Category Archives: Blogging

Mathematics in a Blog Post

As some of you know, I was trained as a mathematician. It's odd, then, that my posts don't have more mathematics in them. The reason for that is that this blog is mostly about computers and development so there's not … Continue reading

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Comments on Older Posts

I've turned comments for older posts back on. We'll see how things go. If I start getting a lot a spam, I'll have to turn them off again. If I do have to turn them off, is 7 days the … Continue reading

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Feeling Better

I'm finally feeling a bit better and have started reading blogs and other sources again. I'm going to try to resume blogging now but don't be surprised if things are spotty in the near future. There's lots going on so … Continue reading

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Sick Leave

For the last few days I've been flat on my back and unable to write new posts. It's been all I could do to push queued up posts to Irreal. Rather than go on like that, I'm taking sick leave … Continue reading

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Second Year of Daily Posts

Today is the second anniversary of daily posts on Irreal. For the past two years, Irreal has published at least one post a day. Last year I remarked that it was a lot harder than one would think. Nothing that's … Continue reading

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Night of the Scum Spammer

Irreal is undergoing a sustained spam attack again. This is despite the nucaptcha, which is still working. Either the spammers have defeated it or they're paying a bunch of people a penny a piece to fill them in. In either … Continue reading

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Outage

And, we're back. Sorry for the outage. Apparently my hosting provider had a series of drive failures that overwhelmed their RAID system. One of the servers affected runs the database for Irreal. My provider is very proactive and has been … Continue reading

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1000

Today is a milestone of sorts. This is the one thousandth post at (this inception of) Irreal. As I wrote after publishing a post everyday for a year, it's one of those things that doesn't seem like much until you … Continue reading

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More Site Tuning

Since I tuned up the caching software for Irreal.org I've seen a significant improvement in download speeds. Unfortunately, I've also seen some problems with client-side caching. After I add a new post and reload the site, I see the previous … Continue reading

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Delay Update

Just a quick note to bring you up to date on my efforts to fix the slow page loading that's been plaguing Irreal lately. As I mentioned in my last update, the problem appears to be page generation not server … Continue reading

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