OPML Sidebar for WordPress

If you look in the right column running down the main page of this website (the sidebar), you’ll notice a heading for my “Blogroll.” And if you examine the blogroll, you may notice this little graphic that says OPML. That’s because my blogroll is being generated on-the-fly from my OPML reading lists generated by PodNova… Continue reading OPML Sidebar for WordPress

HOWTO: Create a Perl Shortcut That Acts Like a Drop Target In Windows

UPDATE: I recently installed ActivePerl 5.6.1.638 on a new Windows XP system, and I did not need to take any special actions to make perl scripts into drop targets. YMMV. If you use perl on Windows, you’ve probably got at least one script that you’d like to be able to put on your Desktop and… Continue reading HOWTO: Create a Perl Shortcut That Acts Like a Drop Target In Windows

Fax Spam

Unsolicited fax spam is illegal under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), as amended by the Junk Fax Prevention Act of 1995. Unfortunately, that hasn’t saved me from getting in some fax spammers’ databases — even though my phone number is in the National Do Not Call Registry! Luckily (?), I have a… Continue reading Fax Spam

Disable Balloon Tips

HOWTO: Disable Notification Area Balloon Tips in Windows XP Warning If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk. Click Start, click… Continue reading Disable Balloon Tips

Scheduled Tasks – Running Tasks Without A Password

For XP Pro: Go to Start/Administrative Tools/Local Security Policy/Security Settings/Local Policies/Security Options Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only. This is enabled by default, disable it. For XP Home: (Keith Miller) Go to Start/Run/Regedit and navigate to this key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa Value name: limitblankpassworduse, Type: REG_DWORD, Data: 0 (disabled) 1 (enabled)… Continue reading Scheduled Tasks – Running Tasks Without A Password

More Trackback Spam

This is a follow-up to a previous post about trackback spam. I’ve noticed in my server logs that many spammers are still trying furiously to leave trackback spam at the default address. Since that address doesn’t exist, they simply get 404 errors and try again. I already was using a custom error page, and now… Continue reading More Trackback Spam

Trackback Spam

As of its most recent version, b2evolution has a problem with trackback spam. Several b2e users (including Whoo and Graham) have suggested renaming the directory that contains (among other things) the trackback script. In theory, this should eliminate spam from bots but should not effect legitimate commenters and pingers. Here’s a perl script I wrote… Continue reading Trackback Spam