Wireless LAN is very convenient – particularly for mobile devices, obviously – but I found it to be too slow and unstable for “real” computers. So even before I started planning my new home, I knew that I wanted a wired computer network that provided at least 2 connections to each room in the house, plus a few more for special purposes. A quick count revealed that I was dealing with 22 network sockets, so I realized that I should use “proper” network hardware that would be reliable and easy to use. Here’s what I did.
Continue reading ‘Setting up a home network’
Writing about passwords is like beating a dead horse. It’s not very exciting, I know. But this needs to be said, and repeated often: sorry, but your passwords just aren’t good enough.
Continue reading ‘Your Password is Too Damn Short’
My house was built less than two years ago and the satellite view of my home on Google Maps showed this: a lot of grass, but no house. It’s the lot in the middle of this angled view:
I know that aerial photos are updated from time to time and I figured that I’d have plenty of time to prepare a little gimmick before the next update.
Continue reading ‘Missed opportunities’
Well I don’t – but they seem to love me. On most of my sites, I’ve been testing different anti-spam plugins for several years. One thing is for certain: if I turn off those plugins, my sites are absolutely flooded with spam comments, spam user registrations, and other unwanted noise.
I am fiddling with those plugins again because my recent setup might have been too strict – it might have prevented real people from posting legitimate comments. With luck, my new setup strikes a better balance between catching spam and allowing real content.
Wish me luck – using the comment form below, if you like :-)
I’ve maintained a personal website since at least 1995 (hello Geocities) and a personal domain since 1997. I’ve hand-coded, used MS FrontPage, Twiki, Foswiki, and finally I switched to WordPress to keep the maintenance effort low. I was never very active with WordPress but I’ve had some sprints now and again that always ebbed out over time.
Right now I’m reviewing some flotsam – old drafts that I jotted down – in various states of completion but mostly lack thereof. I came across a mention of “this recent question” which is, alas, no longer “recent.” It’s dated September 2010… 4½ years ago. It made me smile and reflect on my (lack of) creative productivity on my blog. Continue reading ‘“Recent”?’