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No CERT for you!

I applied to get a free site SSL certificate from StartCom for today. After jumping through their stupid hoops, I was informed that "my application would need to be reviewed manually." Later, I got the email from StartCom reproduced below…


Finally Starting To Control the Spammers? No

I really want to turn anonymous comments back on. Unfortunately, the spammers still hit me with many new (blocked) accounts per day. I'm pretty sure that if I turned anonymous comments on, even with CAPTCHA, I'd be immediately spammed into the ground.

I am not currently particularly inspired about a solution. It's really frustrating. If anybody has any great ideas, I'd be happy to hear them. Fob


This person saved the anonymous comments

I noticed this morning that I was missing all the anonymous comments in the entire history of FOB. Not a good thing. I screwed around with it for a while, and then did what any sensible person does in 2014: asked Google to show me things on the Internet. Victory!. I don't seem to be able to comment on Ryan's blog, so I'm thanking him publicly and very gratefully here. It took me about 20 minutes of screwing around with MySQL on the old and new databases, but it seems to be OK now.


Drupal 7 will not happen

So I've done two things today and this evening. First, I moved FOB off of my work machine and back home. In the process, I cleaned up the Drupal 6 installation a bit and brought it up to date here. Second, I threw away the 6500 spam user applications that had piled up. That was a start…


Getting ready for Drupal 7

I plan to finally upgrade FOB to Drupal 7 in the next few days. At the same time, I will move hosting back to my house from work, as my bandwidth here is enough to handle it now.

Moving to Drupal 7 will enable modern anti-spam, which should allow anonymous comments and reasonable user registration. It may have other benefits and drawbacks yet to be determined.


Things I see in student code

I've created a new page in the new pages area describing "things I see in student code." Enjoy. Fob


Yes, I'm Still Here

Haven't posted much content in the last year or so, but I haven't given up on this site either. I've just been busy with other things. I've got about 3 half-finished blog entries I hope to finish and post soon.

Thanks for your patience. Fob


Still not sure about Twitter

I am trying out Twitter again, although I'm pretty skeptical. You should be able to see my latest Twitters again somewhere to your left, I think.

To be honest, this post is mostly a test of the Drupal Twitter stuff. I'll report more after I've had some experience with it. Fob



I chose the 'nym "PO8" back in the 1980s at Reed, for use in IRC or Rogue or something; I forget. Basically, it replaced the 'nym I was using at the time, "Black Bart", because the Internet can't see color, and I was afraid that the term "Black" would carry unintended connotations for folks who didn't know the Western referent. So I chose the obscure 'nym the famous stagecoach robber used for himself. I also liked the irony, given the image of geeks at the time.


All my Drupal sites are now at 5.5

Of course, no sooner did I upgrade to Drupal 5.3 than 5.4 and 5.5 immediately came out. I stalled around a while, but I've finally got my sites updated. Running Debian's Drupal bits really did help. Fob
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