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1Jun/04Off

Administrivia Of The Dullest Kind

I created this Unsubtle Hacks category which this was be the first post included in more for the separation of technical post it notes for my own later perusal from stuff that is more intended for eyes besides my own. The idea is that it can be excluded and that is a good thing.

I moved my home desktop machine to the 2.6 kernel finally. I'd procrastinated because:

a)I have a SB Live sound card and I'd heard vague rumblings about the support for the drivers that we know and love as emu10k1 being somewhat tricky.
b)I burn too many CDs to have much down time for the CD burner.
c)Same as above for getting PPPOE working for some folks. This was a user complaint that surfaced a couple of times in the Gentoo User forums but seemed due to RTFM problems than kernel related ones.

They're probably stupid reasons but they're mine so I'm sticking with them. Sound was not a problem. Unmute mixer and rock out. CD burner was also not a problem because for some reason the IDE-SCSI driver kicked in from the modules.autoload file for 2.4. I have no idea why this happened and I'm going to check into it a little more later tonight when I have some time. I'm assuming it's due to some configuration that I hacked up to get something else working but I'll have to see where the kernel is actually grabbing those autoload directives before I take the whole blame.This another procrastination enabler since I can wait to figure out how to get native IDE CD burning working. I also failed to compile in USB support but that was more forehead slapping and less wtf. The whole process took about an hour including two pretty skinny kernel compiles so it was a pretty painless transition. I've had worse transitions between versions of the 2.4 kernel.

I'll also be turning off comment moderation at some point. WordPress now has an arguable equivalent to MT-Blacklist. I'm not sure whether I like this more or less than MT-Blacklist since things are just moved into a moderation cue if they match your blacklist. In any case, I'd love to not think about the very few legitimate comments that I get and not discourage people from commenting in the first place. I'm going to try to dig into the code that handles suspicious domain names in the next couple of weeks and try to bang out a solution that works a little better for me. This is kind of hard to gauge since most spammers aren't using 'bots that know about WordPress and I'm sure it's going to get worse before it gets better. Time to stretch my limited grasp of PHP I guess...

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