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Green Is Good, Red Is Bad

Posted: 2007-01-18 16:32 by AmItE

The IPwalk project has created a free website monitoring service called GIGRIB.

GIGRIB is basicly a simple but effective user-helping-user distributed service where you in short download and install little taskbar based client and then simply allow it to run in the background on your Computer. This client will then perform checks to see if websites are up or not every other minute or so and send the information back to the GIGRIB main server who will gather information from all user clients and run statitics from those numbers. So basicly your computer will help others to see if their website is online aswell as they will help you to see if your website(s) are online. All website are checked from 5 different locations to rule out false possitives/negatives and missing data.

To make sure that everyone helps a simple 5:1 ratio system has been implemented in the free version. Basicly what this means is that you need to save up "credit" to be allowed to use the network to monitor your site(s) (0-10 sites per user). For every 1 hour you have had the client running on your machine you will get 5 hours of website checking "credit" at your disposal - So start saving! :p

I created me a user last night (usr: amite) and it seems to work excellent. The client load on your machine is not noticeable at all. Uncle Samite Want's you! - To go download and install the client.

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C#.NET 2 and me

Posted: 2007-01-01 20:41 by AmItE

I finaly got myself to try and learn Visual Studio (C#). So here I come!..eerhm...beware?!

So far I have just basicly fooled around and create a few simple applications to try to get a feel for it - and it seems to be working. The Syntax is quite similar to PHP (C) mixed in with a bit of their own older ASP, which I have been "working" with on and off for years, so it is not all that new, and naturally the principal in most main-stream programming languages today is pretty much the same: A variable is a variable, int, strings, arrays, loops, if-else and so I know what I need to do....just not always sure how exactly I can get there with C# and Visual Studio....yet! Note to self: Have faith!

Visual Studio offers an insane GDI (Graphical Developers Interface) based on the classic Microsoft motto: Drag & drop for the win! I am not quite sure if I like it or not though. When learning a new programming language, and in particular one so complex as C#; writing the code yourself is where you build up the routine and the fundamental understanding of how and why it does what when - a routine that comes in handy later on when you need to start expanding on the restrains a GDI in one form or another always has. Generally speaking though it is a very sweet tool.

Time to wrap this post up, I have things to do and places etc. - So under the progdev menu you can have a look at a few of my "do by learning" test applications...if that is something you fancy.

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Back after a short break

Posted: 2006-12-25 23:07 by AmItE

Between work, school, exames, indoor "rock" -climbing and me being a slacker, updates to my site have been minor at best these last few months. I however plan to add on additional information and tools to the site shortly starting with the sysdev menu.

Hopefully sometime during the next few weeks a series of updates will happen. So stay tuned under the updates section of the site.

Till then - Merry Christmas !!

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Graphics aaah yes!

Posted: 2006-10-21 17:14 by AmItE

The Graphics portion of the site has now been launched. I have uploaded a few images but there's still a long way to go before that one is near ready. Never the less, I encourage you to stop by when you get a chance to.

picture of eyeball A new output handled has been worked into to webtools. It looks great and works well - what more can you ask for?

Taking into consideration that the webtools menu is by far the most usefull part so far, I took the consequence and changed that to be the  frontpage . so to speak. So from now that will be the first page you see when you type in your browser.

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Search alternative

Posted: 2006-09-22 09:56 by AmItE

I'm puzzled...

After reading the terms for Microsofts new search engine I was puzzled.

I do not claim to be some sort of legal expert, but I have read my share of user agreements in my time

First of all...

use any automated process or service to access and/or use the service (such as a BOT, a spider, periodic caching of information stored by Microsoft, or "meta-searching")

Why does legally prevent other searchengines from indexing the content of their website...this doesnt make sense. As far as I can see they have no robots.txt file nor any no-index meta tags, so any bots that follows this link and start indexing are basicly violating their terms? Strange...

use the service in a way that harms us or our affiliates, resellers, distributors, and/or vendors (collectively, the "Microsoft parties"), or any customer of a Microsoft party

What the hell does that mean?! Shouldn't this be limited to something specific? Or do you basicly violate the terms if you have a company and choose to optimize your search parameters (or whatever) to better match how rates your site, you may get higher rating then Microsoft partners thus, in theory, limiting their profits...etc. You get the point!

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Its Aliiiiiive!

Posted: 2006-08-26 18:13 by AmItE

First and foremost: It's Aliiiiiiive! - go me! *snap*

Eeek! Almost forgot the compulsory, expected and damn near vital:

HELLO WORLD!!, how are ya'?!

Ok, moving on - So, where were we? oh right!! The site is now alive...again...sorta. And that's good. I am fairly excited about that fact. Why you ask? Well, gather around children and let me tell you the story about...ok - long story short....'ish....

Began with spending lots (...if "very lots" qualified as English, I would have written that) o' hours messing around with graphics creating everything from scratch, starting out with no great plan in mind regarding the end result. Just make something fancy I told myself and I nodded. Hours on end just adding a little bit of this and a large bit of that until I had what you see. I'm actually still not quite sure what It is...meh...

Once the visual aspects were wrapped up, came an even more time consuming task. Building the foundation for a semi-intelligent/dynamic PHP, MySQL, .htaccess, HTML and CSS website. As I ventured back into the world of the text-editors.

Using pspad and a sucking down a gazillion smokes (you cant prove I didn't!) I grinded thousands of lines of black text on white virtual paper.

And now a have a semi-running partial website, filled with bugs and spelling-error...Yes - it's great! I'm pleased. Only got this one public "Blog" menu at the moment :( , but the foundation has been laid and soon adding new pages should be a breeze. I even wrote this blog entry via the websites publish feature (hooray!).

Even though I'm pleased with this new, somewhat confusing, look. A final tribute to the previous version of has to be made. It served me well from 2001 - 2006 nearly without any updates at all. So here's a screenshot of the layout for those of you who missed it.

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