Tag Archives: Movable Type

Comment spam

This stuff is getting out of hand, at the rate of ten to fifteen a day around here.

In six months, since moving the Scribbler from Movable Type to WordPress, I’ve collected (and deleted) almost more than 10,000 examples. A fatal pox on all their pathetic, English-mangling houses!

Moving on up, to WordPress

Well, after fighting all day to get back into the blog’s working system, I have decided to make the big switch. Lord knows what it will do to the layout, not to mention the content. I expect it will be a bear. We shall see.

The problem is that Yahoo, the host, and Movable Type, the blog software, parted ways earlier this month, which meant that Yahoo would no longer support MT. I ignored it, figuring I could go my merry way with MT. Then I axed TypePad as the comment vetter and, suddenly, I couldn’t get back into MT to work my magic. Come to find out that TP owns MT. Good grief, how did I miss that? TP said they couldn’t help. MT tried to pass the buck to Yahoo. I kept pressing MT. It took six hours but they finally found a solution. I’ll be making the switch as soon as I can. More on that when it’s ready to go down.

TypePad vs TypeKey

Another software quackware company change, another fouled up registration system. TypePad says I can use my old TypeKey registration i.d. and password. But it’s a lie. I cannot. Thus I can’t even get into my own comment system here. If you’re wondering why I haven’t replied to your comment, that’s why. Stay tuned.

UPDATE:  Still waiting, hours after my email request for "guidance," to get a response from the bozos. Finally heard back, but all they wanted was the error message content. Sent it off and… Still waiting.

MORE:  Two days later, on Wednesday, MovableType informs that: "The TypePad Connect team is working on a resolution for this in the application but I don’t yet have a timeline for that. We apologize for the issue." Still waiting…

AND: By Friday, the word was to wait a few days more: "We plan to have a resolution for this next week…" But by evening, it was fixed. Whew.

Building the site

The photo under the search box on the right should be captioned but I haven’t yet figured out how to do it. "Dust Patrol" is what I named it, a Defense department photo of troops in Iraq found on Strategypage.

I was lucky to get the photo up. I’m still struggling to figure out Movable Type. It took a patient tech at Yahoo to help me get the site up. I had filled out one too many system boxes and filled that one out incorrectly. The tech said to leave it blank. Worked good after that.

As for my blogroll, those are not folks who have linked to humble me, just blogs I like to read and so put up for you to read if you care to. They have a political resonnance, which I have only supplemented with the "I am Pro-Victory" graphic below the blogroll. There’re similar ones I like and may switch them around from time to time, but I think one is enough. It is the most elegant one. Click on it to see what it is all about.

UPDATE I finally figured out how to caption the photos under the searchbox, at least generically, as coming from Defenselink.mil, and started rotating them a few days at a time. Or maybe every week?