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January 31, 2004

spamassassin list changes; w.bloggar

Hmm, two things, I didn't notice that the spamassassin-talk mailing list is being moved. The other thing is that I'm trying out w.bloggar again. I didn't realise since I last used it it has Movable Type support. Neat. Now, all I have to do is try to get the blogshares.com plugin for Movable Type running. :)

What ever happened to being straight up about something?

One of the joys of reading the New York Times on occasion is the odd feature that provokes my attention, such as one on religion being below the surface on websites. On a basic level, I don't have a problem with people using other website content as a drawcard, but I also don't see the problem with people being upfront about their religious motives. At least people can browse one's content keeping their (hopefully honest and well meant) spiritual/religious motives in mind. Then everyone is hopefully happy... or not.

Other stuff I saw on the visit was the latest list of the United States' Iraq war dead. It reminds me of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode (no time to search for it, sorry) where Captain Sisko gives up reading the list of the latest Starfleet dead in the Dominion War. Ick.

On another subject, I think I'll maintain both the Blosxom and Movable Type versions of my/this diary; I'll probably rename the other to something like tph, Blosxom edition, I suppose.

Britomart and the Beast

Some funky photos posted of Auckland's Britomart Station remind me of my visit there on its second day of operation. Hopefully things are much better than what they were back on Day Two when I arrived there for the NetSafe 2003 Conference. Somehow I don't hold out a heck of a lot of hope, but I suspect I'm just being parochial. Damn.

Treaty issues, alias positive discrimination

What noone has seemed to bring up is that that Don Brash speech was actually about people getting fed up about positive discrimination, as far as I see it. There must be a middle ground people can be persuaded to take at some point. I still see what people in the United States call 'affirmative action' of benefit (despite referenda going crazy), but using the Treaty of Waitangi to try and throw it all out isn't good. Ridding ourselves of the flavour of positive discrimination wholesale is bound to cause more injustices; we need that middle space.

Movable Type kills Blosxom, or Blosxom killed greta

Well, to cut a long story short, the Blosxom incarnation of the power house is no more. As per my usual archival obsession/insanity, the entries will still be available in Blosxom format for the time being, but the damned load averages on greta were going up every time someone browsed it or downloaded the headlines files. Ugh. Maybe I can bring it back later, or at least replicate some of the goodies I had there here. Mmmmm.

January 2, 2004

Banner ads

468x60_card.gif Ah, the joys of banner ads. Saw this interesting one last week...