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Gift From wannabesociety.com

About a month ago I received an email from Andja Maric who was a global ambassador for wannabesociety.com . Andja came across Wish while googling for wishes, she explained that wannabesociety shared a similar idea of sharing your wish with the world (t-shirts in their case, binaries in my case). Andja then mentioned that she liked the concept of Wish and kindly offered to send a gift as a token of appreciation.…


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Three Years Running A Mini Content Sharing Web Site - Part 2

One interesting ‘challenge’ that I haven’t had much success on since day one is on promoting Wish to the masses. By nature, Wish is a web site with a very low returning visitors rate. Most visitors would only stop by the site once, browse around, probably submit a wish, and completely forget the site. There is no reason to revisit the site unless if you’re interested to know what other people are wishing for, or if you need to wish for something, really really really hard (to which I sincerely wish it would come true).…


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Three Years Running A Mini Content Sharing Web Site - Part 1

To celebrate 3 years of Wish’ existence on teh web, I’ve been meaning to write up some behind-the-scene stories about Wish and some lessons learned so far from running a mini content sharing web site. The Beginning Wish was started back in 2005. The idea was simple, I’ve always believed that having a wish is an important part of life, so why not share it? I thought it would be interesting to know what other people are wishing for.…


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Did You Make Wish #7208?

I received an email from a Wish visitor asking me “What if we could help make the wish come true? how do we contact the person?” Turned out it was related to wish #7208 “i wish adam would send me a painting.” It also turned out that the email sender was a painter (I googled her name). I explained to her that the wishes were made anonymously and I couldn’t trace the wishers.…


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Random Project Updates

Haven’t made any project related post since July last year, so here’s a list of little things I spent some time on: While playing around with Firefox Web Developer Extension, I found out that some Maven reports generated invalid HTML which could break the reports layout with non-default vm templates. Hence MFINDBUGS-29, MCHECKSTYLE-74, and MCHANGES-83. After integrating Kaptcha in SCode Plugin 0.5, I spent some time working on the Kaptcha project itself where most of the effort was on refactoring the original SimpleCaptcha code.…


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Der Wunsch: Offline... Leider

While working on a mini improvement request for Wish (more on that later), I found out that Der Wunsch is now ‘almost’ offline. Here’s the Babel Fish translation of the message on Der Wunsch home page: Off-line... Unfortunately The web page is unfortunately for indefinite time off-line, since I must worry about other projects. That’s about a year and a half since Der Wunsch came to life. Thanks for the effort, Claus.…


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Wish Appears On The First Page Of Google Search For The Word 'wish'

It was a nice surprise to find out that Wish web site appears on the first page (ranked 8th) of Google.com.au search result for the word ‘wish’. Yes, that’s right. ‘wish’, that’s it, just the 4-letter word. And it’s currently ranked 5th on google.com. Whoa! That’s a superb result considering that the site does not have the word ‘wish’ itself as part of the domain name (mbledug.com) or even a sub domain, and ‘wish’ only appears as a context path in the full URL http://mbledug.com/wish .…


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Der Wunsch

About a week ago, Claus Morell contacted me about his plan to implement a German version of Wish. Lo and behold, it’s now live at www.derwunsch.de. It also has an RSS feed. Good stuff, Claus! Language support has been an interesting issue with Wish. When the web site started receiving some submissions in Italian, Portuguesse, and some other languages I couldn’t recognize, I thought about having multiple language sections a la Wikipedia.…


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