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December 7, 2005 by T-Man
After a very long absence of doing any work on JoeUser I am turning my attention to JoeUser for the next few days to give it some very much needed tender loving care.  I started working on some code optimization in an effort to help speed up the site.  I have already implemented several changes that should help improve JU's peformance.  And I will continue to to do more updates over the next several days.

However, I'm only working on code optimization and I am not doing any new...
December 6, 2005 by T-Man
Not too many people know about this but if you are looking for a bit different view of JoeUser's home page try this link:

http://www.joeuser.com/default.asp
October 21, 2005 by T-Man
Stardock Systems, Inc., a provider of desktop enhancement software, is seeking a Microsoft .NET Web Application Developer to develop and maintain the company's community websites and web-based services.  The ideal candidate must have a minimum of 2+ years experience in both web application development experience and object oriented programming.  Job Description: Developer will work on reusable class components, new application modules, and provide support and incremental patches t...
August 24, 2005 by T-Man
Paul Boyer announces his new podcast site, Under The Skin:


Under The Skin: (We have a home!)



Last week we recorded our first episode of  the new Skinning Podcast, Under the Skin. My original plan was to host it on my Wincustomize.com website. This was a bit of a cheap solution because I was concerned about the cost of bandwidth. However, once again, Stardock has stepped in to give me a hand.
Under the Skin, will now be part of the PowerUser.tv "network". We will have our own h...
May 5, 2005 by T-Man
For those stat fanatics who keep track of all their stats we have just added a new download stat.  The old system reported the total number of downloads, but actually that number really represented something closer to the total number of unique downloads.  We have now added a new stat that shows the Total Number of download attempts.  What does this mean?  If you download a skin more than once the download stat would generally only increment once.  The new stat counts bo...
May 4, 2005 by T-Man
Ok, we have identified a problem with one of scripts that was timing out.  Because of this timout issue not everyones daily points were being saved to the archive (which is where the stats are read from).  The script has been changed and should run properly tonight at its schedule time. 

So shortly after midnight we should see the points come back to life.  However, there most likely will be a side effect.  For those peoples who stats have not been archived they will...
April 8, 2005 by T-Man
Last week we implemented some new code that helped speed up queries in the forums (ie the Chatroom Marathon thread).  This appears to also have helped the stability of our sites a bit by reducing server load against our database.  Having our servers go all last weekend without any major problems felt really good as that has not happened in some time.  I think we are finally starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel!

Moving on to what I managed to accomplish this w...
March 22, 2005 by T-Man
We have been slowly migrating our servers to a new facility.  We started back a month or so by moving our database from California to Chicago.  However, because we were not able to install all our new servers in the Chicago facility we had to leave the JoeUser website back in California. 

So this means JoeUser had to go to Chicago to get its data which made things a bit slower than they should be. Well, with our server migration that took place yesterday, I finally have a new ...
March 21, 2005 by T-Man
Sometime after 11am EST (GMT-5) on Monday, March 21st, almost all the Stardock websites are going to go dark for a couple of hours as we migrate servers from a half-rack to a full-rack in our colo facility.

It will be done as quickly as humanly possible, but things will probably be wonky into the afternoon. Stardock.com, WinCustomize.com, JoeUser.com, GalCiv2.com, the store, irc server, Stardock Central downloads, most everything will be impacted by this. I may migrate the IRC server to anot...
February 7, 2005 by T-Man
If you haven't noticed yet, the JoeUser forums has changed a bit.  Over at WinCustomize for the last half  year we have been coverting the site over from ASP to ASP.Net.  By doing this we are able to use many of the features in ASP.Net which help improve performance.   We have just taken the first step in bringing this updated technology over to JoeUser via the forums.   Hopefully the first thing you should notice is a speed improvement.  The .net code tak...
February 7, 2005 by T-Man
After much delay the Watchlist has finally been updated so you are now able to view and manage the articles that you have added to your watchlist!

For those of you who are not familar with the watch list, it allows to you select specific articles that you are interested in and combine them into a unified list where you can easily view them.  Also, when new replies have been made to that article an email is sent to you notifying you of the new activity.  This is great for those who p...
January 4, 2005 by T-Man
A letter from Joh6nn, the newest member of Coolplayers development team:


Hi All. I'm joh6nn, the newest member of Coolplayer's dev team.

There are currently a number of problems surrounding skinning Coolplayer. Probably the biggest one is that the UI for skinning the playlist is currently broken. A close second would be that Coolplayer has two completely different skinning systems: one for the player itself, and a separate one for the playlist. I'd like to fix as many of the skinning is...
November 30, 2004 by T-Man
I just implemented some anti spamming code this morning so hopefully we will no longer see those ads for online poker and other junk.  If anyone sees any new spamming replies please send me an email (pford@stardock.com) so I can take care of it.
November 24, 2004 by T-Man
Well, the most obvious update is that we changed the color scheme and style of the main WC2K5 site.  We did this to help answer the many complaints we had received over the pastel looking colors.  Hopefully this change will be more appealing to the masses.  However, we are not done with the overall look of the site.  There are still some areas that we wish to colorize further.  As an example, on the main site it is our plans to have each tab(section) have it's own color...
November 23, 2004 by T-Man
Many thanks to CerebroJD who volunteered to take the scalpel into his hands and carve up some new smileys for WinCustomize! Great job and many thanks!

 

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