CFUnited meetup for the IRC crowd

I’ve finally created the event for those of us that hang out in #coldfusion and #flex, that are going to CFUnited. Many expressed interest in such an event, so let’s do it.

When you sign up, be sure to include your /nick and real name, so I can make some nifty name badges.

On a side note, Crusher is a great site. Evite sucks, and Crusher has a couple key features:

  • True Public Events: people don’t need to sign up to RSVP
  • Web 2.0: It’s using some pretty slick AJAX stuffs & mashups with Google & Flickr
So, check out Crusher, and come to our little get-together.

Customer service madlib gone awry

Every once in awhile, I have to send out DMCA notices to people who have blatantly stolen our copyrighted materials. Generally, I skip emailing the offender directly (they usually are well aware of what they’ve done), and email the notice to their hosting provider, or the hosting provider’s bandwidth provider.

Today, I got a response from one that I couldn’t believe came from someone in New Jersey.

Thank you for notifying us.

We have copyright infringement complaint from you against the web site
[ed: url redacted] . I have escalated it to our concerned department to look into this. They will contact you soon.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are available 24×7.

Too funny.


Mariokart Wii: First thoughts

Mariokart Wii is a blast as a game. Three complaints about the online experience:

1. Friend codes suck. It’s a pain to use, hard to track down your own friends, and then after all is said and done, your friend code only applies to a single game title, so your Mariokart code won’t work with Smash Bros. It would be marginally better if you could manage friend codes on a website, so you could at least copy & paste.

2. If you want to play with friends, you can only play with friends. There’s no practical way to get you and your friend(s) in a public race. Either you have a private, unranked, friend match, or you play with strangers.

2. Voice is everything. I was playing online against strangers, and without voice communications, I felt like I was just playing against some computer AI. I missed the trash talking and such; there’s just something gratifying about taunting the person in the lead with a blue shell for awhile before launching the sucker. When I started playing with a friend, we ended up using our Xbox 360’s voice chat while we were playing. We went into a COD4 private match lobby and just stayed there. If you do the same trick, be sure to press a button on your controller after every race so your controller doesn’t go to sleep.

Anyway, my Mariokart friend code again is 0430-8679-3315, leave your friend code in the comments.

I’m sure glad that Marokart came out when it did. I’m sure XBox live is going to crash and burn tonight with the release of GTA IV.


URL Encoding in Actionscript

Sometimes you just need to URL encode a string (URLEncodedFormat() in CF, or urlencode() in PHP), and not actually make a HTTP request. Here’s a simple library for you to use, that I wrote for my OAuth actionscript lib.

Attached is for your enjoyment.