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Paul D'ambra
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An unusbscribey follow up

So recently I blogged a bloggy thing here about unsubscribe links.

I know a lot of people are of the opinion that an unsubscribe link should just unsubscribe you and require no further action and that the whole idempotency thing is software design flim-flam and I was tempted to agree until I was introduced to the concept of pre-fetching…

How to design an unsubscribe link?!?

We send out mail to 70,000+ members of our organisation. In theory they know they're getting it cos they're advised when they join the organisation that we'll send the email… yes, I know that implicit opt-ins aren't best practice… I want to polish up our email unsubscribe flow since the amount of mail we send out is steadily climbing as we move from paper to email for more things.

Get with the program(ming)!

Twice recently I've hit the same problem with two different mobile phone vendor's websites. Vodafone (displayed here) and 3. When I type a phone number I split it into three sections using white space. "nnnn nnn nnnn" that's how I remember numbers. That's not uncommon I don't think…

SSH without password

I've resolved to learn more about linux and have been slowly boggling at how easy some tasks are in comparison to the MS world…

Recently I've been working on what was intended to be a small and straight-forward website that has rapidly grown to be a large behemoth that will take credit card payments.

Refactor ==fun

I've been using JetBrains Resharper for a while after a recommendation along the lines of "I can't stand to write code without it now" and…

I can't stand to write code without it now!

Odd, odd, odd login behaviour

I've got a mini 5101. A little HP netbook that I lurve. It runs Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.04 with aplomb.

There's more in them thar hills...

…than just the Factory pattern.

So anyway I learn about design patterns and begin to use the factory pattern. And much like many other people I settle into a world where there are no other patterns. All is comfortable and fluffy and instantiated simply from calling code much as it was in days gone by.

Quack Quack Says The Duck now with added threading

In a previous post I advertised an application I'd made for WinMo to entertain my toddler.

Having watched her play with it and having been reminded to K.I.S.S. I've fixed a bug that highlighted the difference in expectations between myself and a toddler.

c# Background Worker

I've been meaning to get around to writing a good tutorial on c# background workers. Mainly because I use them to separate the GUI from all the heavy lifting and I always forget how to update things.

In case I never get around to it. This is about the clearest introduction I've ever found. Well worth a read…

Bing is not a search engine

Over the last two days I've been researching using Windows Deployment Services with BDD. I've got 4 workstations to build so I may as well investigate it right?