Freenet 0.5 News: Build 5110 soon to be released

I have heard it said several times over the last few years that Freenet 0.5, known as Freenet Classic Opennet, is dead.

This is untrue.

As a matter of fact, freenet 0.5 is once again being developed.  I have started learning Java programming specifically so that I can contribute a much needed new update of freenet 0.5 and within a couple of weeks I expect to have the first new build (5110) available for download.

Because I’m just getting started with Java this first new build will mostly be a long overdue maintenance build.  The default bookmarks will be updated and some very old code that directs people to the original site will be updated to point to equivalent pages on my freenet site.  This is because the developers at no longer support or have anything to do with 0.5.  Instead they’re devoting their efforts to 0.7.x, a branch of freenet that I and many others have long mis-trusted for an assortment of reasons which I won’t go into now because I’m not up to writing a long post right now.

Instead I’ll address the biggest concerns in a series of upcoming posts.

In the meantime I’ll be working on 5110 and will announce here and on the Frost boards when it’s available.

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More ‘Help’ That Isn’t

It’s no secret that my finances are, shall we say, less than optimal.  I’ve been working on improving the situation for some time and I am making progress even if it is *slow* progress.

Enter the would-be Mrs. Helpful.  While Mr. Helpful is in town she spends most of her time trying various ways to convince him to marry her and that they’d make a great team.  However when he is out of town (which is very frequently these days), she is busily doing what she does best . . . “help” people (even if they don’t particularly need or want that “help”).

I suppose it was only a matter of time before she got around to me and my situation.  Like I said, it’s not exactly a secret, she found out apparently by paying attention to conversations that she overhears at the Nutjob Hills Diner.  Of course, having found out about my “problem”, she set out to “help” me.

She spent a good deal of time looking through the local paper, not that there’s much to see, this is a small town after all.  Having decided that there wasn’t anything appropriate there she started searching online.  This morning around 3:30am she shows up in my office (what *IS* it with that anyway?  Why does everybody show up at 3:30AM?  and How does she, Mr. Helpful and a handful of others manage to get in despite the fact that I keep my home and office doors locked when I’m working???)

Anyway…. she walked into my office and in a strangely familiar manner dropped a folder on my desk on top of what I was working on.  It held about three hundred pages of printouts with details about Valet Jobs all over the tri-state area.  Some of these jobs were as much as 600 miles away! I tried (in vain I’m sure) to get her to see that even *IF* I wanted such a job, most of these are entirely too far away.  Not only that, I simply cannot do the all day standing thing that these jobs would require.  Frankly I’m good for about ten minutes standing at the most and then I have to sit down because of the pain in my back and knees.

After about half an hour or so I finally managed to convince her that I had some paying work to do and I couldn’t do it or get paid for it while she was here.  She did get in a parting shot however that I’m none too thrilled about.  On the way out the door she said “Ok, I’ll see you in a few days.”

I think it’s time for an extra set of locks and maybe an electric fence.

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Freenet Downloads Updated

I have updated the freenet install archives on my freenet page.

This update included two things.

1, I updated the default bookmarks so that they now point to the current editions

2, I replaced the seednodes.ref file in each archive with a current one

I’m planning to do more updates on this page soon.

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More Wish List

I know that I keep tossing things into the wish list but I figure that there is absolutely no percentage in being conservative with a wish list because who knows, maybe someday something from it will strike somebody as the perfect gift idea.  Or, to put it another way, “If you’re going to dream, dream big.”

And so every once in a while I go browsing sale pages to see what goodies there are that would make worthy additions to the list.  And with the determination about a month or so ago that the laptop that I’ve currently got is, in fact, dead beyond reasonable repair costs that gets elected as the subject of this addition to the wish list.

HP NC6400 LaptopThis HP NC6400 Laptop may not be the most powerful state of the art machine going today but It’s still got plenty of potential as a workhorse machine that will A) allow me to work away from my office when I need to (you’d be surprised how many times I find myself thinking “If I had a working laptop I could be getting *something* done while I’m sitting here waiting for xyz” and B) serve as a utility machine to handle things like rendering video so that my desktop machine is free for me to work on other stuff while a video or 3-D model renders.

Then there’s the OS. an important consideration is the fact that this machine is not infected with Vista OR “Seven”.  Instead it’s got good old reliable, I don’t have to re-learn how to invent the wheel, XP Pro.  Which means that it would be a seamless operation to set it up with copies of my software tools without having to chase around looking for different versions to suit a new OS.

All in all, it looks great, the price is pretty good too.  $384.95 for a refurbished unit.  Spend a few hours removing the default bundled HP software that I’ll never use and I’d be ready to go.

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Killing Dofollow Comments Worked!

Last month I wrote that I’m Done With Dofollow Comments, explaining that I believed that this blog was being penalized because so many of the urls in those dofollow comments were pointing to what search engines in general and Google in particular refer to as “bad neighborhoods” and that I was going to disable the plugins that made dofollow comments possible.

A bit of history is in order.  Back in the fall of ’07, just before the infamous “Google slap”, this blog enjoyed a PR 3 ranking and I fully expected it to eventually reach a PR 4.  Then Google updated their algorithms and blogs by the thousands lost page rank. First they’d slip a point or two, then after the next update they’d fall to zero.

That’s what happened here.  Over the course of three months this blog lost a point of PR every month until by Dec ’07 it was sitting at PR zero.  That’s where it stayed all this time in spite of all my efforts to build inbound links and promote the site. I even looked into so-called services that have a habit of guaranteeing results like it was some kind of private placement memorandum.  I looked into all kinds of ways to get links and ended up just doing things myself, the hard way, because those “services” are not for the “financially challenged”.

Then last month I removed plugins that made the urls in comments dofollow (i.e. would pass page rank).  After I did that I went about business as usual.  Then only today I noticed.  The PR for this site was NO LONGER ZERO!  The base url, now ranks higher than PR 0 for the first time in two effing years.  Granted, It’s only a PR 1, but it’s the first move in the right direction in years.  I’ve also noticed a definite trend of increased traffic levels over the last several weeks.

Can it be just coincidence that it happened within thirty days of removing dofollow?  I don’t believe so.  I think the return of page rank and the increase in traffic from search engines is directly related to allowing comment urls to go back to their default rel=”nofollow” status.

As a result of this, I’ll be removing those dofollow plugins from all of my blogs within the next few days.

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