solely on the sparse documentation (few examples), and my past coding experience (few examples).