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Entries from July 2008

Duke’s new ACES

July 21st, 2008 · No Comments

As a rising sophomore at Duke University and a web programmer, I was naturally excited to see the update to our new Automated Computer Enrollment System (ACES). However, upon seeing the update, I was quite disappointed to say the least. Not to add to the moaning and groaning coming from plenty of my classmates, but […]

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Tags: Duke

Hacking the New Facebook Design with Greasemonkey

July 9th, 2008 · 2 Comments

In the seemingly never endless wait yet quickly approaching wake of the Facebook redesign I decided I should update my Greasemonkey Quick Links script.  Unfortunately, hacking this new version of Facebook was not quite as simple as appending some HTML to a div.  Because of Facebook’s push towards more AJAX integration, even their menu system […]

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Tags: Facebook · Javascript · Programming

The Essence of the Internet is Lost

July 8th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I was recently reading in the New York Times “As Web Traffic Grows, Crashes Take Bigger Toll”, an article about the need for greater sustainability in Web 2.0 websites.  The article provides interesting insight into the quickly growing costs of server outages for large companies like Amazon, Google, Twitter, etc..  With sites like Google Docs […]

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Tags: Musings

Acrobat.com and Flash – Again

July 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

I know I already posted about this subject once, but I must again express my disappointment in Adobe.  After reading this post on Adobe’s blog about their “cool new features” such as this embedable flash version of PDF’s, I was again a bit surprised at their Adobe’s simply silly buisness strategy.  Adobe is clearly trying […]

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Tags: Programming · Web Development