Tuesday, March 27, 2007

my blog can't access again from china

Since i am maintain this blog from china. looks like blogger has been blocked in china.

I know google will be blocked some time, and it will last for one or two days in the worst case.
But the blogger is down for a week.

The temp solution is:
add ' johnsonsoultions.blogspot.com' to
c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file

More detail about that:
if you do nslookup for johnsonsolutins.blogspot.com,
you will get the ipaddress from dns as

But if you tracert for that ip, you will find it has been locked at chinese operator before going to the outside world.

We can't do anything here, just wait......

How to add your website to google and other search engines

After create a new website, our problem is how to list that site in google and other search engines.
There are two steps here:
  • Submit you url to google
it will take severl days, or even one month for google to record your new website. to speed up the process, you need take more action.

  • add extenal links to you website
For those website with high PR value, googlebot will visit it everyday.
So you can add links to you website.
The easy way to do it is put some posts in bbs, email list with link to you site. Then you new site have chance to showup in several days
Links to other search engines:
* yahoo

It is Open Directory Org. provider content to most search engine

Monday, March 26, 2007

Agile Offshore -- EObject Software

I am following agile development for the past three years. Our team was setup as a small distributed team in a global development organization.

Since i am more and more involved in open source development, i really see the best fit between agile process and offshore/distributed development.

Then i ask myself: why not setup an agile offshore team to help those small/mid companies outside there. It is a flat world!

My answer is EObject Software

Find a good webhosting provider

It hard to find a good web hosting provider.
some sites offer web hosting ranks you can check out. But from my experience, those ranks can only work as a reference. You need to check out the feature, price, and performance by yourself.

For my case, i just created a website, which is hosting on IX WebHosting.
I am happy with the features set and price (7.95/month) of their biz plus plan. The only problem
to me is they are really really slow when access from china.

Don't konw how to deal with that yet. Most of our customers will in US or europe anyway.

Here are some review sites

Thursday, March 22, 2007

GUI guideline

I always feel need to remind myself every couple of months about those basic GUI guideline:

user in control, directness, consistency, forgiveness, feedback, aesthetics, and simplicity.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

McAfee VirusScan Enterprise block irc by default

Was trying to add eclipse irc today. got error when try to connect to serverr.
Finally found out that the McAfee VirusScan is blocking IRC protocol by default.

Enable it, then reconnect, everything works fine now.

What is the point to block IRC?
It is sound quite safe to me, need to check the risk later on.