Archives for September 2002

TrackBack and metaBlog

Posted on 9/27/2002 to Developer Stuff

I've been busy looking into this whole TrackBack thing. You can see what I've been up to over at

Busy, busy, busy...

Posted on 9/21/2002 to Developer Stuff

Work has been busy again. This time I am having more fun. I've been building little utilities for our web content group (a small group within the Content Management Dept.) - things like XML/XSL transformation utility, that lets them select an XML file and then select a stylesheet and a location to save it, then with a click of a button transform the XML into whatever they needed. Simple, I know, but they had been hand coding HTML from the XML files! The next step is to make the utility so that it selects XML from our repository and then once the HTML is generated it continues on the process of creating a mak file and content collection (for NXT3). I've also bit a handy little utility that allows them to do find and replace on entire directories or single files using regular expressions. It came in very handy when I had to remove class="" from several hundred HTML files.

Well I am off to Austin for some Longhorn Football.

4th Wedding Anniversary

Posted on 9/12/2002 to Family & Friends

Gidgit and I are celebrating our 4th Wedding Anniversary today.

It's been 2 years since we actually celebrated. Last Sept. 12th, we were still in shock from the day before and in no mood to celebrate.

This year, and in the years that follow, it will be different. We will celebrate the memory of those that perished on 9/11/01, and celebrate our health and togetherness. By the way, we are also celebrating with a little trip out of the country.

Fighting Spam

Posted on 9/8/2002 to Technology

I've been using SpamCop to filter spam for several months now. Initially, I relied on the many blacklists that they use, but recently switched to implicitly blocking all mail, and explicitly allowing only mail from legit addresses/domains. This worked very well, aside from the minor inconvenience of having to add addresses to my whitelist from time to time. Recently, I've been getting more and more spam with my own email address in the from field, which means it is making it through as my domain is on my whitelist. It's time to look for another solution.

I've tried Spam Assassin, but didn't like it enough to shell out $30 for it. Today, I came across a review of CloudMark SpamNet. Visit their site to read up on their unique approach to fighting spam. After I've used it for a bit I will post a review.