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Congrats Mozilla on releasing Firefox 3! Join millions of others and get yours today free! We couldn’t have developed CoolChaser, ClipClip nor without Firefox and we’re sure glad they’re continuing to lead the way in cool new features.

Mac users, the disappearing flash widgets bug is finally fixed. That’s another reason to upgrade ๐Ÿ˜‰

Update: deployment was success! Let us know if you see any glitches…

We’re upgrading with speedier code and bug fixes. will be unavailable for under half an hour starting at 10pm PDT Aug 15th 2007.

Please upgrade your MySpace profile background to our newly Coolchaser site. Your old backgrounds that you created at will be going away this weekend. Of course, your existing accounts will continue to work at, and will remain free for six months, even if/when we start charging (yes, we’re still debating internally if charging for layouts is a good idea).
Thanks for your early support and constructive feedback!

We’ll be moving our servers to Amazon EC2. This will take place tonight. The meta search engine should still be up and running but any votes will not be recorded for 3 hours from 10pm PDT.

Update: The migration went very smoothly. Everything is back to normal as of 10:56pm, but do let us know if you see anything weird. We apologize for the down time. was down for just under 2 hours today (0926-1111 hrs PST). We apologize for the inconvenience. We were already investigating into better fault tolerant architectures to try to prevent this from happening again, so this is a good wake up call to action.

We are seriously considering Amazon’s EC2. It definitely seems like a great long-term solution, although we are worried that it’s very new and still in beta. Anyone know of how other websites have fared with EC2? Ruby on Rails deployments would be especially pertinent.

We have crossed the holiday season divide and entered the new year, for quite some time now, you’ll say, and I’ll agree. The thing is we were so busy bringing new features and refining the ones we have that we lagged with our blog postings. Perhaps unbeknownst to you, the intrepid workerbees here have been keeping two sites live and running. In the past, blogging for one, meant not for the other, so we have a new plan…

We’ll close the blog divide between our two sister sites and and have one blog post for both. With this cut of the virtual red ribbon, we invite the netizens of each site to freely visit and use the services of both domains, and be updated with this one blog.

May you prosper and grow in the new year, 2007!

Yes, you heard me right, Wikipedia removed frame busting javascript!

For those who just visited our site, this is the story. When we thought of the concept of “voting on a search result,” we concluded that people will be able to see if the result was relevant or not only by actually visiting the site. The other method was to allow people to vote on the search result page itself – but is this going to be accurate data?

The use of frame was (and still is) controversial, and I was one of those who went “against” using frames in the beginning. The reason was because I didn’t have good experience with sites who tried to trap me inside their sites against my will. For example, I remember the old Hotmail would use frames when I click an external link and trapped me with their frames saying “click here to go back to hotmail” or something like that. (does anyone remember?) I think their intention was good… they thought people would want to have a way to go back to hotmail and check their other emails, right? However, it was just BAD usability, because I was eternally trapped inside Hotmail if I didn’t go back to Hotmail andย  sign out.

But in our context to evaluate if the site is relevant or not, I agreed that using the frame was the best method in doing that, even if it could cause bad usability. I was really happy when I read John, one of the author of Fresh Blog nailing what our frame was for, which none of us really documented at the time he wrote it. He wrote “The frame makes sure that you visit the page that you’re evaluating, rather than expressing an opinion on the list of results page. ” Expressing an opinion.. what a clever way to put it!
OK, so that’s the story of why we use frames. What’s the story with Wikipedia? Well, not only Wikipedia, but some other sites use “busting frame javascripts” which tries to free themselves from being trapped inside someone else’s sites. “Let my people go!” said the Prince of Egypt, and so did those sites. But that made the users of not being able to vote on Wikipedia results and some of our users said “I wish I can vote on Wikipedia because it is often one of the best (or better) results.”

I wonder why Wikipedia decided to take that javascript off, but it is good news for active users! Now you don’t have to give a “thumbs up” to some other site just because you couldn’t vote on Wikipedia. In other words, we now are free to vote on the sites we REALLY want to ๐Ÿ™‚


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