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WordPress, web development, and world domination.

Monthly Archives: October 2006

WordPress 2.0.5 Released

Earlier this evening, while my family and I were enjoying dinner at a local Japanese steakhouse, WordPress 2.0.5 “Ronan” was officially released to the world. This latest release consists mainly of minor bugfixes, minor feature enhancements, and a couple of database speedups. There is also a minor security fix. There is a known bug related to sites running under FastCGI, but a workaround is available in the form of a plugin. Upgrading is painless, so … Continue reading

Some blog spam cases you might want to watch for

I like to think that I’ve got some pretty decent spam prevention measure in place on my server. My mail server uses RBL/DNSBL services and sets maximum limits for certain protocol violations. All my blogs use Akismet for comment spam detection. I’ve got a large number of entries in my comment moderation and blacklist lists. And I hook it all together into my SpamValve plugin, which automatically adds firewall rules to block repeat offenders. Still, … Continue reading

Egads! It’s Purple!

Susan’s spookalicious Halloween theme A few months ago, I mentioned that my wife Susan had gotten her blog up, complete with a pink theme. She’s been pretty busy lately, what with taking care of our three kids, working part-time, and taking graduate classes (whew!). But she still managed to work on a Halloween version of her theme, which has been up for a short while now. So, until further notice, enjoy her new, spookalicious, purple … Continue reading

Dilbert Creator Hacks His Own Brain

Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip, has been suffering from an unusual condition for the last 18 months. It’s called Spasmodic Dysphonia, and essentially its a condition where your brain forgets how to talk. You may still be able to communicate by other means, singing, for example (because different portions of the brain are used to process singing than for normal speech). But for some individuals, normal everyday speech becomes limited, or impossible. … Continue reading

Syndactyly (Webbed Toes/Fingers) Forums

A few years ago, I made a post that mentioned in passing that I have webbed toes. About a month later, my logs started showing up a fair number of referals from search engines from people looking for info about webbed toes. So I promised that I’d try to put up a picture. A couple of days later, I posted said picture. Since that time, those three posts have collected over 900 comments between them. … Continue reading

WordPress 2.0.5 RC1

No official announcement yet, but WordPress 2.0.5 has just transitioned from Beta to Release Candidate status. Join the wp-testers mailing list for details on how to download nightly builds. This release is mostly minor bugfixes. You can view all the changes at the WordPress Trac site.

A Friendly Game of Hockey

This past Wednesday, I got to go see the Thrashers play the Bruins, courtesy of a visit from Geof Morris (thanks for the ticket, Geof!). Geof and I have known each other via the net for quite a while, and we have some friends in common from back when I used to live in Huntsville. But I’m pretty sure that this was the first time we had met in person. So, I finally got to … Continue reading