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Comment spam

March 31st, 2006

I dunno how many of ye are getting it, but i’m getting about 2-3 spam comments per day on random blog posts of mine. Today i just noticed 4-5 spam comments that had managed to slip past the spam filter. Grr. So, i’ve changed the options on my own blog (and on this one) so that first-time commenters require moderation, but anyone who’s already posted doesn’t. It seems a fairly even balance between usability and not getting spam.

— diamond

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Planet updates

February 5th, 2006

Seems that the folks over at planetplanet have starting making some updates. OK, the feedparser is really old but it works so I’ve switched over to a nightly snapshot. I also told it to unfuck clean the generated HTML using mxTidy. Validation results here.
I’ll see if I can integrate a more recent feedparser at some stage, but for now all weird crap seems to have stopped.

Also, thanks to Gareth for finally using RSS2.0. No more planet flooding :)

– Niall

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cgiirc tweak

January 10th, 2006

Hi,

As ye’ve probably noticed, when someone logs in via cgiirc, you don’t get any useful information other than the nick they choose. If they use a nick you don’t recognise, you haven’t a clue who they are. In an effort to make things more transparent, i’ve made a tiny patch to cgiirc which sets the user’s realname field to be the same as the username they used for http auth.

For example, say i log on to cgiirc, and set my nick to ‘kormat’. When you do /whois, before today you’d see a line something like this:

— [kormat] (www-data@localhost) : CGI:IRC User

Now, you’ll see this:

— [kormat] (www-data@localhost) : diamond

I’ve done a small bit of testing, and it looks like the change shouldn’t cause any issues, but if it does, just let support@ know, ta.

— diamond (or possibly kormat)

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This blog + imap security change

January 6th, 2006

Greetings.

This morning i noticed that we had an unsecured imap daemon listening on a publically accessible port. This has now been fixed so that it only listens on localhost (this is needed to allow the webmail clients to work). I don’t think this will affect anyone as no-one should have been using it anyway, but if it does, then now you know why ,-)

Also, i’ve just figured out how to get proper author attribution for posts on this blog. ‘Users’ -> ‘Authors & Users’ -> ‘Add user’. I typed in ‘diamond’, and it’s grabbed my existing blogs.nonado.net account, so all i have to do is select ‘diamond’ from the ‘post author’ options on the ‘write post page’ and all should be good. This counts as a test entry for that -)

*Update*

Damn. The username shows up fine in the blog admin pages, it doesn’t show at all on the actual blog, which is, well, useless.

— diamond

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planet update

December 24th, 2005

planet.evil.ie is going away and will no longer be maintained. It has been replaced completely by planet.nonado.net so please use that in future.

– Niall

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More blogs.nonado.net

December 24th, 2005

Upgraded to the latest wordpress nightly. Also added a new theme. Yell if anything broke :)

– Niall

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blogs and more

December 9th, 2005

If you don’t know or care what subversion or blogs.nonado.net is, you can stop reading now.

I’ve been keeping up with upgrading blogs.nonado.net, so it’s currently running the latest (slightly patched) nightly release, and themes are now working :) There are still bugs, and I’m fixing them where I can, but let me know if something doesn’t work.

I’ve also set subversion to send an email root any time a change is committed. You don’t get the full diff, just the change summary and a list of affected files.

– Niall

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spleen has teh suck

November 8th, 2005

As you may or may not know, spleen.evil.ie provides a number of services for nonado – things like slave DNS and backup MX.
spleen also appears to be on an overloaded host, and has recently been hitting loads of 50+ at between 6 and 7am each morning (which is between 10 and 11pm over here which is why I’m noticing). To fix this, some of the services that spleen runs will be moving elsewhere over the next week or so.
Downtime will be kept to a minimum, but the occasional email may get delayed, and there will be the odd service disruption, so sorry about that in advance.

— Niall

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Nonado migrating from uml to xen

October 13th, 2005

Lo folks. After some consultation with bytemark, nonado will be moving from a uml (User Mode Linux) virtual machine to a Xen virtual machine. Xen is the new kid on the block for doing virtual machines, and is supposed to be the way forward. Bytemark contacted me yesterday to know if we wanted to migrate and see if that fixes some debugging issues we’ve been having. From the sounds of it, it looks like they’re going to be migrating everything to Xen over the next while if all the testing continues as it as done. I’ve been told it’ll require about 20 mins of downtime to switch, but i’ve no idea when this will be. I’ll try to keep here updated about it.

— diamond

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support.nonado.net online!

October 3rd, 2005

After some… well, hacking, it’s back online, and configured in a way that doesn’t make my eyes bleed, which i think is a positive thing. Please, play with it, poke it, file tickets etc, and we’ll see what works and what doesn’t.

— diamond