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Monthly Archives: December 2004

Comment Spam

Interesting discussion about comment spam over at Harry Fuecks’ Dynamically Typed. I’ve also been watching some discussions about a possible SpamAssassin spinoff specifically for blog comment spam. I’m hoping things will heat up more after the holidays, when everybody gets back into work mode.


There’s probably nothing I can say about the recent Indian Ocean Earthquake that hasn’t already been said by others. We first learned about it on Monday morning, nearly 36 hours after-the-fact. The devastation in the affected areas is horrifying, and our prayers go out to everyone affected. I know I’m late in mentioning this, but I just felt like it wouldn’t be right to post anything else here without first acknowledging such a widely felt … Continue reading

Thank You

As suggested by a thread in the WordPress Support forums, I want to share some Thank Yous… This list is not comprehensive, I’m sure to leave out plenty of people who deserve to be included. So if you aren’t mentioned, please don’t feel slighted — it’s just my lousy memory at fault. That said, I’d just like to list some people (in no particular order) who have contributed to my enjoyment of blogging. It might … Continue reading

Finding WordPress Plugins

Have you been looking for the ultimate plugin for your WordPress blog that will add that final oompf that your site needs? Does a Google search just turn up links to other people looking for the same thing? Or maybe you’ve written the most killer plugin ever, and you’re having trouble getting the word out to potential users? WordPress Plugin Database WordPress Plugin Repository WordPress Wiki: Plugin WordPress Codex: Plugins

Officially Winter

Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, the beginning of winter. Ironically, today was much warmer than the last couple around here. We had snow flurries on Sunday, with highs in the 30’s. But today the high was in the upper 50’s. Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah, everybody.

WordPress and Jabber, sitting in a tree…

It seems that Matt Mullenweg and Peter Saint-André have been kicking around some ideas about how WordPress and Jabber could work together. I used to have my blog set up to send me an instant message via Jabber every time a new comment was posted. I lost those notifications in an upgrade a while back, but I’ve been thinking about redoing it as a plugin. About two years ago, I talked about setting up a … Continue reading

WordPress 1.2.2

Newly available, WordPress 1.2.2. This is mainly a security and bugfix release. Some users have taken us to task for taking so long to get this release out. But as Matt said, there were several issues being worked on simultaneously, and it seemed more efficient in the long run to roll them all into one release, rather than forcing users to do multiple back-to-back upgrades. Download from the usual location. Of course, upgrades will be … Continue reading


The world’s smallest Peer-to-Peer application, written in 15 lines of Python code: TinyP2P. TinyP2P is a functional peer-to-peer file sharing application, written in fifteen lines of code, in the Python programming language. I wrote TinyP2P to illustrate the difficulty of regulating peer-to-peer applications. Peer-to-peer apps can be very simple, and any moderately skilled programmer can write one, so attempts to ban their creation would be fruitless. Peer-to-Peer (AKA “P2P”) applications make it easy for people … Continue reading

Firefox Inline Autocomplete

Memo to myself: To turn on inline autocomplete in the Firefox web browser… Enter about:config in the URL field Right-click on the page and create a new Boolean value Enter browser.urlbar.autoFill as the preference name (note, case-sensitive: ‘F’, not ‘f’) Set the value to true There. Maybe next time I won’t have to Google for it again.

Thunderbird 1.0

Get Thunderbird! This is actually old news at this point, but the Mozilla Thunderbird mail/news/rss reader has reached version 1.0. There haven’t been any earth-shattering changes since I discussed version 0.8 back in September. There’s Global Inbox, Message Grouping, Saved Search Folders, and other minor enhancements and bug fixes. But there’s still no import/export of OPML files for the RSS aggregation. Like many geeks, I use an RSS aggregator to track dozens (if not hundreds) … Continue reading