A few weeks

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Well it's been a few weeks since I last blogged, but I'm back now. I went to a friends wedding in Vernon on August long weekend. It was actually quite good, although I wasn't a big fan of the ceremony, the reception was really fun. I've put up an album here. Thanks to Luke for putting up a lot of his pictures too.

I've been pretty busy at work, I've got about 5 projects that need to go to production before the fall semester starts. Kinda bitchy, but you do what you gotta do.

I've also been trying to get a start on my own company. This so called company is going to be doing web hosting (cheap), web page design, linux consulting, and freelance programming. I've got a few web clients already. So lately I've just been getting my server "enterprise ready". Setting up virtual hosting for email/web hosting, securing my server, etc. Also I think I might switch to a telus business account from shaw. They'll give me two static IP's and up to 20GB of bandwidth/month for like $85. To get a static IP from shaw was like $140 and I don't know how much bandwidth they'd allow.

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