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Thanks For The (REAL!) Comments

I just want to take a moment to say thanks to a couple of people who left comments on this blog recently.  They were perhaps the first *real* comments I’ve seen on this blog in quite a while.  Most of the time it’s senseless automated crap posted by bots people use trying to build links.

Specifically I’m talking about This comment and This comment.

Both were actually sensible, nicely written and very clearly done by a live human being.  Thanks guys, it’s good to know that there are actually still real people using blog comments the way they were intended to be used.

I’ve had my doubts for a long time now.  A very long time.

A Note To People Leaving Comments

If, in my opinion, your comment is not somehow actually related to the post you leave it on, I’ll delete it without so much as a second thought.

If, When I read the comment, I decide that you couldn’t possibly have actually read the post you are replying to, that comment will NEVER see the light of day.  Instead, I’ll delete it so fast your head will spin.

Oh yeah, FORGET about putting links in your comments.  At the very least I’ll remove the links before I approve the comment.  Most likely though I’ll decide it’s not worth the trouble and just delete the comment.

Don’t like my rules?  I really don’t give a shit what you do or do not like.

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Some Changes

I’ve been thinking about some changes to the look and function of the blog and tonight I’ve finally gotten around to actually doing some of it.  I removed the big no-google graphic and the dead monitor donate button that were in the sidebar because, honestly, they were taking up a bunch of space and not doing much, if any, good.

I want to thank my wife for getting me in gear to actually get these things done, particularly the RSS and email subscriptions, which were first put in place on her blog, Off The Cuff.

To make subscription options easier to find, I put in a larger, more noticeable RSS graphic / link and an email subscription box so you can get updates to A Peculiar Blog via email if you wish.  Both RSS and the email links are powered by Feedburner so that you know what you’re dealing with and because I’m not going to try creating and managing something do the job when Feedburner does it all for free.

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Dead Monitor Cramps Computing Style!

What do you do when you’re toiling away at the project of the moment and all of a sudden your monitor goes dark?  There’s no clicking sounds, not a whiff of smoke or a flicker of the lights.  The computer itself continues merrily along, waiting for your next input or instruction.  Checking and double-checking the connections show that they’re all good.  Cooling is ok, Etc.  The only apparent problem is that the monitor itself simply will not show a picture anymore.

Well, What I did when that happened to me late yesterday afternoon was all of the checking and testing that I could think of, followed by switching out the monitor with a borrowed unit.  However that main one is going to have to be replaced asap.  Unfortunately, like most people these days, reserves are not there for a replacement.

So I’ve decided to do the only other thing I can think of and place a shiny new Paypal donate button in the sidebar in a blatant effort to raise cash for a monitor

Thanks for your patience and we now return you to your regularly scheduled blogging.

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Freenet 0.5 Seednodes File Updated

Freenet users: I’ve updated the file that I keep available on my “unofficial freenet alternative download page

For those who prefer to get it within freenet itself here’s the key:


(for this link to work you must be running Freenet 0.5)

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