Wednesday, September 30, 2009

So, how was your date?

A funny exchange at work today...

I designed this piece of UI putting together all my newly-acquired Javascript and Paint.NET (a free Photoshop-like tool) skills, and it looked pretty fancy for what I thought I was going to end up with. After playing with it for a bit my co-worker responded: "Thanks for putting that together Viraj - I really like the concept. I can't wait to see what a designer can do with it".

Lol... this sounds a lot like the "She's got a great personality..." line of the dating scene.

Like I said previously, UI design is so much harder than I thought it was!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fix for slow Firefox/Chrome connects to localhost

While doing some recent testing I noticed that Chrome(v3) and Firefox(v3.5) are both very slow to connect to http://localhost on Windows 7 - both take ~1 second just to connect.

I initially suspected something was wrong with the webserver on localhost, but once I validated that wasn't it, I found some blog posts about others who had noticed this in Vista and XP. Essentially, disabling ipv6 takes care of the slowness.

However, to fix the issue, have the client use instead of http://localhost - it bypasses ipv6 without you needing to mess with browser configuration.