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Does Microsoft Finally Have a Phone Worth Buying?

aftk2 Re:IPhone World domination? (427 comments)

I prefer using Tweetie on the iPhone to using, or even tweetie on the Mac.

Of course, I imagine my mention of twitter will cause you to immediately ignore my post. You guys and your lawns.

more than 4 years ago

The iPad Questions Apple Won't Answer

aftk2 Re:It's not a "serious" machine (671 comments)

I find it hard to believe that someone who uses "iCrap" twice in a public comment board post is smarter than anyone.

more than 4 years ago

The iPad Questions Apple Won't Answer

aftk2 Re:Answers (671 comments)

How the hell is this a troll? Some schmoe way too involved in his anti-iPad crusade get mod points?

more than 4 years ago

The Apple Tablet Interface Must Be Like This

aftk2 Re:IsLate == DNF (278 comments)

How can a product that has NOT EVEN BEEN ANNOUNCED be late? And furthermore, how can it be equivalent to the gold standard of lateness that is DNF?

For someone who hates this coverage so much, you're posting a lot on this story.

more than 4 years ago

Dragon Age: Origins Expansion Coming In March

aftk2 Re:Another game with no options (80 comments)

SPOILER: During my evil playthrough, I badgered the Queen to make me her King, grabbed the traitorous Loghain for my party, and when Alistair disagreed, I laughed at him, and ordered his execution. This is after we'd spent the majority of the game working together. He practically breaks down in tears when this is done to him. That's pretty morally ambiguous.

more than 4 years ago

Why Apple Denied the Google Latitude App

aftk2 Re:The evil of a closed platform (308 comments)

What a ridiculous argument. You seem to forget that this CEO –the one so supposedly hateful of all things open –helmed a software company based significantly on open source technology, and brought it back to the Mac when he took over again!

more than 4 years ago

Firefox 3.5 Now the Most Popular Browser Worldwide

aftk2 Re:An interesting way to summarize the data ... (422 comments)

But, to be fair to the article, IE 6 and IE 8 are two wildly different beasts. IE 8 is MUCH closer to Firefox 3.5 (and Safari 3, Chrome, etc...) than IE 6. From a web developer's perspective, I'd much rather this article break the browser's down on their capabilities than their names/families.

more than 4 years ago

Firefox 3.5 Now the Most Popular Browser Worldwide

aftk2 Re:StatCounter? (422 comments)

The vast majority of Firefox users browse the web with no extensions whatsoever. The summary states that Firefox is at a certain percentage (a high percentage) according to StatCounter. Yet you seem to believe that StatCounter's numbers are worthless (and low) -so what, you think that Firefox actually has a much, much higher percentage of the browser market than what is quoted here? You say that "most" FF users use NoScript, and, hence, aren't including in this survey? I don't think you've quite thought this through.

more than 4 years ago

Going Head To Head With Genius On Playlists

aftk2 Re:Bias exists for a reason (174 comments)

Speaking as someone who saw them open for U2 several years ago, I'd say this is because their quality has improved.

more than 4 years ago

OS X Update Officially Kills Intel Atom Support

aftk2 Re:No biggie (610 comments)

So, let me get this straight. Apple does at least as much industrial design to the computers that they sell, their "off-the-shelf" parts notwithstanding, as Dell and HP. (I would argue that they do much more, but I'll leave that be.) Additionally, Apple uses its own complete operating system, which guarantees that its computer experience is significantly different from Dell and HP. These computer makers just use Windows. And yet, somehow, Dell and HP and are each more of a computer company than Apple?!

I don't think the grandparent is the one who's impaired.

more than 4 years ago

Lawsuit Claims Top iPhone Games Stole User Data

aftk2 Re:Big Surprise... (149 comments)

Please direct this post to the original poster, who's whiny bitchiness about his own mod is the reason this thread exists.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Droid Tethering Comes At a Hefty Price

aftk2 Re:Why the sudden outrage? (555 comments)

That, and the fact that tech news sites have realized they can just repost all the cautionary articles originally written for the iPhone, after a simple search and replace.

more than 4 years ago

USB-IF Slaps Palm In iTunes Spat

aftk2 Re:Not surprising. (600 comments)

Wait, what?! "We'll write to the private API, because the public API is likely to change!"

I think you have the concept of APIs backwards.

more than 4 years ago

Snow Leopard Drops Palm OS Sync

aftk2 Re:Platform Politics (290 comments)

If only there were some easy and popular way to distribute music in another format. Something portable, but digital, so the songs could ultimately be copied at high quality from the original format onto hard drives and, ultimately, onto MP3 players. This could be huge â" think CD-ROM...but not for computer programs or games, but for MUSIC!

about 5 years ago

Snow Leopard Drops Palm OS Sync

aftk2 Re:Trollbait (290 comments)

Fucking Apple! Making APIs developers like to use!?! What a bunch of dicks!

about 5 years ago



aftk2 aftk2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aftk2 writes "I'm a freelance web programmer, and a little less than a year ago I found myself confronted with a fairly encapsulated but non-trivial problem. Solving this problem involved writing a suite of test scripts that validated data submitted to an external database, and processed the various responses correctly. This was all necessary to be "certified" by the authority controlling the external service. Due to the nature of the API and the fairly rigorous certification process, this took a little bit of time, and a bit of skill (and patience!)

However, now I find myself in a conundrum. Another client with which I am only tangentially affiliated is interacting with the same external service, and I've been asked if I will provide these test scripts to another developer. If I provide these, what's the proper way to obtain compensation for them? An additional line item on my invoice? How would any of you handle this particular situation? This is a great working relationship that I don't really want to damage, but at the same time I would really prefer not being taken advantage of.

(If anyone needs or wants a little more information about the exact nature of the problem, feel free to ask questions — I just wanted to be brief in my question.)"


top Launches

aftk2 aftk2 writes  |  more than 8 years ago After a grueling two weeks of work, has launched. uses the Amazon API to grab product data, and lets members organize these products, rate them, comment on them, and share their wishlists with others.

Using AJAX to minimize the hassle of adding products to wishlists, is fully "Web 2.0" aware, but does not yet incorporate the Web 2.1 blink, or a fully Web 2.0 compliant name; this is not likely to change, although other feature upgrades are already in development.


Color of My Sound - An Online Synesthaesia Experiment

aftk2 aftk2 writes  |  more than 8 years ago Being lead programmer at a web shop that doubles as an art gallery means working on some pretty cool projects. We're finally launching a public version of a small, flash-based audio-rating application that we built for a show about Synesthaesia - the mixing of the senses. You can upload MP3s, listen to mp3s that others have uploaded, and - most importantly - assign colors to that audio. Then, see what others have chosen.

Check it out:


Audition - Band Website Software

aftk2 aftk2 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Just wanted to officially go on the record announcing a web application geared specifically for bands. It's built from the ground up to support bands and the particular types of data with which they find themselves working. It's not a repurposed blogging, portal or existing cms.

Some features of the web app:

  • News: Create and edit news postings for individual users, and the band as a whole.
  • Band member blogs: Blogs are separate from band news, and allow members a more initimate forum to express themselves.
  • Shows:Create a master list of every show you've ever played, including venue, date, time, whether the show was all ages, notes and other bands who also played.
  • Venues simply everything: Once you've played somewhere, that venue is present in an easily accessible list, which can be searched by city and state/province. When you play there again, you won't have to find its information; simply select its state, then city, and then choose the venue itself.
  • Searchable shows/news: Site visitors can search for bands' next underage shows, or which shows have media associated with them
  • Show calendar: the default view for shows on the public website is a calendar.
  • Tour creator
  • Track all information about releases
  • Links
  • ImageMagick Support. Audition uses ImageMagick to auto-create thumbnails. Different media areas can employ different rules for how large thumbnails and source images can be on the site.
  • Flexible Media Management: Add media that's stored locally, enter a URL for a remote file, add an alias to an existing file already on your site, or add a bunch of files to an incoming directory (through ftp), and add as many of those files to a particular section as you want. Batch adding fully supported!
  • (the obligatory) and more!

Some features of the code:

  • Built using PHP & MySQL
  • PHP functions and classes output no html, so you can easily customize the look of the site you create. You can even make the various pages output pure XML, and feed a flash site that way.
  • Built in object-oriented PHP (to whatever degree that's possible ;-) )


New version of defuglify slashdot

aftk2 aftk2 writes  |  more than 10 years ago This probably would have been posted sooner, if it weren't impossible to login... :<

A new version of the favelet is available. It should handle the pseudo-static pages that slashdot serves up...the ones that are like:

This should check to see if you're viewing a page like that, and, if you are, it'll replace that with a valid sid, and then move you on over to a less freaky ui.

Get the bookmarklet here.


God, Slashdot is ugly these days

aftk2 aftk2 writes  |  more than 10 years ago Anyone looking to get rid of Slashdot's ugliness should head here, and use my carefully named "Defuglify Slashdot" favelet. Just drag it to your browser's bookmark bar, and, when confronted with or something else, just click it, and whatever page in whatever article you're reading will reload with slashdot's default color scheme.

Reply in my journal with suggestions for other Slashdot-related mischief.

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