Archive for June, 2006

Akismet seems to have got the formula right when it comes to stopping comment and trackback spam for blogs (I use it on this blog – and it works after I fixed a problem in the b2evoloution plugin).

They now offer a proper commercial license to use their service :

Commercial Use « Akismet:

Benefits of a Commercial API Key

Commercial keys have higher priority over free ones.

Service is faster and more reliable.

No traffic limits or throttles.

You’re out of the arms race, everything is taken care of.

Priority notification of service updates.

You’re making the web a better place.

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I came across the following blog entry a week ago – and it has given me a lot of food for thought

Islam, Freedom, Women, Norway And The Veil – Islam And The West – Opinions Of A Kashmiri Nomad:

Having set the stage of this post, I now wish to introduce an article from the Al-Jazeera English website. It narrates that the Islamic veil that covers the face will be banned from schools in the Norwegian capital Oslo. The ban will begin after the current summer holidays. Oslo will join the ranks of countries like France that have also banned the Islamic veil from their schools.While reading this report I was struck by the fact that if the west promotes pluralistic, mutli-cultural societies how can it then ban the veil from schools? Is it not a fundamental right of a human being to practice his/her religion without hindrance? How can the west ban the Islamic veil while in the same breath defending the right of some to produce and distribute pornography? The pornographer uses his right to freedom of expression while the Muslim female is banned from her right to wear a veil and to practice her freedom of religion.

IMHO one of the fundamental problems for countries like Norway is that we do not associate the way you dress with your religion – i.e. Norwegians see religion as something you do – not something you wear.

To explain a bit more – in Norway knives are a part of our national dress, and really large knives are part of the national and daily working outfit of Lapps in the northern part of Norway (when they work with reindeer – for some very good reasons). Should we allow every Norwegian to wear knives when going to school, entering a plane and other public places? (ok ok – I know we do this a lot more in Norway that in other countries, but that’s not the point)

I do think both parties need to show flexibility here – and adjust. I really see why the veil should not be worn when in a society that reacts against it – after all you do have to adapt to other people and their feelings/beliefs all the time, that’s just a fact of life.

Non-verbal communication is a very big part of all life, and the veil makes it very, very difficult. Get over it – but please – you should be allowed to practice your religion in your religious places and homes. Just do not expect everyone to change their definitions of religion to fit in with your definition, especially when you live in a foreign society.

I am a foreigner in the UK – and I have had to adopt, something I have not found difficult at all!

I’ve just installed a new version of the Drupla Akismet module on this server – it’s starting to look impressive, but the traffic on this site is really to low to enable any real testing (yet).

This is so typical english :

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A wedding limo (?) ahead of us

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I had to reset a AirPort Express router today – and it took me a while to find out how to do this, so for everyone else, here is a short summary of the 3 ways to reset it:

Soft Reset

With the AirPort Express plugged into the mains, launch the Airport Admin utility. Click the TCP/IP tab and choose Using DHCP from the Configure pop-up menu. Press and hold the device’s reset button for 1 second. The light will flash yellow and you’ll have five minutes to make changes before the AirPort Express reverts to its previously saved configuration.

Hard Reset

With the AirPort Express plugged into the mains, press and hold the device’s reset button for 10 seconds. A green light will flash for a bit and then the device will reset itself — a process that takes about 45 seconds. Once reset, you can configure it with the AirPort Admin Utility.

Factory Default

Unplug the AirPort Express from the mains and press and hold the reset button. While still holding down the reset button, plug the device into a mains socket Hold down the reset button until you see the light flash green four times. Let go of the button and the device will reset itself. Wait the requisite 45 seconds and configure it with the AirPort Admin Utility.

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I may just have to read this one – the guy has a impressive list of achievements from Flickr

Building Scalable Web Sites:

The cover of Building Scalable Web SitesDid we really never blog aboutBuilding Scalable Web Sites, the book written by Flickr’s lead developer, Cal Henderson and published by O’Reilly last month? Really? Because if we didn’t, that was dumb,

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I have been updating the b2evolution xmlrpc module for the current CVS version of b2evolution – if anyone wants to test this, please email me or add a comment to this post…. I have been updating the b2evolution xmlrpc module for the current CVS version of b2evolution – if anyone wants to test this, please email me or add a comment to this post.

I have been updating the b2evolution xmlrpc module for the current CVS version of b2evolution – if anyone wants to test this, please email me or add a comment to this post. I use Ecto to edit and create all my postings, including uploading all images to the b2evolution server.

I have been updating the b2evolution xmlrpc module for the current CVS version of b2evolution – if anyone wants to test this, please email me or add a comment to this post.

I use Ecto to edit and create all my postings, including uploading all images to the b2evolution server.

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I have been updating the b2evolution xmlrpc module for the current CVS version of b2evolution – if anyone wants to test this, please email me or add a comment to this post.

I use Ecto to edit and create all my postings, including uploading all images to the b2evolution server.



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