Sunday Feb 01, 2009

Blog Comments broken

The spam detection on the blog comments on this blog seems to have done a google and is marking all comments as spam which requires me to approve them all, even my own!

Unless the comments are obviously spam, really offensive or duplicates. I will approve them even if I disagree.

Monday Jan 14, 2008

Dear google reader

If I have gone to the trouble of logging in then you know who I am and so can I please have the pages in my native tongue, English English, rather than the native tongue of the IP address from which I am connected. Which is this case is Spanish.

Also can someone tell me how to force google search to let me be English when travelling?

Sunday Sep 23, 2007

Popular blog?

O.k. so what is going on with blogs.sun.com? Here is the popular blogs list from yesterday:




So whose been messing with wget?

I'm not complaining though as this made me check the front page of blogs.sun.com today to see if the effect was continuing. It appears it is but for a different blog. Jyri Virkki's blog is now top with 18432 hits. His blog has a interesting presentation about Elliptic Curve Cryptography, ECC, about which I knew nothing until I read that.

Friday May 25, 2007

Five things

Dan tagged me with the five things blog thing that is going around. So here are 5 things about me that you may not know about me:

  1. My first real job was as a Paper Boy delivering news papers. I did the job for five years every day before school, rain, snow or shine. I'm always inclined to ask people I interview what job they did as a teenager. Newspaper delivery scores highly.

  2. I sang in a Church Choir for 10 years as a child/teenager. This included an annual “Cathedral Course” where we went off to a different Cathedral for a week, well 10 days, 3 days preparing and 6 days singing with one day off, while the real choir was on holiday. I sang at: Lincoln, Norwich, Litchfield, York, St Albans, and Salisbury. Great music, fantastic social life and started me on the road to Atheism.

  3. For my first six years at Sun I did not cycle to work at all. In fact for a large amount of that time I did not cycle at all. The Company car almost got me. I have got better now though.

  4. My first adult bike was a four speed Moulton. (very similar to the Moulton Standard pictured on Wikipedia, it was even blue). It was distinctive, great for use on the Paper round but encouraged me to get more traditional five speed diamond framed “racer”.

  5. I don't really do chain letters which this is just the modern form. So I won't be tagging anyone else.

Tuesday Apr 12, 2005

More group aggregation

Our internal departmental blog aggregator is up and running thanks to the planetplanet.org software, a twiki running on the Sun webserver and a vers short nawk script. I know it should have been perl, but as is so often the case nwak will do. Specifically this nawk will do:

nawk '$0 == "%META:TOPICPARENT{name=\\"TWikiUsers\\"}%" {
        user=1
        next
}
$0 ~ "\^%META:TOPICPARENT" {
        user=0
}
$1 == "\*" && $2 == "Name:" {
        sub("[ \\t]\*\\\\\*[ \\t]Name:[ \\t]","");
        n=$0
}
user && /\\\* PlanetPts [Ff]eed/  {
        printf("\\n[%s]\\nname = %s\\n", $NF, n)}' 

Users just have to put an entry in there home page on the twiki, the nawk script sucks those entries out and writes the config file for the planet software that then aggregates them all. They then all get displayed within the same twiki thanks to the %INCLUDE% variable so that they appear to be part of the main web.

I'm sure there are better ways to do this and with a bit more infrastructure help it would be cool to be able to register your blog feed in LDAP and then have an aggregator use that to produce planets based on reporting structures. However for us I think this will do for now.

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