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ColdBox 3.0 Has Gone Gold!

ColdBox, ColdFusion, General, Technology
I am very excited to announce that ColdBox 3.0 has been officially released. After 6 milestone releases and 2 release candidates it is finally complete. I am especially proud to see this since a number of fixes, and code submissions of my own have worked their way into the ColdBox framework, Sample Apps, and Builder Extensions over the past 2 years. A brief list of new features in ColdBox 3.0 includes:
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ColdFusion's Heartbeat

ColdFusion, General, Technology
I jogged down the stairs, one arm over my head, as I pulled my coat on a sleeve at a time. Fishing the car keys out of my pocket with one hand, I leaned over my computer to tap in my E-mail password with the other. "Wow, 41 unread messages in the CF-Talk folder," I thought. "There must be a hot new topic on the list today." With a click I watched the new thread flow in. "Why i fear ColdFusion is on its last legs" "Oh Geez," I sighed, "Please not with this again!" There wasn't time to read all that right then. I'd have to catch up on this one later in the day when my absorption rate was higher.
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Two Tips For Making Sure Your Mail Gets Sent

General, Networking, Security, Server Administration, Technology
A lot of you have web servers that double as mail servers to relay out mail from your ColdFusion applications. Even if you have a separate server that handles your mail relay, this post should still be helpful. The more and more that spam proliferates on the Internet, the more antsy ISPs get about blocking mail. There are a litany of reasons an ISP might reject mail from your server. GoDaddy has been one of the most annoying companies to deal with. There are two things I had to fix on my mail server before they would accept mail from my server. Reverse DNS and Helo host name.
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Google Wave Invites

General, Google Wave, Technology
I had 16 Google Wave Invites show up in my Wave inbox today. If you've been wanting to try out Google Wave, the bidding starts at $5.00. OK, just kidding-- shoot me a message and I'll invite you if I have any left. :) 11/30 UPDATE: I'm all out of invites now, but I was able to hit everyone that asked so far. Remember it often takes several days to get the E-mail from Google. Enjoy!
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Give Your Opinion, Get SeeFusion For Free

ColdFusion, General, Performance, SeeFusion
Our friends at Webapper are giving away free copies of SeeFusion (an awesome ColdFusion server monitoring tool) to the first 100 200 people to take their survey on ColdFusion consulting. Go check out here: http://www.webapper.com/blog/index.php/2009/11/25/coldfusion-survey/ UPDATE: Webapper is now going to give away SeeFusion to the first 200 people to take their survey. Can't beat that!
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Google AdSense Servers Tripling My Traffic?

General, Google, JavaScript, Performance
I threw some AdSense ads on my site the other day. I don't think I'll be getting rich any time soon though. I'm up to 58 cents so I figure I'll be seeing a check from Google in about 8 years. :) Anyway, while troubleshooting an error in my blogCFC I noticed I kept getting each error E-mail three times. Looking at the User Agent showed that "Mediapartners-Google" was hitting every URL I hit twice. Incidentally, I have two Google ads on every page of my site.
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When GoDaddy Becomes NoDaddy

General, Networking, Security, Server Administration
Some time ago GoDaddy manged to get the IP address of my VPS in their little black book and began refusing to receive any mail which originated from it. Unfortunately for me, I use GoDaddy for my E-mail hosting and that meant I stopped getting all E-mails that were sent from my server. A couple weeks ago I got around to calling them to see just what was going on. I would rather mud-wrestle a large sea-sick crocodile before repeating this tedious conversation with their bumbling excuse for tech support. Here are the details of my correspondence with them.
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A Look Into ColdFusion's Future (Again) Sully? Link? Storm?

Centuar, ColdFusion, General, Technology
Well, now that ColdFusion 9 is officially out the door (it's still hard to believe), have you thought about what you want to ask Santa for CF10? We're going to double digits, baby-- so it'd better be good! Yeah, I know-- who do I think I am? Honestly, I still feel like a kid after Christmas with enough new toys to keep me busy for a while. Even so, I can't help but wonder what's in store. Once again, I have found clues in Adobe's own words via the latest version of the ColdFusion Evangelism Kit.
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Server Hardening: What Ports Do I Have Open?

General, Networking, Security, Server Administration
When you think of your production servers, you need to imagine them as your car sporting a new stereo in a parking lot with a bunch of would-be burglars milling around outside constantly checking each window and door to make sure you locked it tightly the last time you had it open. Every door, window, or keyless entry system is a potential point of invasion that can fail you. Why do you think those brinks trucks have no windows and the only way in the back is a single, beefy, padlocked door. A Brinks truck may not be convenient to access, but that isn't their goal. You need to control the ways into your server with the same gusto.
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Bolt, Centuar, Flash Catalyst, and Gumbo features

ActionScript, AIR, Ajax, Centuar, ColdFusion, Flash, Flex, General, Gumbo, Server Administration
This Wednesday Adobe's Kevin Hoyt spoke in Kansas City to a captive audience of about 75 people including ColdFusion programmers, HTML/CSS builders, and designers. The meeting was great. It also included Jack Stack BBQ and shwag from Uhlig, Emfluence, and Tek Systems to name a few. Kevin didn't drop any bombs I hadn't heard about yet, but there were definitely a few things I learned about Adobe's up-and-coming products. Here's a quick overview of my notes:
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