Fri, 30 Nov 2007
I've been trying out some more plug-ins for my Pyblosxom
- Book Review is very similar to the Book List one I had before. It also uses a text file to store all the text,
but has some extra fields and can generate a page for each book with the link using the ISBM. Unfortunately the
latter is not working for some reason. I'm looking into it.
- There's a simple one that gives links to all the other pages. That's something I didn't consider until I
cut the number of items on the front page.
- Plugin-info just lists what I have installed. It could be useful for
- Recent could be the most useful. It lists recent items, including comments.
I don't get many comments and there's a problem that stops me getting email notifications when a new one is added.
The first time I used this I saw I had a couple of comments. Appropriately enough they were on the subject of
One thing I still want to do is to get the site URLs rewritten to something shorter. The main page should really
just be at www.bagofspoons.net. I understand this means some set-up in Apache that I need to work out. There's other
things to sort out when I find time.
Sun, 04 Nov 2007
Over the weekend I've done an overdue update on my site. I was a few revisions behind
with PyBlosxom. This version doesn't offer
any radical changes, but is supposed to fix some bugs. I've taken the opportunity to
reorganise the directory structure to make future upgrades simpler.
I'm also playing with some plug-ins. I've had comments for a while, but only just
set them up to email me updates recently. I'm not fully convinced that always works.
I've also finally added one for static pages, i.e. pages that are not tied to a date.
I intend to use these for things like saying something about myself and things I want to
be always easily accessible. I've started with transferring a lot of the content from the
right-hand side to a page linked from the top right. I'll tidy that up later. This should
resolve an issue a friend was having in tracking links to his site. He was finding hundreds
from here as my friends list appeared everywhere.
I still intend to generate my About page from my FOAF
file when I find the time. I've seen some other places doing this, so I may be able to copy
Big thanks to Will for his help in getting my
static page working. He wrote the plug-in and is the main PyBlosxom man. We chatted on IRC
to sort it out. I love the fact that you can have direct access to developers on free software.
We found we had a common love of Philip Glass and I suggested he check out Steve Reich.
Wed, 26 Sep 2007
Considering a change
I may have mentioned this before, but much as I like the simplicity of
Pyblosxom, I sometimes wish for a blog
system that made it easier to post and to change aspects of my site. For instance,
I'm writing this post in a text editor and will then have to FTP it to the server.
If I've missed out a closing tag or something I'll have to repeat the process.
One reason for using Pyblosxom was that I wanted to play with Python and I thought
that I might write some code for my site, but that just hasn't happened. The software
has been developed further, but I'm a little behind on versions. Someone has even
written a new web front end,
but that still may not be enough to keep me.
A few friends have been using Wordpress. Even
though I'm not mad on it using PHP and MySQL, I appreciate that it will give me much
more flexibility and make it very easy to change things. There seems to be a good
variety of plug-ins for cool things like OpenID that I want to play with.
Bigpresh set me up a site to play with on his
server and I'm impressed.
So unless my fanbase (which may exceed that of
Flight of the Conchords) objects
I plan to move over to Wordpress soon. I may well leave the Pyblosxom site here
to avoid breaking anyone's links.
Wed, 28 Mar 2007
My comments are not working at the moment. I am trying to get the comment spam plug-ins working, but something
is wrong. It's making use of the Akismet service, but gets a time-out when it tries to
verify my key.
For reference, here are the steps I have taken so far to make comments work:
- Registered at Wordpress to get an API key and included that in my config.py
- Copied comments.js to my web directory. Although the comments said it could be in with the plugins that didn't work
- Updated my story template to include the comment count
- Set permissions to allow apache to write to the comments directory
I'm making enquiries on the mailing list and may also try the IRC channel.
Mon, 26 Mar 2007
The new comments system has already attracted a few
posts from friends. Some have even been kind enough to test my anti-spam measures with some witty
texts. Unfortunately they do not seem to be blocked, so maybe I need more set-up. This has also
revealed a small problem. I don't have rights to delete comments as they are written to files
whose owner is apache. It would seem that what I need is a password-protected web page that allows
me to select comments for deletion as that should have the same rights. I shall look into how
that could work. Pyblosxom doesn't really have any
web interface for controlling it. You have to make use of SSH and FTP to update files. I could also
do with something to allow me to monitor comments as they come in. There is email notification that
I ought to try.
I gained a new toy today. It's an ancient (1999?) Toshiba T8100 laptop with a screaming PIII/600
CPU and a massive 128MB of memory. Hey, it was free. I have plans to use it as a media player on my
network for streaming radio and possibly video. It's got Windows 2000 on it that I may keep for now
as it would do for my Windows-only jobs of programming the home automation and the multi-remote.
I'll still be trying out an Ubuntu live CD on it to see how it
handles it. I suspect that something lighter, like Xubuntu
may be more suited.
Sat, 24 Mar 2007
As of now this site can accept comments. I needed a little help from Ryan
on the Pyblosxom mailing list, then I sorted the rest by checking the log files. I've installed some
anti-comment spam measures. We will see how effective those are.
Fri, 09 Mar 2007
For some time I've wondered whether I should look at getting comments working on this site.
I tried and failed on an older version of pyblosxom, but it may have improved since then. I
would obviously have to investigate the anti-spam options. One problem with comments is that
those who read the site via RSS will probably never see them.
So what do you think? Except you don't have a way to say here ;) There's the guestbook, or
you can email me. Either you know my address or you should be able to work it out.
Wed, 25 Oct 2006
Stuff to write
Just in case anyone is on the edge of their seat waiting for my next item (unlikely),
this is to say that I do have a few things I want to write about audio software on a Windows
PDA, travelling by train and other stuff, but need to find the time. It tends to take me
more than a couple of minutes to write each item as I like to include some relevant links.
I ought to find a way to automate things like links
Wikipedia. I also want to add a wiki to
the site, but mainly to hold semi-static information so I can easily update it. I'm playing with
MoinMoin on my PC, but need to work out how to
Tue, 18 Jul 2006
Fixing my feeds
I've changed my feeds from del.icio.us and last.fm
to use their utilities rather than RSSDigest. That has served me well
for a while, but I'd prefer to get the feeds directly from the sources. The last.fm one is in the form of an
image, but I can live with that. The del.icio.us one was doing the same as my category list and was shifted
too far to the right in Firefox. I've fixed that for now
by making the whole sidebar left justified. It's not as aesthetically pleasing, but at least everything fits
on the screen now.
Tue, 11 Jul 2006
My PyBlosxom has now been running for over two
years. In that time I have not managed to do any of the customisations I originally planned. I
still want to make the sidebar links come directly from my
FOAF file, even if that technology does not seem to be
taking off. I also intended to convert the old Postnuke
data to something I could display here. I did some initial playing around in
Python. It's just too easy to waste time idly surfing.
I have managed to get an exercise routine going and I spend some time on my
drumming, but I would still like to do some
programming for this site.
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