so lately Apple has been blocking the java plugin, this is due to some of those crazy java exploits out there. but for those that NEED to have Safari work with the java plugin, here is a little hack that fixes that.
Apple writes out to a file in:
to block minimum java plugin versions. I attempted to use the one provided by Oracle, but still had issues, so to temporary hack is to change the version.
here is a script that does that (must run as sudo):
A friend of mine informed me of this article. In the article there is a link that you put in your toolbar to basically figure out what Facebook thinks you are stalking. Now I think thats an interesting concept. So I had to dig a bit further and find out what exactly that metric is.
So the interesting part is that Facebook tracks whenever you type into the Search bar. That generates some ajax calls to things you have searched for most recently. That is what the article talks about.
The first time you load the page, the Search bar fires off this call.
obviously my id is 6001041 – so if you want to make the same call, then you can either use the link above or replace my id with yours.
What is this call? its basically gives you an list of things that you have searched for with a negative index sorted to the top, being what you are most likely to search for. In the payload of this json call, they’ve also put the url of the profile picture, thats why it shows up so fast – so once you’ve entered something into the Search Bar, it does a quick search through this index and then displays x number of results while then making ajax calls for the profile pics.
then after you are done finding what you want they fire off this call.
I have documented 3 basic functions: retrieve, browse, updates
In all cases, we assume the user is logged in, so we have access to his/her data
Retrieve – a user requests for a specific manga name/chapter
1. user sends a request for a specific manga name/chapter
2. service goes to the User table and finds the search order
3. based on the search order, checks the Chapter table to see if the manga chapter is available – return first source with chapter
a. if found, based on the Source, use the source strategies to determine correct urls
b. if not found, return not found
Browse – a user wants to see all available mangas
1. user sends request for mangas
2. service sends back current manga list
3. user selects a manga
4. service goes to User table and gets searchOrder, then goes and aggregates Chapter table
a. if not found, service makes a request through ALL source strategies to populate Chapter table
b. if found, return the aggregate chapters available
Updates – a user wants to know if there are any updates to his favorites
1. user sends a request for updates for all manga
2. service goes to User’s Favorites table
3. for every favorites, checks Chapter table for new Chapters
a. if found, return updates
b. if not found, return no updates
1. Listens for updates on the rss feeds of the sources
a. if updates available – update the Chapter table
These basically are java classes for determining image urls, for getting chapter lists, for analyzing rss feeds.
I was originally going to wireframe the application in OmniGraffle, but I found the stencils to be inadequate, then I looked into Apple’s Interface Builder, but it seemed to not have support for iPad. so now I’m downloading the latest one. Till tomorrow.
So in order to decide what features or the the reason why I’m building this product, it has to not exist or do something better. If you look at Google, they were a better search engine then the current existing search engines. In the same vein, I want to build a better Manga Management reader.
What do the other apps have? and what will mine have? see the table below.
The key here is updates – my app will be able to let the user know when updates are available for the favorites that they have selected. Some of the apps do have updates, but they seem counter intuitive and don’t work properly.