Anyone ever play with Blogstreet? It looks pretty interesting. Yet another unique perspective on the blog-o-sphere.
The day I give up, this happens. Ironic.
But it’s a great thing! My blog is actually manageable again. I installed it and just minutes later it blocked it’s first spam. Instant proof it’s working. Cheers to Jay Allen for keeping Blogging afloat. I think many including myself would have quit if it weren’t for his work. Takes to much time and effort to battle spammers.
Some things l think are pretty interesting:
Dynamic PHP publishing, controllable on a per-template basis: You can control whether you publish a dynamic or static page on a per-template basis, letting you balance the publishing and traffic for your weblog. For example, high-demand documents like XML syndication files can be static, for maximum speed and lower server load, and individual post archives can be dynamic, eliminating the need to rebuild pages when making a global template change.
Now being a PHP developer, this sounds pretty good. But I’m curious about performance. I personally prefer static pages whenever possible. But I wouldn’t mind having some PHP in there.
Subcategories: A new category management interface gives you fine-grained control over the organization and display of your posts. You can even easily move a subcategory from one parent category to another.
Where have you been for so long?
Then of course this plugin pack:
- MT-Blacklist: a comprehensive spam-blocking and management system for comments and TrackBacks, with an advanced interface and remote importing of blacklist entries.
My prayers are answered.
- XSearch/Plus: A system which allows you to plug in alternate search engines for Movable Type. This includes a working implementation of a powerful Plucene-based search engine.
Very cool, but again I question performance and server load.
- KoalaRainbow: A visualization engine for Movable Type which uses its own query language to generate graphics based on arbitrary queries of data in your Movable Type system.
Cool. Personally I would vastly prefer out-of-the-box Gallery integration.
- Markdown: A simple text markup language which allows you to create posts in plain text and have them display in semantically correct valid XHTML.
People who know me, know I love HTML, and find it geeky to play with. But I wouldn’t mind seeing what this is about. From looking at the webpage, it really kicks butt. So I would love to take a spin. And considering it’s GPL, I might just use that elsewhere.
On a little tangent, that would be pretty spiffy for bugzilla.
- Notifier: An email notification system which lets your readers subscribe to be notified whenever an individual post, a category, or even an entire weblog is updated. There’s also a complete system for managing subscriptions.
Would anyone go for this if I set it up?
Seriously. I’m sick of deleting all these spams. And I don’t want to give up on it.
Problem with TypeKey is that people hate signing up for things. So it limits people from commenting. I hate that. I love when people post comments here. I really do. It’s my favorite thing about this site.
Ugh. No more Spam.
And my email inbox is 100X worse.
We need real laws against spam now!
Upgraded to MovableType 3.0 tonight. So far, smooth.
I’ve got one question though:
Anyone know of a hack to get MT to correctly encode HTML entities? Hence making
&? I’d appreciate any help. It’s an essential little hack if you expect any page generated by MT to validate.
Other than that, seems good to go. Post any issues you might have.
BTW: It’s not required yet, but signup for TypeKey. If Spam continues, I might eventually require it. But for now, I’ll leave it off, and see how we do.
For the curious, the upgrade took about 1hr in total for all the installing, playing, config etc.
Much faster performance. Especially posting/rebuilding.
That’s all, good night.
In the spirit of changes, I did take about an hour today and update some of my older blog posts. They are now formatted much better, such as putting quotes in blockquotes (rather than another color, or italics), and separating code from the content.
Lots of little stuff like that, but it makes the site much nicer.
Well, I finally did it, after months of debate. There’s a tiny ad towards the bottom of the pages on this blog now.
Not sure if this will stay or not, but it could help pay for more development time on other stuff I’m working on, so I guess it’s worth it.
Anyway, if you have a comments on it, let me know. It shouldn’t be to offensive, or in your face. They are text only too (to make sure they are unobtrusive). Hopefully you won’t even know they are there… though if you see something your interested in, give that advertiser a chance 😉
I’ve been thinking of changing how this blog works a bit. Let me know what you think.
Adding More categories:
Right now the categories list is:
- Accettura Media
- In The News
- Tech (General)
I think I’m going to add:
- Open Source
- Web Development (different from my Accettura Media, MacVillage, Programming, and Software)
- Blog (for blog related stuff)
- Academic (could just stay part of personal)
Obviously this change involves resorting and filing my old posts. But that shouldn’t take to much time.
Now that I have a camera phone, perhaps every so often if I see something interesting, I’ll post photo’s? Hmm, not sure about that, but we shall see. I can integrate Gallery, with Movable Type pretty good if I want. That could serve as a nice infrastructure.
So if anyone has an opinion, now is the time. This will happen sometime soon I guess.
This website doesn’t even have a favicon, much less a logo or some sort of branding.
Anyone want to be creative and come up with something? I’ve been using that alien thing for my personal posts for some time.
Something that resizes, could be favicon, avatar, AIM Buddy Icon, Logo on this site, category icon, etc.
Submissions welcome. Something spiffy, simple, and representative of the Screen Name.
(I royally stink as an artist. My stick figures are pathetic, hence the reason it hasn’t been done yet).
It’s 1 year ago I turned this from a static never updated page into a rather rapidly updated blog style website!
Happy birthday to robert.accettura.com
Some changes coming soon I might add. I’ll be doing a little better with content soon. And some new stuff will come.