We’ll be doing it right when we’re doing it like Big Fish Games

I get inspiration from many places for customer service and web app ideas. It's cool to observe how to make customers feel good about themselves and you. I love gaming. So I subscribe to Big Fish Games for $6.99/month. For that I get one game per month, and a discount on extra ones I buy. Yesterday … Continue reading We’ll be doing it right when we’re doing it like Big Fish Games

167% Growth over Last Year

The webserver's been getting pretty busy lately, and we wondered if traffic had rebounded so soon from the yearly Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year's lull. We jumped over to our Quantcast page, and — wow. One year ago, we were serving around 75,000 page-views per month. We're now doing 200,000. Looks like it's time to upgrade our server … Continue reading 167% Growth over Last Year

John Gear Law Office LLC — New Sponsor

We're pleased to introduce our second sponsor for OregonLaws.org, John Gear, of the John Gear Law Office, LLC.  John practices in Salem, where he specializes in consumer law, elder law, and nonprofit law. He's flexible in accommodating clients' needs: "On a typical day without appointments in court or at a client's house, I arrive at … Continue reading John Gear Law Office LLC — New Sponsor

Castleberry & Elison, PC — new OregonLaws.org sponsor

We're pleased to extend a warm welcome to our first sponsor, Castleberry & Elison, PC.  I've personally known Emily and Pete for several years; they are extremely bright, capable, and dedicated professionals.  Their firm handles civil and criminal matters, including family law, personal injury, and employment cases.  We're very grateful for their support. It's exciting … Continue reading Castleberry & Elison, PC — new OregonLaws.org sponsor

Winner of Best Idea award, CivicApps for Greater Portland

Robb, the creator of OregonLaws.org, was honored by the City of Portland for his Civic App idea: "The end result is that the city would focus on what only it can do best: providing raw data about itself, and, similar to the Secretary of State’s business registry, acting as a means of identification and authentication." … Continue reading Winner of Best Idea award, CivicApps for Greater Portland

Robb to present at Law.Gov workshop: Access to the Raw Materials of Our Democracy

"Law.Gov is a national conversation about broader access to primary legal materials in the United States across all three branches of government and across the federal, state, and local governments. . . . "The workshops have examined copyright restrictions, privacy implications, and the technical underpinnings necessary to provide authenticated access to bulk legal materials. "This … Continue reading Robb to present at Law.Gov workshop: Access to the Raw Materials of Our Democracy

Christmas present for New York: permalinks to the state laws

(Hanukkah fell during finals this year, so there was no way I could get it done in time.) Up until now, authors had to resort to tortured instructions when linking to N.Y. laws.  Here's how the Citizen Media Law Project does it in their excellent document, Forming a Corporation in New York: . . . … Continue reading Christmas present for New York: permalinks to the state laws

First internally hyperlinked New York Laws online

I'm completing an internally hyperlinked version of the New York Laws.  I've looked hard, but I haven't found any other sites that link the cross references in the text itself.  (Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.)  Why hasn't this been done before?  Take a look at Abandoned Property Law § 1222: The provisions of … Continue reading First internally hyperlinked New York Laws online

A technical post: Ruby interpreter comparison—MRI 1.9.1 vs. REE 1.8.7

I ran a small, controlled "real-world" experiment comparing these two interpreters.  The results show identical time performance. My interest is Rails application speed This site, OregonLaws.org, is a Rails 2.3.4 application.  (These blog pages are the sole exception, running on WordPress.)  I manage the architecture and deployment so that server response time is 200 ms … Continue reading A technical post: Ruby interpreter comparison—MRI 1.9.1 vs. REE 1.8.7