Microwave Biscuit

This makes me sad

Posted in Politics, Wordpress by microwavebiscuit on October 8, 2007


Although not completely unusual, it does make me sad to know that LOL Cats are more popular than politics in the WordPress Blogoshphere.


Ubuntu Tag Feed

Posted in ubuntu, Wordpress by microwavebiscuit on October 1, 2007

WordPress has a feature on the dashboard “Tag Surfer” which allows you to specify tags that you are interested in and then see related posts to that tag. I like scrolling through just to see what’s happening in the blogosphere relating to Ubuntu so I have that tag listed. I was just thinking that it would be nice to have that as a RSS feed. I did a little digging around and came up with a feed url for those that are interested.


This will get you a RSS feed of all wordpress blog posts that are tagged as Ubuntu. I don’t have a feel for the volume of posts yet but I’m guessing it’s not overwhelming.

I’m sure you could get a similar feed from other sources but I’m liking this one!

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1,000 Spam Comments Blocked and Counting

Posted in Wordpress by microwavebiscuit on September 30, 2007

I just noticed that my total spam blocked has crested over 1,000. Thanks Askimet! I really think that Askimet is an awesome tool and in the entire time that I’ve been writing this blog not ONE spam comment has made it through. I’ve also not had ONE legitimate comment marked as spam. That’s a pretty good record!

WordPress and Askimet Spam blocker

Posted in Wordpress by microwavebiscuit on June 8, 2007

I have been blogging on and off for many years. I started with blogger, switched to Movable Type and eventually switched over to WordPress many years ago. Due to various circumstances I stopped blogging for a while and about 4 months ago I started this blog up. Over the past 4 months not one spam comment has made it through. During my previous blog writing years blog spam was always an issue. Actually when I first started blogging there was no such thing as blog spam and when it started up I was shocked. It was a constant battle to prune out spam comments and many utilities popped up over the years to prevent blog spam but none of them worked as well as Askimet does now. Great job on the part of the developers of both WordPress and Askimet to prevent blog spam.

Final Tally

Posted in Wordpress by microwavebiscuit on April 1, 2007

After today’s pickup from reddit and digg here are the final stats of the day:

Top WordPress Blogs of the day: #2
Top WordPress Posts of the day: #5
Fastest Growing WordPress Blogs: #1
Hits: 5256

Wow is all I can say.

What a difference a day makes

Posted in Linux, ubuntu, Wordpress by microwavebiscuit on April 1, 2007

My post on Ubuntu Feisty’s ‘command-not-found’ package got hit by reddit and digg. So far today my blog has gotten 1300+ hits. I normally average about 100 hits/day so it’s blowing up. I happened to peer at my blog stats and almost spit my coffee on the keyboard. As expected, I’m also in the fastest growing blogs of the day on WordPress (presently number 4). The blogoshpere is pretty crazy.

Messing with Themes

Posted in Wordpress by microwavebiscuit on March 23, 2007

I am a firm believer in content over style and recognize the following:

1. People will visit my blog for the information contained, not how “cool” it looks.
2. Just because you can add all kinds of do-dads and such to a blog doesn’t mean you should.
3. Styles and Topography should enhance the experience of the blog not get in the way of it.

With those tenets in mind, I’ve been messing with the theme of this blog a bit. I’m not terribly interested in paying for the right to customize the CSS (WordPress Upgrade) as if I was going to pay for that, I’d just assume pay for hosting and then have the ability to customize everything I want. So, I’m stuck with the built-in theme options. I’ve changed the theme today to “Sapphire” as I find it pretty nice. I may put in a custom header image as I had in the last theme I was using.

If you happened to be visiting over the last 30 minutes or so you may have noticed a whole bunch of themes being tested out. Many of the built-in themes are very nice but most of them had things about them that I didn’t like – image presentation, blockquote style, “code” style, etc. This theme does a pretty nice job with all of it I think.

I’m happy to hear feedback if there are objections or opinions about the current style in use.


Posted in Technology, Wordpress by microwavebiscuit on March 22, 2007

I heard about Meebo from a couple of different sources. Meebo is an online IM aggregator, meaning you can use it to connect to multiple IM systems like Yahoo, AIM, MSN, Google, etc. While there are several IM clients available for both Linux and Windows that do this, the nice thing about it is that you can sign on from any PC in one step and connect to all of your IM clients. There is also a WordPress widget available that you can enable on your blog so that visitors to your blog can IM you when you are online. I have set it up here but I’m not sure if I’ll keep it. We’ll see. The other cool thing about it is that you can “detach” it from your browser window (it basically creates a pop-up I guess) and give it the feel of a real IM client. The downside for me is that when I’m attached to my company’s VPN it won’t seem to connect. I’m guessing that it’s somehow filtered out by my company’s proxy or something.

Here’s a couple of pics:

buddy list

chat window

More Blog Stats

Posted in Linux, ubuntu, Wordpress by microwavebiscuit on March 20, 2007

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’m keeping track of this blog’s stats in an OpenOffice Spreadsheet. For work I use Excel on a regular basis and the adjustment to using OpenOffice’s Spreadsheet tool is going pretty well but that’s a topic for another post….

This blog has basically been up one month and the response so far has been awesome. Here are the particulars:

Hits: 2680
Comments: 33
Spam: 19
Posts: 74
Comments as a percentage of hits: 1.23% – This means roughly 1% of the people that hit this blog leave a comment. Or rather 1% of the time this site is displayed someone comments.
Comments as a percentage of posts: 44.59% – This means on average 45% of my posts generate a comment. This of course is a little off as there are many posts with no comments and some with more than 1.
Spam as a percentage of hits: 0.71% – Less than 1% of the hits result in a spam type comment
Spam as a percentage of posts: 25.68% – Again, roughly 25% of my posts have had a spam comment generated (on average).

So, over the last 30 days I’ve had a lot of fun writing this blog and I really appreciate all of the hits and comments. I’d like to improve the comments/hits ratio some so if you are in the 99% of folks who hit the blog but don’t comment – please leave some feedback!

Funny search terms

Posted in Linux, ubuntu, Wordpress by microwavebiscuit on March 12, 2007

WordPress keeps track of what search terms led people to your site for you. As expected, most of the search terms that show up are linux related, usually Ubuntu, feisty, Beryl and Logitech as I’ve written quite a few posts on the subjects. In any case, yesterday 3 people got to my site by searching for:

ide line microwave faults and help

If you enter those terms, sure enough my site is number 1 in Google. I’m so proud….