Pretty early in my professional programming career, I got hooked on the Lasso/FM stack, which most people probably never heard of… and for this reason I was able to get the Lasso code introduced to the 99 Bottles of Beer website – “One Program in 1,500 variations”. My other contribution at that time was to figure out the right combination of Lasso 3.6.x and FMPro Japanese to produce workable double-byte characters. This was all before the year 2000.
I graduated to ColdFusion and used that for several years. This wasn’t all pain and misery, I did get introduced to the inner workings of the JVM and to the Fusebox 3.0. framework. In its purest form, it was a great way to organize code, but really did not help separate logic from display and things like MVC were off in the distance in Fusebox 4.0+. Debugging was a huge pain as all routes went through a single file so all errors were invariably in the index.cfm file. Grr. When 4.0 came along, the bloat caused me to abandon the framework and I discovered the power of MVC in Mach-II.
I graduated to PHP and saw the near limitless number of frameworks and was lost in a sea of mediocrity. The current state of affairs is much better than it was in 2004. I saw this as an opportunity to port the Fusebox framework to PHP and deal with a lot of the shortcomings I felt needed fixing… and that brings us to Phoobox.
Check out the README.md for more info on Phoobox.
Welcome to the new design. There is still a bunch of stuff missing, mainly my non-blog related pages. I’m going to miss my Instapaper-like reading queue the most so this will be fixed fairly shortly. I still have a bunch of new hooks to write into new APIs so stuff will gradually make its way back here. I’ll also start writing a bit more content now that I have some time. And say hi to my new logo.
About nine months ago, I was near the magical 1.1 ratio when I suddenly could no longer follow anyone. I unfollowed to about a 1.0 ratio, but this didn’t help and of course no word back from Twitter. I also noticed that my followers were still growing even though I wasn’t following back. This was a bit of a surprise so I let the experiment run…
- No new friends – I was bound by a bug in Twitter, nothing I could do here (after three months, this was fixed)
- Unfollow deadbeats – I kept a bot going that unfollowed people that were not reciprocally following
- Unfollow abandoned accounts – If the account did not tweet for 4 days, unfollow
- Unfollow bots – keywords in tweets/descriptions and number of total tweets got flagged and unfollowed
- Unfollow non-English speakers – even Japanese accounts (which I could read), kanji, cyrillic, greek, hangul, and kana. No offense to anyone, I just can’t parse info that fast.
- Unfollow spammers – keywords would flag my bot and the user unfollowed
This left me with about 20,000 friends which I attempted to weed out manually over the course of a few weeks. I also tightened the screws on the bot params above and caught more in my net. Then I started catching too many false positives. I was at 8k friends by this point so I decided to be indiscriminate and unfollowed everyone. Everybody but Dave McClure (this was purely just a fluke). Twitter shows me following almost 400 people now, but that actually isn’t true – 350 of those users are invisible to me. Invisible users are fine, but I still see their crap in my feed. I’m sure this will get straightened out as my info propagates.
So I pulled a “Scoble” on everyone? I guess, but this was a carefully controlled process over a nine-month period. It was only when I unfollowed everyone the jig was up. Did I lose a ton of followers doing this? No, I’m actually getting more followers now than I ever did.
Why did I do this? I use lists, a lot, but they just were a pain. I also didn’t like the signal I was sending people – I’m not thrilled by the f4f community and all I got in my @ stream was “follow me!” or my favorite, “follow me or i unfollow u”. I don’t want to be part of that community and really just want to user twitter in a new way – to remain informed, to network, and chat with friends.
The last thing is the amount of auto-tweeting I do – I have a ton of feeds from my other networks set up to tweet, the only external source is the Slashdot rss feed (yes, I parse app store information to tweet about iOS app price drops, a huge effort behind the scenes). So I will most likely cut down on the auto-tweets. My first step towards this is a curation of my own Tumblr feed.
If I unfollowed you, don’t be offended, I will get back to following you soon.
It’s all good and fine that TextMate wants to go GPL 3.0. I believe in paid libre software. I was just kind of blown away by the toolchain required to build the thing – boost, ninja, etc. Each of these projects had to be built and installed. Whatever. I downloaded a release from git and attempted to build and got the error in the title:
bin/gen_build:391:in `dynamic_lib’: undefined method `’ for nil:NilClass (NoMethodError)
flustered, i just killed the source download and did a git clone directly from the repository. This worked fine. Built and installed. I’m a BBEdit person though. Morning wasted.
This apache error is the bane of my existence. It is sometimes nearly impossible to figure out even though I know the fundamentals of the httpd web server. On mountain lion, you should generally debug this like so:
- Make sure the user/group specified in httpd.conf is www/www
- Make sure the directory has execute permissions for www
- Make sure the directory has a default (index.php or index.html)
- Make sure that default is readable by www
- Make sure that ALL encapsulating directories are executable by www (readable)
It is this last point that I want the emphasize because I had this issue moving to Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8). Your user Documents directory is 700 and is owned by you. If you try to serve a file anywhere below this directory, you’ll have problems. So there are two things you can do to find out if the error is due to parent permissions:
- go to the web root and do `ls -leahG` on that directory, cd ../, rinse, repeat; taking note of all permissions.
- use the spectacular parsepath.pl tool. Throw this into /usr/local/bin and give it execute permissions and run it on your default index file.
From number 2 above, you’ll get something like this:
d 0755 root:wheel /
d 0755 root:admin /Users
d 0755 beetle:staff /Users/beetle
d 0700 beetle:staff /Users/beetle/Documents
d 0755 beetle:staff /Users/beetle/Documents/Projects
d 0755 beetle:staff /Users/beetle/Documents/Projects/aaa
d 0755 beetle:staff /Users/beetle/Documents/Projects/aaa/bbb
d 0755 beetle:staff /Users/beetle/Documents/Projects/aaa/bbb/web
f 0644 beetle:staff /Users/beetle/Documents/Projects/aaa/bbb/web/index.php
Boom. /Users/beetle/Documents has 700 permissions and www is denied. chmod this to 755 and everything should be good. You could also modify the parsepath.pl file to give you `ls -leahG` info as well.
Another thing I learned during this process is /etc/paths is a fine location to store your path info. Update this file and source /etc/bashrc will get you on your way. Neato.