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Reverting ReCaptcha Plugin To .01

I’ve been a big fan of the ReCAPTCHA service since it launched and was eager to implment it on my blog when MT4 was released last year. It was a complete kludge to get it working, but I eventually did figure out the voodoo necessary. You would think I’d leave well enough alone, but alas, […]

Upgraded to 4.1

I just upgraded the blog to version 4.1 Personal so that I can kick the tires and become more familiar with all of the new changes. Just on my initial inspection, I can already see that this is what 4.0 should have been. Well, they don’t call it “cutting edge” for nothing I guess.

Google AdSense Thinks I’m Gay

I was cleaning out my Inbox today and I came across a screenshot that I had forgotten all about. A few months back I was looking at the blog and noticed that Google Ads had served up a very interesting ad. Well, see for yourself at this link. Yep, Google AdSense thought that my site […]

Comments Fixed

I’ve been bogged down by a series of large projects and haven’t had the time to focus on the blog much. One of the snags I ran into was implementing ReCaptcha to the comments. It was kind of implemented, but MT decided that the plugin should work, just not display the captcha. After digging and […]

Upgraded To MT4

I upgraded to a fresh install of MovableType 4. I’m working out the kinks, which are all over the place, but I just wanted to give you a heads up as to what was going on.

Climbing Back Into The Saddle

It’s been over three months since my last posting, but I’m going to attempt to get back to my writing. As I indicated in the last post, things have been just crazy busy. For the last 6 months of 2006, there was at least one week a month where I was out of the office. […]

MT Upgrade

Just a quick note to say that I’ve upgraded I just upgraded Movabletype, the software which I use to manage the content on this weblog. It’s not a major upgrade, but there are a few additional features and tweaks that SixApart has done, which I like a lot.

Shaking Things Up A Bit

Bartender shaking a martiniI know postings here have been a little sparse. This hasn’t been by choice, of course, it’s just a culmination of several things that have made writing somewhat difficult. Like most things in life, it’s not just one reason that causes things to break down, but a number of things that cascade together to cause the problem. I’ve thought long and hard as to why my posts have been few and far between and I think I have a plan to get things back on track.

Issue #1: Too Many Blogs
For starters, I have two other blogs that I write on, so often times I just don’t have the bandwidth to write on this one. One is at and the other is at NPUG. The blog at really deals with my activity with and isn’t really all that interesting, unless you’re a member. I’ve thought about combining it with this blog, but do you really want to read about how many points I have as an Editor for “The IT Crowd?” Yeah, I didn’t think so either. 😛

The “Director’s Log” at NPUG is going to be going away though. The idea was to have a place to talk about running a PUG, much like the blog is about being an Editor at Unfortunately, there’s so much work that goes into producing the monthly meetings and maintaining the site, that everything I want to say has already been said. There’s simply too many other areas in which I can and do have a voice that the Director’s Log is a bit redundant – so it’s going away.

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Upgrade Complete

I just upgraded the software which I use to manage the content on this weblog. I use MovableType and they recently released version 3.2 in beta, so I installed it. There’s a ton of changes with this version and so far I really like it. However, you never know if something has gone wonky after […]

Comments Should Be Fixed

It was brought to my attention that some of you may have been having difficulty posting comments to the site. It seems the culprit was a plugin I installed to help throttle comment spammers called MT-DBSL. If you tried to post a comment you may have gotten a message something like the following: Your comment […]

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