Archive for the ‘Administrative’ Category

Blog Upgraded

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Well, I’ve upgraded to the latest WordPress, cleaned up some spam and gave the database a once-over. Hopefully the annoying spam comments are gone for everybody.

Looks like everything made it through the upgrade okay, but if you see something amiss (in particular with how comments are processed) please let me know. Sorry about the disruption, and thanks to everyone who called the problem to my attention. Since I don’t check my blog with an RSS reader I probably would never have seen those hidden links…

Blog Compromised

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Sorry about the ads that some of you are seeing on RSS feeds. It looks like over this weekend a script leveraged a vulnerability in WordPress to promote a draft post (hence the broken video), attach a bunch of ads to it, and publish it. I’ve demoted the post with all the ads but I’m still getting emails from readers that use RSS saying that they see ads appended to their feeds, so perhaps the hack has modified some of the core scripts for syndicating RSS feeds. I probably have to wipe and re-install wordpress to remove this problem, and probably manually edit the database as well, which will take some time…which seeing as I’m already late on posting last month’s Name that Ware you can tell I’m not having a lot of time these days. Thanks for your patience…

In the meantime, if someone can confirm that their RSS reader is still seeing ads in-line with content after this post is up, I’d appreciate it.

RSS Issues?

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

I got a note today from a reader that my WordPress blog’s RSS feed outputs XML with invalid syntax. I’ve been unable to reproduce this bug; has anyone else encountered this?

Site Having Troubles

Friday, July 13th, 2007

If you can read this message, congratulations! You got to my server.

Due to the massive onslaught of traffic today, my server is having troubles. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Also, for readers who arrived via the front page, the blog series “Made in China” is a set of several posts, so please do scroll down to read the first in the series. Blogs have this funny time-reversal thing going on with them so it’s awkard for readers joining a themed miniseries mid-stream.

Atlantic Monthly

Friday, June 8th, 2007

I got a couple of emails from folks looking for a link mentioned in an article that ran in the Atlantic Monthly recently. My blog on the SEG electronics center has been shuffled into the archives; you can read it here.

I’m late on last month’s name that ware, my apologies. I have the ware photos ready to go, but I’ve just spent the last three weeks in factories in China without a minute to spare (not to mention very intermittant internet access). The good news is I’m heading home and I have some more photos and stories to share, and chumbys are rolling off the line now, finally!