Wednesday, January 28, 2004

How Does Google Work?

I never know where my stuff will appear in a search engine. I noticed in my referral logs that I had been found by searches in Google and others for "Wabash Landing" (Probably based on my recent ravings about the smell. By the way, it's a little better. It now has an odor that is a combination of urine and bacterial hand soap. Baby steps. Baby steps.) Anyway, I was the first response returned in Google for that term last week. This week, I'm the 8th link on page five. What's different? The other sites now ahead of me haven't been changed recently.

So, I thought I should link to it again in case the number of links to a place is important.

Wabash Landing
Wabash Landing
Wabash Landing

OK, so as I compiled that short list of Wabash Landing links, I noticed that some of the pages I linked to in the earlier post are now towards the top of the search results. Maybe I'm actually helping them. Why do I care??!!?? I need a real hobby!!

Friday, January 23, 2004

New Atom Feed

Blogger has added an atom feed to their service. It seems to work pretty well.

Point your aggregator to

What Up?

As heard on WRZX - 103.3 FM Indianapolis the other day:

(song fades)What up?
Ha! Listen to me being so street.
I meant *what's* up - PLURAL


Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Who's Gut Is That?

(Overweight man from the neck downMy biggest fear is that someday I'll be photographed or filmed from the neck down for an "America is Gaining Weight" story.

Saturday, January 10, 2004

Such a Geek

I'm such a geek! I've been playing with a Linux server here in the Tippecanoe basement, and today I installed a webmail program called SquirrelMail. (It's "Webmail for Nuts".) The cool thing is that it is all written in PHP, so there is no program per se, just scripts invoked from web pages. A big step from the COBOL programs I used to code.

I already had IMAP and fetchmail working so the server would grab my mail from all of my POP3 accounts that I could then view from any machine in the house. Now, I'm thinking about opening port 80 to the 'Net so that I can webmail from work and other places. However, I'm a little worried about getting hacked. I've read the security warnings and applied the latest patches (except for the Linux kernel thing that came out a couple of weeks ago), but I'm not confident that it's enough. The server is not configured with Samba, so I'm not too worried about someone taking over the server and getting to my Windows machines. I'll probably do more research before actually opening the firewall.