RSS feed including comments

Matthew Gray has redesigned his “blog”:http://server.boardgamestuff.com:8000/blog. It’s got a nice “feed”:http://server.boardgamestuff.com:8000/blog/index.crss that allows you to see comments with the posts.

Inspired by this, I put one together for this blog:

_Update: I removed the old link, so there are no broken links on my blog._

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Changed stylesheet

I accidentally discovered that this blog looked awful in IE. I don’t know what happened to the stylesheet, or when. Please let me know in future if this blog looks weird. I’m a “Firefox”:http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox user and I get lazy about cross-browser testing.

“Movable Style”:http://www.movablestyle.com helped me out nicely. I opted for the Modern Lines style, but Plain Blue is tempting.

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White list spam filter

I have finally given up and subscribed to a $10/year “whitelist spam filter”:www.mailblocks.com. A sad day. Someone *has* to cure the spam problem, or email will be ruined. Probably only Micro$oft have the clout to do it.

I _just_ got my blog comment spam as well. Hopefully “TypeKey”:www.typekey.com will fix it.

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New start

I finally gave up with Blosxom. For no apparent reason, my old blog stopped working completely. It was just too much trouble to install and maintain. I could not get any nice extras like trackback to work, even getting comments going was an Odyssey.

I am trying to get my old site back online. A nice bloke from the Blosxom mailing list is having a look. I do not hold out much hope, but it would be nice to have my old posts available.

I toyed with trying WordPress, but MovableType is used so ubiquitously, I believe that when I run into any problems, I will be more likely to find a solution. Plus WordPress does not support Textile yet. WordPress does have a lot of nice extras though. Installation is easy, it’s free like MT, it produces valid code and it’s generally more user-friendly.

Unfortunately, when it comes to software, and free software especially, there is safety in numbers.

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