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Memories Documented Status update


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    Rated 4.6/5 stars (110 votes cast)

    Hey folks, It's been a long time since I updated people on the status of this blog/project and this would be good time to share and discuss the recent changes I've added. Just for the sake of keeping on the technical excellence side of things. As you know, this blog is NOT wordpress, nor is it anything else for that matter. Here are the latest changes

    1. I implemented an additional anti-spam stage the depends on specific patters to make decisions. It has enough intelligence to block and ban spam from spammer sources based on content and behavior, and not only their source. So far, it has been very successful
      Over the past year or so, 0 spam has passed through the system which I like to call "Qwaider Shield". It has over 1.8 Million IPs of potential spammers (6 times the number of IP's monitored by Akesmet). And has blocked about over 133k spam attempts since I started this back in August 2006
    2. I implemented a number of caching enhancements. The site was becoming exceedingly slow to the point that it broke the 8 second golden rule (If the site loads in more than 8 seconds, it would cause people to get annoyed and leave it. Here are the caching enhancements:
      1. The RSS Feed viewer on the side now caches the whole feed locally at the server. And updates the content once every hour
      2. All the heavy queries (like that on the left side that shows statistics) are also being run once an hour, and cached locally in two stages. Once in the database (for historical/statistical benefit) and once in the application itself in memory
        The same applies to "Recent Comments", but this one is more frequently updated. Every time a new comment is posted.
      3. All the Gravatar icons are also being cached locally (I noticed that it's the slowest part in the whole page to load, and I had to do something about it, so I started caching it all locally). Here's the fun part: If gravatar server itself goes down for up to 10 days, I can still have the gravatar Icons show up completely unaffected. But the negative side is that it might take up to 4 days, for your new gravatar to show up (Unless you tell me and I can manually do it for you)
    3. Visually I have added lighbox which allows pictures to be displayed with beautiful effects 
    4. On the administrative side there has been a number of enhancements
      1. Article creation now has the ability to "Save without publishing"
      2. While editing a new article, now you have two new options. You can "Save and continue editing" or "Spike" the article (or, just change it's publish date)
        • TO DO: Save changes without refreshing page
      3. The admin now has the ability to view: Recent visitors (and where), Top commenters(and comment count), and finally Top visitors (and #of visits)
    5. The new caching features allowed me enough cycles to add the statistics you see in the side bar. I might add more. (If you have any ideas about this, let me know)
    6. Linkbacks have also been implemented (in a way that is different than that of wordpress), they're there, but I like to keep them out of the way at the bottom of the articles.
    7. I also implemented a cool "Reverse trackback" feature. But I talked about that earlier
    8. I also implemented an RSS feed for comments (for the whole blog) or for separate articles. Unlike blogspot, these are not ATOM based, these are all RSS2.0. And unlike wordpress, these are as granular as per-article. (And seem to be very popular)

    I guess that is it for the changes. There are other minor tweaks here and there, but those are the highlights.

    I know that some of the things here have been there in wordpress for a million years, but again, this is not wordpress, and I'm adding things as I need them.

    Anyway, enjoy the different taste of Memories Documented.

    Other Memories Documented on September 26
    « Go ahead, close the gates of Paradise behind you!On doubt! »

    Memories....

    Looks the same to me.
    If you notice, your gravitar is much clearer than it used to look.

    And now there is a little icon next to your name in the comments on the side. This wasn't there yesterday

    Generally, regular users shouldn't feel anything but better performance
    Thanks Q, ya3teek il3afyeh :)
    • #4
    • Nizar
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    • On: 9/26/2007 10:07:10 PM
    you know, your blog's style and theme doesn't look good at all on my screen for some reason, it feels very crowded, but once I went to my friends house and browsed your blog on his 32'' computer screen, It looked awesome I have to tell you.

    I would like to see a section for highest rated, most viewed and most commented posts ^^

    mabrook 3ala el upgrade :D
    Thanks Nizar,
    Sorry about the low res problems. I'm not a graphic artist. I can make things work great, but not pretty.

    Now here's the thing about Most commented and highest rated. The issue with these is that if a post is already popular, parading it will ma it continue in that spot forever! Unless I can make that section of a monthly thing. Which actually sounds like a good idea now :)
    I'll think about it! Thanks for the suggestion

    This is really not an upgrade, it's too much coding!
    how cool, bravo Q, i can feel it faster and i like the gravatar thing, i can see my moon clear :).. ya3teek el 3afyeh it's really nice
    • #7
    • asoom
    • Windows Internet Explorer
    • Said
    • On: 9/27/2007 4:32:28 AM
    too bad I didn't understand the majority of the technical terms used LOL but allah ya3teek il3afya!
    • #8
    • sam
    • Windows Internet Explorer
    • Said
    • On: 9/27/2007 7:33:23 AM
    just like asoom..i didnt get most of the techincal terms...but it looks great...good job:o)
    My favorite thing is the (this post was read by x,y,z) blurb at the bottom.
    You too can have your Memories Documented

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