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Twitter Wed, 01 Dec 2010 07:53:24
Tweet 9998508752904192

Let the Microposting Resume

Twitter's move to Oauth broke my homebrew desktop perl app that grabbed my tweets and fed them to the UFog blog. And to tell the truth, I was too lazy to revamp it-hey, at work one of my projects is getting a dos emulation that connects to a Novell Netware server working in a virtualized Windows Server 2008 R2 terminal server, so my geek plate is full. BUT..It seems that there is a certain, shall we say "legacy" backdoor hack that lends my perl app new life.

Twitter Fri, 12 Mar 2010 00:49:36
WTF? Why can I tweet from Twitlet but not directly from Twitter? chitter...chitter...skreee

Tweet 10363886233

Twitter Sun, 07 Mar 2010 01:31:45
Started using @troynt's Twitter Script for Greasemonkey. I think I likes it - @troynt's Twitter Script -

Tweet 10136271668

Twitter Mon, 22 Feb 2010 13:09:26
Installed Apache-now all I have to do is get it to work.

Tweet 9473556402

Twitter Sat, 06 Feb 2010 15:29:29
Ufog: Test Tweet:http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/Perl/sandtr.html http://www.google.com/ http://news.google.com/nwshp?hl=en&tab=wn - Links go nowhere, I just need multiple links in a tweet.

Tweet 8740836102

Twitter Sat, 06 Feb 2010 14:06:57
Ufog: Test Tweet

Tweet 8738235065

Social Media Mosh
Here's what I've got now:
  • Twitter cross-posts to Facebook if I use the #fb hashtag.
  • Utility Fog Blog cross-posts to Facebook. This is why 29 Facebook posts suddenly appeared yesterday.
  • Twitter posts have their own sidebar in the blog.
  • Google Reader shared items (they really need to come up with a better name) have a blog sidebar.

I think what I really need is for the blog to take RSS feeds and turn them into posts. Then I could move Twitter and Google Reader out of the sidebar and into the big show. And since the blog is mirrored on Facebook, so would Twitter and Google Reader.

Better Now
Comments can be left now. Should have tested that sooner. Oops

My Head Hurts

Why the lack of posts? Well it seems that I've racked up 24+ man-hours, dozens of Google searches, multiple dozens of web-pages, 20 bookmarks, 10 Firefox tabs open at a time, deep study of the Apache server reference pages for Mod_Write, RewriteRule, and htaccess, baffled muttering , more Apache research, and uncounted attempts to upload and test a configuration of my new web site that will do what I want.

And all for naught. The problem kicked my mental ass. I could disable one of the security measures the hosting company set up, but that would be like cheating, and it might piss them off too. So I've sent a support-ticket off to the Help Desk. I know they can help me, an Apache Server can be configured to do just about anything you want, like turn squirrels into pocket watches. But the question is, will they? The support gods can be fickle, and may decide that my quest falls outside of their sacred purview.

So here's hoping for a happy answer.


Utility Fog Blog on Twitter

Twitter RSS Feed

Test Post
Valid, but now the comment doesn't show in feeds.

Test Post
Ok, that kind of worked, but the feed didn't validate. Try another tweak. Tweak another try

Test Post
And again

Test Post
Lets try this again.

Test Post
Let us see if we can add a "comments" link to the RSS feed without disrupting the space-time continuum.

Utility Fog Blog has passed 250,000 hits. I attribute this more to persistence than popularity.

Testing, 1 2 3
UFog Blog has upgraded to run under Blosxom 2.1.2. Now I need to see if the RSS feeds work.

Comments will be down for a bit while I upgrade Pollxn.

Update: That took all of 2 minutes. My new branch version of Pollxn from Víctor A. Rodríguez (Bit-Man) includes a Captcha feature that I hope will stymie the comment-spammers.

I'd Better Get Funnier

Utility Fog Blog is the #1 result for the Google search for "funny blog entries"

Let's see what my YouTube embedded player looks like:
Pretty swank.

I'm Naughty
R blog rating

"This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:

  • pissed (2x)
  • kill (1x)"
What's My Blog Rated?
Via The Slog

Slightly Freaking Out
Last Sunday I noticed that my free hit-counter from Webstat wasn't working. It turns out that Webstat's free accounts are limited to less than 20,000 hits a month. Which is fine, they are doing this for free, and they've worked great until now. So I got another free hit-counter that doesn't have a limit. And now that it's been running since Sunday a few things have become very apparent: UFog Blog is getting 800-900 hits a day (and may be climbing), and 99% of the hits are coming by way of Google Image Search. This, kids, is why you should always put something in the alt field of the img tag.

Some of my highest ranking Google Image Searches:

(periods added to search terms to avoid muddying the waters)

But one statistic pops the party balloon: 90% of my visitors spend 5 seconds or less at the Ufog Blog. Ah well-fame is fleeting.

I'm Crafty
I've added IP-address logging capability to my Pollxn comments-engine. The next step is to add IP-blocking of comment spammers.

Tinker, Adjust, Fiddle, Repeat
I think I've managed to get the Internet Explorer and Firefox rendering of Utility Fog Blog to look pretty much the same on both Windows and Linux. It certainly helps to set Firefox so that it doesn't override the way the page wants to be displayed.

Sometime in the last hour Utility Fog Blog passed the 100,000 hit mark.

Big Wind Bad
Why was Utility Fog down since sometime Friday (12/15/2006)? Well, it seems that the Pacific Northwest had some weather problems . Thursday night there was just a teensy bit of torrential rain followed by record winds early Friday morning. The result was your basic minor apocalypse, minus the cats and dogs living together and any appearance of giant marshmallow men. Over a million people were without power (and heat), traffic has been a nightmare due to dark signals and downed trees and gasoline has become scarse because of so many powerless stations. And somewhere in the middle of all this something bad must have happened to my ISP, hence no blog (or email).

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The Web Knows
A little Internet research turns up 2 explanations for comment spam that contains invalid links or even no links at all:

1: Some comment systems record the IP address of the commenter and use a sort of "karma" system to combat spam. Leaving a lot of linkless comments could give an IP address enough good "karma" to then deposit spam.

2: Spam with bogus "number" links (like "www.865425.com") could be trackable "scouts". The spam-robot deposits a comment and then checks back later to see if the spam is still there. The numbers let the robot keep track of where and when the spam was deposited. If the scout spam has survived then the real spam will be left.

PS. I'm making invisible links on the bottom of the blog to any e-mail addresses I find on sites that spam me. The idea is that email-address harvesting web-robots will find the links and then start spamming the spammers.

My New Hobby
More happenings on the Comment Spam front:

1: Friday I got my first batch of Chinese spam. They think big in China-these buggers had around 100 links apiece. Only 3 spams though, so it was hardly a major onslaught.

2: Sunday seems to be THE day for spam. I had nothing all week, but just like last Sunday, here they come again. Today's spams are puzzlers. They have links, unlike last week's, but the links are to non-existent addresses like "www.561383.com".