Blogosphere Invasion - part II

Well I was worried about people being paid to post to blogs, but there are lots of bots posting comments to blogs out there. Luckily I haven't seen this yet, but then again I haven't done a trackback to anyone else either.

There are several ways to stop the bots. You could try any or all of them.

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Kung Fu Hustle

Just finished watching Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle for the first time. A friend brought over the DVD. And if they weren't my friend before they brought it over, well, they are now.

I highly recommend the movie to anyone who loves martial arts movies, fantasy, adventure, comedy and special effects. Because this movie has it all. It even has a love interest as a minor subplot brought around just in time so you can feel good abut seeing Stephen Chow's name over and over again in the credits.

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New Blog Software - Same old sh**ty posts!

Well I've moved my personal blog into a Drupal powered site which now completely ends my brief romance with blojsom. Hopefully this romance with Drupal will last a little longer* since I am tired of working on websites for free. If you are looking for blogs about more technical stuff, then visit my "forgotten software" website.

*actually I'm studying Ruby on Rails now.

Half Dead

OK, OK. So not everything is working right yet. The drupal cron job is running so some feeds are starting to show up. I plan to add more and plenty of links to helpful websites. (I certainly have browsed a few of those trying to get drupal to work.) One big problem which has been there since the beginning is that transparent PNG files just don't work on Windows Explorer. My apologies. A fix exists and I'll try to get it implemented soon.

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Goin' Live

Well I have finally switched the website over to being run by Drupal. There still may be a few glitches here and there. The CSS isn't ready and some odds and ends remain to be done. I'll probably install the cron task right after this. Later I'd like to use the launchd services maybe. Sendmail isn't working today so the new user accounts are basically broke until new users can get their temporary passwords mailed to them. I'll be taking care of that in the coming days along with the return of the son of the old website CSS. But basically I'm ready to get back to programming.

A SQL to Following Directions

I started investigating Content Management Systems the other day. I was getting bored with my web site. I was tired of hand coding web pages and wanted to spruce up my blogs too and wasn't looking forward to modifying the blog CSS to match my web site's CSS. I've done this once already. I like the idea behind CSS. It is nice to be able to change the look of the web pages globally while leaving the html untouched. But I have CSS for my regular web site and CSS for blojsom. Furthermore the blojsom installation is versions behind and Apple has modified it for OS X Server.

The Dangers of Following Directions

I often like to complain about Windows. As a longtime Apple programmer I can't help it. Growing up and growing old with this industry I've just seen too many ripoffs perpetrated by Redmond. I think that corporations get an imprint from their founders, and that imprint, those patterns of working and behaving stay with them for a long time. Many times they persist even after the founders have long since left the scene.