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Thanks to Ruxton for making available the source to the IndieWeb Best Nine, here are my “Best 9 Photos of 2019”. The app walks your pe...

Thanks for your updates Marty, I’ll get them into the app.  I just wanted to touch on one thing you wrote in your post, and that’s:

but I don’t consider e.g. /2019/01/ to be a “feed”,

Because it is a feed.

h-feed is a simple, open format for publishing a stream or feed of h-entry posts, like complete posts on a home page or archive pages, or summaries or other brief lists of posts.

Your /year /year/month pages are archive pages and these are exactly what h-feeds are for. A feed is a collection of entries and this is a collection of entries. A good use-case for having them as feeds wanting to follow people for a year or month only.

I really don’t see any reason for it not to be a feed and I’d argue for the sake of implementing spec and having tools that ‘just work’, it should be a feed.

 

Best Nine is a popular aggregation and summary post practice on Instagram, where photos for the year are sorted by likes and put in a 9×9 grid.

In 2018 i hacked together a basic version of this service for IndieWeb websites that supported rel=next/rel=prev, microformats2 and like.

This year, I’ve expanded on it and fixed some issues. It’s no longer fixed to a specific year, you can do Best Nine in August 2015 if that’s what you want to do and it supports png/jpg/gif.

If you’re interested in finding you best nine photos, check out IndieWeb Best Nine.

 

This was also posted to /en/indieweb and IndieNews.

Recently I purchased a DJ Tech DIF-1M with stars in my eyes off the back of seeing a year of the DIF-1S and it’s Thud Rumble brother working well. What I received could be described as flaming shit on my door step.

The DIF-1M is seemingly built well with metal. It has a nice height metal box and some metal bracing up where it matters underneath the controls. On paper it looks to be a great mixer, sporting an Innofader mini pnp crossfader, easily (upgradable to any Innofader) midi buttons and a midi knob. Unfortunately those midi features, while being the flagship of the DIF-1M are the things that actually hamper it.

My mixer came to my door step with two problems, the first is seemingly and RMA issue. The crossfader doesn’t always register it is faded completely right, a full fade left-to-right or an up-and-down on the right fader will usually make it correct itself. The second is a slightly annoying interference noise being caused in the mixer itself, turn your speakers up and you’ll hear it).

This noise can be replicated by the following steps:

  1. Disconnect the mixer from everything except power
  2. Plug your headphones in
  3. Set crossfader at middle
  4. Ensure both line faders are up
  5. Turn the headphones up
  6. You may hear that wav file linked above

All this wouldn’t be a problem, if companies operated some kind of support network. As this was purchased on Ebay from a US seller, the warranty lies in the US with the seller, the local DJ Tech distributor and DJ Tech Pro (the manufacturer). So from day one I start the process via Ebay, I contact the seller who doesn’t respond. I’ve since filed returns and eventually an Ebay dispute and now had my money refunded.

However, in this process I contacted everyone in the chain of supply via many means. One responded (who i think is the US distributor?) and quickly stopped responding after feeding me a line.

Facebook contact: 25th November

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(also sent messages which got no response)
Emailed: seller & info@djtechpro.com multiple times to no response

So I have my money back, but this is a warning to you. DJ Tech mixers seem good on paper, you’ll even see videos and reviews on the internet rating them highly. But their service and support is 0, so if yours has problems, good luck to you.

Sending RAW SMTP was something I used to do often as a support guy when troubleshooting customer’s email problems. It’s an easy way to check for the existence of a user on a mail server and a simple way to test message sending/receiving. Handy, but for ages I always forgot how to do it and what to type. So, quite a few years ago I wrote up this lovely internal document to help me remember. After switching jobs and doing less and less support I realised I didn’t have it anymore and couldn’t remember it all so I proceeded to re-create it.

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Original post date: 2008-07-05

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Something just occurred to me this evening and it has to do with software companies and the monopoly ‘lock in’ tactics that some use.  Microsoft was pulled up over forcing Internet Explorer on people in XP many moons ago now and I’m sure we’re all completely happy with how it eventually turned out, most of us use Firefox and Windows now recognises something called a ‘default browser’.

Fast forward a few years and we’ve seen Apple since day one, ram iTunes down the throat of every ipod owner in the world. This was understandable, after all it’s a portable music player and it only ran on OSX to start with, so it’s ok to force a music player that’s already installed on the operating system along with the device to provide sync support, in fact it totally makes sense.  That is until they released on windows and iTunes wasn’t that great, also for years we’ve all been using Winamp or Windows Media Player and have no desire to switch to iTunes.

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Last night mid-way through my train ride home i had a sudden realisation, i had no idea where my phone was and I left the office with it, OUCH.  The though patterns started to retrace, etc. I got off the train a stop early and shot to my parents house to use their phone to try call it, unfortunately the battery on my phone was dead.

Sitting at my parents house I started to realise where it got to and convinced my mum to drive me 40 odd minutes back to work and wait for me while I looked everywhere for it.  You can be assured I didn’t find it and in a way I’m kind of retrospectively happy about it. Continue reading

Got a worpdress blog? do you link to the iTunes Store with or without an affiliate program? this plugins for you!

The plugin adds an itunes button to the visual editor which when clicked brings forward a dialog containing a search for the iTunes store link maker.

After searching, clicking on any link will ask for a title for the link and insert it into the content editor. The link also enables the ability to directly link to albums, something the standard link generator does not normally do.

Enough gaff, if you want it, it’s here.  It’ll be on wordpress.org soon enough.

So finally it’s here, Turn-by-turn directions, Bluetooth A2DP, MMS and Push notifications amongst other things. Apple are really pulling out the big guns here and it’s nice to see we’re finally starting to get a phone thats feature set is on-par with the rest of the devices out there.

Coupe all this with the fact i’m really starting to not hate the iPhone as much as i used too, because i barely use iTunes anymore and i might just start to be happy with my purchase. You can check out some pictures of what’s coming over at Engadget and also see Apple‘s iPhone 3.0 Preview Presentation.

Something just occurred to me this evening and it has to do with software companies and the monopoly ‘lock in’ tactics that some use.  Microsoft was pulled up over forcing Internet Explorer on people in XP many moons ago now and I’m sure we’re all completely happy with how it eventually turned out, most of us use Firefox and Windows now recognises something called a ‘default browser’.

Fast forward a few years and we’ve seen Apple since day one, ram iTunes down the throat of every ipod owner in the world. This was understandable, after all Continue reading

So, earlier today while bashing our heads against a wall we were trying to locate some information on the SVEC FD7419 KVM Console Switch. This piece of hardware has been installed in the office for quite some time now and since then we’ve been through about 3 or 4 sys admins and nobody really knows how to configure it. Continue reading

What a great day, a big thanks to everyone involved with the organisation of the event as the quality of topic was great. Big thanks to Robin Hilliard from Rocketboots for spending his own money to come and present over here, i loved your presentation on CFINTERFACE Continue reading

First let me lay down the back story on my plantronics headsets for you. Back in June 2007 i purchased a plantronics audio 550 dsp headset, for half price ($75AUD), 2 months later the headphones died. After realising i couldn’t find the the receipt, i purchased another set at full price ($150AUD) and made sure to keep the receipt, 2 months later (last week), the left headphone cup stops working. Continue reading