October
29
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Website) by Justin on 2004-10-29

Would anyone ever choose a web host that guarantees 100% uptime? It just doesn’t seem like a good indicator to me. Just a tad too idealogical. Sure, it sounds good, but hardware failure and software instability is just not something that a company can stand behind 100%. This is one case where I would definitely feel better about 99.9% intead of 100%. Maybe they’re lying about their 24/7 support too…

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October
29
Filed Under (Geekspeak, WordPress) by Justin on 2004-10-29

The comment spam has to stop. Now, not later. So, before you non-geekspeak fans ignore the rest of this post, do me a favor and link to it on your blog or wherever else you can get it linked to. If you don’t have anyway to link it, email all your friends who are bloggers and have them post a link for all I care. I just want this post to get noticed by as many people as possible, indexed by as many search engines possible, and something to be done about it.

I’m tired of it. I’m about to turn my comments off for a few days (on this blog and on Bonnie’s I guess) and see if this spammer will go away. For three days straight now, I’ve woken up to 101, 63, and 57 (respectively) emails in my inbox saying that there are comments awaiting moderation. Now, as usual, not a single one has been posted, meaning that the spammer has been unsuccessful in their attempts. But this is ridiculous. I refuse to continue to deal with it anymore. I suppose in that regard they have been successful in some unintended annoying way. To all of you who comment, thanks a million, I hope to be able to restore this “privilege” to you soon.

I have no idea if I have any WordPress developers, plug-in authors, or just PHP coders reading my site, but if so, here is a call out to you: I know that comments are automatically inserted in the database when submitted, then comment moderation rules are checked, and if pases, it’s posted. Smart. If it’s not, it’s held in a general queue. My proposition requires a few minor changes to the core of WordPress. One, blacklisting via the moderation keys database field must be in the default. I suppose this is already in place in some form, just not sure if it would work with my idea. Whitelisting is already in the nearing release of 1.3, so that will help this matter. Secondly, a slight change to the ‘comment_approved’ field in the ‘comments’ table in the database to allow a few choices: approved, unapproved, and blacklisted: Then, we’ll need to separate the moderation queues for unapproved and blacklisted comments so that it’s easier to manage “normal” unapproved, legitimate comments and those caught by the blacklist which will 99.9% of the time be spam. What I would like most at this stage in the process is an option to automatically delete those directed to the “blacklisted” queue and the moderation keys field in the database be updated with the new spammer’s information.

Now, there are a couple plugins around that *could* probably be a good basis for building this functionality. Kitten’s Spam Killer deletes any comment flagged for moderation, and should easily be adjusted to change the status to “unapproved” rather than just deleting the comment and then deleting those that don’t pass the blacklisting rules. The final piece of this puzzle would be Dougal’s Spammer Tar Pit to immediately block access to all WordPress powered PHP pages on your site if any of the information submitted in the comment is spam as flagged by the moderation keys.

Can we just solve the problem, pretty please?

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October
28
Filed Under (Life) by Justin on 2004-10-28

justin and apache watching tv

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October
28
Filed Under (Politics) by Justin on 2004-10-28

I’m happy to say that my voter registration card finally came in the mail today. Bonnie and myself both almost waited too late to get our address information corrected with the Board of Elections. She’s had her card for two weeks so I started getting worried earlier this week and and to call the county BOE to see what was going on. She told me I would have my card soon, and that I would be ok to vote. Whew, what a relief…

Now, on a related note, the only thing more annoying to me these days than all the blog spam that attempts to get posted is the filth coming in my real mailbox outside my house. Every day I come home to at least six or seven pieces of mail from the North Carolina Democratic Party. Typically, it’s duplicates of stuff addresses to Bonnie A. Miller (old voter registration) and another copy to Bonnie A. Moore (her new voter registration). So, I’ve made it a part of my routine to get home and filter this left-wing, Democrat filth away from my wife. Just doing my part to further society…

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October
27
Filed Under (Humor, Politics) by Justin on 2004-10-27

I just picked up a link from Matt over at av8ur.com. He got this story from NPR today about some artsy-fartsy group that made some election posters. These were my two favorite:
vote counts poster

blood vote poster
So, take the hint folks. I know it’s too late to register, but if you are registered, I beg of you: vote. And do your research for Pete’s sake. Don’t vote for Hamrick because her signs are prettier or for such and such because he’s cuter. Get the facts and make your own decisions.

Now, enough lecturing and on to the lighter side of politics, check out the Pearls Before Swine strips that have been labeled Rat for President that have been running for the past week. They started last Friday and knowing Pastis, they’ll run through Tuesday or Wednesday. Pearls is such a great strip.

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October
27
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2004-10-27

Well ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud to announce that Whisper is back and now has a new name. lucidCMS is the new Whisper product and now features a powerful mySQL backend with a practically totally re-written PHP engine as well. The code is leaner, meaner, and cleaner and is just really fantastic from what I’ve seen so far. The database backend really gives the core developers, as well as plugin authors, a TON of flexibility on the things that can be done now.

The product is still being touted as pre-alpha and won’t be ready for an actual release for several more weeks. When it’s ready, I’d expect it to pick up a pretty good market share in the CMS sector.

Related posts:
http://wantmoore.com/archives/2004/09/21/still-whispering/
http://wantmoore.com/archives/2004/09/09/its-on-the-way/
http://wantmoore.com/archives/2004/08/31/do-you-hear-what-i-hear/
http://wantmoore.com/archives/2004/08/30/quiter-than-a-whisper/

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October
27
Filed Under (Work) by Justin on 2004-10-27

I’ve seen quite a few funny thing since I started my job here. Today takes the cake so far I think. Seen on an application:

Reason for leaving last employer: Got fired for cussing out a machine

What is the world coming to?

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October
27
Filed Under (Humor, Music) by Justin on 2004-10-27

Bonnie sent me this today and I got such a kick out of it. The direct quote from the article that I loved is:

If Ashlee Simpson’s looking for a pick-me-up, a look at her Web site probably won’t help. There are some words of support from fans, but not everyone’s willing to let Saturday’s ‘SNL” gaffe pass.

One fan wrote he hoped her humiliation would be long lived. Another told her to go away and suggested she pose for Playboy, saying “If you wanna be famous for something, choose something you can actually do.”

I think it’s just grand that her horribly voice and lack of talent finally caught up with her. Now maybe the spotlight can go back to REAL singers like Brittany…

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