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Writer’s Block

I’ve been struggling lately to come up with things to write about here on my blog. I didn’t know why until earlier this afternoon, when I think I pinned down the reasons. First, there are a lot of blogs on the Internet, and a lot of them talk about the exact same stuff. Just take […]

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Berbs.us Updated

My spontaneous Saturday night project turned out to be updating the blogging software that manages this site to Movable Type 3.2, the latest version released just this week. I took the opportunity to do some house cleaning and take care of a few other things I’ve had on my to-do list: Update the look of […]

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Welcome to the Blogosphere Brett!

I received a nice surprise this morning thanks to the magic of Technorati Watchlists: I discovered that my good buddy Brett Snider has started blogging! His blog, El Fuerzo, can be found on Blogspot. I’ve been gone so much lately and have been so busy that I haven’t been able to keep in touch with […]

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FeedDemon = NewsGator

Blog geeks got some big news earlier today: NewsGator has aquired Bradbury Software, the maker of FeedDemon (the absolute best RSS newsreader for Windows) and the awesome TopStyle CSS/HTML editor. Bradsoft was, for all practical purposes, Nick Bradbury, the sole programmer of both products. I’ve been a reader of his blog for some time and […]

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Required Reading for Movable Type Users

Everyone running their blog with Movable Type should grab some of their favorite beverage and sit down for a few minutes to read the Six Apart Guide to Comment Spam. This guide was just released yesterday, and offers good background information about how comment spam is accomplished and also offers a good list of recommendations […]

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The Internet Hive Mind at Work

Several bloggers, most notably Steve Denbeste, have written about the concept of a hive mind. In a nutshell, a hive mind can be described as a self-organizing group/team where the collective brain power of the individuals combine to create a “superbeing” whose knowledge is greater than the sum of its parts. To the best of […]

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Movable Type Upgrade

No sooner did I install MT-Blacklist yesterday when Six Apart released Movable Type 3.1. This is a Good Thing, but unfortunately, the version of MT-Blacklist I installed yesterday is not compatible with MT 3.1. So, I manually removed the Blacklist plugin, deleted its database tables, upgraded Movable Type, and then finally installed the new MT-Blacklist […]

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Trackback Spam

The publishing system on the backend of berbs.us, is Movable Type which has been working pretty well for me overall. Lately, however, I’ve been getting nailed with hundreds of trackback spams. This is really no fault of Movable Type, but is more a result of spammers recently “discovering” trackbacks and flooding weblogs with them. As […]