January 18th, 2001

Timezones

I have read in the past that lj needed some sort of timezone support.
My idea would be add pull down menu that lets you choose your timezone , and if loged in it will show the user who post's time and the time when they posted in your timezone.

Denny's & redirect.dat

Sorry --- no code yet. I was about to post it and then everybody on #livejournal in IRC decided to go to Denny's, so we're taking off now. I'll post code when I return, stomach full of grease.

However, here's one interesting thing for now: evan and I are trying to clean up the site directory structure.... here's the LJ redirect.dat file ... it's a symlink to the real file living outside the htdocs tree, so it'll stay up to date.

btw, it remaps uris with parameters to, so /memadd.bml?itemid=xxx will move you to /tools/memadd.bml?itemid=xxx .... whenever it has to do a redirection and there was a referer it also logs where from, so I can fix my links.

i suppose I could've used mod_rewrite for this, but I don't know mod_rewrite, so I chose to do a few lines of perl instead. what's the best way to do this, for future reference?
hulk, strong, party

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Another idea... to save my sanity..

I get SO tired of people posting comments in my journal that are unrelated to the entry itself simply because they are too lazy to pull up their email client. Maybe LJ (for paid users only even) could have an "email this person" button, that will give them a form to fill out that will send an email to the journal user.
computer crap

Handy-Dandy Markup ? (HDML) :-)

I was sitting here typing a journal entry, with a link to another user's livejournal when I started thinking...

We should create a markup language that can get used in LiveJournals for common tasks.. we could take some strain off the client developers and have the server do a bit of parsing of entries. I dunno what we would use for the tags, but we could make it very html/xml-ish so people would be familiar with it? Caption or some crap like that. We could do the same for fetching pictures, etc... pretty much any resource found on LiveJournal. Another great one would be comment IDs... it could possibly fetch the subject as a caption if no caption was specified: Cool comment. Of course, the overhead might be a bit too great, but we could reduce that if we just parsed it once and stored the parsed content in the database instead of doing it on the fly for every pageview... the syntax could change too.

Hrm, would this be cool? too many problems?
hulk, strong, party

New servers... and the winner is....

Well.. I think it's the winner, but I don't know much about the vendor, so I am looking to you all for comments (good or bad) on the level of support, and quality of the systems produced by this company.

ASLAB

Here are the specs on the machine's we are looking at:

  • Lancelot 1120-A
  • S2505 Dual PC-PGA, VIA Motherboard
  • Dual Integrated Intel 10/100 Ethernet Ports
  • Integrated ATI Rage XL 4MB
  • Dual Intel Pentium III 800/133
  • 512 MB PC-133 RAM (2x256 leaving room for two more)
  • IBM 20GB 7200RPM UDMA/100, 2MB cache HDD
  • 24X Slim CDROM
    • We save about $60 each if we don't include this... but I think having a CDROM drive makes life a lot easier

  • 1.44 MB Floppy
    • Same as CDROM above. We save about $60 if we don't include this

  • ASL 1U Rackmount, 3 Fixed HD bays, 1x32 bit riser, 200W PS
  • RedCrap Linux 6.2 (no CD... no manuals... to be deleted upon arrival)


And... drum roll please... the price of this system:

$1903

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I'd like to give a shout out to foobar for recommending ASLAB in the first place. Thanks a lot.
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Comments.... suggestions? Let's hear 'em!