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Archive for July, 2006
Not Able to do Blogathon 2006
Posted on Sunday, July 30th, 2006 at 9:05 am.

Saddening was the failure of my goddamned hard drive (Murphy’s Law) - and so was my inability to participate in Blogathon 2006. With no laptop to use during MIT classes, and my not being home during the whole of the 24 hours to use my desktop computer, blogging for Blogathon 2006 proved useless. I could have used my laptop during my MIT classes, but I could not now, since, well, my hard drive crashed. As well as my own not being able to blog for Blogathon, neither could Dave - the plan was to share my laptop to blog during Blogathon.

So, due to my (goddamnit!!) hard drive failure, neither Dave or I was able to blog for Blogathon 2006 - because of my (goddamnit!!) hard drive failure. Nothing to blog with at 9:00 AM, so we were quickly disqualified.

Look out next year - I’ll be here and blogging.

Hard Drive Failure!
Posted on Friday, July 28th, 2006 at 7:07 pm.

Damnit. I am not sure what happened, but it seems as though my hard drive just got corrupted. Yeah. Worst nightmare. My theory is that when my dad took my laptop, (uh, right, we had an argument) I was still writing files to my Hard Drive and he forced shutdown. Another theory is that he put it somewhere unstable and unventilated - like a table ahem ahem and it overheated (due to the uncanny ability of my laptop to overheat while being placed on any surface for more than 30 minutes, without changing places shrug what a crappy laptop) and it went to that disk check thing. Somewhere during that 1 minute boot, it fell on the floor (around 2 feet) and … the hard drive head was still reading from the hard drive… damnit…

One hell of a run-on, but either of those could have happened. I’m taking the second one.

I lost one hell of a lot of stuff - INCLUDING MY NEW WORDPRESS TEMPLATE! Damnit!

I probably won’t be able to do blogathon either.

Formal Resignation will be posted soon.

Blogathon: Have You Any Suggestions?
Posted on Thursday, July 27th, 2006 at 4:43 pm.

The Blogathon is coming up - less than two days left until 9:00 AM EST on Saturday. Therefore, I would like to start asking any readers of this blog if they have any questions or anything you want answered - say you wanted a tutorial on something CSS, just ask it and I may write a tutorial on it.

The idea is that any questions I feel like answering will be answered. I don’t have any real theme for blogathon this year, so I might as well see if anyone wants any questions answered on some topics. Please make it something within reach. Any CSS questions are allowed, though I might not be able to answer them.

They don’t even have to be questions - they could be suggestions of something to blog about. Firewalls, PHP, or recurrence relations - it’s all good. Keep in mind that I don’t have any certifications or majors in anything - yeah. I don’t know everything about CSS or PHP or SQL or whatever, nor do I know everything that you might ask about math, or general computing. That said, if you have some suggestions for something to blog about, or you have a question about something, go ahead and comment. I will not answer any questions talking about “casin0s” or “pheromones” as they will get eaten up.

WordPress Critical Flaw Detected
Posted on Wednesday, July 26th, 2006 at 9:33 pm.

Dr Dave has announced that there is a security exploit affecting WordPress 1.5 and WordPress 2.0.

In a nutshell, stuff could happen to your blog if you don’t turn off “Anyone can register” on your WordPress options. If it’s on, DO IT NOW. Dr Dave adds that you should also disable any guest accounts you are unsure about.

I have no idea what the hell is going on - but take it from Dr Dave and disable it now. There is no real known proof about this exploit, but I am going to take it as a matter of trust to a respected blogger who is also the developer of Spam Karma. Let’s hope the WordPress dev guys realize this and patch it - really wicked quickly. Do not hesitate - disable it on your blog now. Dr Dave can’t give us anything on the exploit since not enough blogs are protected now - information may fall in the wrong hands and the exploit may come.

The last word is to take Dr Dave’s word - he’s tested it and it’s “shown to exist with varying levels of danger on all versions of WP up to the very last one.”

Notified by Kamigoroshi on IRC.

Blogathon 2006 Pledge Theory
Posted on Wednesday, July 26th, 2006 at 9:23 am.

The following is a partial theory thought of for either no reason or some reason. Not sure which.

So, as Saturday dawns upon us soon, I haven’t gotten a sponsor since Monday. Which kinda sucks - I need as many sponsors as possible. I have been told to take it easy the first year. I have also been told that I probably will get some sponsors during the ‘thon. I’m guessing that during the Blogathon the blogosphere sees that there are lots of new posts in these 400 blogs - wtf!?

My schedule messes the blogathon up - since I’ll be traveling around (thankfully for no more than 30 minutes) for the first part of the day (9AM, when the blogathon starts.) I could leave later than 9AM - but I have to be at my destination (MIT) at 9:30 to write a quick blog post, of course. Therefore, my first two blog posts might be slightly poor, then the rest will be better in quality.

The real part of this theory is that I believe the better the first blog posts are, the better chance of more pledges being pledged. That is set by a matter of time, every increment of time passed people may be less inclined to pledge money, I guess. Not sure why, but that’s what I think - if I have strong posts at 9AM people would be more inclined to pledge since they think the rest of the blog posts will be strong. Yet my first two will be pretty weak, and the rest will be strong. Once some poeple see the first post, and they think it sucks, they might not pledge and not visit the blog again - they think that the rest will suck. Which kind of sucks. A lot.

Therefore, I’d like to say that even though my first few will be weak, please consider pledging still - there will be a lot of good articles. I have about five minutes to write a blog post at 9AM - not long enough to write a good article. This article took at least fifteen minutes to write, so there you go, a gauge. Thank you