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Blog revamp coming up!

July 30, 2014 10:30 PM

After largely ignoring my blogs for much of the past few years, I realised that my web server was upgraded to the point that my outdated blog software doesn’t run properly on it anymore.

After using Movable Type for so many years, and bearing with the complexities of upgrading to newer versions, I have decided to switch to Wordpress, which is easy to install, upgrade and enhance. I’m in the process of backing up all my old data from various blogs.

The only thing with Wordpress is that you need separate databases for each blog, compared to Movable Type which allows the creation of multiple blogs in one (increasingly huge) database. So in order to restore all my old blogs, I will have to install Wordpress separately for each blog. A little troublesome but it should be worth it in the longer term.

So stay tuned… the best is yet to be!

Trouble posting comments?

July 21, 2008 1:33 AM | Comments (4)

I’ve received a few reports that comments can’t seem to be posted on this blog.

I tested it a few times and it seems to work fine, even when not logged into Movable Type. So please let me know if you’re still having trouble. Contact me via my form instead.

Thank you!

Weird things have been happening on my blog. As I haven’t even had time to tinker around with it, it obviously wasn’t my doing :P

Firstly, Strangeknight told me that my blog was down. I checked, and it was. My web host told me they were restarting the server. But Strangeknight also told me he was unable to post comments anymore. I tested it out myself and got a ‘file not found’ message indicating that my mt-comments.cgi file was missing!

This sounded more serious, because it is not a file that you would accidentally delete. Worse, I knew I did not touch the system which means someone else had done something.

I logged in via FTP and verified that my mt-comments.cgi file was missing. Someone had added a ‘.bak’ extension to it, so I removed it and things seem to be working fine. You can post a comment…

But I really have to get to the bottom of this, because nobody else should have access to my system except the web host, and if they had changed anything they should tell me first! Especially a file so important for enabling conversations on my blog.

Update: The web host says they didn’t touch my files, and suggested I change my password, which I have just done. Quite disturbing … who would hack in and modify my files?

Hit by comment spam

May 10, 2008 2:00 AM

My blog was bombarded with comment spam an hour ago, and I could not log in to update anything because all the database connections were used up. My web host has since blocked all IP addresses that were attempting to connect to my database.

Contact me in case your IP was blocked and you cannot post a comment.

Sending you flowers

April 19, 2008 6:39 PM

Subscribers to my feed will now have a little extra somethin’ - my most recent Ma.gnolia bookmarks. Ma.gnolia is a product of Zeldman’s Happy Cog Studios, and is similar in nature to Del.icio.us, except that it looks prettier.

Of course, more people probably use Del.icio.us, but I wanted to be different :P And Zeldman himself just decided to remove his Ma.gnolia bookmarks from his feed, but I’m thinking that my blog is less well-known than his, so people are less likely to post comments in irrelevant places.

We’ll see how it goes, and if you have any issues with this new addition… post a comment here.

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