2007 See You At MAX 2008 In ...
It's official, MAX 2008 will be in San Francisco, CA, at the Moscone Center, November 16-19, 2008.
2007 Check Out The New Adobe Developer Connection
Yesterday (while I was offline) Adobe launched the new Adobe Developer Connection - the new consolidated portal with everything you need to build on our platform and products, all wrapped in a slick ColdFusion powered DHTML interface. Very cool stuff indeed, check it out!
2007 MAX 2007, Here I Come
I am all packed up, and about to hit the road - driving to Chicago for MAX 2007. See you there!
2007 MAX 2007 US Sold Out
This is a first! In 9 years (MAX, DevCon, etc.) we've never had to do this before, but ... we've sold out MAX 2007 in Chicago, and registration has been closed! Wow! I can't wait for next week, see you in Chicago!
2007 Flex Camp Coming To Toronto
Oliver Merk has announced that Flex Camp is coming to Toronto on November 15, 2007 (from 5pm to 10pm) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
2007 FuseTalk 50% Faster On ColdFusion 8
FuseTalk Inc has announced version 3.1 of their flagship FuseTalk forums software. This new version adds new features (including blogging support), and has been tested on ColdFusion 8 where "average page time and requests per second turned in a whopping 50% improvement".
2007 ColdFusion Helps Manage MAX 2007 Venue McCormick Place
The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) is a municipal corporation created by the Illinois General Assembly. Its Board of Directors is appointed by the Governor of Illinois and the Mayor of Chicago. MPEA seeks to promote and operate conventions, fairs and expositions in the Chicago area in an effort to strengthen the local economy, and as part of this effort, MPEA owns and manages the McCormick Place complex (the venue for MAX 2007). And the MPEA web site is powered by ColdFusion. (Not that that would have anything to do with why we picked this venue, would it? ;-) Hummm).
2007 Last Minute MAX Hotel Rooms
The three official MAX 2007 hotels are all sold out, which is to be expected considering our record breaking attendance this year. But don't despair - use this hotels.com search and you'll find available rooms a mile or so away from McCormick Place (the MAX venue). And if you have yet to register, you have less than a week to go, so do so now!
2007 ColdFusion 8 Get Started Tutorial Posted
2007 eBay Feedback Scores No Longer Working
We are eBay fans, and have been so for years. We've bought all sorts of stuff on eBay, and have sold a few things too. And we've always been very careful to provide accurate feedback, and have expected accurate feedback in return.
But a few months ago we had a less than perfect buying experience. We bought a product that arrived defective (after a several week delay). The seller (after weeks of nagging) agreed to take the item back and replace it, and eventually he did in fact do so. As the seller did indeed deliver in the end, we opted not to give him negative feedback, but he definitely did not deserve positive feedback either. We left neutral feedback which we felt was honest and appropriate. And the seller responded by leaving entirely undeserved negative feedback about us. Since then, we've been sure to leave our buyer feedback only after the seller has left feedback for us.
But we have another item that we need to leave feedback on, and we intend to leave neutral feedback for this one, too. The problem is that the seller refuses to leave feedback for us until we've left our feedback for him. And we don't want to leave feedback for him until he has left feedback for us.
Apparently, many eBay users are running in to the same issue. Feedback used to be an important way to help determine which buyers and sellers to do business with. But as feedback has become less honest and more retaliatory, the system is fast becoming useless. High positive feedback no longer means that the individual has only high positive feedback, it also means that he or she may have lots of negative feedback that was never left for fear of retaliatory negative feedback posting. The result is that when transactions are good for all parties, lots of positive feedback is posted. But when the transaction is less than good, no feedback is left. Sellers (especially those with scores in the hundreds or thousands) don't care if the feedback is not left, and buyers (especially those with lower scores) can't risk being the recipients of negative feedback.
In other words, feedback scores mean next to nothing nowadays, and that is hurting buyers, sellers, and the whole eBay experience.
eBay needs to fix this by enforcing feedback rules:
1) Feedback should be mandatory, and must have a time limit (perhaps 30 days). After that time limit, feedback should no longer be allowed, and the system should automatically generate negative feedback for non-compliance.
2) All of the feedback for any given transaction should remain private until all parties have provided feedback (or have exceeded the time limit). Parties should be informed that feedback has been left, but they should not be able to see the details until they have left their own feedback.
These changes will help level the playing field, and will help make eBay feedback scores relevant once again.