Making the Correct Insanely Difficult

tl;dr If you’re trying to configure nginx on Elastic Beanstalk to redirect http requests to https, here’s what I learned. During deployment, the nginx configuration for your app is located at this file path: /tmp/deployment/config/#etc#nginx#conf.d#00_elastic_beanstalk_proxy.conf via Using a container command, you can edit that nginx configuration file right before it gets deployed. I used a… Continue reading Making the Correct Insanely Difficult

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

UPDATE: I recently installed ActivePerl 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

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

Categorylist Modification

I modified the categorylist plugin for Blosxom. Now it only lists a category if there are posts in that category. I’ve created my category taxonomy (tentatively) before I’ve posted in every category, and I don’t want a slew of links to (0) posts. Here’s a diff of my modification.

Writeback Plus Modification

I made a couple of modifications to the Writeback Plus plugin for Blosxom. Here’s the diff file. Basically, I wanted to have the ability to have alternative writebacks display with a shaded background. In addition, I fixed the removal of the builtin trackback flavour. And I also fixed the annoying always plural usage of “writebacks”… Continue reading Writeback Plus Modification