Upgrade & spring clean

I finally got around to upgrading my blog software. These pages are now powered by the very latest version of WordPress; version 2.1. Upgrading was a breeze, took less than half an hour, the most of which was time taken to carefully do a backup up all the pages and the database. The upgrade itself took less than a minute (using my hosting provider’s Fantastico scripting service), and then I spent a few minutes tweaking my customised theme template to handle the blogroll links correctly.

So a random cameraphone picture from the last few days to provide something a little less technically boring and blog-page self-centred. Actually, this is for Sanj:

Twelve days ago, Londoners woke up to this!
(A few hours later, it was all gone.)

Whilst I was at it, I’ve done a little spring-clean of the my right-most hand sidebar, where I had links to RSS/XML for “syndication”, I now have the conventional feed icons for the links to some of my feeds. Also, I collected together a few WordPress plugins that I’ve been meaning to get for a while, in particular you will notice that every posting now has handy little icons at the bottom right for those who have accounts at de.icio.us, digg or Yahoo! MyWeb, making it possible to bookmark and share postings with others. I haven’t quite worked out why anyone would want to do that, but you never know.

And finally, the ongoing war on comment-spam. After a fairly quiet-ish 2 years using Akismet alone, these pages have, in the last week or so, been coming under a sustained and aggressive comment-spam attack. So I installed the Bad Behaviour plugin and tightened up on my moderation rules. It couldn’t have come too soon, as Bad Behaviour and Akismet together caught over 4000 spam comments in the last 24 hours alone! (BB got about 1000 of those.) You can now see the number of spam comments caught here in the last two years if you scroll right down to the very bottom of the page, where there is an up-to-date comment-spam counter. I really hate all forms of spam.

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