Thursday, December 23, 2004

Six Apart and MT-Blacklist

Comment spam attacks on Movable Type weblogs are straining servers at web hosting companies, leading some providers to disable comments on the popular blogging tool. The issues are caused by bugs in MT, forcing publisher Six Apart to recommend configuration changes while it prepares fixes. The server load issues have affected "a number of web hosts," according to Six Apart's Jay Allen, and are "especially evident in shared hosting environments." Allen said the problems are tied to two bugs that cause Movable Type to rebuild posts even when no pages are being changed, allowing comment spam attacks to tie up server resources. Six Apart is promising a fix within 48 hours. - NetCraft

I would also like to thank and recognize my employer Six Apart for not only making these last two releases a part of my job but allowing me to make it a priority over other extremely important items related to Movable Type product development. What a great company I work for. They hate comment spam too. - Jay Allen

Jay mentioned somewhere before that when he was hired to work at Six Apart, it didn't automatically mean that MT-Blacklist was one of his priorities. But given all the bad press that Six Apart has gotten in the last few weeks over the issue, and the fact that at this point MT-Blacklist is the only effective solution most of us have discovered, if Ben and Mena want to have a product for Jay to be Product Manager of, it only made sense.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004


I was looking all over for someone who did Online Caricatures the other day. I couldn't find one. Fortunately, though, my brother knew of Yir-Caricatures! I plan to order something from them very soon.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Viva la Japonesa

I just got an e-mail from Mochi Kagami, proprieter of
Viva la Japonesa. He is the first Blogger user that I have seen who customized a version of Kubrick for his site. He also pointed out to me a problem with rendering in IE which I will be looking into.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

My Space

I created my first MSN space back in the days of the Japanese Beta. This new space is a lot nicer. But I have to wonder what Phil will think?

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

The Freedom to Blog

Shelley Powers is upset with Marc Cantor over his betrayal of a Confidence. Up until now, I have been largely indifferent over this whole Product Placement argument. But I am firmly on Shelley's side.

The single biggest reason that the Internet has changed everything over the last ten years is not that it is world wide. Printing Presses have been around for centuries. It is not that it is immediate. Television has had global satellite capabilities since the late 1960's. It is the fact that it is low-cost.

Never before have so many people been able to say so much to so many others so cheaply.

The powers that be don't like that. The fact that a bunch of people saying what they think could say what they thought without answering to anyone (or even getting dressed) troubles them. They are trying to strike back. But even as they replace old faces with new ones, the new ones are still utterly out of touch.

I have a real job. Where I do real things. And get paid real money. And a very small portion of that money gets spent on some of the blogging that I do. I don't need Big Media or Old Media or some Marketing Executive to tell what or what not to write. And I won't.

Two last things: One way I judge CMS systems is by the quality of their websites. Marqui is not the worst I have seen, but it certainly doesn't inspire any confidence in me.

And if you can't think you can't afford to blog for free, try Blogger. If that isn't inexpensive enough, maybe you need to ask yourself if you actually have something to say.