Archive for the ‘Bug Fixes’ Category

The story of the tortoise and the hare

November 30, 2007

If you have a lot of stuff going on, you’ll notice that your Stuff page is much much faster loading now. Russell found a neat way to beat the natural drawbacks of being a Rails app, and it’s sweet. As we approach what we refer to as “game 2”, which is a much larger audience driven by recent efforts to partner with other sites, we will be doing more of this type of performance optimizations.

With our deployment last Wednesday, we did some tweaks to certain areas here and there based on user feedback, so keep sending them. For example, the create flow now has wht we call “ghost users” initially so it’s clear where your guests go and that you should start inviting.

Much of these design changes you may not notice, which means it’s working right 🙂 If done correctly, design gets out of your way and lets you focus on your task at hand – festivities, good times.

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Protoype and scriptaculous

November 20, 2007

So apparently it isn’t the new Safari 3 browser that introduced all weirdness. It’s the latest Prototype/Scriptaculous versions too which we use to serve up JavaScript and effects. Either way, Russell and Adrian are working on fixes which we can launch soon, and we’ll take the browser curtain down for Safari 3 users. That’s all scheduled to deploy tomorrow, Wednesday.

Safari 3, continue anyway?

November 19, 2007

Right now if you use Safari 3 to go to Crusher you are met with a message saying we currently don’t support your browser. You can click “continue anyway?” and skip the message easily. Safari 3 has some new things that cause issues around saving edited modules which use iframes and using form fields which automatically expand as you type. We’re working to fix these. Soon we’ll be able to take that curtain down for those who live on the cutting edge – of browsing.

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Move almost done

November 6, 2007

We’ve been working this past week on migrating to the new servers. Actually, Russell is doing most of it. With some help from Doug. We’re scheduled to take the site down at midnight for a bit and do the transfer. After this, the site will be much faster and more reliable. Hopefully, zero downtime.

The shirts have also shipped. Hope you like them. So far, people do.

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A crusher sticker on a bicycle rack looks hot.

$ € ₤₤

October 11, 2007

So the new paypal module is up and running. Like I said, will evolve over time as we see how it is used and hear from users.

Also in today’s push is a neat fix in our templates flow. From the home page, click pick a template. Clicking a swatch from the templates page now takes you directly to an editable state. A much better experience than before.

Let’s see, what else. The rest are the usual bug fixes, optimization, and small feature tweaks that are too many to list. Oh, we found out we will have a little coverage in the December issue of Communication Arts (print) magazine. More on that as it happens.

Go see crusher.

Faster faster

September 28, 2007

We had another successful deployment today. Lots of little enhancements focusing on making existing features better. Most significantly are performance improvements. Try puling up any of the heftier pages in Crusher like a big event page, a Contacts page with tons of friends, or your busy Stuff page. It all loads really fast, wow! For more details on how, see what Russell says.

Also, the raven locked the top bolt on the Crusher Officina door while we were out for lunch.

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Next up: City!

September 12, 2007

In our next deployment, which is scheduled for tomorrow, we have a pretty significant update that allows you to enter your location by choosing a country and city. No longer limited to US zip codes like we do now. Along with this we will be able to tell what time-zone you are in. So when you look at your upcoming shows from California it will no longer be displaying in Florida time. Florida is where our physical servers are, I hear.

To all solid colorists:

September 11, 2007

Start-ups often make mistakes. But not us. Okay us too. One or two vocal users set us straight when we make wrong choices. By the third we have likely patched the mistake and moved on.

Over several days or weeks, Crusher has had a broken “spinner” unbeknownst to the Crusher team. If you customized your page and spun the background to a solid color (instead of a pattern image) and saved, your page looks like it has updated with the new custom look, great. However, your guests are still looking at the old background ):

What do we do?

Well, “we have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store. Details are still being worked out and will be posted on Apple’s website next week.”

I hope this makes up for it |:

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No more email barrage!

August 23, 2007

We learn along the way. We noticed that some folks were not happy with getting individual comments from a page. Chatty pages can get overwhelming in your inbox. So we now only send you 1 daily email summary instead. It aggregates activity from all of your pages and pages you positively rsvp to. You can also just manually “subscribe” to any page and all activities from that page will funnel into your daily email, if any. No activity, no email. Oh, and of course you can individually “unsubscribe” to any page.

For those who have a high email threshold and want to continue getting individual comments, you can opt into it from your Accounts page.

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‘Cot damn, that’s a good Crusher

August 2, 2007

It’s Thursday and once again we’ve deployed a new set of good stuff. The past few weekly iterations in July have been themed “BTO” where we held off from introducing new major features and focused on bugs + tests + optimization. During that, we’ve upgraded our RoR to the latest version (edge rails, as Doug and Russell call it); the site is now 10x faster in most pages and can handle thousands of items such as contacts; we’re using something called fixtures to create better Selenium tests for everything we build; and we polished off existing features such as now being able to remove comments without refreshing the page, ability to remove an email address from your account, and automatically converting images to jpeg format when you try to upload a tiff file. Overall, we aimed for performance and quality.

We added the dashboard on your Stuff page last week which keeps track of all activities related to you, pictured below. This just got enhanced to completely track all activity (such as photo uploads, comments, RSVP’s) within your events and events you have been invited to. You will now also be alerted if people in your contacts list creates a new public event page (for those of you who know some event bloggers or promoters). We summarize them all neatly so you don’t get barraged with a super long list.

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Of course we couldn’t help ourselves and still introduced some new features. We want to deal with apprehensions you might have around putting on an event, like when you are about to fire off an invite to all 75 of your friends you wonder what exactly they will get. You can now preview what your invitation will look like, just as you can preview what your page looks like to your guests. Wow!

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Other news: Our featured artist is having many shows, one nearby; Russell and Doug have started a product blog “CrusherDev” that will be focused on RoR development and all the technical stuff related to that.