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By coryking (Mon Feb 12, 2007 at 05:33:36 PM EST) (all tags)
Fun fun fun....


Got one of these little buggers for our bedroom TV.  Now we can fall asleep in bed instead of on the couch watching How It's Made :-)  I'll say one thing though, trying to stream video over 802.11g is a joke.   Wireless just isn't a good media for streaming video that needs to skip around alot.  Once I did some "tenant improvements" on our unit and punched reused a hole in the wall for some Cat5, life was good. 

Did I mention how big of a SageTV fan I am?  The base package is only $80, runs on windows, and just works.  Plus, it is "wife compatible" unlike some other other packages.  Just plunked in 320 gigs of hard drive and now the lady can save movies to her hearts content.

Speaking of lady, she just started work at Northwest Kidney Center.  Good stuff!  They have some nice health insurance that I can leech off of.  Plus, I can start really investing in my own company again.  Pay my friend for some branding for Mozicode and start pimping myself!  Mozicode, by the way, is the software that powers Photographica.  It is quite a bit like SoapBlox in that is a managed service, not a software package.  Place the order and it just works out of the box.  Has private messages, friendly comment system, discussion forums, voting ala digg, tags (which I need to get working again), very nice image systems, slideshows, all kinds of goodies.  And it works.  And its already pleasant appearance will eventually be customized by changing out one CSS file (right now it I dont have a way to edit the said CSS file, nor have I figured out a good way to roll out any changes I make).  And you don't need to worry about technical crap so you can focus on what is important, growing your community.

Anyway...

My good friend has announced his wife is pregnant and due in September.  Wow.  Hard core stuff right there.

In other news, our finest childhood engineering project met an untimely demise in last months windstorm.  Wish I had pictures of how it died, needless to say the treehouse fell some 60 feet to the ground and remained perfectly intact.  Point of failure?  The tree sheered off right above the base we clamped on with two treated 2x6's and 4 peices of all-thread (no nails were used, those kept failing...).  Once the tree snapped off, there was nothing keeping the treehouse from sliding off its base.  I think it is a testimate to how well built it was (stayed up there for 12 years) that if failed in a way I never would have predicted.

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Weird. by Captain Tenille (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Feb 12, 2007 at 07:08:37 PM EST
I think my wife's parents' friends' daughter (sounds like a convoluted relationship, but she's basically a cousin to my wife) works at the Northwest Kidney Center.

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Hey, CT by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Feb 13, 2007 at 03:06:45 AM EST
You hear much from Rusty these days? He doesn't seem to hang around K5 much anymore.

Speaking of which, any fixes in the offing for the spam-in-the-queue problem?

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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I promised... by coryking (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Feb 13, 2007 at 05:07:00 AM EST
...To submit a captcha system for signups.  I intend to keep that promise, even if doesn't get into the cvs tree.  It is a huge problem for XLAN customers - I get bugged quite a bit to clean up peoples mess through the database.  Unfortunatly I've been buried in contract work that is for a different OS on a different language (Windows/C++).  Task switching between webdev/perl land and Windows/C++ just isn't my forte and contract work pays rent while scoop doesn't.

I've got a few customers who need tweaks to their scoop sites (too many boxes, missing indexes, or just plain bad queries) to keep them purring.  Since I need to set up a virtual server for testing, I might just do the Captcha code once I'm done on the same rig.

The hardest part will be to re-install CVS.  I'm a subversion man myself :-)

Speaking of...  I'm not sure what to make of DailyKos.  That is a pretty big blow for scoop.  Nobody asks XLAN for "a site like kuro5hin".  They want to be like "those DailyKos guys".  I can sympathize though.  Photographica outgrew Scoop and I finally had to roll my own.

CT, if you are reading this and you guys do stick with perl, Template Toolkit is awesome :-)  That was one of the big reasons for rolling my own.  Just having all the HTML bits as files that can be version controlled was great; the icing on the cake was the ability to do simple loops and if/then statements in the template.  Boy does that stuff cut down on the "real code".



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Captcha is good by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #8 Tue Feb 13, 2007 at 05:18:49 AM EST
I've noticed more machine generated signups, and spam, in the queue there, and there don't seem to be enough people rating (or clicking 'move to vote') to clear it out in a hurry. Or even in a few hours.

One simple fix, for now, would be "No story posting by nullos". You'd have to post xcomments, and maybe vote on n stories, before you could submit to the queue.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Wouldn't last too long by coryking (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Feb 13, 2007 at 05:34:22 AM EST
They'd just comment spam *before* story queue spamming :-) Bastards.


Check this shit, from the apache error log not a specific vhost log:
[Tue Feb 13 05:19:20 2007] [error] [client 206.83.210.59] request failed: erroneous characters after protocol string: POST /comments/2005/9/20/6137/54132/0/ METHOD=POST HTTP/1.1
[Tue Feb 13 05:19:32 2007] [error] [client 206.83.210.59] request failed: erroneous characters after protocol string: POST /comments/2005/9/20/6491/32112/0/ METHOD=POST HTTP/1.1
[Tue Feb 13 05:19:42 2007] [error] [client 206.83.210.59] request failed: erroneous characters after protocol string: POST /comments/2005/9/20/65113/3997/0/ METHOD=POST HTTP/1.1
[Tue Feb 13 05:19:53 2007] [error] [client 206.83.210.59] request failed: erroneous characters after protocol string: POST /comments/2006/4/16/203157/100/0/ METHOD=POST HTTP/1.1
[Tue Feb 13 05:20:05 2007] [error] [client 206.83.210.59] request failed: erroneous characters after protocol string: POST /comments/2006/4/16/203315/604/0/ METHOD=POST HTTP/1.1
[Tue Feb 13 05:33:01 2007] [error] [client 66.79.163.226] request failed: erroneous characters after protocol string: POST /comments/2005/9/20/6137/54132/0/ METHOD=POST HTTP/1.1
[Tue Feb 13 05:33:11 2007] [error] [client 66.79.163.226] request failed: erroneous characters after protocol string: POST /comments/2005/9/20/6491/32112/0/ METHOD=POST HTTP/1.1
[Tue Feb 13 05:33:24 2007] [error] [client 66.79.163.226] request failed: erroneous characters after protocol string: POST /comments/2005/9/20/65113/3997/0/ METHOD=POST HTTP/1.1
[Tue Feb 13 05:33:36 2007] [error] [client 66.79.163.226] request failed: erroneous characters after protocol string: POST /comments/2006/4/16/203157/100/0/ METHOD=POST HTTP/1.1
[Tue Feb 13 05:33:48 2007] [error] [client 66.79.163.226] request failed: erroneous characters after protocol string: POST /comments/2006/4/16/203315/604/0/ METHOD=POST HTTP/1.1

Just noticed that the... whatever... took a ten minute break and came back on a different IP.


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True, true. by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #11 Tue Feb 13, 2007 at 05:41:56 AM EST
Probably no perfect solution.

Earth First!
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captchas ain't either sadly :-( by coryking (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Feb 13, 2007 at 05:44:37 AM EST
Just a step up in the arms race until they work around it.

What gets me how this stuff makes economic sense.  Somewhere, somebody is getting money for comment spam.


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wordpress users by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #15 Tue Feb 13, 2007 at 02:16:49 PM EST
can use a plugin called akismet -- it's about 95% effective and I've been using it for the past year to subvert the comment spammers.
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB
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Man, I haven't talked to Rusty in ages by Captain Tenille (4.00 / 2) #9 Tue Feb 13, 2007 at 05:29:41 AM EST
Not quite sure what he's up to.

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Oh yeah? by coryking (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Feb 13, 2007 at 04:39:12 AM EST
There are like a dozen branches scattered hithertoo.  Wonder which one.  Lady (who is not my mom's sister's aunt's daughter, but she is from vashon, so who knows) is at the one across from Swedish med center on Broadway (and Seattle U).


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That wind took out a lot. by muchagecko (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Feb 12, 2007 at 08:33:14 PM EST
I wouldn't feel bad that your 12-year-old treehouse was one of it's victims.

The only people to get even with are those that have helped you.
Some places looked like a warzone by coryking (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Feb 13, 2007 at 04:45:16 AM EST
If I backed off the clamp as the tree grew, it probably would have made it.  When I built it, I was actually more worried about the clamp itself snapping, but in fact the tree started to grow around the boards.


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And many were acting by muchagecko (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Feb 13, 2007 at 07:14:27 AM EST
as if they were in a third world country. I knew of people who were burning furniture to keep warm, even though there were plenty of shelters available.

What kind of tree?

The only people to get even with are those that have helped you.

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cedar tree by coryking (4.00 / 1) #14 Tue Feb 13, 2007 at 08:07:54 AM EST
Only split at the base so it was like two trees that were about four feet apart.  In other words, perfect for a tree house :-)

I think I'll try to post some pics when it existed later this week.


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pong by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #3 Tue Feb 13, 2007 at 03:05:25 AM EST
Walking around the neighborhood I grew up in I see tree houses (platforms, really) that are at least 30 years old. Well, their remains, anyway. Bits of wood hanging on. Still in use, as I sometimes see kids playing in them.

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