Archive for February, 2002


Paris in the the spring

Thursday, February 28th, 2002

Francois-Georges Cloutier sent me an email about my JSRS browser rpc library. He pointed me a site he did last year using some similar RPC stuff. Wow. This Parillusion site is some of the keenest DHTML UI I’ve yet to see. IE4+ only, but way, way cool.

Hey! Did I not just say it was way, way cool?!? What the heck are you doing down here reading this paragraph? Fer pity’s sake, click the dang link with all speed, get in there, maximize, minimize, explore, scroll, play about. You’ll thank yourself.


keepin the boat afloat

Thursday, February 28th, 2002

Back to making money, feeding the family. Critical fixes being shoved into zip, no updates or feature bloat happening. I’ve got some ideas of where i’ll be going with this, but for the moment it’s back to surviving the dotcom depression without greeting the bailiff at the door. I’ll be online fairly regularly to answer any questions, though.


Sharing the code

Tuesday, February 26th, 2002

Roland says:

Brent has updated his Manila site to put the BlogChat window at the top. Cool! Please share the code, Brent!

Here you go, Roland:

<iframe src=""
height="225" width="525">


More firsts.

Monday, February 25th, 2002

NOTE: The BlogChat window that was on this page has been moved to the top of my main blog template. If you’re viewing this as a historical page, you’ll have to click on the button at the top right there to pop up a BlogChat window if I’m available.

Okay, I’m tired of being polite about it.

It’s the year 2002. Netscape 4 is a dilapidated junker, rusted through the floorboards and belching smoke. Get those damn things off the friggin road!! There are FREE alternatives available to you.

If you are a web designer, a web scripter, a website owner, a marketing person in charge of your company’s web face, NOW HEAR THIS:

If you are spending specific effort in making your website work for NS4 when it already works with DOM-compatible browsers (or worse, when it doesn’t), YOU ARE A PART OF THE PROBLEM. People are not going to drop NS4 as long as it’s being accomodated. Stop it!!!

Oh, yeah, yes I could probably make BlogChat work with NS4, but NO I WILL NOT.

Don’t get all namby-pamby on me about being inclusive and accomodating, either. I’m not listening LA LA LA LA LA.

Nice work by brennen, getting the first working Mac OS/X server running BlogChat. No active link yet, but the proof is there.

I integrated Nate’s CSS styling work into my BlogChat, looks really nice.

I moved my own BlogChat server from my home Linux machine to Not that my home box or connection couldn’t cut it, I’ve had up to 12 people on at once without any noticeable problems (except for the obvious problem of trying to follow 12 people in a little chat window).

Tim‘s yet another guy who’s BlogChatting.

Gonna hafta put up a links gallery. I’ll be starting a new website for this soon. Keep on the lookout for (no link because it ain’t ready yet).


blog chat release

Sunday, February 24th, 2002

Blahg is the name for my blog chat app. It’s small, light, works across platforms (IE and Mozilla on Win/Mac/Linux), and is fun to play with.

I hope to learn enough about Radio Userland in the next while to build the server-side in Usertalk with the object database, but for now, it uses PHP and mySQL on the server side.

This image on the right will tell you if I’m online and listening with my master chat client.

If so, you can click it and we can yap.

You can download the source and run it on your own blog. It’s free and open to use how you like.

Oops – wasn’t deleting old posts after retention period. Fixed.


BlogChat goes gold

Sunday, February 24th, 2002

What is BlogChat?

BlogChat is a little chat room. It’s sort of a private little instant messaging system that doesn’t require an account or any special software. It is only active when the person who is hosting it is online and running the master chat application.

If you want one of your own, you will have to run the server part of it on a machine with PHP and mySql, two open source free tools that run on Windows under IIS and Apache, Linux under Apache, and most likely Mac OS/X (although no reports of that yet).

If I’m in, you can click on the status button and come in for a chat. Soon I’ll post a page of BlogChat links listing others who are already hosting this new blog phenomenon. See below for a couple of the early adopters.

If I’m not online, it’s because I’m reminding my wife and kids that I exist outside of my basement office. They might have forgotten that this week.

No more milestones. Ship time for BlogChat. Download it and have fun with it.

I’ve called it BlogChat 1.0 although I may have done so with the last release. This is the first version under the GPL.

I’ve had SOOO many people help me on this, I really honestly can’t name them all because it was such a flurry of activity I didn’t stop to gather their names and URLs. If you’ve been part of this wacky collaborative design effort, send me an email and I’ll compile a list.

Special thanks to Doc for starting the blog rolling, Eric for attracting the design community along, Tim for dropping by my office and piping the feature requests to me while I coded, Dwight for being an early supporter, and of course, Dougal and Nate for being the first to implement.

Everyone else, you know who you are. Thanks.


Now, lemon freshened with borax!

Friday, February 22nd, 2002

New BlogChat hosts:

Congratulations to Dougal for being the first to publish a new BlogChat. There are others on the way, too. I’ll blog them when I’m given the go-ahead.

I’m calling it BlogChat now because there’s a fantasy D&D role-playing game called Blahg it seems. I wouldn’t want to offend some three-headed beast from Thregnorr or some such thing.

I’ve only now started copying the chat data to an archive table, so I couldn’t possibly name everyone who has visited. Notably, though, Eric Costello came along and then blogged it, which has provided a great deal of visits. My mental globe now has a lot of pushpins in it from all over.

I’ll do another release later today and then let it settle for a bit.

In the meantime, if I’m not in, go see if Dougal is!


Collaborative development

Thursday, February 21st, 2002

Well, it’s been a wacky day. Lots of folks dropping in to see Blahg in action. All the collaboration, suggestions, and requests were fantastic. Tim Aiello dropped by in the afternoon and helped to field the questions while I madly coded. The result is a remarkably matured app all in one day. Download the code and have a look for yourself. I’ve just released 1.1.