# Monday, 30 October 2006

There are certain times where the job as an ISV just makes you want to rip your hair out and strangle the customer for their inadequet understanding of their IT systems. And here's one of them.

So... we made this Flash heavy website for a client, and recently after we changed the content of one of the files, the client came back to us and said we hadn't perform our changes. Upon closer inspection we realized something... the client's proxy server was CACHING the Flash file, and upon seeing that the filename was the same decided that the file was unchanged and thus didn't load the new file from the server.

So we tell the client about this and.... they blame it on us!!! They say that we need to solve this problem cause they don't expect all their other users behind proxies to have to clear their proxies whenever there are file changes.

I have yet to take a close look at the server settings (the client is running a JSP server not a MS server) But if nothing can be done on the server side, then the problem is the proxy server and well... they're current still holding that there's nothing wrong with their proxy server.

Well I guess I understand why they'd say that, there is technically nothing wrong with their proxy server. I'd think that a typical proxy/cache server would classify Flash files as uncommonly updated files and thus would cache them down for a longer period if no ChangedDate was supplied to the server for a given file.

Problems problems...


Monday, 30 October 2006 22:43:24 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [2]  | 

The problem with video is that... how do you deliver it to your friends to watch? Video is inherently bigger... and requires more space to be stored. YouTube is a solution but requires that everyone who wants to watch it to have a YouTube account so you can limit the private access.

I guess a direct upload to your personal website works better, that is IF you have one. Then you need to properly tweak the encoder profile so you still have some detail and the file isn't too big. Then you end up with something like this.

No.. that is not my baby.. mine still in the wife. :P Note the complete lack of knowledge about my camera's specifications in the video clip the background noise was loud and deafening hence the "There's no way I can record any audio here" quote. I forgot I was testing the reduced mic sensitivity mode. :P


Monday, 30 October 2006 09:52:35 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Wednesday, 25 October 2006

One of the most trustworthy online shops which I've been getting my games from, Lik Sang has just been sued by SONY till they have to close shop. Sony's saying that it is illegal for Lik Sang to sell non Europe PSPs to European contries and that Lik-Sang infringed its trade marks, copyright and registered design rights by selling Sony PSP consoles from Asia to European customers! Infringing copyrigth just by selling stuff!

Great... what's next oh great Sony, you're gonna get PlayAsia shutdown as well? Gheeezz.. this really isn't gonna get you on the gamer's side Sony!


Wednesday, 25 October 2006 01:03:28 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 23 October 2006

This sucks... after a lightning strike my MCE unit's hard disk is failing to be detected!!!! AAAAAAAaaaaaAAAAaaa!!!!!!! Shit shit shit!!! Damn damn Damn!!! Just my luck!!


Monday, 23 October 2006 23:21:55 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

It just HAS to happen now, eve of a 2 day public holiday and my net connection is constantly reconnecting.. Of course calling StreamyX support would probably just give me the standard "we're upgrading the service line" Which is helpful beyond belief!


Monday, 23 October 2006 21:49:36 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |