Dragons in the Algorithm
Adventures in Programming
by Michael Chermside

Constant Crawl Design - Part 2

Suppose you were building a tool for anonymously capture the (public) websites that a user visited. What would the UI requirements be?

The basic experience would be a perfectly normal browsing experience: users would launch their favorite web browser normally, would browse around the web normally and everything would "just …

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Posted Mon 05 March 2012 by mcherm in Programming

Constant Crawl Design - Part 1

Do you remember Google Web Accelerator? The idea was that you downloaded all your pages through Google's servers. For content that was static, Google could just load it once, then cache it and serve up the same page to every user. The advantage to the user was that they got …

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Posted Sun 04 March 2012 by mcherm in Programming

Host Error 2

Another posting on how to understand Profile errors.

If you ever see "Host error number XXX", it means that this was the XXX'th error of the day that this Profile instance wrote to the logs. Get someone to look it up in the Profile logs.

Also, Calling mrpc ZWRAP with …

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Posted Fri 03 February 2012 by mcherm in Programming

Removing the "Macros" warning in PowerPoint

When you open any PowerPoint presentation made by my company's default presentation format, you get a warning that it contains macros and asking whether the macros should be disabled. The macros are useless, but removing this is somewhat awkward and difficult to remember so I'm writing down the instructions.

  1. Launch …

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Posted Mon 30 January 2012 by mcherm in Uncategorized