No on reads your blog

I made a little button.


Given the Zipf distribution of blog readers, it's probably true.

UPDATE: For those that would prefer a more standard size (and self-deprecating humor) I created a two-button version.



Enjoy. Or not, since no one reads my blog. ;)

— March 1, 2004

Jakob Nielsen

Brad Wilson: "Jakob is the Special Ed student of HTML."
— March 1, 2004

Rebuilding Movable Type individual archives after Trackback

I was surprised to learn that Movable Type does not rebuild individual archives after receiving a TrackBack ping. The reason for this is that Movable Type processes the ping before sending a response. MT rebuilds as few pages as possible so that the listener does not time out (this often happens anyway; there is a config setting you can change to increase the timeout).

This sucks for me because I'm using Simple Comments to integrate TrackBacks and comments into one list. After all, a TrackBack is just a comment left on someone else's site.

There are a couple solutions to this. Most involve PHP or SSI to include the dynamic list of TrackBacks on the individual entry page. I can't use that because my site is all static. Phil Ringalda hacked the MT source code to rebuild individual entries which makes upgrading a bitch.

The solution I am thinking of is using procmail and the MT-Rebuild script to rebuild the comments after a TrackBack. But that's a problem too, because I am not the only author on my site. However, I do write most of the entries, and I could do a cron'd rebuild to catch the rest.

The other thing -- and this would catch all the trackbacks with a slight delay -- would be to set up an RSS feed for TrackBacks and parse that XML to find the entries which need rebuilding.

— March 1, 2004

Edward Tufte in Minneapolis

Edward Tufte is finally doing one of his classes in Minneapolis. Hmmmm.
— March 1, 2004


ArsTechnica: Microsoft to update Windows XP before Longhorn release: "...with this comes new concerns that Longhorn's own release date is slipping far, far away, perhaps as late as 2007 or maybe even 2008 (a guy in a bar last night said 2010)."

Considering that Longhorn is essentially the realization of the vision of Microsoft's next-generation "Cairo" operating system (tagline: "information at your fingertips") that was supposed to be released in the mid-90s, it is now clear that Longhorn is the world's biggest piece of vaporware (baring Xanadu!).

Salon's Scott Rosenburg talks more about this in an article from December that I found while looking for "Cairo" trivia.

— March 1, 2004


"President Bush, even if you personally shot Osama bin Laden tomorrow, I still would not vote for you in November."
— March 1, 2004