Another Year

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I posted a long post just now and I accidentally closed the browser window, losing everything. Argh!

Here’s basically what I wrote.

It’s been another year. This website won’t go away until I forget to renew the domain name! I’ve got a lifetime account as A Small Orange and so I don’t have to worry about monthly domain fees.

Every month I received a spam comment or two in my image galleries. When I got notice of them, I simply disabled comments for that image and deleted the comment. In November and early December, the spam comments got much more frequent, so I disabled all comments on all images on all of the galleries. Saved me some time in getting rid of those comments, I should’ve done it earlier!

Back in April, when I last posted, I did a fresh install of ExpressionEngine 1 on an unused domain of mine to try and diagnose the htaccess problems. The domain is installed on the same server as this one, so I thought if I could get it working on that domain, I could get it working on this one. All I did to change with that install was change the settings to remove index.php from the URLs. Eventually I did get it figure it out, but I left the ExpressionEngine install alone.

The spammers managed to find this domain and they went crazy with the spam comments. I didn’t notice what has happening until August. I happened to log in to check the stats on my domains and noticed that there was an unusually high amount of bandwidth usage on that domain. Turns out the spammers had made 15,337 comments on one that one default post from June 2nd to August 16th! Here’s what the visitors graph from Awstats looked like:

I still want to upgrade to EE 2. This main blog is inactive but my private journal isn’t. I have a Tumblr account and this year I got to spend some time with WordPress 3 since I was helping a friend design a website. They’re both great but I don’t like them as much as I do EE and I’d much rather stick with EE than use something else. I made a copy of my site offline, and using MAMP, I upgraded to EE 2 and started working away at updating the templates and the broken plugins. I stopped when I couldn’t get the Textile formatting plugin to work. That was several months ago and I haven’t looked at it since. I can’t say when I will start looking at it again.

So that’s all for now. Happy Holidays!

Almost fixed

Monday, April 11, 2011

After 5 months, I finally found a partial solution to the htaccess problem. The front site appears to work for the most part. Except now I can’t get into the control panel properly.

If I access the control panel at, I cannot access the control panel.
If I access the control panel at, I get access to the control panel.

It’s not a big deal but I’m lazy and don’t want to type in the extra characters.

htaccess problems

Thursday, November 04, 2010

My host dropped PHP4 support and switched to PHP5 in October. Somehow, it has messed up my .htaccess file rules. What used to work doesn’t work anymore. As a result you can’t access any of the pages. I’m trying to find out how to fix it, so stay tuned.

Edit: The issue is something to do with the fact that I’m removing index.php from my URL. If you add index.php back to the URL the pages will work fine.

Hey it’s another year!

Friday, December 18, 2009

I waited deliberately for a couple of days until December 17th to post this. Anyone reading? smile

I’m still alive. I’m still updating part of my site, although it’s only my journal and it’s all private. I have left the public part of the site to rot, and I said a year ago I’d try to fix it up, but obviously I still haven’t yet.

ExpressionEngine 2 has been out for two weeks now, and I have yet to try it out. In fact I wasn’t really planning on trying EE 2 this soon if at all. I’m perfectly happy with my existing setup. But, I participated in the EE Heist and won a free upgrade. (I actually won something. It was a rare feeling.) I bought the EE Heist bundle because it had some useful modules/extensions that I could use with EE 1.6.x. Now that I have access to EE 2 though there’s no way I’m not going to use it!!

I haven’t received my upgrade yet (still waiting for reply to email), but once I do I’ll be installing it and hopefully I can convert my LJ crosspost module to be compatible with EE 2. If I can do that, I’ll upgrade this site to EE 2 and maybe I’ll post more!

In the meantime you can find me in public on Twitter if you want to read my meaningless and infrequent tweets.

First post in a year

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wow, I haven’t posted in this blog for a year now!

I would love to rehaul the entire site, get rid of all the broken stuff. But I don’t have the motivation to do it.

How silly of me

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I used to get a lot of comment spam on this weblog. 99.9% of them were caught and so they never showed up in the comments, but I still had to delete the comments in the control panel. In the last couple of months the comment spam has died down to nothing. I was congratulating myself for solving this comment spam problem (although it’s really EE’s security features and Loweblog’s Akismet module that should get all the credit) when I realized that in the last couple of months I had turned on the option to close comments after 30 days. ouch So obviously I wouldn’t get any comment spam if no one can post comments! And I rarely make public posts these days.

Replacing 8kb of javascript for 36kb

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A long time ago I came up with a solution to use inline editing with EE using some ajax magic. The problem with that solution though was that the page would refresh once you submit something to edit. I figured that there must be a more elegant solution, one that updated the edited information without a page refresh.

I decided to revisit this problem and rewrite the code using the jQuery javascript library and the jQuery form plugin. However, there is a lot more javascript involved. The jQuery file itself is 26kb (the packed version), the jQuery form plugin file is 6kb, and the custom code is 4kb, so the total amount of javascript I have to include on every page is 36kb. The original solution used only 8kb of javascript (although it did require me to edit the HTML to add the javascript call, whereas with jQuery I don’t have to).

Oh well. At least I got to learn how to use the jQuery library. And, since I am the only person who’s authorized to do any editing, I made it so the javascript files are only loaded when I’m logged in, so it doesn’t make any difference whatsoever to you the reader.

Gmail finally offers IMAP!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I read on Slashdot that Gmail is finally offering IMAP support for their email accounts. According to the comments in the ./ post they’re only rolling it out to a few accounts for now. I eagerly checked my gmail account and to my surprise I found they’d enabled IMAP on my account! (In the past I’ve always been the last to get the new Gmail features.)

I prefer using IMAP over POP3 (which Gmail has had available for a while now) because with POP3 I somehow always manage to lose email when I’m downloading it to a desktop mail client. Ever since I started using Gmail, I’ve stuck to checking my email using the web-based interface. Now I get to use both the web-based interface and a desktop client, woohoo!

The new My Yahoo Beta

Friday, August 31, 2007

A few weeks ago, I switched to the beta version of the new My Yahoo, a personalized portal page. They’ve added a couple of new features, including more customization options and more content. I’m using it as my home page, same as I’ve done for years now, but there are a couple of things that bug me.

In the old version, there was something called the “Message Center”, which I had on the top left corner of the page. It told me whether I had any new mail in my Yahoo account, and it was really quite handy. If I did have mail, then I could sign into the Yahoo mail.

My Yahoo Message Center

In the new version, it’s been replaced with something called the “Personal Assistant”. Except it’s not a replacement. This new Personal Assistant tells me if I have new mail only if I’m logged in. If I’m not, then it tells me to sign in. Which makes it useless! err

My Yahoo Personal Assistant

Then there’s the fact that this Personal Assistant seems to be stuck on the right side of the page. I can’t move it around like I can with all of the other items on the page.

Lastly it sticks an advertisement into the middle of my links:

My Yahoo Bookmarks

Note: I wrote this post because I wanted to test out the screen-capture abilities of Skitch. And I felt like whining. smile

Some Potter related links

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Note: all links below contain spoilers for the 7th Harry Potter book. Please proceed carefully.

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