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I heart Thunderbird

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

http://www.mozilla.org/products/thunderbird/

I’ve known about Thunderbird for a while now, but I never felt the urge to try it out until today. I’m glad I finally did. I love the integration of email accounts and RSS feeds, and it handles message features such as return receipts and html messages more elegantly than Apple Mail or Entourage did. I’m hooked.

The virus of comment spam

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

While there are many reasons for my recent lack of posts, it occurred to me while discussing my on-campus weblog with a colleague that it was only after I disabled comments (due to overwhelming amounts of comment spam) that my posts dwindled down to near non-existence. I believe that for some people posting to a weblog is a one-way endeavor–a place to hold their thoughts/notes/links. While I used to use my weblog as a place to keep track of URLs that I wanted to research later, I now use Furl and del.icio.us for that purpose, so those links no longer show up on my weblogs.

I’ve recently switched platforms and am now using b2evolution. The interface is too busy for my taste, but I’m trying to get used to it. One of the most important things we’re trying to accomplish is a weblog platform that will scale enough to allow campus wide use by students and faculty. I’ll post thoughts about the pros and cons of this experiment here as they occur to me.


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