If power stations could run on spam, the world would never run out of energy.
Though the heat is not the cause of the blogging sloth.
Well, the nicely and productively begun April turned into a blogging wasteland on account of finalizing the release of Tunemio for iPad (in Apple’s QA now) and Elmo’s first real flu (all right now, too).
Whoa, this blog is now ten years old.
From humble beginnings to more than seven thousand entries.
Would have been good to actually remember the occasion.
This is the 7000th post in the blog.
Though compared to previous rapid pace, as described in the previous even thousand, the posting speed has slowed down a lot.
A grand total of one post in the whole month.
Yeah, February’s shorter, but that’s not the reason.
A triple whammy, that’s the reason:
- Moved house (and it’s not the distance, but the stuff that’s the defining factor).
- Enjoyed not one, but two bouts of flu. Only one day of real illness, but a lingering runny nose for more than a week.
- Putting finishing touches to Tunemio’s impending iPad release. The first beta users are already abusing the app.
The image is of the first exhibit, the kitchen is not exactly ready yet (though the stove and dishwasher are finally working, after a delay of a week and a half).
- Blogs: Two.
- Engine: WordPress.
- Entries: 225 (here, riding strongly on a 90-entry January.)
- Pace: Slackened, terribly.
- Backlog: Long (plenty of “Reading 2013″ entries to complete.)
- Changes done: Accidental only.
- Changes planned: Some, mostly to keep up a steady tick of articles.
Entropy is expressed in the internet by links going stale.
My “presence in social networks” chunk in the lower edge of the sidebar seems to have crossed into territories beyond the best before-date.
Will fix. At some point.
Jason Kottke’s blog was one of the starting points back in 2004 when I started thinking about setting up a blog.
In a year-end prediction he claims that the medium has been usurped thoroughly in the last few years and the blog as a concept has quietly expired.
While the rise of alternatives cannot be denied, I firmly believe that there’s still room for longer-form text.
Despite appearances to the contrary, this blog isn’t fading out nor going out with a bang either.
And happily enough, neither is his.
Sold the house.
Bought a house (though the deal is still pending a couple of details).
Crunchtimed a demo of iOS Tunemio for Slush.
Will behave better in the future.
For some values of “better” and “future”.
And a busy one.
Hence the lack of posts.
No promises on returning to normal state of affairs, since the norm has clearly shifted during the first half.
This blog is now nine years old.
There’s no party, and especially no cake.
This time I hope to stay awake the whole game (last year I started to aggressively nod off during the halftime show).
In two years (and a little change) the spam problem has been massive and growing.
By the Akismet stats, it has blocked either half a million or 680000 attempts to deface this blog with spam comments (the numbers strangely disagree).
The amount of spam getting through the filter has been fortunately gettiung smaller and smaller as the tool and its database improve.
The newest entry in the world of unwanted mail is the arrival of snail-mail spam, and not just any random advertisements but bills. Huimio registered its first trademark and somehow this seems to be an open invitation to various organizations to test the waters with related opportunities for us to pay extra for nothing. Highly unexpected, but easy to torpedo fortunately – in the words of legal advisors: “don’t do anything”, easy enough advice to follow.
Courtesy of Jetpack comes an annual report of this blog.
The stats are odd (and anyway missing a significant chunk of the year), and the decriptive statements are the same for all reports.
The could have been so much better, now it’s just lame.
- Blogs: three-ish: this, obviously; the N9 Developer is defunct, and two new ones are gestating and not ready for the public.
- Engine: WordPress in all.
- Entries: here: 321 (quite a dip from the previous heights).
- Backlog: downright terrifying.
- Changes done: apart from the lowered posting rate and quality, not really.
- Changes planned: Huimio and Tunemio blogs will definitely see daylight. The two others as well.
Was forced to take gravatar into use (github peer pressure).
Hence I no longer appear in the comments as a random geometrical shape, but with my real face.
The blog marches on, despite the slowest month in history.
Family sorrows and such.
But with the snows of December, let’s get the ball rolling again.
Coming back in, slowly but surely.
How come no-one mentioned Kasper Strömman Design Blog before?
He takes a sarcastic view on Finland and on finnish design. With a daily posting schedule.
From now on, all pictures attached for photography challenge will describe also what is shown in addition to stating which challenge they have been submitted to.
The latter, after all, is pretty much useless as the sole content.
Finally updated the content of most sidebar elements.
Apart from the “books read”-bit, they were pathetically stale.
Now they contain mostly valid data (ie. the movies I aim to see haven’t left the big screen half a year ago).
August wasn’t much of an improvement over the glacial posting pace set in July.
Main cause was the nine day outage by the service provider, but that’s hardly the reason why the rest of the month was such a drag.
Again, things will get better. And with the fantasy football season starting, there’s at least one weekly posting that needs attention.
louhi.net, the service provider behind lavonardo.net provided an eight day spell of offlinedom on account of a broken server (and subsequent backup-related misery).
The providers’ explanations are confusing and contradictory.
The outage affected ~8% of their customers, of whom lavonardo.net probably was the in the lowest 2% of damages. Several companies have endured kiloeuros of losses on account of this, my hit was just inconvenience and an enforced sabbatical from posting. Hardly compares.
The backups seem to be from the beginning of August, so the concrete losses are three posts (to be republished next week).