30 Sep

ZDNet – AVOS’ Delicious Disaster: Lessons from a Complete Failure

They changed the site dramatically and gave users no warning to make a contingency plan, then launched the new version with a laundry list of broken tools and an astonishing scroll of things they’re “working on.”

Most people are reporting that the plugins are either broken or not compatible – including the most recent versions made by AVOS. The accrued bookmarks and tags are all still tucked away on Delicious’ site, but can’t be accessed by the plugin at all.

On launch day, the amount of people timing out while trying to log in was sadly impressive. As I write this, I get a 502 when checking the delicious.com link.

The RSS feeds were broken, the password reset was broken, browser extensions are still broken, tag bundles are gone (users put a lot of work into these), search by date is gone and search returns are not chronological, users are now unable to edit their tags…

The functionality of the site is gone. I have to wonder, did anyone at AVOS actually use Delicious?

via ZDNet – AVOS’ Delicious Disaster: Lessons from a Complete Failure. The second (maybe even third) great migration from Delicious is in effect only this time since exporting is broken, people are even more upset.

08 Mar

BBC News – New net rules set to make cookies crumble

The way websites track visitors and tailor ads to their behaviour is about to undergo a big shake-up.

From 25 May, European laws dictate that "explicit consent" must be gathered from web users who are being tracked via text files called "cookies".

These files are widely used to help users navigate faster around sites they visit regularly.

Businesses are being urged to sort out how they get consent so they can keep on using cookies.

via BBC News – New net rules set to make cookies crumble. That’s not a fun change to make, especially because if people choose to reject cookies, they’ll want to know why the site acts so differently.

03 Mar

CSS-Tricks – Quick Thoughts on Sharing Buttons

Randomly this week, I’ve had more-than-normal number of comments from folks who ask me something like:

Went to go tweet/share a blog post of yours, and noticed you don’t have any of those on your site. Interesting, any reason why?

I do have some thoughts on that…

via CSS-Tricks – Quick Thoughts on Sharing Buttons. I agree with his reasons.

03 Mar

Alex Payne – Advising Simperium

Dropbox is the clear leader in syncing raw bits today. They do a great job at it. The latest version of Simplenote supports syncing to Dropbox because it’s so darn useful. That said, Dropbox isn’t a solution for the problem of syncing structured documents. You can build that extra sync layer, but isn’t easy, particularly if you’re a developer who’s never built a sync solution before. The beleaguered developers at Cultured Code know all too well that this is a hard problem. Right now, sync is a problem that’s getting solved by developers over and over again in slightly different ways; some better, some worse.

What Simperium will eventually offer is an easy-to-use platform for building apps that sync. I’m happy to announce that I’m now an advisor to and a (very minor) investor in Simperium. I haven’t worked on sync systems, but I am hoping that I can provide some insight to the Simperium team on building a developer platform and scaling out their backend systems.

via Alex Payne – Advising Simperium. Sure everybody uses Dropbox but storing/reading text files isn’t the solution, there needs to be a modern solution to synching.

28 Feb

Cocoia Blog – Getting Notified

This is not a post about what Apple will or should do to improve notifications on iOS. It’s a post talking about what solutions other platforms currently use to notify the user, and why Apple is (possibly, probably) taking such a while to create an optimal solution to the notification problem.

via Cocoia Blog – Getting Notified. Interesting seeing how other mobile OS’es implement notifications.