Watching the bots go by

Monday evening. 7:30 and its’s dark already. The day has gone by rather quickly which is often the way when trying to finish the last 1% of something that is just about ready to go live.

I’ve found a relatively quiet table in the Red Lion to see if my latest widget works over a tethered phone connection. The bit of the widget you would see as a visitor is a chat messaging system. You can click an icon to trigger a ‘toast’ and send a message which would appear almost instantaneously on one or more of the machines I am usually surrounded by. Behind the scenes there’s a bit more going on.

Thread lost: blokes at the bar are discussing world affairs which distracting and depressing.

So, missing the middle of the story, the system - that quietly went live a couple of hours ago - now pings me when potential customers* arrive at my site. It currently also pings when a bot requests a page too, as has just happened. On this occasion is was one of Google’s bots. The previous one one was probably a Microsoft bot. It was from an IP address reportedly owned by Microsoft but I can’t see the User Agent without digging a bit deeper. I expect I’ll tweak things to push bot info into the background where it belongs, and generally make things more sophisticated, but for now time says time to go.

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Tonight’s rushed update is all about system globals that control navigation menus

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Revision 5243

Probably not the best place to test a new core component, but hey - I’m busy during the day, and only this website will be effected.

18:54 - Definitely time

I’m not sure booze and blood pressure meds are the best combo, so I’ll need to keep an eye on things

Thursday, 17:45 - time for pizza

The White Swan in Exning doesn’t offer much in the way real ale, but it’s too cold and wet to stand around chatting with Sandro.

Midnight Sun 26 Nov

I think this might be my highest post to date

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In Cambridge

I think a quick stop into M&S was the only reason for today’s trip

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A weekend in Great Yarmouth

A Banksy, a Weatherspoons and a wander round some dereliction.

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Tired of white space

I think it's time for a radical layout change. Time for some Blog Roll!

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