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January 8, 2005


You've no doubt already heard that Six Apart, creators of Movable Type, which is used to make this here weblog, have bought LiveJournal.

One of the best parts of this is that LiveJournal will fairly shortly (and finally) get the long awaited trackback support (which I believe it needs to be taken more seriously in the blogging community at large). It's only fair that Movable Type gets some LiveJournal features in return, of course, and I think it's obvious what the first such feature should be... :)

Posted at 4:36 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (1)

December 13, 2004

Upgrading MT

I've finally upgraded my Movable Type installation to 3.131 and also installed MT-Blacklist to see if it stops the increasing amounts of comment spam coming my way recently. The installation instructions for the plugin weren't too clear, and the configuration pages all have a "concatenation" error of some sort at the bottom of them. I may need to update another file somewhere...

At any rate, perhaps now I'll get more legitimate comments than spam. :)

Posted at 11:07 PM | Comments (0)

November 22, 2004


On a whim last night, I signed up for Blog Explosion, as site which lets you earn credits by looking at other people's weblogs, and then use the credits earned to direct other BE members to your weblog. You can also refer other people to the service in a sort of pyramid scheme dealy and earn credits from that.

After having surfing on blogs using their system for a while:

  1. On dialup, weblogs often take more than 30 seconds to load. :)
  2. The six credits I earned were gone before I finished surfing.
  3. It's also a useful way to find weblogs to vote into industries on BlogShares

I suspect I would have to surf quite a lot of weblogs before experiencing anything like an "explosion" in traffic, but as at the moment most of my hits appear to come from blog spammers, it's worth a go.

Posted at 7:52 PM | Comments (4)

September 29, 2004

Weblog Landmarks #1

First piece of comment spam.


Dagnab spammers.

Posted at 10:08 AM | Comments (0)

September 27, 2004

Updates on previous entries

My strategy for dealing with Yahoo's redirect problem seems to be working. Yahoo has dropped over one hundred redirected pages for from its index and is starting to index the proper URLs at This should hopefully reduce the number of unnecessary redirects and lessen server load.

It occurred that the reason BlogSpot is over-represented at BlogShares is because Blogger's free accounts ping by default, and that's where BS picks up new blogs. Add to this the fact that Google pimps Blogger via the Google Toolbar, and it's little wonder many of the listed blogs are BlogSpot blogs.

OTOH, LiveJournal is poorly represented (around 3000 listed) because only paid LJ accounts (accounting for about 4% of all LJ accounts) can ping, and the pinging is turned off by default (ISTR). LiveJournal doesn't do much in the way of working with the rest of the blogosphere.

There are even fewer Xangas (about a hundred or so), so I'm guessing Xanga doesn't ping at all.

I also today ran Ad-Aware for the first time in a while, and it reported that a cookie my site generates is a tracking cookie. I suspect this may be because it contains the user's email address. Pah.

Posted at 8:25 PM | Comments (0)

September 23, 2004


Having been messing about on BlogShares looking at blogs so I can categorise them to get more Karma and Chips, I've observed that a surprising proportion of them seem to be Blogspot hosted. I wonder if this reflects the actual proportions or whether there is something in the way that BlogShares finds new blogs that makes it favour Blogspot blogs.

OTOH it could just be that people tend to link to other people hosted on the same service more readily, so following links around will tend to result in an inaccurate perception.

Posted at 9:30 PM | Comments (1)

September 19, 2004

Attack of the Mood Icons

My LiveJournal mood icons have turned up in yet another place: Allyn Gibson's WordPress blog. Perhaps I should just retitle them mood icons. :)

No doubt there's a plugin for Movable Type to use mood icons. I should hunt it down.

Posted at 7:00 PM | Comments (2)

September 9, 2004

Spam and Movable Type comments

Back last year I posted about a possible way Movable Type could combat the spam problem thusly:

Even Movable Type has problems with spam, and they've been talking about ways to combat it.

Personally I'd have thought the easiest way would be to have a page which lists all the recently posted comments, in chronological order... that way the blog owner would be able to see comments made on months-old entries.

I see Movable Type 3 not only has such a page, but it does email notification like LiveJournal does. In fact, the back-end of MT 3.11 is pretty cool all told. :)

Posted at 5:23 PM | Comments (0)

September 8, 2004

Right, this should all work then

This is a new weblog. It's not intended to replace my old one, which is a LiveJournal, but to suppliment it. I'm still working out how I'll decide how to split the entries, and I may just end up using my LiveJournal for boring personal entries and this one for boring technical entries. You have been warned.

The main reason this is a Movable Type weblog and not another LiveJournal one, is because LiveJournal is missing a number of features which I don't expect will be implemented in the near future. Not limited to:

  • Trackbacks
  • Categories
  • Decent commenting for people who don't have a LiveJournal themselves
  • Etc

So this weblog here (I'm not too keen on the term 'blog' myself) now exists.

Posted at 9:27 PM | Comments (1)

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