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Firefox and Invalid XHTML

Just an FYI for anyone using the “application/xhtml+xml” content type on their site or web app. If you try to insert a piece of HTML that isn’t valid XHTML, you will get the following error: uncaught exception: [Exception… “Component returned failure code: 0x80004003 (NS_ERROR_INVALID_POINTER) [nsIDOMNSHTMLElement.innerHTML]” nsresult: “0x80004003 (NS_ERROR_INVALID_POINTER)” location: “JS frame :: https:/ :: anonymous […]

Twitter Digest Issues

FYI, there is definitely something weird going on with Twitter Digest with respect to putting tweets in the correct 24 hour period. My gut says Twitter has changed something in the feed, b/c the plugin has worked flawlessly for me until today. I will investigate and issue a fix ASAP. Update: I’m not sure if […]

PHP4 – <sigh/>

Thanks to Brian at I’ve discovered that Twitter Digest doesn’t work in PHP4. I’ll put PHP4 support at the bottom of my todo list, but unless someone really can’t upgrade to PHP5 and really wants to use Twitter Digest, I likely won’t get to it. However, I’m more likely to get to it if […]

Twitter Integration

I’ve been using Twitter for the last couple of weeks, mostly to see what the fuss was about and to see how/if I’d use it. Turns out, I do use it in two ways. First, I use it as a news source. Many of the major tech news (eg @techmeme) and main stream news sites […]


Blogging seems to have fallen down on the list of things I need to do, so as a result it has been a while since I’ve posted anything. One of the things I’ve been working on instead of keeping the interweb buzzing with my keen insight and immaculate prose is working on a new website. […]

v.Next Excitement

You know you’ve produced a good next version of your product when your development team is actually excited about the new release and finds itself loathing to use use the old version in production because it is too limited. Of course this assumes that the development team actually uses your product in real life.

10 Ways RVing is like Software Development

In June, I embarked on an RV trip to Alaska with my wife, my sister, my brother-in-law and my two nieces. It was a lot of fun and was one of those life experiences I will never forget. We spent three weeks together in a 29ft RV traveling through Alberta, B.C., the Yukon and Alaska. […]

Microsoft Lawyers Threaten MVP

In another example of Microsoft being more about legal wrangling than software development, Jamie Cansdale has been threatened for making TestDriven.Net work with Visual Studio Express. TestDriven.Net is a very popular unit testing addon for Visual Studio and one that Cansdale earned a Microsoft MVP award for developing. I can’t believe the morons in Redmond […]

Better Software

Now that the March issue of Better Software Magazine is long out the door, I can post the pdf of the article I wrote for that issue. As soon as I get two minutes to sit down and think, I’ll post something about the overall article writing experience, which I think was pretty positive considering […]

Say Hello To My Little Friend

A great rant over at about Shotgun Programmers. These are the programmers who randomly shoot code at the compiler and hope it hits the problem they’re dealing with. Scary. From the post: As soon as something connects, whether or not it happens to actually be the pinata, you beat the hell out of it. […]