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Overriding Scrollbar Behavior in OS X

I recently ran into a situation where I wanted to significantly customize the behavior of a scrollbar in a Cocoa WebView and was disappointed in how little access I had to it. There are two factors that complicated my situation. First was the fact that the text I was displaying in the WebView was being […]

Excluding Myself From the Vibram Settlement

Earlier this month, Vibram — makers of FiveFingers “toe shoes” — announced a settlement in a lawsuit in which they were accused of misleading their customers about the virtues of their FiveFingers shoes for runners. The claimants were apparently injured during transition to running in the shoes, and argued that Vibram made false claims about […]

More Fun with JJ (Helen Pearce)

A reader commented yesterday that she had been contacted by “Faith Stuart” of FS Capital LLC who wanted to buy her home. After connecting the dots, we concluded this is none other than our friend JJ (Helen Joanne Pearce). Taking a look at her site at www.fscapitalllc.com, I noticed a slide show of recently sold […]

Craig 1, Hacker 0

When you purchase a product from our website, you click on a link to download it. The link appears to be legit — just a regular link to a file on our server. But it’s not. The file does not actually exist. We intercept the link and parse it to determine what to download to […]

Meet JJ Pierce, Real Estate Magnate

Is this the face behind the phone call? A Facebook friend forwarded a link to a Facebook profile for Helen Pearce that has a number of suspicious similarities to our friend JJ Pierce of Flat Stone Capital. According to her profile, she’s married to Matt Pearce and they live in Celebration, FL. I think this […]

Flat Stone Capital LLC Calls Craig a “Fool” For Dissing Their Offer

For those of you following this story, the latest information is at the bottom of the page, including a list of other companies which may or may not be related to JJ. In addition to Flat Stone Capital and Redfield Holdings, these include Mary Jones Projects Inc., JEP Genesis LLC, KACW Investments Inc., In Faith […]

Braces and Indenting: You’re Doing it Wrong

Java, C++, Objective-C, and C# all use braces ( { and } ) to delineate the beginning and end of blocks of code. Over the years, several styles have evolved, with the worst of them dominating the literature. Once you see The Light you’ll wonder how we ever let this get out of hand. Before […]

An eCommerce Company Wants to Know: Do I Want to Double My Sales?

While searching for something else in my email archives, I ran into this exchange with a sales rep from Digital River who spammed me a few years back asking if I wanted to double our online sales. It’s rather humorous. Subject: Online Sales @ Laridian Hi Craig, How are sales from laridian.com? If we could […]

A Customer Wants to Know: How Stupid Can I Be?

Back in the day, we used a number of email lists run by a program called mailman to communicate with our customers. You could join a list based on the type of device you had, and from time to time we’d email you to let you know about updates and upgrades. We stopped using these […]

From the Archives: Managing Craig’s Way

Something recently reminded me of this article I wrote back in September 1994. For you historians, that would have been the month that the Intuit purchase of Parsons technology was finalized. It was revised in 2001. So if any of it sounds dated, it’s because it is. I assume this would’ve appeared on my original […]