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reCAPTCHA Installed

Like many WordPress users, I’ve been plagued with SPAM comments. I’ve tried disabling comments and a few other things but logging into my blog to find over 100 comments that are clearly SPAM is disheartening to say the least.

So today I setup Google’s reCAPTCHA service using the plugin Google Captcha (reCAPTCHA) by BestWebSoft because I don’t have the time to implement it by hand. I used reCAPTCHA back in the day when this blog was using MovableType but Google has taken over the project and it’s much more elegant.

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Welcome To The New Server

I’ve been playing around with MediaTemple for a few project and finally decided to move all my personal stuff over to them. I’m happy to say that all my many domains moved without a hitch and I’m really enjoying their  GRID service. On the off chance you see something broken or weird, please let me […] Version 5

Apparently I’ve had this blog now for almost 10 years and in that time there have been 4 different looks to the site and with this post, I’d like to introduce the 5th version! I did a recap back when I hit version 3, which you can find at this link, so I thought I’d do an update to recap what changed since I posted that entry back in 2010. Continue Reading

Oh… Please Don’t Go In There

I’m in the process of Dumping Google and one of the steps I’ve taken is to replace Google Analytics with Mint from Shaun Inman. Brilliant analytics app from a brilliant guy. Anyway, while I was in the FTP client and looking at the file structure of the site, I couldn’t help but notice some cruft. […]

Getting Back To Blogging

The other day I noticed a bit of a gap in my daily process of information. I have Pinboard for capturing links, InstaPaper for saving longer articles for reading later, but there are a bunch of odd-and-ends that don’t get captured. Most of these tend to be photos and although I could bookmark them, links […]

I Think I’m Going Crazy

I feel like my head is going to explode if I don’t do a brain dump. Things have been very busy at the company I work for EarthChannel so I haven’t been blogging like I would like to… The community web site I tried to launch last year PEG Channels has been a failure… EarthChannel […]

A Few Updates On The Blog

I made a few updates over the past couple of days that I thought I’d share. New Photos For starters, I updated the random photos that appear in the upper right corner of every page with MY photos and not just the stock photos that came with the theme. There should be around 10 images […]

And Switched Servers Too

While I was in the process of switching from MovableType to WordPress, I opted to move my domain to a new server. Nothing like learning to move a WordPress install two days after my first install. 🙂 Anyway, if you run into any issues with the blog, please let me know!

Paying The Price For Being #1

One of the funny things about having a blog is that you never know what is going to strike a chord with the people that read your blog, or for that matter Google. By some quirk of an algorithm you find that you’re at the top of the charts on one topic or another and […]

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