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End of the line?! [Jul. 13th, 2011|05:27 pm]

Well, crud. Quoted from the horse's mouth:

Joule: the end of the line

An unexpected server move means the end of the line for Joule.
Thank you to everyone who has helped and used the system over the years.
You may still download the source code if you wish.
Any further enquiries may be addressed to

I guess that means I should uninstall the Joule Firefox plug-in, too...
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Augustine? [Jul. 6th, 2011|10:04 am]

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Git tree [Jan. 17th, 2011|05:31 pm]

For programmers who prefer git to bzr, I have placed the source code of joule in a git tree.
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Joule down temporarily [Jan. 17th, 2010|03:09 pm]


Joule's down for about an hour for another server switch. Sorry for the interruption. I'll update this post when it's back.

In unrelated news, I'm sorry Twitter support has been so flaky recently; real-life work has been keeping me rather busy.
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Joule is back [Dec. 16th, 2009|02:10 pm]


In case you hadn't noticed, Joule is back. Thanks to everyone who sent encouraging messages when we were down, and everyone who offered to help.

We have switched to advertising using Project Wonderful, which is a rolling auction. You can bid if you like; currently it'll cost you a US penny to have your ad up for one day.

I may bring in a thing where in exchange for a donation of a certain size it will turn the ads off for your account.

Dreamwidth support is coming before the end of the month.
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...uhm... [Oct. 1st, 2009|12:34 pm]

[mood |blankblank]

Popped on today and I got a 404 error from it today. Says it cannot be found.

What's up?
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Twelve possible enhancements [Jul. 1st, 2009|07:57 pm]

Twelve possible enhancements.
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(no subject) [Jul. 1st, 2009|05:10 pm]


I'd like to hear your thoughts on the current user interface for Joule, and how it can be improved. Currently, you have three things to enter, in a space that looks like this:
Show me the fans of on as a or .
You need to enter
  1. Your username. This is a text box.
  2. A site. This is a drop-down list containing all the sites we support. If you came to Joule from a particular site (say, Twitter), that site will be pre-selected. Otherwise LiveJournal will be pre-selected.
  3. You must press either the "chart" button or the "graph" button.
Let's call these "the controls". I would like to simplify them a bit. I wonder whether we should make any of these changes:
  1. "Graph" isn't much used (92% of all reports are charts), and it probably should be something you can select when you're looking at the chart rather than from the front page. So maybe there should just be a "go" or "OK" button on the front page that took you to the chart.
  2. I would like to have other options than "chart" or "graph", like a line graph showing the change in the number of your followers over all the time you've been using Joule. We could have this accessible in the same way as just discussed for the bar graph, so there wouldn't have to be three or more buttons to choose from.
  3. Perhaps the controls shouldn't be on the reports page because they clutter up the report, and it would be better just to have them on the the main page, and a link back to the main page on the other pages.
  4. Most people (93%) don't go to their page using the controls. I think what happens is that they use them the first time, and then bookmark the report page. So perhaps we can simplify further and we shouldn't have the sites box. Instead you'd just type your username and it would give you a list of charts you might be interested in. That takes a little longer for the first-time user, but perhaps it's a bit less alarming or confusing than all those controls.
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joule is down briefly [Jun. 30th, 2009|11:33 am]

dorothy (the server which hosts joule) is briefly down. Should be back within the hour. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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What "Many" means, and what to do about it [Jun. 27th, 2009|08:03 pm]


If you have more than 100 follows or unfollows since the previous check, Joule displays "Many" instead of the names.  (This used to be "Hiccup".)  The three reasons for this are:
  1. We have to do a separate lookup in Twitter for every userid we haven't seen before, to get the icon and username.  For 5000 changes in a day, that slows page load times a lot.  This is still a problem.
  2. There is an old pre-Twitter assumption that 100 follows or unfollows means either that Joule broke, or that LJ broke when it sent us the names.  Clearly this is outdated.
  3. There isn't enough space in the chart for more than a few hundred names a day without making the page insanely long.
Carmen has suggested replacing "Hiccup" with a link to a sub-page which displays all the names for that day, possibly allowing paging through them to get around the first problem I mentioned.  I think this is a very useful idea.
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