December 02, 2006

Fighting Web Scraping with Apache Rewrite

The Austin Bloggers web site recently was attacked by a scraper site. The scraper was grabbing our RSS feed and republishing it on their own web site, pretending it was... (read more)

November 19, 2006

Ho Ho Ho! Happy Holidailies!

It's Holidailies time again. Holidailies is a community writing project for online journalers and other web writers. Participants aim for writing an article a day through the entire month... (read more)

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March 25, 2006

Movable Type Force-Preview Update

It's been three weeks since I released the Force Preview plug-in for the Movable Type blog system. I blogged about it upon release. Thought I'd give a brief update. First,... (read more)

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March 01, 2006

Moribund Type

Sometimes, I feel like the last blogger left using the Movable Type blogging package. All of the cool kids have moved on to Wordpress or Drupal or something else. Even... (read more)

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December 17, 2005

Blogger Finds its 404

I'm pleased to report that Blogger has finally figured out how to say, "Ooops!" When you request a web page from a server and the web server cannot provide that... (read more)

December 09, 2005

Holidailies Sells Out

This year, we began accepting paid advertising on the Holidailies web site. Jette and I went into this with some trepidation. Would there be a community backlash? Would it make... (read more)

November 22, 2005

My Crappy Drupal Web Site

I just finished posting a new, crappy web site, and I couldn't be happier. This is the second project I've done with the Drupal content management system (CMS). The first... (read more)

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November 15, 2005

Holidailies 2005 is Coming

It's almost Holidailies time again. Now in its sixth year, Holidailies is a community writing project for online journalers and other web writers. Participants aim for writing an article a... (read more)

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February 28, 2005

Journalism Protocols

I wrote a letter to the Austin American-Statesman decrying the Texas HB 789 provisions to outlaw public Internet. You can read the letter in an entry I blogged over at... (read more)

Posted by chip at 06:52 PM to: Blogging 'bout Blogging, The Net
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February 07, 2005

Fighting Link Spam with Redacted RSS Entries

The link spam problem has been getting worse on the Austin Bloggers web site, just as it has everywhere else. When the site opened two years ago, we provided an... (read more)

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December 14, 2004

It's Holidailies Time

It's the craziest time of the year: it's Holidailies time. Now in it's fifth year, Holidailies is a like a crazed dance marathon, but with on-line journal writers instead. Every... (read more)

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May 25, 2004

MeFi Meetup

A meetup for Austin-area MetaFilter users has been scheduled for June 3rd. I think I may go. Anybody else? More info here.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:20 PM to: Austin, Blogging 'bout Blogging
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May 14, 2004

Silence of the A-List

I've been reading a lot about the Movable Type license change. I already noted that I'm unhappy about this. I think this was handled extraordinarily poorly. I've been reading a... (read more)

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May 13, 2004

Movable Type License Harmful to Group Blogs

You know that article I blogged about sticking with Movable Type? Is it too late to take it back? Today, Six Apart announced a new licensing and pricing structure for... (read more)

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May 05, 2004

Sticking with Movable Type

I've been messing around with various online publishing and collaboration tools recently. I found several appealing options for blogging. There are, however, a number of reasons I keep coming back... (read more)

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May 04, 2004

Spam Assassin versus Movable Type

Spam Assassin and Movable Type got into a little tussle today. I have comment notification enabled, so I can see whenever somebody posts a comment to my blog and I... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:34 PM to: Blogging 'bout Blogging, Spam
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April 29, 2004

Movable Type "better_spam_protect" Plug-In

Link: Software Archive: better_spam_protect In the Movable Type weblog system, the names of entry and comment authors often are linked to their email address. Movable Type has a spam_protect feature... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:48 PM to: Blogging 'bout Blogging, Software, Spam
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April 25, 2004

Movable Type MT-Blacklist Hack: Rebuild after Ping

I recently modified my blog to put the trackback information on the entry page, thus eliminating the separate pop-up. On a stock Movable Type setup this presents a problem. When... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:51 PM to: Administrivia, Blogging 'bout Blogging
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March 30, 2004

Blogging for Belarus

Today I met with a trade delegation from Belarus. I'm pleased to report I did not create an international incident. In fact, I actually may have been helpful. The delegation... (read more)

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March 14, 2004

Full Content RSS

Tonight, I switched my RSS feed to include full article content instead of just an entry synopsis. I'd been ambivalent on the issue. I realize many people like full content,... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:20 PM to: Administrivia, Blogging 'bout Blogging
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SXSW: RSS Solutions

I spent the morning doing the "search" track at SXSW. First was Don Turnbull's panel on Revolutionary Search Technologies, followed by Marissa Meyer talking about Google. I asked a question... (read more)

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March 08, 2004

Austin Bloggers Status

The Austin Bloggers web site has been unavailable since last Friday. The problem is that the domain has lapsed and gone on hold. It's moved into a redemption period where... (read more)

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December 04, 2003

Another Day, Another Portal

I seem to be creating a cottage industry out of coding backends to personal publishing portals. It's keeping me busy, I'm getting very good at it, and--of course--not making a... (read more)

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November 25, 2003

Happy Blogaversary (urp!) to Me

One year ago this week, I became one of the cool kids. I started my weblog. I sense the breathless "blogging will change the world" fad is receding. Still, I... (read more)

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August 18, 2003

Bloggers Protest, Nobody Cares

Last week offered yet another reality check on how disconnected webloggers can be from the real world. Last Friday was Fair and Balanced Friday. I participated along with scores of... (read more)

Posted by chip at 07:28 PM to: Blogging 'bout Blogging, Current Events
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August 14, 2003

postping: A Utility for Trackback Aggregation

Link: Software Archive: postping In one of the earlier incarnations of the Austin Bloggers web site, we used a simple utility to aggregate trackback pings into a meta-blog. This system... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:59 PM to: Blogging 'bout Blogging, Software
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July 30, 2003

Pack my Bags, I'm going to JournalCon

Last week, I momentarily overcame my fear and trepidation and submitted my registration application for JournalCon Austin. Shortly thereafter I returned to my senses, and ever since I've been saying,... (read more)

July 15, 2003

The Statesman Discovers Blogs

Link: Blogging it with Xlent. David E. Hollingsworth left a comment in another thread pointing out that the local monopoly daily newspaper has started up a blog. There is only... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:32 PM to: Austin, Blogging 'bout Blogging
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June 20, 2003

Blog without Comment

A blog without comments is wrong. I feel a twinge of discomfort when I come across such a blog. I think I'm beginning to understand why. Blogging is an act... (read more)

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June 01, 2003

Creative Commons License May Create Dangerous Liability

Link: An issue people may not be aware of with the Creative Commons licenses. The writings of this weblog used to be provided under a Creative Commons License. Effective immediately,... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:47 PM to: Administrivia, Blogging 'bout Blogging
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May 27, 2003

Happy Anniversary

Six months ago I couldn't even spell blogger. Now I is one.... (read more)

March 15, 2003

Talking 'bout Meta-Blog

Several folks around town have been blogging about the meta-blog technology that powers the Austin Bloggers web site. David Nunez wrote up an article on the presentation I did during... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:18 PM to: Blogging 'bout Blogging, Software
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