August
31
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2004-08-31

In reference to a previous post, Whisper is alive according to one of the developers, Zach Shelton. The word from him is that the v0.2 was never officially released (which I knew) and that he and Ben are nearing completion of a release candidate for 0.3. Although, version numbers may change, since he says the project will again be renamed. Pages -> Whisper -> “Name yet to be annoucnced” sorta follows the footsteps of Mozilla Firefox which has been renamed at least twice that I can recall. And speaking of Firefox…. version 1.0 is drawing near!

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August
30
Filed Under (Website) by Justin on 2004-08-30

Whenever I make time to tweak a few things that are causing my headaches on my new site design, I plan on adding a bunch of people to my links list or possibly creating a seperate page for such linkage. In the meantime, I need to recognize Nikkiana and EveryTomorrow.org. I just noticed tonight that she has added me to her links list. She also gets bonus points for also adding getoffthecomputer.com on there under her “tech” category of links.

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August
30
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2004-08-30

The battery for the laptop was on my doorstep when I got home from work about an hour or so ago. So now here I am, sitting at the kitchen table, eating a little bit of dinner while I am blogging and listening to music. The really cool thing is that the music is stored downstairs – on my desktop computer – which is running Linux. All without any wires. Even the little optical mouse I bought is cordless. This is just fantastic. To all you geeks who have yet to experience something like this in your home, it’s just really hard to get across how cool and convenient this is.

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August
30
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Website) by Justin on 2004-08-30

I was quickly becoming an avid user and supporter of Whisper – the quiet content management system. I’ve been using it on a few projects that I’ve been working on, and I love it’s simplicity. The development of the product wasn’t coming along quite as fast as I would’ve liked, but since I hate programming, I can’t complain much about that since I am unwilling/able to contribute to an open-source project of that sort.

Anyway, before I get further distracted, their site, whisper.cx has dropped off the face of the digital planet. It’s been gone for a few weeks now and I can’t seem to get Adam to write me back at the gmail address I have for him. There is the other guy who was avidly devloping the 0.2 release of Whisper and I think I have his URL around here somewhere. Maybe I can track him down that way and get him to answer a few questions for me.

But, just in case he happens to be a reader – Adam – what happened??

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August
26
Filed Under (Peeps) by Justin on 2004-08-26

Well, I assume it’s 911 in Canada as well. But what do I know? Anyway, someone should get the Dawson Creek, B.C. Canada fire department on the phone to keep these candles under control.

My dear friend Craig(aka NuclearMoose) turned 40 today and I want take a few moments here at wantmoore.com and wish him a very happy birthday. From what I hear, he has received a couple of excellent gifts that any geek would be ecstatic to have. Now, I’ve only known Craig a few short months, so I can’t tell you any stories about how when he was a baby moose he used to _____ , but what I can tell you about this over-the-hiller is that he has a heart of gold, loves to help people out, and is my go-to guy when I have a boogered-up CSS problem. And ladies – have I mentioned before here that he’s single?

Anyway, I’m getting off-topic. Warm wishes and a sincere happy birthday to ya, Craig. Now all you loyal wantmoore.com readers head over to his site and wish him a happy day as well. Now to just figure out how old that makes him in Moose-years….

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August
26
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Life) by Justin on 2004-08-26

I think this laptop is giving me insomnia.

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August
25
Filed Under (WordPress) by Justin on 2004-08-25

This has to be a record setting blogging day for me. I think it’s my 6th or 7th post – not mention an edit to a previous post which should count as well. This is an update to that attempt at spamming…

Dougal has had a REPEAT spammer visit his blog a time or two now and tonight decided to have some fun with them. Rather than use Apache’s .htaccess method of restricting access by IP, he decided to write the TarPit plugin which rather than restrict them from your entire site, SLOWS DOWN the spammer’s attempts. Once the preconfigured time (default is 60 seconds) has passed, they are presented with an Access Denied message, or any other message you specify. Dougal compares this plugin to Kitten’s Comment Pay one which presents the spammer with a link to pay you to allow them to post their “comments.” My understanding is that the main difference being that with Kitten’s plugin, the comment is held in moderation, while with Dougal’s, the spammer’s IP is compared with those on a blacklist and they completely denied access to any WordPress powered pages.

Dougal & Kitten: I love this approach from both of you actually. I’d love to see these two plugins get together. TarPit run first and then if the IP’s are a match redirect to a PayPal link. Of course they would still be denied access even if for some strange they gave money. 🙂

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August
25
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Stuff) by Justin on 2004-08-25

Well, I’m doing something I swore I’d never do again. Installing WinME. I can’t get Windows 2000 to install due to some “hardware failure” as the installer stated. So, I’m installing Me with hopes of being able to upgrade to Win2k. I just wonder if I could avoid this problem if I had that BIOS upgrade. I should have the battery in a few days and then I can find out I suppose. This just seems like too much work. I’m actually on the edge of installing XP and disabling all the pretty bells and whistles. By the time you add up the space taken by WinME + Win2k, it probably won’t be much different. I just don’t want to devote half of my 6GB hard disk to Windows at all. Maybe I just need to try another Linux distro first before I do something stupid. If ANYONE reading has done Linux on a Thinkpad 600E recently with PCMCIA Ethernet and Wireless cards, let me know OK? I could use a bit of help.

Oh, and I just realized I have to come up with a name for this puppy. Currently on the home network we have “xmainframe” (slightly modified from the name Zion Mainframe when I ran Windows on it) which is my box and “trinity” which is Bonnie’s little computer upstairs. So, sticking with The Matrix theme, any suggestions for a good name for the laptop? I’m kinda leaning towards Tank just to be funny. Merovingian? Mouse? Oracle? Seraph? Let me know…

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