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I'm moving this server to another host, so things might be up and down a little over the next few days.
I've got fed up with the comment spam, so for the moment I've moved this weblog to typekey authentication. This means that you'll need to have a login registered with typekey and use that to sign in before you can comment. I know that this will mean a drop in the number of comments I get, but I'm tired of deleting comment spam.
Perhaps when I upgrade to MT 3.3 I'll open things up again.
Time for a change of look, things may go awry for a while...
Dust continues to settle, if the page background is not white, then please reload the page. For those of you on Windows Internet Expolorer you might need to quit. Any problems with layout, please let me know.
Well I managed to miss the various calendar based points for noting the passing of time here, so 400th post will be a reasonable celebration point. I've been writing a weblog for about 18 odd months and have recently been very quiet, due to work pressures and preparation for a trip to the Alps in about a fortnight.
I've also got several other projects quietly simmering, one of which might launch this week. Writing a weblog is not just about what you write, it is about having an active interest in the web as a medium. I know that many people are happy using tools like typepad or blogger, but choosing MT has meant that I can start to hack about with other project ideas; some of them fail; others thrive initially then damp off; a couple look like they will be ripening nicely. Enough loose metaphors, I'm pleased that writing on take one onion enabled me to independently play with webprojects to the point were I'm having to internally limit the number by spartan like means, you should see the photoblog I started... I could also do with some better design skills.
It has also meant I've thought more deeply about some issues and got much more involved than I might have, in particular with the Iraq war. I've met many nice and interesting people through this site and have seen my name rise up google's ranks. The most popular posts have been from memory the ones on Spencer Tunick and the one about the east london line. I've enjoyed my loosely framed exploration of cultural differences and am often surprised by the things I've written on when investigating my search logs.
I'm planning ona redesign and making my now thriving linklog public, when I find some time to migrate to the MySQL instance awaiting me on my kind hosts, Sundive Networks. I've canned my photoblog, as I just don't have the time for that kind of photography, though if I get round to connecting my 6600 to my MT install over GPRS then I'll rethink that. Digital camera to powerbook over usb then edit compress and upload is too much of a faff for daily life. Other photography projects are in the works though.
Thanks for reading and thanks to those of you who have linked to me, trackback pinged me, or emailed me about the things I have written, all very enjoyable.
Happy New Year all, things should be back to a bit more regular posting over the coming month or so, some more recipes and lots of back logged stuff from December, when things got a bit too busy...
Paul informed me months ago and then the Trotts fixed it, yet I managed to neglect it and now it has caught me out. In Movable Type 2.62, the search and replace dialogue box is badly designed, the replace button is too prominent.
Last week it caught me out, thankfully Google, my archives and the fact that I have not rebuilt have saved me. Lucy noted that one of my article titles has changed and this alerted me to the fact that I've managed to replace the word Apple thoughout my website with nothing. I'm in the process of manually replacing all 3-400 occurances. Lesson learnt, keep up todate with bug fixes to your blogging software. If you are still running 2.62, either upgrade to 2.64 or download this template.
I've changed the rss feed for this site to a full content feed with the text and images of every article. If you have any comments on this change, let me know.
I've made this change, as I use NetNewsWire Pro and find that weblogs that are excerpt only I find annoying when trying to read then on the train. However if you want the headlines only feed back, I'll make that available.
I've found out how to link to your wishlist and include your associate tag in the url, so that in theory I get five percent of the purchase price as well. The URL is below
To unpack this, my tag is "takeoneonion-21" and to get the right code for the wishlist, the 270 etc after in the url above you need to logout of amazon.co.uk completely. When you do this, if you click on wishlist on the amazon.co.uk website you will be offered a choice of making one or searching for one. Search for yourself and copy the code similar to the above into the url string.
For those of you without associate accounts, don't worry about this.
Google released AdSense in the past few days for use on sites like this one. Scroll down a bit and on the right you'll see some AdWords, every click earns me a few cents. The Ad content is based on the content of this site. At the minute it is very and blogging heavy, when I first tried it the climbing article was at the top of the page and it was full of climbing things, it will be interesting to see how it changes. I can filter out certain sites, but at the minute it is unfiltered.