Server Go Boom and Spray Email
Apparently every time our server went boom this morning (4 or 5 times) the stupid mailing list manager software decided it would be a nice idea to resend my notification email. If you got several copies of today's Joel on Software bulletin, I sincerely apologize and ask your forgiveness.
Fog Creek President Michael Pryor figured out a brilliant trick which makes it so that you see new topics, and topics that have followups you haven't read, in blue. If you've read the entire topic, it will be purple. And it's all done without keeping any state on the server.
Server Go Boom
The home-built server we've been using for fogcreek.com keeps crashing whenever the temperature goes above about 80 degrees in the server closet. Grump. I guess it's time to replace it with a real industrial strength server... I've ordered a couple of these.
The CityDesk Beta has started trickling out, and within minutes we're getting bug reports from the field. Great! That's why we're doing a beta. We've been banging on this dang thing for months. We fixed 329 bugs. Then Brad W. downloads it, plays for ten seconds, and finds another. And we don't run so good on NT 4.0. (98, Me, 2000 and XP are all fine).
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