Category Archives: meta

New Site, New Blog, New Etc!

Those who’ve cared to look at my site in the past will know that I’ve been a pretty big fan of PyBlosxom, a lightweight filesystem-based CMS and blog engine. If you’re happy to dig around in configuration files and editors to produce your posts, it lets you do a lot with very little.

Unfortunately, recently I’ve experienced a mini-deluge of Russian comment spam which, under PyBlosxom requires far too much effort to clean up (even with the excellent Akismet spam plugin by Benjamin “Mako” Hill). I’ve used this deluge as an excuse to migrate my site to WordPress, which I’ve been considering making the move to for quite some time.

The resulting site is now up and running at my new domain name (, which is running on my new UK-based Linode 512 VPS. Hopefully this is an excellent excuse to keep it properly up-to-date, especially considering the amount of effort I’ve had to go through to get it to this stage!

Hello Planet LCA2008!


This would be my customary welcome/test post for Planet 2008, and if this shows up there, then it would indicate that everything is working as planned, in which case: Hello to you all!

In relation to setup, it appears that getting PyBlosxom‘s Tags Plugin to output an RSS feed is slightly more trouble than it’s worth: the plugin doesn’t obey the URL extension as an indication of the output flavour, and instead places it on the end of the tag (so in this case, searching for a tag lca2008.rss20), so instead the less-desirable “flav” querystring is necessary. I suspect that this is one to fix on a rainy day.

I look forward to seeing everyone here at LCA: it should be excellent (I hope).


Blog Upgrade

Well I’ve finally bit the bullet, and have installed PyBlosxom 1.4.2 onto my web site. There’s some internal improvements that nobody here is likely to see in relation to that; however, I’ve also installed some new plugins, including Akismet Comments, a spam filter that should hopefully ward off spammers, without requiring you to type “what” in every time you want to make a comment.

Also installed is support for tagging of posts, which you should see me do more often now.

Enjoy! (I know I will :))