MT Captcha plugin

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Alright, due to an undue amount of complaints and a certain someone threatening to stop blogging here, I decided to go and look for a movabletype captcha plugin. Check it out, try and post a comment now bitches!

Here's some instructions on enabling your blog to be able to use the new plugin. Does it really work? I guess we'll find out in a couple of days.

broken fridge

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So our fridge has been busted for like a week now. The freezer still keeps things slightly below zero, but the fridge is probably only 3 degress below room temperature. We had to throw out almost all of our food. And our freezer is loaded with things like cheese. We called Joe yesterday and I guess he's bringing a new fridge over tomorrow morning. w00t!

So I was looking at my CMS again today, and it totally kicks ass. I'm seriously considering using it as buffmuthers blogging software. The interface is similar to MT so it shouldn't be that much of a change for our current bloggers. All I need to do is to add some kind of a commenting system which should be fairly straight forward.

ixnay onway ortpay alberniway

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So as most of you probably already know. We decided not to go to port alberni after all. It was pretty hot, and Ariane was feeling ill, so we just decided to take it easy.

Everyones blogs got bombarded with spam and that was a bitch to clean up. So I decided to start looking for alternatives to the movabletype system since it went AWOL. I feel that my needs are pretty simple:
- Multiple blogs
- Comment system
- Configurable sorting of entries
- HTML based entry submission and management
- (optionally) spam blocking such as captcha's. This is optional because I can just write one myself.
- Under a Free Software license

I installed Wordpress on the server. After an hour of debugging I was finally able to login. Needless to say it has a long way to go. However, once it was running it was quite a nice interface. Unfortunately it only supports a single blog. This is kind of a piss off because I'm like, "why didn't you write it for multiple blogs, changing it now is going to be a violent hack!". And I know it would've been simple to do, I wrote a content management system that supported multiple sites without a problem. (hmm... maybe I should make some slight modifications and use my own system).

Next I tried out blosxom. Blosxom is wickedly designed. It's almost purely based on plugins. It helps to have a strong knowledge of perl to set it up though. Unfortunately most of the plugins in it's plugin registry are very poorly documented or the links to them are broken. It also has no web based management system, which might make it difficult for some not-so-savvy computer people to manage their blogs.

I think I'm going to go with either blosxom or wordpress, but both will require some major setup work. If I use wordpress I think I'll setup another mysql server solely for the purpose of maintaining wordpress blog databases. If I use blosxom I'll have to write a serious interface for it. either way it won't be pretty.

port alberni

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It's been a pretty busy week. didn't do much at work today though. Although I did set up my machine to be dual headed (two monitors). Took about a half hour to get the config right, but it's pretty nice now. Only problem is that one of the flat panels' resolution is less than the others.

Anyway, I guess it's suppose to be pretty hot this weekend. Ariane and I are going to be in port alberni at Julies. Don't be surprised if the server crashes due to excessive heat. I've got the fan on it though, so hopefully it can stay cool

Just the usual

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This has been a pretty good week. Tonight we took a trip to A&B sound. I purchased the new (old) weezer Deluxe Edition, and a new bookshelf stereo system. Just a little JVC (the FS-H100, if you're really curious). It's obviously not excellent, but it definately does the job pretty well. We just wanted a system for our bedroom. At least the weezer b-sides sound ok on it. Would you believe that this is the third time I've bought the blue album?

Work has been going ok too. I had been working on this "progress reports" system that basically helps in monitoring the progress of grad students. It's quite a simple system, really. But it's been developed since 1999 by at least 6 different people. The perl code is less than readable, to say the least. It's got to be nearly 7 thousand lines of code. Last month I stripped out 2000 of those lines. This week, when I needed to do more work on it, I decided it just wasn't worth it anymore. So on Monday afternoon I began re-writing it, in python. I was half way done by Tuesday afternoon, and pretty much done by the end of today :-). 5 years may have been a little excessive for a program of this magnitude.

Also, I've managed to convince them that we should give Gentoo a try. I installed our first Gentoo server this afternoon. After an hour trying to get networking to work I realized I had set the wrong gateway. Dumbass. But after that it went very smoothly. Boot strapping took 1h 30m on the 2.6GHz P4 Dell. Not too shabby. I think I've got almost the whole team sold on Gentoo. Now all I have to do is show it to them and get them hooked :-).

Believe me, if you've ever installed Gentoo, you'll know it's a drug. It starts off as just a simple curiosity. Then you start doing it for more enjoyment... and more enjoyment. Soon you start getting involved in the "community" (aka the Gentoo Junkies). Before you know it you depend on Gentoo to get through the average day. Yeah, I suppose I'm a pusher, but everyone's gotta do what they've gotta do. I think this Gentoo is a drug thing is grounds for an entire entry, hmm...