Dougal Campbell's geek ramblings

WordPress, web development, and world domination.

Monthly Archives: November 2003

Mmm… Food…

Thanksgiving approaches. Yum. Sorry about the lack of updates over the last few days. I’ve been especially busy. Got several projects going on at work, and we’re doing a lot of house maintenance at home. Every once in a while, I get to spend a few minutes working on WordPress stuff. I’ve started trying to integrate a cool PHP Naive Bayesian Class (use the fish to translate into English). I haven’t gotten very far yet, … Continue reading

Friggin Fraudsters

I have gotten several spams recently, both in my personal email and at my work address, from someone trying to scam PayPal accounts. The text of the message looks like this: Dear PayPal member, We regret to inform you that your account is about to be expired in next five business days. To avoid suspension of your account you have to reactivate it by providing us with your personal information. To update your personal profile … Continue reading


I got a nice note today from Ross Easton of A&R Enterprise, letting me know that he had used one of my photographs on their web site. I keep hoping that one of these days I’ll have time again to get back in to photography. Maybe I can try to make time for it in the coming year.

Spam: Kill it at the root

I posted an article over on the WordPress development blog earlier on the subject of blog comment spam. Why do spammers post comments on blogs? Do they really expect blog owners to leave their comments up for people to read? Do they expect people to follow their links to the spammers’ sites selling viagra and porn? Not really. What they are really after is search engine ranking. Because the more links to their sites that … Continue reading

Matrix Revolutions

Susan and I saw The Matrix Revolutions this weekend. It was good, but somehow not as good as I had hoped. The philosophy was toned down a tad, compared to The Matrix Reloaded, which was good. And there was plenty of action, both inside and outside of the Matrix. And I even felt like the ending was a good resolution to the story, overall. A definite ending, while still leaving things open for more storytelling … Continue reading


Localfeeds is a nice new service that’s leveraging information from GeoURL. Enter a U.S. or Canadian zip code, and find RSS feeds geographically close to you. Geolocation has always interested me. I can’t wait for the day that I can have a cell phone that will let me post to my blog, and automatically tag the posts with my GPS location. But right now, I’m still locked into a contract with a service that is … Continue reading

One PC, Multiple Versions of Internet Explorer

Conventional wisdom (and Microsoft) has always said that there was no way to install multiple versions of Internet Explorer onto one PC. Not without booting multiple operating systems, or using a virtualizer product like VMWare. They lied. Get ’em while they’re hot.

Lockergnome in CSS

Lockergnome has converted to a CSS based design. View that clean XHTML 1.0 Strict source. Wow. I mean…just…wow. Great job. I have a feeling that a lot of people will be able to learn a lot by studying their design. And I think that I’ll be one of them.


Halloween went pretty well. Originally, Jamie was going to be the Incredible Hulk, but he had a last-minute change of heart, and decided to use his Harry Potter costume from last year. Oh well, it would have been hard to carry his candy bucket while wearing his Hulk Hands anyways. And besides, Mary had also decided to wear her Hermione costume again, so that made them a matched pair. At one point we saw some … Continue reading