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  1. No Sense of Humor

    A few months back I changed the label of the ad section of my sidebar from “Ads” to “Make Me Money”. Apparently Google didn’t think my pithy little section title was very funny. Fair enough, I’ve kicked it back to the “boring” setting. And shed a small tear.

  2. DNS Hiccup

    Sorry for the few hours of downtime here this morning. I moved the last of my domains off of Network Solutions and it seems that the DNS settings weren’t transferred properly. Everything appears to be back up and running now, but I’m sure some weirdness will continue throughout the day as things propagate.

  3. Writing More

    Over the last few years my blogging has curtailed sharply. I’m down to 180-ish posts per year, of which about 40 are link dumps. This is largely due to the fact I’ve been working on client projects that I can’t discuss openly during the development phases (like I could when I was building my own…

  4. Mobile PwdHash

    I updated my PwdHash page to tweak the CSS for mobile (webkit) browsers. It’s not quite a replacement for a native app on a mobile device, but it’s a lot better than the desktop version was. Feel free to use it if you like. This post is part of the thread: Passwords – an ongoing…

  5. 2009 in Review

    Welcome to my fifth annual year in review post. Last year I wrote this as an intro to my annual retrospective: This year, unlike previous years, my blog is less of a good record of the past 365 days. It’s a combination of being a lot busier due to the growth at Crowd Favorite, and…

  6. Chain Reaction

    I’ve experienced a weird and unfortunate chain reaction over the last 48 hours. A flood of comment spam Akismet not accepting connections from my server1 and/or not catching the spam. UPDATE: this wasn’t Akismet’s fault, see bottom of post. The email notifications from all the spam comments sending to my mail account My mail host…

  7. Busy Week

    Just when I thought I was getting back to blogging more regularly, the combination of a busy work week, interviewing and recruiting for our open QA/Developer position, and three sets of family visitors got me right off track again.

  8. WordPress 2.8

    I’ve upgraded to WordPress 2.8 and you should too. I’ve had to upgrade a bunch of my plugins in the process, bringing them current with the latest and greatest WordPress code and best practices. Expect a couple more plugin releases soon. I also took the opportunity to switch everything from Prototype to jQuery – resulting…

  9. Keep Comments Open

    I know a lot of folks like to close comments on old posts to cut down on comment SPAM. I certainly understand the sentiment behind this, but I’d like to encourage you to consider leaving comments on those old posts open. Here are just a couple of examples where keeping comments open has been interesting…

  10. 2008 in Review

    Welcome to my fourth annual year in review post. This year, unlike previous years, my blog is less of a good record of the past 365 days. It’s a combination of being a lot busier due to the growth at Crowd Favorite, and working on more client projects that I can’t talk about as they…

  11. Server Upgrade Imminent

    This site will be moving to beefier hardware shortly. Apologies in advance for any downtime. UPDATE: Looks like everything transitioned quite smoothly. The big speed improvement you see here is in large part due to the good folks at Austin Web Development. Big thanks to Chris and the team there for the smooth transition and…

  12. Theme Browser “Fixed”

    I got a couple of reports that my WordPress Theme Browser was not working. I checked it out, and sure enough – not working. This was a bit of a surprise as that code hadn’t changed in years. Turns out, it was the browsers that had changed. I had moved the theme browser from my…

  13. Trying Rubicon

    I’m not finding as much time to experiment with things on this site as much as I’d like, but I did switch over from Google AdSense to Rubicon to try them out (on Micah‘s recommendation). I turned off things I thought would be too annoying: Audio Ads, False Message Ads, Shaky/Flashing Ads and Windows Dialog…