Month: October 2004 blog archive
usb mass storage on linux - 31 Oct 2004

I received a digital camera as a gift, and it came with software that only worked on Windows and Macs. It was a hassle to have to use a Windows machine just to transfer the pictures from the camera, but I didn’t know of a way to do it on Linux. I tried using GPhoto […]

Categories: Linux
what will the future bring? - 26 Oct 2004

It’s interesting to think about what life will be like in the future. Watching The Jetsons as a kid made me wonder if we would fly instead of drive, have a robot take care of our every need, watch holographic TV in our living room and have a computer run the house. So far those […]

Categories: Technology
bulk actions in wordpress comment moderation - 25 Oct 2004

I’ve been getting a steady stream of comment spam for the past few days, and WordPress’ built in moderation is doing a superb job. Very few of them have gotten through so far, while normal people are still able to leave comments without me having to moderate them. My only complaint is that after a […]

Categories: WordPress
every day of the month - 22 Oct 2004

Back in 2002 I was trying to do something that had never been done before (at least on my blog). I felt like an athlete trying to break a world record, soaring for the stars. Okay, that may be pushing it a little. Basically, I wanted to post once a day for an entire month, […]

Categories: Blogging
stopping ssh hack attempts - 20 Oct 2004

I get a daily security e-mail from my web server alerting me to failed login attempts and other security issues and in the past few weeks (months?) I’ve been getting tens if not hundreds of failed attempts to login to my server. At first I thought I could resolve the issue by blocking the IP […]

Categories: Linux
why must cell phones be so annoying? - 19 Oct 2004

I now have a new cell phone and besides vibrate mode it doesn’t have a single, normal ring that I’m willing to use. Of course it has a cat meowing, a horse neighing, jazzed up versions of all your classic music and gobs of other rings that will annoy and distract others with ease. Another […]

Categories: Technology
handwriting analysis - 18 Oct 2004

I don’t know how much a handwriting analysis can really tell about someone and I’m sure some will swear that they’re shockingly accurate, but I’m a skeptic. I have also changed my handwriting along the way, so I guess that could mean I’m changing, but I don’t think my personality has changed nearly as much […]

Categories: Entertaining
a new search engine in the works - 16 Oct 2004

Snap is a new search engine (still in Beta) that’s joining the fray of Google competitors. The tour is helpful to understand how the site works. I must say it’s the search engine with the largest font for search phrases. It’s huge! One of the main features they advertise is the ability to order the […]

Categories: Search engines
yahoo mail goes the wrong direction - 15 Oct 2004

When I switched to Gmail I stopped using my Yahoo Mail account on a regular basis, but still check it every week or two. I used to be generally pleased with it and would have recommended it to others as the best e-mail solution. I still had a few complaints about it but they didn’t […]

Categories: My Thoughts
WPblacklist working - 14 Oct 2004

I’ve been getting hit with several comment spam attempts today but so far none have gotten through. Fahim, the author of WPBlacklist e-mailed me and helped me get it configured correctly and now it’s working like a charm. I’m currently running WPBlacklist 2.6, the latest release that I know of, which automatically deletes comments that […]

Categories: The site,WordPress
replying to an e-mail - 12 Oct 2004

There are several ways people reply to e-mails, and I have yet to settle on the preferred solution. I can think of three main ways to handle the text to which you are responding: A. Remove all the text of the previous e-mail. B. Leave all the text from all previous e-mails. C. Leave just […]

Categories: My Thoughts
upgraded to wordpress 1.2.1 - 08 Oct 2004

I just upgraded to WordPress 1.2.1 which has two security fixes as well as the login code from 1.3, so if you’re using WordPress, you may want to upgrade. I believe I have almost everything straightened out, although my bug fix for editing comments is still necessary, and I had to redo the administration page […]

Categories: WordPress
how to pick a lock - 06 Oct 2004

I saw this a while ago, but if you’re ever locked out of your house or car, knowing how to pick a lock could be very useful. You can also take a look at Lock picking 101. (via mefi)

Categories: Useful
fixed error editing comments in WordPress - 05 Oct 2004

I had some links to my site in comments using the old permalinks format and I decided to update them to the new format. When I tried however, I got a MySQL error. I looked on WordPress Support and found the issue but no one had provided a fix. Here’s one that worked for me. […]

Categories: Blogging,WordPress
converting links from MT to WordPress - 05 Oct 2004

I had over 1,000 posts in Movable Type that were archived individually, by month and by category. When I switched to WordPress I changed the format of the permanent links to include the date and title instead of the non-portable post ID (which, by the way, MT does not include when you export your blog […]

Categories: Blogging,The site,WordPress
switched from movable type to wordpress - 03 Oct 2004

I just switched from Movable Type to WordPress. I’ve been thinking about doing it for quite a while, and the last straw was when it started taking 10-15 seconds to post a comment. I had a little over 4,000 comments and that seemed to be too much for MT to handle. It’s going to take […]

Categories: The site
i won the Swiss lottery - 01 Oct 2004

I received some spam recently that frustrated me. It wasn’t offensive or crude and I wasn’t fooled by it, but it made me upset because I knew it would work and some people would end up losing their money to the scammer. I tried to think of a way to stop the guy and came […]

Categories: My Thoughts