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Archive for August, 2011

Deprecated functions

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

I decided to deprecate two functions in Grubba.

There were always problems with searching date fields, so I decided to stop using date fields.

Just use a normal field and tell the users in the Help text what you would like the input to look like. For instance put: requested date mm/dd/yyyy in the helptext.

This way you can also search by date range (sort of anyway). For instance if you need all dates within the month of December, do this query:
select this in the dropdown = %%
and enter this in the field: 12/%%/2011

You can use wildcards with %% (where each % stands for one character) . So in the end this is a much easier and better way to deal with dates.

The other function is the file upload function. The box.net API just doesn’t work properly anymore. No idea why. To be quite honest, I simply don’t have the time to fix it. I was thinking of renting an image server and do the uploads within Grubba. This would be a great solution, but it will take some time coding and the biggest issue, it will cost money. In this time of crisis donations have dropped, so I am not sure if I can afford this. As always, I am open for suggestions or discussion. If you feed the need to do so, please send me a message via the ticket system.

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Confidentiality

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Today I got an interesting question from Don: He was wondering if the data he enters remains confidential.
And if I monetize customer data in any way.

I am pretty oldskool. Been actively designing since 1999. In the early days the only people who made any money at all where the guys that showed naked ladies on their website. At the risk of sounding very old and a bit like a nag: I don’t really like the ‘modern’ internet. Companies like Facebook really annoy the p$#@ss out of me. Not only because they sell user data, but also because they are not upfront about it. They should be required by law to tell the user in font-size 44 that they do sell your data, before you are even allowed to sign up.

Bottom line is:
I only disclose data if I am required to do so by law. Period.
I do not sell e-mailaddresses. Period.

Please read the terms of use and privacy statement if you need more info.

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