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Hazel on MacUpdate Promo

September 27th, 2007 — 12:14am

For today only, Hazel is on sale at MacUpdate Promo for 35% off. If you’ve been thinking about it and just haven’t gotten around to clicking the “Purchase” button then here’s your chance. And if you already have a copy (and a thanks to you), then forward the link above to a friend. And if you don’t have any friends, I can think of no better way of making a new friend than by walking up to a random Mac user in a cafe and pointing them to the link above. And if getting to the nearest Mac user requires you to be put in cryogenic stasis for the multi-lightyear journey, then click the link and leave a nice comment.

But please, do not spam people or forums. Practice responsible computing. Only you can prevent forest fires. Be cool, stay in school.

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Odd Web Traffic

March 29th, 2007 — 11:51am

Looking at my web stats I noticed a lot of downloads. While normally this would be a good thing there was something suspicious about the hits.

  • The rest of the site traffic was normal.
  • Many were multiple requests from the same addresses.
  • Many of the sessions went straight to the download without looking at any other pages.
  • The user-agent was “CFNetwork”
  • They were HEAD requests (so they weren’t really downloads).

Through some digging and poking around, I realized it was AppFresh. For those who don’t know, AppFresh is a program that basically is Apple’s Software Update for non-Apple software. It uses various mechanisms to figure out how to check on the latest version of your app. I’m glad someone decided to take this on and I’m interested to see how it progresses. Nonetheless, it’s prerelease and has a few wrinkles that need to be ironed out (such as not setting the user-agent so us devs could figure out what was happening). The developers seem responsive though so feel free to drop them a line.

The point of all this is that there are other devs that are just as confused or alarmed as I was about the traffic. Hopefully this will save some time and effort in trying to investigate this. This also fulfills my public service requirement for my PWI (Programming While Intoxicated) conviction last year.

On a side note, the topic of HEAD requests opens up a whole slew of lewd titles that I could have used for this post. Feel free to laud or chastise me for my restraint or sheepishness.

[Update: Just got a note from the AppFresh guys indicating they’ve released Preview 3 which now sets the user-agent, among other things. The quick turnaround is quite commendable. ]

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Rhyme & Reason

September 9th, 2006 — 2:51pm

Despite my lack of desire for doing a blog, I’ve caved in and set one up. Why? One reason, two words: Daniel Jalkut. The renowned author of Red Sweater Blog has been bugging me for months to do one. Most of our conversations go something like this:

Me: [something about programming]
Daniel: Blog it!

Luckily for Daniel, these conversations are always online so he can’t hear the unpleasantly moist sound of my eyes rolling up into my head.

So, it is my hope that doing this blog will bring a little more variety to my conversations with Daniel. And thus begins a sporadically updated, at best mildly interesting developer blog. If you don’t like it, blame him.

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