February 02, 2003
Sorry For The Lack Of Updates

Been kinda busy lately. Here's what I've been up to:

  • Working on administering and (post) developing a huge website, (25,000 members, 3.3 million hits a day, 10 gigs transfered a day.) This is really my first large, medium or even small admin job but its real fun, its great to see your bandwidth go down 25% in a matter of minutes because you installed mod_gzip. This is a huge learning experience, but it takes a lot of time and its all I can do to read my aggregator (and I'm getting behind at that).
  • I've also started selling stuff (cds mostly but some books, games and dvds) on Half.com. I listed about 100 cds last night and today and I've already sold 8, and while I'm taking this break to write this I've got 5 cds to wrap and label for sending out tomorrow (trying to start off by being timely with my orders hehe.)
  • I've also cut back on IRC and downloading music because of actually having things to do with my life :)

Now back to your regularly scheduled silence.

Posted by adam at 09:24 PM
December 16, 2002
License Fun

The Creative Commons has launched their first project: The Licensing Project. Here's my license:

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
Posted by adam at 05:00 PM
December 15, 2002

I just added RSD support to this weblog. It shouldn't effect you the reader, but it will make it easier for me to configure software to edit this site. Here's what rsd does:

Really Simple Discovery is a way to help client software find the services needed to read, edit, or "work with" weblogging software...The goal is simple. To reduce the information required to UserName, Password, and homepage URL.

If you have a Movable Type weblog and want to add RSD support, head on over here.

Posted by adam at 04:46 PM
December 01, 2002
The Free Land of Hypocratia

The Free Land of Hypocratia is a tiny, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its absence of drug laws. Its compassionate, intelligent population of 5 million are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whoever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt, liberal, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it devotes most of its attentions to Social Welfare, with areas such as Defence and Law & Order receiving almost no funds by comparison. The average income tax rate is 51%, and even higher for the wealthy. The private sector is almost wholly made up of enterprising fourteen-year-old boys selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out.

Crime is relatively low. Hypocratia's national animal is the penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the wang.

Find out more at Nation States.
Posted by adam at 12:06 PM
November 30, 2002
I Am Now a LiveJournal User

Thanks to Faecrow I am now syndicated on LiveJournal. So if you use LJ add adamw as a friend.

Posted by adam at 03:45 PM
November 20, 2002
I Want Your Text

GetContentSize is a cool utility that will tell you the percentage of a webpage that is text and the percentage that is markup. Info for this page:

Total page size: 40882 bytes (not including images, attached scripts or style sheets)
Text content: 10811 bytes
Text content percentage: 26.44 %

That means 73.66% of my page isn't text and thats not good. I think I might edit this program to also count the percentage that is urls because they provide vital information to a page. Maybe that will give a better representation of what's important and what's garbage

Posted by adam at 10:48 PM
Recommended Reading

Mark Pilgrim is playing with automated recommended reading again. You can get your own recommendations here.

People I subscribed to this morning:

Posted by adam at 03:43 PM
October 24, 2002
Building Online Communities

O'Reilly Network has a nice article on Building Online Communities. Recently I've been seriously thinking about building an online community based around online comics.

That reminds me, I need to finish reading Design for Community: the art of connecting real people in virtual places. I can't really comment on how good it is yet as I only read the first few pages and then totally forgot about it for months until I was writing this here entry and remembered I had it :)

Posted by adam at 06:05 PM
October 17, 2002
Kids These Days

Awww how cute, someones using my blog to help them write a book report.

The next thing we know they'll be using us to help them make a nuclear bomb. (yea I know that doesn't make any sense but I'm putting it in to see how long it takes for me to start seeing referer hits for that)

Posted by adam at 09:17 PM
October 14, 2002

I've been trying to post something since yesterday, but movabletype has been running out of memory :(

I asked hosting provider if I could get a little more mem usage allowed but no reply from them yet.

[update] Ok, so this entry seems to go up but my other one won't, going to try moving my extended text to the main body and see if that changes anything [/update]

Posted by adam at 03:37 PM
October 12, 2002
Scary Search Results

Heres two very weird search results that have ended up pointing to me:

keys to wearing thongs Canadians don't know how to wear thongs?

iran girl gif gallery I'm half way down the page on this one but I consider that a good thing hehe

Posted by adam at 09:25 PM
October 10, 2002
And so I'm back, from outer space

Hi Loyal Reader! (Oh, you don't manually download and read my rss.xml file 10 times a day? You just never cleaned up your aggregator?)

Well either way, you're reading this, and thats what counts. I've been awol from blogging for quite a few months, mostly because it was taking way too much time (like 5 hours a day)

Well, Scott convinced me to stop wasting time on IRC and come back to blogging for a while.

I definatly won't be doing as much as I used to. I'm also going to try to stick to specific issues rather than just every random link thats cool, though I'm not sure what those issues are yet... :)

Ok, I'm gonna see if I can upgrade MT without breaking anything, talk to ya'll lata!

Posted by adam at 11:44 PM
June 27, 2002
Moved to Movable Type

I've switched from Radio to Moveable Type and changed the URL of my blog for a number of reasons.

  1. I run Linux and I wasn't happy having to run Windows in VMware just to be able to post to my weblog.
  2. I'll be going on vacation to visit my sister in August and I wanted an easy way to update my weblog while I was there. Running Radio in VMware puts it behind about 3 levels of firewall and there is no guarantee that my computer will stay up. Movable Type on the other hand lets me post to it as long as my webserver is running.
  3. I've been using AmphetaDesk for my news aggregator so no need for Radio's aggregator.
  4. I changed the URL because the previous one would have put the assumtion in peoples minds that I was running Radio.
  5. Oh, and Dave is an asshole

(Regarding #5, here's a screenshot of what Scriptiong News looked like before Dave started editing the hell out of it, even before I got the screenshot he changed "I hate Apple" to "I hate Apple's attitude". I donated $20 for Dave's iPod and I regret it. He really should learn not to post things like this live unless he wants people to see it.)

The real question now is, can I connect AmphetaDesk and Moveable Type? I think I'll go at that this weekend.

Posted by adam at 12:59 PM