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Where are all the action packs?

Posted in ColdFusion, Frameworks, Model-glue by rip747 on January 31, 2007

So I finally did it (no, not that you perverts), I’m making the switch to Model-Glue and loving it. I thought that it would be a lot harder then it really is. I’m already becoming comfortable with the XML and putting my mind into the whole MVC mode. I also decided that, what the hell, I should take Reactor by the reigns as well (Note to Reactor guys. Please setup some sort of homepage for the project.).

So in my little quest for MG goodness, something hit me last night: Where are all the action packs?

When I downloaded MG it came with one, the email action pack, and although I haven’t played with it yet, I love the idea behind action packs. I read a post from Sean Corfield from a while back on how he his team is using them, very sweet. Thing is, I can see MG getting bigger and more of a user base. There should be some sort of repository for all of the user contributed action packs that people will be writing,  much like CFLib.org. It would also help a newbie like myself to examine how other people write and structure their MG applications.

If anyone knows of one, point it out to me since I can’t seem to find one. If there isn’t one out there, then I just gave Ray another web site idea that he can run with. Maybe he could add an action pack section to CFLib… hmmmmmm.

Youtube user edits other’s video for profit

Posted in YouTube by rip747 on January 30, 2007

I just recently noticed this on a video that I posted. Apparently this guy (connexions02) is downloading people’s video from YouTube, inserting an advertisement into them and then reposted them as his own. His doing it with popular videos.

The guy doesn’t even have any shame since he did it to the Broward Sheriff’s Office PSA!

Digg this up so YouTube will take notice!!!

Smith 1.25 now supports CFCs and will be open source!!!!

Posted in ColdFusion by rip747 on January 30, 2007

If you haven’t heard of the Smith project and are a CF developer, smack yourself now. Smith is a freeware version of ColdFusion that will hopefully be open sourced at some time. There was some talk about it a while back, but many ignored it since it didn’t support CFCs. Well today my friends it does.

UPDATE: Smith will become open source!!!!

Urgent: Need advice from the Model-Gluers out there.

Posted in ColdFusion, Frameworks, Model-glue by rip747 on January 27, 2007

Currently I’ve been doing an on going project now for quite sometime. The problem with this like another project is that it keeps growing and it getting wacky trying to manage the different modules and updates. I’ve been thinking that it would probably take about 3 days to convert this puppy over to Model-Glue so that it will become more managable for me

So here’s my question, Is Unity usable at this point or should I just download 1.1 and use that? I would like to use Unity because of the scaffolding features and because I’m sure there are some bugs in 1.1 that Unity fixes. Is there anyone using Unity with success at this point for any projects in production? If so, what build are you using and are there any gotchas that I need to be aware of.

I’m counting down the days until Joe finally releases Unity.

NOTE: I don’t mean to shun out the other frameworks out there, but over the last 3 weeks I’ve been downloading and looking heavily at the different frameworks available for CF. After looking at 6 different ones, Model-Glue felt be the easiest to grasp and follow. This is by not means a hit at the other frameworks that I looked at, I just think that when the next person takes over this project it will be easier to jump into if it was written in Model-Glue.

Same advice could be applied to programmers

Posted in Rants by rip747 on January 26, 2007

This same advice could be applied to programmers as well as artists. Can’t tell you how many times people have wanted a “sample” of my work for an interview. Personally I refuse to work for anyone that doesn’t pay me what I believe I’m worth.

Link to original blog posting

Continuing with: But enought about me…

Posted in Rants by rip747 on January 24, 2007

Saw this post over on Not Too Fluffy (I love that name) and thought I get in on it:

  • 31 years old.
  • Married since Sept 17, 2005.
  • No kids (thank God) and no pets (bummer).
  • I drive a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire with 117K mile on it (don’t laugh, it’s paid for.
  • I own a condo in Deerfield Beach literally about a block from the intercoastal and 3 block from the ocean that I bought in February 2005 (right before the boom so I got a great price).
  • I redid the entire place with very little input from my wife (cough b*llsh*t cough).
  • Favorite food: sushi and pizza
  • Activities: yoga, dancing, paranormal investigations and swimming (though I haven’t had the time in quite a bit)
  • Likes watching: Anime, MythBusters, Dirty Jobs, Family Guy, Horror films, ghost Hunters
  • Will not watch: anything my wife saids to be a good movie (it usually turns out to be boring)
  • Music: anything you can dance to except jazz.
  • Guilty pleasures: watching Merkat Manor and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Listening to bagpipes.
  • Invests in: stocks, mutual funds through my Fidelity Roth IRA.
  • Would like to invest in: bonds and real estate (if it ever starts to pick up again)
  • Favorite website: digg.com
  • Religion: none
  • Favorite holiday: Halloween (you could guessed that)

Damn you ColdFusing!!!

Posted in CFEclipse by rip747 on January 24, 2007

This is killing me…. literally. ColdFusing is now at 2. What does this mean? When will the counter run out? What will happen then? I though I had it all figured out then the comments left on my last post got me thinking I was wrong.

Mark’s not helping my anxiety any and I’m running out of meds.

Damn you ColdFusing!!!!!!!

:)

The secret uncracked?

Posted in CFEclipse by rip747 on January 23, 2007

So many blog posts have been about the secret and buzz in the community lately, namely these images coming from coldfusing.com. Everyone has been guessing, but I think I know what it is leading up to: The next release of CFEclipse from Mark Drew.

Evidence you ask.

  1. coldfusing.com is registered to Mark Drew (proof)
  2. There are 2 more images (1) (2) from the web site.
  3. CFEclipse is scheduled for a Jan 30th release (proof)
  4. In the last commit there were 7 bug left (proof), when all this started the banners started at 7 (I need the original image link).

So what does this all mean? Well Watson, it means that Mark’s almost done with the bug in the Final! The 3 means that he has 3 more bugs to fix and then we can all get our hands on some CfEclipse goodness!!! I can taste it now: light, fluffy CFEclipse; ……. sorry for drooling.

Come Mark, tell me if I’m right…. the suspense is killing me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ray’s next car :)

Posted in Jokes by rip747 on January 23, 2007

For those of us who know Ray’s obsession with Star Wars:

X wing car

Digg should have a jobs section

Posted in Rants by rip747 on January 20, 2007

With the popularity of Digg these days, I’m surprised that the site doesn’t have a job category.

Many people will contest that Digg is suppose to be just for news and not a Monster.com, but I can see this becoming a source of revenue for Digg in it’s struggle to find a business model to pull in revenue. Currently the only known source of revenue for Digg is Google Adsense.

Advertisements are great and all, especially with the amount of unique visitor a day that Digg gets, but you need to look at who those people are as well. It’s long been known that the biggest portion of people visiting Digg are savvy people in the technology field like network administrators and programmers. I can bet that most of these people use FireFox as their browser and have the Adblock extension installed to block advertisements from displaying and speed up web surfing. If the advertisements aren’t being displayed, then there isn’t a chance to click on them, thus Digg earns nothing from these visitors.

This is also a big complaint from other websites on the internet when then make it to the Digg homepage. They see a great surge in traffic for the days, but very little increase in click ratio on their advertisements. I’m not saying that they don’t make more money from the traffic but the ratio of visitors to people that actually click on the advertisements is low. Again this has to do with the kind of people that are getting sent to the site.

Let’s go back to the original idea of Digg having a jobs sections and using it as a source of revenue. How many people reading this subscribe to some sort of RSS feed and are in a career field? I know I am, I subscribe to both a ColdFusion feed (FullAsAGoog) and the Digg Technology RSS feed. With the CF feed I get all the latest news about the happenings in the ColdFusion community, this include several postings about job offers and contract work. With the Digg feed all I get is news.

With me being a programmer and network administrator, I’m constantly looking for the next great job offer or side work to make some extra money. so when I see a job posting on the CF RSS feed, you can bet your life I’m clicking that link and looking at the post. Imagine if Digg did this sort thing.

Digg could charge headhunters to list their job listings on the feed for a specific amount and guarantee them a spot on the homepage if they wanted to. This type of advertisement could be very crucial to a headhunter, especially if they could target a certain audience like the technology people.

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