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August 2009

Sudden Increase in Spam Volume?

This is a chart of the amount of spam I have in Spam folders that I haven’t yet glanced through to look for things that got in there by mistake. (Yeah, yeah, I’m way behind.)


As of around 12 UTC (plus or minus a few hours) on Friday 7 Aug, the number I’ve been getting has moved from about 500 per day, about the rate it had been at for basically years, to almost 22 THOUSAND new spam emails per day.

Is this happening to other people? Or is it just me?

No News, No Politics

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner…

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • The Future
  • TV Changes
  • Easy Upgrades
  • Digital 45s
  • Apple and Google and AT&T
  • iTablet
  • High and Low Ends
  • Lasers

Just push play to listen now:

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Goodbye Mozy

OK, I mentioned last month that I was trying out Mozy for offsite backup. That experiment is now over. Bottom line, when I had it backup about 15 Gig of stuff where only a handful of files changed per day, it seemed to work pretty well. When I added an additional 35 Gig or so of other stuff representing tens of thousands of files, thousands of which changed each day… yes, mail folders amongst other things… it just could not get itself set. It would take it almost a day just to do the scan to figure out what changed, and then once it tried to start uploading, I’d get estimates of over a week to finish the backup. Which I was willing to let it do for a “first backup”. Except for the fact that as long as it was running, either in the preparing stage or in the actual uploading stage, it seemed to slow my computer to beyond the crawling point to the almost unusable level. Now, maybe with a computer that wasn’t three and a half years old and therefore pretty slow to start with, or with a bandwidth pipe 10 or 20 times faster than what I have… maybe with that this would work for me. Or maybe if I only really wanted offsite storage for a small portion of my stuff (rather than all of it). Maybe it would be fine then. But for my particular use case… it just was not working. Not at all.

So, a few minutes ago I finally gave up and uninstalled it. I’ll have to figure out how to cancel the $5 a month before too long too. (Or Brandy will kill me, we’ve been trying to get rid of these extra monthly charges for things we don’t use, not add more of them… :-) )

Anyway, goodbye Mozy. I wanted you to work for me. I really want a good offsite backup solution, but so far the online ones still aren’t practical for me.

And the alternative, periodically cloning my time machine drive and then taking it somewhere other than my house for storage… also is a bit too much.

Oh well.

All Hands 11

New and Purple

Until I scratched it with my bike while putting them both on the car carrier. Oops.

Oh, and an hour earlier I’d slammed Amy’s finger in the trunk of the car by mistake. Also oops.

Amy says I shouldn’t worry about either though and in a few minutes we will be home and riding bikes around the neighborhood on properly working bikes for the first time in a few years. Woo!

AbulBlog Revisited

So, I finally got around to doing something I’ve been meaning to do for literally years… migrate my blog off the venerable pMachine, a blogging platform that was nice enough for what it was back in July 2003 when I first switched the front page of my site from a static page to a blog format… but which stopped development a number of years back and has not moved forward. It was way overdue for me to move. I picked WordPress for the new engine. I’d actually decided that years ago, but had just never gotten around to it. In addition to just setting aside the time, I had slowed myself down by wanting to migrate all the old content. There are ways to do it of course, but since pMachine is so old and was never THAT popular, there was no one click method, rather it would consist of following some 50 step process I found online, and even then not everything would be perfect, posts would have new URLs, etc.

So at some point I decided to not worry about that and just archive the old blog and start fresh with a new one. All of the old blog is still there, still at the old URLs, and still actually active if anybody wants to post new comments there or whatever. I’m done posting there though, and everything new will be on the new platform, which is of course now at

Over the course of Sunday and all the evenings since, I think I’ve managed to roughly reproduce the parts of the old site I wanted to retain while adding a variety of new things which are now possible with a nice modern blogging tool. Poke around a bit and you’ll find a few things different than before, and hopefully more interesting, but if not, whatever. I like it. :-)

Fun stuff, although I must say I’ve been a bit short on sleep as I slogged through getting various things to work just the way I wanted them to. I’m sure I’ve missed some things and I’ll still be tweaking and fixing things for weeks to come… if any of you readers see something broken, please let me know… I know there are at least a few things… but as of a few minutes ago it was finally at the point I was ready to switch over.

This is the first official non-test post on the new blog. Woo Woo. Exciting, huh?

Yeah, yeah, I know, this is all boring meta stuff. I’ll shut up now and normal blogging will resume next time I have something actual to blog about.

In the mean time though, I have actually retained all the test posts and such that I did while setting things up, because I find many of them amusing. I encourage you all to poke through them and be entertained. You could of course find them all by navigating on the site, but for convenience, here are all the test posts and such that were made while I was working on getting things set up:

Sun 2 Aug 2009:

Mon 3 Aug 2009:

Tue 4 Aug 2009:

Wed 5 Aug 2009:

And that brings us up to now. Yay!

Perhaps the Final Test?

Bring me to the vanilla of the fishes,

it will please me and make me orange.

AbulHead Today

Intent В«

Testing an internal trackback thing.

A painting on our wall.

via Intent В«

Starter Closet

The pieces are starting to come together now.