Slick Site – GrubHub.com

If you happen to live in Chicago, New York, Boston, or San Francisco, GrubHub.com is definitely a site worth checking out. I’d heard of it but never tried it until last night, and it’s great. The site has a very extensive collection of restaurants (at least for me in Chicago) which deliver based on my address. You can filter on cuisine and a number of other parameters. One of the most useful filter parameters is the “currently delivering” one which at 2AM this morning when I decided it was time for dinner, was very helpful. I found a Mexican place … Continue reading Slick Site – GrubHub.com

Books I Recommend

I get a lot of what book would you recommend about ____ questions, so I thought I’d start piecing together a list of books I recommend. I added a link at the top of the site called Recommend Books, or you can go directly to http://briandesmond.com/blog/pages/My-Recommended-Reading-List.aspx if you’re interested. I’m just going to add to this as I read things or see a book on the shelf somewhere that I totally forgot about. Feel free to add to the list via comments. Share this post: email it! | digg it! | bookmark it! | live it!

New Look for the Site

After a couple hours of customization, I activated a new theme for the BrianDesmond.com site. The old look was the same theme I had when I started a blog on weblogs.asp.net in 2003. I felt like it was kind of depressing to look at the old colors – there was a lot of gray in there. With that in mind I settled on a new theme which is far brighter and certainly less visually depressing. I also recently added a little "Share this post" bar at the bottom of each post – it has links for emailing the post, as well … Continue reading New Look for the Site

Posting from Windows Live Writer

One of my MCS friends, Jeff Rosen has been hinting that there was some new toy coming down the pipe. He emailed me tonight with it, so I’m trying it out. The tool has a preset for Community Server, but it still didn’t work out of the box. One of the behaviors I’ve always noticed is that when I goto http://www.briandesmond.com, it automatically redirects to http://briandesmond.com. I put http://www.briandesmond.com/blogs/metablog.ashx in as the path to my blog and the tool failed with this error:   —————————Error Connecting to Weblog—————————An error occured while attempting to connect to your weblog: Invalid Server Response – The … Continue reading Posting from Windows Live Writer

Broken Links

If you find any broken links here, send me an email or leave a comment. I think I caught them all, but the manner in which the software this site runs on makes URLs is rather complex and I don’t really understand the config files, so it’s pretty entirely possible I botched something setting all this up. Share this post: email it! | digg it! | bookmark it! | live it!

Site Fixed

I had some issues with the server this site is hosted on the last week of May/first week of June. Six weeks later I've finally gotten everything all fixed. I took the downtime as an oppurtunity to upgrade the software that runs this site and think about some new idas for blog posts. I've got some other ideas for this site and there will be some changes that I'm going to try. I also turned comments back on, so I'm going to see how that goes. If it doesn't go well they'll get turned off. This new software seems to … Continue reading Site Fixed

Comments Disabled

I’ve temporarily disabled comments until I can get a verification system in to deal with the blog spam Share this post: email it! | digg it! | bookmark it! | live it!

Site Move/Upgrade

I decided to get a box, actually a virtual server over at www.bitshop.com. I’m in the process of getting that all squared away and working, and then I’m going to swing this site over, and hopefully in the process upgrade the blog software and get rid of all the spam on here. My method of getting rid of spam includes all the comments, unfortunately. I can’t efficiently or reliably pick 100 good rows out of 20000 table rows. I think the new version of this blog software actually includes a comment spam reduction widget, and if not, I’m going to home … Continue reading Site Move/Upgrade