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Related tags: blogspam, chronicle, drupal, mephisto, rails, ruby, typo, xml-rpc.

A new wordpress plugin

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

There is now a new wordpress plugin, for testing against my blogspam site/service.

Now time to talk about something else.

This week my partners sister & niece are visiting from Helsinki, so we've both got a few days off work, and we'll be acting like tourists.

Otherwise the job of this week is to find a local photographer to shoot the pair of us. I've shot her many, many, many times, and we also have many nice pictures of me but we have practically zero photos of the pair of us.

I spent a lot of time talking to local volunteers & models, because I like to shoot them, but I know only a couple of photographers.

Still a big city, we're bound to find somebody suitable :)

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Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all.

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Since I managed to get my blogspam plugin listed on wordpress.org I've seen a surge of interest.

In the past few hours capture stats are:

Good comments1
SPAM comments100

Almost exactly 1% of submitted comments are OK, and a SPAM rate of 99%. Either forum and blog spam are even more rife than I'd expected or I am over-zealous!

Anyway that's enough on this topic for a while, if you want to follow the work you know where to look and if you don't my writing about it again will just drive you mad..

ObFilm: The Breakfast Club

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Named after a hot dog, you poor man, you poor, poor man.

Wednesday, 31 December 2008

I've updated the blogspam site a little. Now:

Still has a sucky site / layout...

ObFilm: Ghostbusters II

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Your trumpet's blowing for far too long,

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

So I run a blog. You might have read bits of it in passing, probably more due to syndication than actual desire.

Initially I started off using Wordpress, but that was later purged once I bit the bullet and decided I'd rather be blogless than install PHP upon any server I cared about.

To replace my blog I looked for different solutions and eventually decided to try something built upon Ruby (on Rails). That lead to me trying Typo. After a little bit of pain I decided this wasn't a great solution.

So in the hunt for something new I moved to Mephisto, but over the past few months I've noticed that my virtual machine has been running low on memory - and the culprit has always been the Mongrel isntance which was running the blog.

So once more into the breach.

This time I had a new plan. I'd actually use a piece of blog software which I wrote for a couple more sites, a static system which outputs RSS & HTML files - with no dynamic-fu at all. That system is the chronicle blog compiler.

In performing the migration I accidentally flooded a couple of Planet-Planet installations. It took me a moment to work out why, and that was because my RSS feeds didn't include valid "pubDate" files for the entries..

So now I've made a new release of chronicle which supports valid RSS feeds, as tested against the feed validator and all is well. Well almost.

Users no longer have access to post comments, and whilst I've successfully migrated 700+ entries through to four different blogging engines I've managed to lost most (all) comments along the way at different points in time which is a real shame.

In the future I'll setup a simple CGI system to write comments to text files, and then allow them to rsync'd and merged into the entries. I just don't have the concentration to manage that right now.

In the meantime hello to Planet Sysadmin - never heard of you before, but thanks for carrying my feed. I'm suprised I qualify, but I guess at the very least I'm spreading interesting lyrics...

(Remind me to post the mod_rewrite rules I'm using now; I've kept all links at the same location through successive blog migrations which means I have numerous mod_rewrite rules which are probably obsolete, but I just don't want to touch them because cool URIs don't change....)

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When the light begins to change

Tuesday, 30 January 2007

All being well I now have a blog working using Typo, instead of Wordpress 2 – and no broken links!

We’ll see.

Now to make sure that my server load doesn’t rise through the roof this time.

For future reference importing entries from Wordpress2 -> Typo will almost certainly give you this error:

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const_missing': uninitialized constant TestRequest (NameError)
        from ./db/converters/../../config/../app/models/blog.rb
...
..
.

This can be fixed by changing:

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def really_send_pings(serverurl = blog.server_url, articleurl = nil)
   return unless blog.send_outbound_pings
   ...
   ...
end

To this:

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def really_send_pings(serverurl = blog.server_url, articleurl = nil) 
   return
end

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