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Friday, May 9, 2003

May 9, 2003

The Resistance: 1 The Enemy: 0

Yeah, you read that correctly. If you've read enough of these news posts, you'd know that I'm referring to the image linking problem I've been battling for the last few months. This morning upon checking the access files (which has been a several times per week thing since this started happening), I was surprised to see another large number of referrals from yet another online forum. So, upon some investigation I'd noticed that a random 16-year old kid 'fell for the bait' of my current setup (the one with the Perl script which checks referrals and sends a different picture than expected if from an unauthorized source) and tried linking to a Monty Python and the Holy Grail picture hosted here.

It worked. On a larger scale than my testing! smile

Upon my investigation this morning of the referrals, he'd already realized what had happened and found someone else's bandwidth to steal. It currently looks like he did this around 3-4pm PDT yesterday (08 May)...and fixed it shortly thereafter.

It'd be interesting to figure out what was going on in his mind when he first noticed the 'picture he wasn't expecting' showing up... Ah well, some things we'll never know.

The Rat Bastards Went Bar Hopping

After the utter and complete finish of the MFP project, Senger, Rowan, and I went out last night to celebrate. Many good times were had, and it is planned to do something of similar nature on a more recurring basis throughout the summer if possible. Sadly, we got to the location where Angie (the fourth of our group) was to be just a little too late. Ah well. She missed a good time. smile

This post was upgraded to the MZ Online Blog on 8/20/07

Thursday, May 8, 2003

May 8, 2003

It's Miller Time!

Now that the Modern Functional Programming project is actually fully complete, it's time to break out the beers! wink

Now it's time to work on some other miscellaneous projects I've been putting off (and planning for) for a long time. Woohoo!

In other news...

The second of our two 'first fish' died last night: Jaws. We've had him around for a little over two-and-a-half years, and as a generic freshwater fish, was no big surprise that he died.

This post was upgraded to the MZ Online Blog on 8/20/07

Tuesday, May 6, 2003

May 6, 2003

I've made some changes to the News System. Namely the addition of "Events" in my life. In addition to the somewhat stagnant and always 'past' news (NEWS!) exclamation points (which are a Good Thing), I've decided after much thought to also include Events (noted by the light bulb -- IDEA!) -- things like birthdays, big happenings, etc. Things I consider important.

I've pondered doing this since I introduced the news system. I really like the news system, and like to make it better every now and again. On my Private TWiki installation, my 'start page' includes a CalendarPlugin portion of the page which outlines my personal schedule -- work times, things due, events, and so on. I have no intention of including all of these things on my MattNews page, but some of them are important. Furthermore, my personal calendar includes text -- not just image links. With this news system, from the calendar backend page (where I do the linking which makes the calendar images work) I link to each news topic. On my personal schedule, I don't create a page for each event. So I include the text instead.

I also have my screen resolution set to 1280x1024, which easily lets me create huge calendars which include all the appropriate text. Not going to happen with this news system.

Anyway, from now on you'll be able to browse to the appropriate portion of the Events page (by clicking on an Event (IDEA!) icon) to see what's going on. Just more good information. smile It allows me to 'fill out' the calendar with appropriate stuff so it's not all stuff which has transpired.

In other semi-random news, I also noticed that I need to add the MHotW skin (which makes this web appear how it does with sidebars and such) support to the Search results page. It uses a different skin than the view script, so minor changes need to be done. But probably not until (at the earliest) next week.

This post was upgraded to the MZ Online Blog on 8/20/07

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