I use WordPress for http://pokercopilot.com/blog. I've turned off comments for the site, because these days, most comments you get on popular blogging platforms are spam. When the comments on our site are not spam, they tend to be support requests. Blog post comments do not make a good medium for conducting customer support.
And yet...the comments still come. I've turned on "comments need moderation", so they get quarantined, and I have to mark them as spam or trash, or let them be published. But they still come.
I was surprised that turning off comments only turns off the UI for making comments. If someone knows how the WordPress API works, they can programmatically add comments to your blog. WordPress's support says that this can't be disabled, and instead you should purchase a subscription to the Akismet anti-spam service.
I recently stumbled upon a new product that vaguely competes with our flagship product, Poker Copilot. Because it competes with us, I won't tell you what it is.
This product seems basic and raw, but has a unique angle to the problem space. It is created by someone with good experience in the field. It seems to be have been started well, but hasn't been updated for a while. I suspect it is becoming abandonware.
For some odd reason, the developer never charged money. If you click on "Buy Now" you see "Coming Soon". I want to contact them and tell them, charge money already! If some people pay, it is validation that your software has a viable market. Nothing motivates the owner of a small company like the arrival of money in the bank account.
Dubbiya is the code name. I hope a better name comes to me soon. Suggestions welcome.My vision for Dubbiya:database design in the browser;that works WITH you;that doesn't involve fiddling around with lines and layout;that is as easy to use as drawing on a white board;yet looks damn attractiveA month ago, Dubbiya was nothing more than an itch to try out HTML5's new Canvas feature. Now it has become an embryonic project.I've been creating entity-relationship diagrams for years. First I used ERwin, which was powerful software with a clumsy user interface. It did the job, but you had to fight somewhat to get it done. Then came Visio, which I started using before Microsoft acquired it. This was a big step forward from ERwin for usability. Another product I've used and loved is SQLEditor for Mac OS X. It wins on simplicity and prettiness. The Mac world also has OmniGraffle, which makes pretty diagrams but doesn't have smarts about what an entity-relationship diagram rea…