Posts Tagged ‘blog’

Blogging @ 10

Monday, December 17th, 2007

I heard on NPR that today was the 10th anniversary of the blog. Turns out that this just over half that old — 5 years, 9 months, 12 days. Born on date: March 5th, 2002.

And I still have Jorn’s blog in my RSS aggregator: Robot Wisdom and the more frequently updated Robot Wisdom auxiliary

Claiming a bloglines feed

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006


Akismet works great

Thursday, June 1st, 2006

In the last week there has been a dramatic spike in the number of comment spam messages I’ve been getting. Yesterday I installed akismet, got a API key and in 24 hours it has stopped 300+ junk comments and let the one real one through — incredibly simple and painless to install and start using.

Updated to WordPress 2.0

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

As with previous WordPress upgrades this one was also painless.  My ‘Yet Another Daily Delicious‘ and ‘Yet Another Weekly Delicious‘ continue to work also.
I’ve not yet restored the style sheet header (this one) or added back some of the other doodads.

How Much Is My Blog Worth?

Friday, November 4th, 2005


I was reading Tales from the Red Shed about how much values his blog. According to this applet

My blog is worth $15,242.58.
How much is your blog worth?

Nice to see that someone values this lil’ blog.

comment spammers topical news articles

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

I got two comment spam using text from one of the AP news feeds. Looks like they are trying to game google’s blog search engine by hooking themselves to breaking news keywords.

Name: SPAM PRODUCT | E-mail: | URI: http://SPAM | IP:

HOUSTON – Hurricane Rita roared toward the Texas and Louisiana coasts early Friday, a major Category 4 storm that spurred a traffic-snarled exodus toward higher ground and fears it could cripple the heart of the nation’s petrochemical industry.

Trying out Google SiteMap using WordPress plugin

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

A friend was asking today about how to improve her site’s ranking in google and it got me thinking of adding Google’s SiteMap and gave Arne Brachhold’s WordPress plugin a try. It was amazingly simple to install and

WordPress update, again

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

If you aren’t running WordPress 1.5.2, get it.

ipodder (v2.1) on Ubuntu ‘Hoary’

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

I’d upgraded to the latest iPodder (v2.1) on my Ubuntu (‘Hoary’) laptop today.

# tar jxvf iPodder-linux-2.1.tar.bz2

# cd iPodder-linux

# sudo ./

(take the defaults)

The only glitch is wx libraries aren’t in the default PYTHONPATH, so set this environment variable either at the command line, or pop it in ~/.bashrc

export PYTHONPATH=/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/wx-2.5.3-gtk2-unicode/:$PYTHONPATH-unicode:$PYTHONPATH

Now clean up a little bit…

$ cd ../

$ rm -rf iPodder-linux iPodder-linux-2.1.tar.bz2

Now, you are all set to start iPodder!

$ (nohup iPodder&) # or add it to a menu bar button

Getting closer to not needing any special knowledge to get iPodder running on a GNU/Linux distro…

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Just for searchers, this is the problem you see if you don’t set the PYTHONPATH:

$ iPodder
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "", line 38, in ?
import iPodderWindows
File "/opt/iPodder/", line 4, in ?
import listctrl as listmix
File "/opt/iPodder/", line 296, in ?
AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'PyEventBinder'

Some myspace user is a jerk

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

Last week I noticed that someone on had linked to one of my photos and was stealing my bandwidth. There were a tons of hits from

Apparently like a picture of me in my pjs as a kid.

Today I looked at my weblog and found over 2200 hits from the AOL proxy server on 27 March from 4am through 6pm. Fortunately AOL aggressively caches, so they were all HEAD hits which doesn’t pull down a new copy, just checks to see if it is the same version they already have.