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Beta of stupidzombie website is available now!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

OK undead minions, is time to kick the tires of the website. The URL (for now, before we move it to the stupidzombie.com domain) is here.

Again, I will quote Romney on what kind of work he did for the website:

Hi Everyone,

How are you doing? I’d like you to meet Blockhead.

If you have a moment please check out the site that I am building for StupidZombie.com

This was a recent final project for my web design class that I had the great opportunity to work with a real client on. Its still little rough to go “live” yet. I need to get with the owner of StupidZombie about integrating my design with his blog page and a few of the other database links I don’t have access to.

I did do all the branding for StupidZombie myself, including their new mascot, “Blockhead,” based on what the client wanted and competitive analysis of the market. This branding was very much liked and approved by the owner of StupidZombie. You can see his current page here.

I’d appreciate any and all feedback. Especially any compatibility issues you may have with your browser of choice. Also if you can check it out before Thursday I’d appreciate it as part of my last lab is to do a tracking analysis on the traffic to the site.

Thank you from me and Blockhead.


Great work from Romney. Please visit it and make sure you leave your comments. Tell us what you like, what you don’t and how it can be improved.


More functionality: Export ping results and filtering

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Yep, now you can export the ping results as a CVS file for later analisys or just for fun.  Also you can filter the contents of the result table using regular expressions as you type 🙂

Now is time for the next step which is to add some sexyness to the GUI using Synth.

Refactoring, refactoring…

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

Yep. Old code was … old, and kind of ugly. Okay, just plain ugly. So refactoring was in order, like on the Ping Factory class which looks much cleaner now:

import java.lang.management.ManagementFactory;
import java.util.Set;
import java.util.TreeSet;
import java.util.logging.Level;
import java.util.logging.Logger;
import java.util.prefs.Preferences;
import java.util.ResourceBundle;

import javax.management.MBeanServer;
import javax.management.ObjectName;

 * Factory class to return the proper Ping instance
 * @author undead@stupidzombie.com
public final class PingFactory {
	 * Supported ping types
	public static enum PingTypes {
		UNKNOWN("", ""), 
		VENEBLOGS("Venblogs", ""), 
		WEBLOGS("Weblogs", ""), 
		TECHNORATI("Technorati", ""), 
		BITACORASCOM("Bitacoras.com", ""), 
		PINGOMATIC("PingOMatic", "");
		public String desc;
		public String id;
		private PingTypes(final String aDesc, final String aId) {
			desc = aDesc;
			id = aId;
	private static PingFactory factory;
       // Rest of the code ommited :)

it is amazing how simple Enumerations simplified the code on this class. Now working on the ping controller, that section is long overdue 🙂