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Gonna have to register

Okay. After just getting slammed by a dozen blog spam comments on Cialis and online casinos, I turned on TypeKey authentication for this blog.

To comment, you’ll need to create a typekey account. You’ll only have to do this once, and probably you won’t actually have to sign in that often.

Warning: To those who enter false email addresses to avoid spam-bots, you’ll need to enter a URL when you comment as that will override the email display.

If you don’t enter a URL, your actual email address will show. So, put in a web address. This could be your company’s home page, or, if you have nothing to link to, link to your favorite search engine or something.

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Davin

Comment problems

FYI, I updated this blog software to the most recent version of Movable Type, and the comment features aren’t working right. No matter what I set the preferences to, every comment submitted is help for approval — which I don’t really want. I’d prefer that the comments just went up and if there is something (like spam) that I want to axe, then I’d prefer to do that after the fact.

Hopefully Six Apart, the company that provides Movable Type, is on this problem and we’ll see this fixed promptly.

Until then, continue to comment away, but you won’t see your comments right away. It’ll be until Chey or I can manually approve them.

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Davin

So, the colors here

Chey looked at this site yesterday evening and said to me, “So, why don’t you ask me when you redesign this page? I don’t like these colors.”

I found it sort of funny. I pictured myself sneaking upstairs at midnight, my wife sleeping soundly in bed. How peaceful.

Then, I would put my hand gently on her shoulder, give it a little squeeze and say, “Wake up honey, I’m redesigning the blog. Do you like these colors?” As I hold up her laptop, the light from the display shining on her incredulous, very tired face.

Hm. Somehow, that just doesn’t seem like a good idea.

So, anyway, what do you think of these colors? Hate them? Love them? Couldn’t care less about the colors, you’re just here to read and see pictures? Feel free to extrapolate.

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User experience, web, technology

Hm, a bug.

So, the background color isn’t showing in the Flash movie at the top. Any ideas? It wouldn’t have to do with the fact that it is not one of the sacrosanct web-safe colors, I would hope. Not sure. Using #eef.

Eventually the fading photo thing will be working on each photo section. In time.

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Davin

Site tweak | Lila’s prayers

So, I felt like tweaking the visuals here. I’ve been meaning to since

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User experience, web, technology

help design this page – calendar, y or n?

MovableType blog calendar
MovableType blog calendar

As I’m slowly working through this new web page, I’m looking at each piece of the page. Right now I’m looking at the calendar.

It’s kinda cool as it gives a visual representation of what days have entries. On the other hand, the Recent Entries right below it seem more informative to me.

My rule of thumb it to get rid of page elements that don’t add significant value for web visitors.

So, my question to you is, does this calendar add to your value or not? Vote by commenting on this entry. Your answers will determine whether the calendar stays or goes.

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Davin

Ah hah! I’m now using MT!

Started installing Moveable Type at 10:30 this evening. It is now just before midnight and I have installed and imported all the old Blogger posts as well. So far, Moveable Type rocks! And, it spits out XHTML!

I’m very happy.

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Davin

going to move this site soon

I’m not a huge fan of blogger at this point. I’m going to transition this site over to a new url and a new blog tool. I’ll look for one that will produce valid xhtml and gives a few more options.

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Redesigned

So, with the ditching of the frames came a bit of a prettying up for this page. Note the background image in the lower-left. Those are actually some photoshopped leaves from our plant, George.

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Ditched the frames.

Yeah, I just couldn’t take the hypocrisy anymore. Frames are gone.