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Saturday, May 27, 2006

System maintenance Saturday June 3

We are planning a few hours maintenance of Netvouz on Saturday June 3. We are going to rewire the internal network supporting Netvouz and because of that we will need to disconnect the servers a little now and then.

We will try to keep the system available as much as possible, but if you know you really really depend on your bookmarks you could export them to a local file (in Internet Explorer or Firefox HTML format) and access them from that file.


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

It's B day! B like in Broken links

Today is the first day the new link validator scans some of Netvouz users' bookmarks a second time. This means that today is the first day that some of you have received a message about broken links. To fix 'em, just click the link in the message you see. If you haven't seen the message yet just be patient for another week.... I bet you will see it - most users have broken links.

My own bookmarks will get their second scan tomorrow or Thursday (it actually depends on how many new users sign up and what usernames they pick). Looking forward to it anyway ;-)


Monday, May 15, 2006

Bookmark spam attack

Today a user signed up and imported 9000 bookmarks. Normally I don't go crazy about that, but when I saw that all 9000 bookmarks all pointed to various locations on the same web site I took a closer look. And, yes, this was a bookmark spam attempt. Needless to say the user was kicked out, in less than 5 hours after signing up.

If you should happen to discover anything similar, please don't hesitate to contact me so I can kick 'em!


Sunday, May 14, 2006

Link validator and improved bookmark importing

Today is the release of some long awaited features! Look here:

Link Validator
The link validator scans your bookmarks for broken links once a week. If it finds links which do not work it marks them as possibly broken and if a link does not work during two validations (two weeks) it is marked as broken. If you have broken links you get a message about that when you visit your bookmarks page and you can then use the Broken Links Manager to fix them. Almost everyone has broken links of some kind, so just be patient and you'll get to see this new feature in action.

Broken Links Manager
The broken links manager divides your broken links into three categories depending on the link's status; confirmed broken (these are definitely broken - the web server even told us so), unreachable (we could not locate the site, it may be gone or may be on an intranet network) and doubtful (we could contact the site but the response we got was bad). Depending on what status the link has you can either delete all broken links with a single click or to display them and process them one by one. Full instructions are available in the broken links manager help.

Import/export to del.icio.us
I have also added support to import and export bookmarks from/to del.icio.us. Netvouz preserves all tags and descriptions (extended notes) on your del.icio.us bookmarks.

Import with merge folders option
If you import two bookmark files and they have folders with identical names you earlier ended up with two folders with that name. Now there's an option to merge these folders (and all bookmarks and sub-folders) when importing.

Blog post button configuration tool
Bloggers may appreciate the new configuration tool for the Netvouz blog post button (used to place a link/button on your blog so your visitors may bookmark your posts easily). The configurator automatically gives you the correct string to paste into your blog template, and it has several options for customizing the link.

I haven't really decided yet, but there may not be any major visible updates until beginning of August. The reason is I'm gonna beef up the infrastructure with some new hardware to cope with the increasing load and to provide even better uptime. Designing, implementing, testing and putting that stuff into production will take me some time. And there's also very nice weather at this time of year so... we'll see what happens!

If anyone has some features they really really would like me to prioritize - drop me an email and I'll see what I can do.