Flock 0.9 Beta testing ended

24 06 2007

I have been part of the small group of beta testers who were invited to download and test Flock 0.9 beta for last few weeks. Finally the carnival of 10-mails-per-hour mailing-list is quiet. The bugs are verified, listed and assigned for fix. We were adviced not to air the download link as it was under testing. But now I can invite the enthusiasts to visit the wiki that has the results of the testing phase. I would not like to forget mentioning that my name is listed in that page and will be in Flock Help Menu>”About Flock”>”Credits”>”Friends” of the final version of Flock 0.9. (off-track: I had a hard time explaining what “bragging right” is, to an Indian programmer last week. He should read this post to get an idea.)

Flock is technically a cousin of Firefox, because both runs on the Gecko engine, as does Camino, SeaMonkey, K-Meleon, and Netscape. Flock came out in the scene with many original ideas which firefox and other browser are planning to implement in the future. The main Idea is to integrate the social networking tools in the browser. Like blogging, uploading/downloading images to popular social networking sites right from the browser, intregrated news reader, saving web snippet etc. Amongst these, I like the photo-stream feature most. I can gaze at colorful pictures from  flickr and photobucket, easily can filter the streams, and also upload from my harddrive by just drag n drop. I am also a fan of the news reader it has embeded in it. What I don’t like is yahoo as the default search engine. First thing I customized was setting google in it’s place.

Flock has enhanced all these features along with adding few new ones. The list of  supported social sites are extended. Video streams from Youtube and Truveo are added to the media streams array. The look is prettier than any other browser, and a new home page feature is introduced that is called My World. It aggregates the favorite sites, feeds and media streams in the customizable homepage, reusing the redundant “home” button. There are three buttons (rss, media stream and search engine detector) in the address bar that get active depending on the meta data or content of any web page. They kept their creative flicks alive, to say the least. I am very excited about the release candidates now, with the requested features in place. Here is a sneak peek of 0.9 beta with the default home or my world page:

Flock n Roll…

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Song: Petula Clark – Downtown

18 06 2007

Petula Clark – Downtown

When you're alone
And life is making you lonely,
You can always go downtown
When you've got worries,
All the noise and the hurry
Seems to help, I know, downtown

Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?

The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go
Downtown, things'll be great when you're
Downtown, no finer place for sure,
Downtown, everything's waiting for you
(Downtown)

Don't hang around
And let your problems surround you
There are movie shows downtown
Maybe you know
Some little places to go to
Where they never close downtown

Just listen to the rhythm of a gentle bossanova
You'll be dancing with 'em, too, before the night is over
Happy again

The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go
Downtown where all the lights are bright,
Downtown, waiting for you tonight,
Downtown, you're gonna be alright now
(Downtown downtown)
Downtown
(Downtown)

And you may find somebody kind to help and understand you
Someone who is just like you and needs a gentle hand to
Guide them along

So, maybe I'll see you there
We can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares and go
Downtown, things'll be great when you're
Downtown, don't wait a minute more,
Downtown, everything's waiting for you

Downtown (downtown) downtown (downtown)
Downtown (downtown) downtown (downtown)
(repeat and fade out)

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A research on Web 2.0 webserver demographics

8 06 2007

Background: I had an interesting chat with one of my friends about what technology Web 2.0 uses and promotes. Does it break any trend or at least started to break any in the field of web servers? So for the welfare of science, technology and humanity, I decided to do a research. I can knock all the Web 2.0 web sites to learn about their web servers info and analyze to find out if there is really any significant visible trend or not. Alexa pays their researchers a lot of money to do this type of research. Anyway I am doing it for free this time.

Plan: So, I had to write a web crawler that makes a list of all the web 2.0 sites some how and knocks all of them at the head (pulls the http header only) to know what web server they use. I chose eConsultants.com to create the list. They have a list of all Web 2.0 sites like quite a few sites do, as you may know. And they are easier to crawl as they are least bloated than the others (and I cannot pull data from websites made with flash).

Research: So crawl i did. And found a list of 1269 sites in total. So you know how many Web 2.0 web sites are there. Hang on a minute! What makes them qualified as Web 2.0 sites? Lets leave that responsibility on eConsultants.com. But if you want to know what I think about Web 2.0, here you go, I found these comments in a Digg story:

Digger X: What exactly is Web 2.0? What kind of features can I expect? I keep hearing about this buzz, but I’m not sure exactly what it is.
Digger Y: web 2.0 is a new buzz word that will allow startups to get funding again if they can tag themselves as web 2.0 If your website has gradient colors and uses ajax you’re already web 2.0 baby!!!

Okey, so our mind is clear again. Here is the list of Web 2.0 websites. And another web crawler retrieved web server info from all these sites and created a Web 2.0 list with webserver info. Then a text analyzer program I wrote, made me a sorted list of all the web servers.

Result: Final list is not that big, so I can post it here:

725 (57.13%) ==> Apache
176 (13.87%) ==> Microsoft-IIS
173 (13.63%) ==> unknown
52 (4.10%) ==> Lighttpd
37 (2.92%) ==> Apache-Coyote
25 (1.97%) ==> Mongrel
10 (0.79%) ==> nginx
7 (0.55%) ==> Zope
7 (0.55%) ==> Jetty
6 (0.47%) ==> GFE/1.3
6 (0.47%) ==> LiteSpeed
6 (0.47%) ==> Resin
4 (0.32%) ==> Oversee Webserver v1.3.18
3 (0.24%) ==> GWS/2.1
2 (0.16%) ==> AOLserver/4.0.10
2 (0.16%) ==> Apache-AdvancedExtranetServer
2 (0.16%) ==> SWS
2 (0.16%) ==> Zeus
1 (0.08%) ==> Web Crossing(r)
1 (0.08%) ==> Juniper Networks NitroCache/v1.0
1 (0.08%) ==> Japache/2.2.4
1 (0.08%) ==> AZTK – dido
1 (0.08%) ==> Web Server
1 (0.08%) ==> TwistedWeb/2.2.0
1 (0.08%) ==> JoyWeb 1.0b1
1 (0.08%) ==> Server
1 (0.08%) ==> LuMriX
1 (0.08%) ==> JWS 1.2
1 (0.08%) ==> Lotus-Domino
1 (0.08%) ==> mfe
1 (0.08%) ==> netvibes.com
1 (0.08%) ==> Concealed by Juniper Networks DX
1 (0.08%) ==> Sparky
1 (0.08%) ==> Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition
1 (0.08%) ==> Mittwald HTTPD
1 (0.08%) ==> Yaws/1.65 Yet Another Web Server
1 (0.08%) ==> igfe
1 (0.08%) ==> Phillips Data v1
1 (0.08%) ==> bsfe
1 (0.08%) ==> SimplyServer 1.0
1 (0.08%) ==> DMS/1.0.42
1 (0.08%) ==> Sun-ONE-Web-Server/6.1

You can compare it with Netcraft’s research result of all web server. I won’t claim that mine is a very accurate research (does have some rubbish data), but it showes the picture more or less. You can see that Mongrel gets a greater share here than the general list. At least those are Rails sites (does anyone use Ruby without Rails as a web platform?). I am happy to see Lighttpd (lighty) getting a spot amongst top 4. If any web server goes up in that list significantly in the near future, it will be lighty. The “unknowns” listed in 3rd place did not give any web server info in their http header. So let us assume that they have the same demographics as the visible ones.

And Apache is the leader by far, IIS being the second biggest web server in the market.

I would be happier if more info could be retrieved this way. I will definitely try to know more about the other web servers here I did not hear of before. I would also love to take part in any research project of similar sort in the future. Finally, If you have any suggestion/critique to make this research any better, or just would like to let me know your appreciation, please drop me a line.

Update: I just found that the primary list has some duplications. Too bad. I just updated the post with the new data. Changed the bad list files with new ones too.

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Song: No Good For Me

8 06 2007

“The Corrs: No Good For Me”

I see a home in a quiet place
I see myself in a strong embrace
And I feel protection from the human race
It’s not parental

But it’s a fantasy, not a reality
And it’s no good, no, no good for me, you have no idea

That I’m walking through the clouds
When you’re looking at me
I’m feeling like a child
Vulnerability
I am shaking like a leaf if you move beside me
And you’re all that I see
But it’s no good for me

You have a home, (You have a home,) in a quiet place
And someone else, feels your strong embrace
She is protected and she needs no chase
And do you love her

You’re a mystery, you are the heart of intrigue
You’re no good no, no good for me
You have no idea

That I’m walking through the clouds
When you’re looking at me
I’m feeling like a child
Vulnerability
I am shaking like a leaf if you move beside me
And you’re all that I see
But it’s no good for me
No it’s no good for me…, yeah, no good for me…

[violin solo]

It’s a make-believe, you have no idea
That I’m walking through the clouds
When you’re looking at me
I’m feeling like a child
Vulnerability
I am shaking like a leaf if you move close to me
And you’re all that I see
But it’s no good for me, just no good, no good

Through the clouds
When you’re looking at me
I’m feeling like a child
Vulnerability
I am shaking like a leaf if you move beside to me
And you’re all that I see
But it’s no good for me
[Fade out]

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My MySpace account

7 06 2007

One of my friends told me that my myspace account is pretty cool. What do you think?

http://www.myspace.com/skywriter14

OK, I am pasting the details here for you:

Saifullah Mahmud’s Blurbs:

About me: I am too cool

Who I’d like to meet: cool people

Saifullah Mahmud’s Interests:

Generaldoing cool stuff
Musicany cool song
Filmsonly the cool movies
Televisioncool channels
Bookscool books
Heroescool people

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Steve Jobs and Bill Gates interview video

3 06 2007

Steve Jobs and Bill Gate$ interviewed together at the D5 conference on 30th May, 2007. This is the highlight video. You can catch the complete 7 part interview in youtube.

And this is a cartoon about Jobs and Gates…





Interesting picture from Flickr

3 06 2007

Sci-fi Man

SUEÑO AUTECO on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

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