John Scalzi wrote an insightful post about the utility of blog comments with the way the Internet works nowadays . He starts out focusing on hate comments that could reasonably be described as terrorism (death threats with the aim of preventing people writing about politics meet any reasonable definition of “terrorism”). Terrorists on the Internet [...]
deb http://www.coker.com.au wheezy wordpress
I maintain Debian packages of a number of WordPress themes and plugins for my personal use which I am not planning to upload to Debian due to the maintenance and security issues. Generally the way things work with WordPress packages (and apparently most things in PHP) is that new versions are [...]
Don Marti has written another blog post about targeted advertising . His main point is that when a company uses the most targeted adverts (such as Google advertising) everyone knows that they are paying a small number of cents per click and nothing for the people who don’t click. This compares to TV adverts which [...]
I’ve been getting a lot of spam recently from people wanting to write guest posts or have their site included in a future links post.
For guest posts the social convention for the planets which aggregate my blog seems to be that random guest posts are unacceptable. I could change my blog feed [...]
For a while I’ve been maintaining my own WordPress packages. I use quite a few plugins that weren’t included in Debian, some of them have unclear licenses so they can’t go in Debian while the rest would have to go in Volatile at best because they update regularly and often have little or no information [...]
Good Things about LinkWithin
For the last 10 weeks I’ve been using the LinkWithin.com service to show links to other blog posts at the end of each post (the links are only shown to visitors of my blog not in the RSS feed, so people who read my posts through RSS syndication will miss this). [...]
We Have to Make Our Servers Faster
Google have just announced that they have made site speed part of their ranking criteria for search results . This means that we now need to put a lot of effort into making our servers run faster.
I’ve just been using the Page Speed Firefox Plugin  (which [...]
Russ Albery has described why he doesn’t support comments on his blog .
I respect his opinion and I’m not going to try and convince him to do otherwise. But I think it’s worth describing why I want comments on my blog and feel that they are worth having for many (possibly most) other blogs.
A meme that has been going around is that you can’t cite Wikipedia.
You can’t Cite Wikipedia Academically
Now it’s well known and generally agreed that you can’t cite Wikipedia for a scientific paper or other serious academic work. This makes sense firstly because Wikipedia changes, both in the short term (including vandalism) and in [...]
Over the last few days I’ve got this blog and my documents blog to conform to valid XHTML according to the W3C validation service .
One significant change that I made was to use lower-case for HTML tags. For about 15 years I’ve been using capitals for tags to make them stand out from content [...]