Archive for February, 2007

Some interesting links from Paul Graham's Start-up news

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Here are some interesting links from Start-up news:

  • Inside – a look at how myspace scaled.
  • What do the web’s most popular websites use?
  • If you’re starting a start-up, how many friends do you need?

  • Paul Graham releases "Reddit" for Start up news

    Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

    Paul Graham’s Y-combinator has created new news site called Start-up news. Here is Paul Graham’s annoucement for the launch. He states the intention of the site as

    ..the most important goal of news.ycombinator was to create a place where founders and would-be founders can meet and talk.

    He is also using the forum as a means to interact with potential Y-combinator candidates.

    Again, Paul Graham is leading the way on how to promote ideas and encourage would-be entrepreneurs.

    WDANZ "Optimising websites" slides

    Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

    Here are the slides from my talk this afternoon.

    Here’s a tip on how to turn on HTTPD compression on your php site.

    Option 1) Edit your php.ini file

    ; Transparent output compression using the zlib library
    ; Valid values for this option are 'off', 'on', or a specific buffer size
    ; to be used for compression (default is 4KB)
    ; Note: Resulting chunk size may vary due to nature of compression. PHP
    ;       outputs chunks that are few handreds bytes each as a result of compression.
    ;       If you want larger chunk size for better performence, enable output_buffering
    ;       also.
    ; Note: output_handler must be empty if this is set 'On' !!!!
    ;       Instead you must use zlib.output_handler.
    zlib.output_compression = On

    Option 2) If you haven’t got access to the php.ini file. Create this .htaccess file to your home directory to turn on compression.

    AddType application/x-httpd-php php .htm .html
    php_flag zlib.output_compression on

    Talking at WDANZ Christchurch conference

    Monday, February 26th, 2007

    I’m speaking at the WDANZ conference tomorrow. I’m speaking about two things close to my heart – “ZoomIn” and “Optimising websites for Speed”.

    I look forward to meeting web developers from all over the Canterbury region.

    Rankr: MSN blitzes past Google and Trade Me

    Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

    Interesting stats from Rankr this week . MSN has just jumped past google and trade me on Rankr stats this week.

    I wonder if Vista has anything to do with this ????

    Blog moved to Mephisto

    Friday, February 16th, 2007

    Our blog is now using Mephisto (0.7.2). I had a few problems getting the conversion to behave. I have tested the comments and everything seems to be working fine.

    For those that are interested, I had a few issues converting our blog from Typo. Here are some tips on how to convert it.

    • The typo conversion does not import the sections / categories. I had to add the categories manually and re-allocate all the articles to the categories.
    • All of the user were converted, but the admin user was allocated to all the articles.
    • The layout system can be a bit of a pain, especially working on the home page. Some times you need to delete the index.html to see the changes.
    • The wiki is ok as a resource, the google group is better.
    • Here is a snippet of our layout.liquid template that contains code for the sidebar to display monthly archive, category archive and last 5 comments.
    • Recent Comments

      {{ site | latest_comments:5 | assign_to:"comments" }}

        {% for comment in comments %}

      • {{ }} on {{comment | link_to_article: article.comment }}
      • {% endfor %}


        {% for section in site.sections %}

      • {{ }} ({{section.articles_count }})
      • {% endfor %}

    {% if section.months.size > 0 %}

    {% endif %}

    Mind the bus part ii

    Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

    We’ve just added over 5700 Auckland bus stops to ZoomIn. Now you can search for bus stops in and around Auckland eg. Mount Albert, Mission Bay or Henderson.

    A big thanks to Auckland Regional Transport Authority and Maxx team for helping us get this content online.

    Fixing broken windows: moving our blog to mephisto

    Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

    My patience with Typo has run out, it has some crazy javascript bugs and its development activity seems to have slowed. I’m moving across to mephisto software which seems to be behave much better than Typo. The transfer should be completed in a couple of days.

    Does anyone have any good / bad experiences with mephisto ?

    Improvements and suggestions for Rankr

    Tuesday, February 13th, 2007


    We’ve been thinking about how to improve Rankr and we thought we’d open up what we are doing for feedback and suggestions. Here is a list of what we are working on now:

    Improvements / Suggestions

    • Add sparklines graphs to “list” / search results
    • Create a dynamic image to show current ranking of website

    Bug fixes in progress:

    • Get RSS Feeds to work properly.
    • Improve flash graphs to show top ranking at the top of the graph.


    If you have any feedback, ideas, or suggestions, please let us know.

    Browser stats update redux

    Saturday, February 10th, 2007

    IE 7.0 has already over taken total firefox usage. How soon before it passes IE 6?

    Browser stats: 9/02/07

    IE 6 53.00%
    IE 7 20.24%
    Firefox 1.x<t />

    Firefox 2.x 11.01%

    Safari 4.06%
    Rest 3.07%

    Browser stats: 5/11/06

    IE 6 72.86%
    IE 7 3.98%
    Firefox 1.x<t />

    Firefox 2.x 3.66%

    Safari 3.88%
    Rest 2.49%

    Browser stats 19/10/06

    IE 6 75.0%
    IE 7 2.4%
    Firefox 1.x<t />

    Firefox 2.x 0.5%

    Safari 3.7%
    Rest 3.4%