DailyMashup in Web 2.0 Awards

web A simple little site I built a while back called DailyMashup received Honerable Mention in the Web 2.0 Awards put on by SEOMoz. I didn't find out about the awards until they emailed me today, so I'm not really sure how big they were.

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Why no one visits your Website

web Scott Heiferman wrote up 50 Reasons Why More People Aren't Using Your Website. It's a good reality check. Nobody wants to use your web site - but they will use it if it's fun, solves a problem, provides them with information, or if they are forced to.

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Updated SQL Reserved Words Checker

databases I just updated my SQL reserved words checker to include a few new words from MySQL 5 that it wasn't picking up.

I use the tool when I'm designing a database table, or column. It can tell you if a value is a reserved word in MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, or SQL Server.

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Apple 30 Inch Cinema Display Boosts Productivity up to 73%

apple misc If you've been trying to figure out a way to get your hands on a 30" Apple Cinema Display, show your boss these reports on the productivity gains associated with using larger, or multiple monitors.

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How to Design a Good API and Why it Matters

coldfusion java misc Joshua Bloch has a good presentation outline called How to Design a Good API and Why it Matters. Joshua is a Principal Software Engineer for Google, before that an architect in Sun's Core Java Platform Group (he designed several of the standard java API's). Josh also wrote Effective Java.

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ColdFusion on the TIOBE index

coldfusion My brother sent me a link to the TIOBE index which has ColdFusion at #13 (up from #26 last year). According to the site:

The TIOBE Programming Community index gives an indication of the popularity of programming languages.

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Howto Backup your Mac incrementally over SSH

apple linux Do you have access to a shell account on a unix server with some spare space? If so it's pretty easy to incrementally backup your files securely with SSH.

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Styling input based on their type with CSS

web A few weeks ago I posted how I style forms with CSS. Here's another trick that could be used with that technique.

Suppose your creating a form with a couple text fields and a submit button.

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Testing OpenLDAP

coldfusion If you ever need to test LDAP stuff the OpenLDAP project runs a test server at ldap.openldap.org. It only has a few entries in it but it can be handy for building examples, or testing.

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USB Phone for Skype on Mac

misc I mentioned previously that I was looking at voip phone services. I decided to go with Skype, and finally got around to getting a USB phone.

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Over 90% of trackbacks were spam

web I haven't been monitoring my trackbacks for a while, and when I checked them this morning I found a ton of spam. After I was finished deleting around 700 trackbacks (not by hand, I ran queries with spam words).

I found that over 90% of all the trackbacks that I've had on my blog are spam.

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did you hack my cf?