Archive for the ‘Development’ Category

New site is up for Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini – Award-winning author and illustrator Jun 5 2007

I’m happy to announce that Kristin’s new site is now finally live. It’s all converted to a full WordPress site now.

New website is finally live for Kristin

Check it out: Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini – Award-winning author and illustrator

Google Gears (BETA) May 31 2007


Google Gears (BETA) is an open source browser extension that enables web applications to provide offline functionality using following JavaScript APIs:

  • Store and serve application resources locally
  • Store data locally in a fully-searchable relational database
  • Run asynchronous Javascript to improve application responsiveness

Check it out: Google Gears (BETA)

WordPress 2.2 just released! May 15 2007

Looks like it’s time to upgrade again, lots of neat new features and good bug fixes in WordPress 2.2.

WordPress Blog – WordPress 2.2

Download WordPress 2.2 now.

How I used the Unix command line to do a multi-file search and replace to fix over 4,700 individual files Mar 21 2007

Evil hackers attack!

Some customers of mine recently reported some suspicious behavior on one of their sites. I discovered, with dismay, that a number of months ago there was a nasty cPanel exploit that some evil hackers had used to insert a malicious line of code into the bottom of every HTML page on this server. After verifying that the cPanel installation had been fixed, I used grep to search through all the files on the server to see if any other files had been touched by the hackers. I found over 4,700 individual files that had malicious code added and knew that something needed to be done immediately to address this problem.

Not the best way to start my day…


Interesting post about the value of reducing cognitive load as it relates to designing user interfaces Feb 20 2007

Three Hypotheses of Human Interface Design

(via reddit)

Searchball – Google Pagerank checker for Safari Feb 2 2007

Howto check Google Pagerank using Safari:

  1. Go here Searchball – Google Pagerank checker for Safari and add the bookmarklet to your browser bookmark toolbar.
  2. Click the bookmarklet whenever you want to know the Pagerank for the site your are viewing
  3. A small window will appear telling you the Pagerank.

I just finished making some adjustments to Searchball. This is a small little service that gives you a bookmarklet that lets you check the Google Pagerank for any site simply by clicking it. This is really nice if you are using Safari or any other browser that doesn’t have a Google Toolbar or browser extension (like Firefox) that supports showing you the Pagerank of the site you’re viewing.

Check it out: Searchball – Google Pagerank checker for Safari

Adding new feeds to is working again Jan 27 2007

I’ve fixed it so that adding feeds to should work again now. There was a small flaw in the logic for adding the feeds that I hadn’t caught. All fixed now.

So far there have been almost 130,000 total items retrieved from almost 700 feeds since it the site launched in December.

Check it out and add your feed if you want: – Really Simple News For You

The secret to getting your website featured on the frontpage of Jan 22 2007

New homepage

If you’ve ever tried to get your website featured on the front page of a site like digg, reddit, or Slashdot you might have felt frustration when you didn’t get the right number of votes to make it.

There is a site called that will automatically put your website’s content directly on its homepage.

How to get onto the homepage

Here are the 3 easy steps for you to take to get your website featured on the homepage of

  1. Go to the site and make sure that your RSS feed is in the database. The easiest way to do this is to paste in the URL for your RSS feed into the “Read a Feed” input box at the bottom of the page.
  2. Verify that your existing site RSS feed was imported correctly. You should be forwarded to the page that shows you your feed’s page on if it was imported successfully. (For example, the page for this site is
  3. Publish a new item on your website. RSS feeds are updated every 5 minutes so you should only have to wait for a minute or two. Refresh your feed page until you see your new item appear. Now check the homepage. Your new item should be at the top of the list, and will remain until 9 newer items are published by other people in their RSS feeds.

Bonus tip #1 – how to get into the top 30 feeds list

If you want to make it into the top 30 feed list (featured at the top of every page), all you have to do is tell people about your page that features your feed and increase your view count. The easiest way to do this is to use the RSS feed stats widget at the bottom of your feed page (copy and paste the HTML into your blog sidebar or another HTML page) — note that your site must allow <script> tags to enable the live updates of your feed stats information. You can also promote yourself to the top 30 by linking to your feed page in your blog roll and by sending the link to your friends.

Bonus tip #2 – Pretty site icon

To have your site icon show up nicely in the all feeds page and in the explore lists make sure you have a favicon installed for your website. will look for that and use it for your site icon. If it doesn’t find one, it will use a generic one that doesn’t set your site apart from any of the other ones. See the Wikipedia entry on favicons for how to get one installed for your site if you don’t already have one.

So, 3 easy steps to get your website content promoted on the website.

Try it for yourself: Submit your site to

(P.S. It usually accepts most Atom feeds as well as RSS feeds.)

Help digg this submission: 25x nicer way to read digg (aesthetically speaking…) Jan 19 2007

If you like what I’ve been working on for, feel free to digg this submission and help get it linked on the home page. Let’s see if we can melt the server. 🙂

This new RSS feed aggregator site makes reading sites like digg fast and easy, with no clutter or distractions. There are 690 other feeds to read that are also available on the site. A really good resource for finding fresh new stories, focused on technology, design, and cool hunting.

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Digg it!

Sweet new feature: Custom RSS Feed Stats Badges Jan 19 2007

New feature: embeddable RSS stats badges!

You can now see stats for each feed on and grab the HTML code to embed a neat small badge that shows you how many times the feed has been read on, how many people have favorited it and how many items are available to read on The badges are displayed at the bottom of every feed page.

Here’s my stats badge:

Site icon Gabriel


Check it out: RSS Stats

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