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April 26, 2004

The "what were you thinking" version of Gush. Wes and I recently spoke at the Northeastern chapter of the ACM about developing Gush. We managed to find and show the original version of Gush that we demo'ed at the very first JabberCon in Colorado nearly 3 years ago. Wesley managed to sneak into this picture, but of course was left out of the description (Wes is the guy on the very right).

Every time we pull up this version of Gush, we have to hold our heads in shame. However, it's worth noting that Wes was slugging away with Flash 5 at that stage. I was also at the early stages of my Python programming career. The worst part of the whole thing is that we created a custom, ad-hoc protocol for messaging between the Python service and the Flash front-end.

Below is the login screen. No SSL, no SASL, no proxy support, and no inline registration.

Here's a message window. Looks pretty, doesn't it? Well, you couldn't resize it. Heck couldn't resize any of it. We kind of glossed over that detail at the time.

Wes and I had this great idea that the away message for a person would be on the "back" of the window. So, if you click on the window, it would flip the textarea over and you'd see your away message and the other person's away message.

In many ways, that version of Gush was similar to our 1989 Corolla that barely made it up to Keystone, CO where the conference was held.
Posted by Dudley at 09:53 PM
This aggression will not stand. Scoble is of the opinion that ClearType somehow is vastly superior to OS X's anti-aliasing. I don't know what his Kool-aid is laced with, but that's not what I'm seeing over here.

Disclaimer: I don't know enough about typography and anti-aliasing to express anything other than my novice opinion. I also am no fan of Apple, per se.

Here are some screenshots that I took on my Windows XP box and our G4 machine.


Looks like Windows completely chokes on anti-aliasing Japanese text, or that's one absolute crap anti-aliasing job. The first picture is different story. The windows anti-aliasing isn't terrible but I'm reluctant to hand it a win, and I'm certainly not going to say that it's "FAR, FAR" better than the anti-aliasing on OS X.

Anyway, like Judge Judy says, "Don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining."

Scoble replies.
I try to get in the last word..
Posted by Dudley at 03:40 PM
RSS Reader Improvement
bulb.jpgJoe Hildebrand, the big thinker over at Jabber.com, made a great suggestion about Gush's news reader. In the next release, you'll be able to open a feed and start pressing the space bar to auto-scroll to the next item. This works wonders if you're moving through a feed. For now we have this new gem all to ourselves, but we promise not to be selfish.
Posted by Dudley at 02:17 AM
The movie poster for intermission.Some people live and breathe code, but Wes and I take it like medicine. So, we decided that the beta is out and we could take a slight break. We headed down to Cable Car to catch a showing of inter'mission. Wow, talk about finally seeing a good movie after just loads of Hollywood crap. After spending the first 5 minutes, deciphering the dialog of what barely seems English, we enjoyed the story of mixed up lives in Ireland. Heck, we even forgot about the dude playing his guitar at the beginning of the show (not half bad), and the old, beat-up coach seating (pretty comfy, actually).
Posted by Dudley at 12:15 AM

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