Chad Perrin: SOB

26 September 2006

RSS-to-email doesn’t like me

Filed under: Geek,Metalog — apotheon @ 10:49

In the past, I’ve had some problems getting Rmail to work for me. Everything seems great — I go through the signup process, get my confirmation email, et cetera — until I’m done setting it up, then I simply fail to get emails. I’m having a tough time getting in touch with someone at my webhost who can give me useful answers about where the emails might be going, and it seems it must be happening at the webhost since I’m not doing any spam filtering here at all and Rmail’s man-in-the-know Randy Morin tells me he can confirm that the emails are being sent out without any bounces coming back. Bah humbug, says I.

I decided to try RSSGecko, after reading about it at Chip’s Quips. It at least seemed worth the effort of giving it a shot. There’s a problem, though. Here’s the sort of emails I’m getting:

subject: Hasta la Vista, part 3: Of Windows security and other oxy-morons If you happen to be a regular reader of my blog you know I have this thing with editors, especially when they are reporting on IT developments (a subject I know a thing or two about). The point is, I…<br /><br /><br />Sent using <a href=””><b>RSS</b>GECKO</a>

Hopefully you can see the problems here: broken XHTML, a lack of a link to the blog post in question, and no way to unsubscribe are three problems that top the list. Holy crap. This is not making me particularly happy with RSSGecko.

Maybe I should go sit on hold with my webhost again, for a while, and see if I can get things sorted out so Rmail will work for me this time. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Maybe I should write an article for publication about how to choose a webhost so this sort of thing isn’t a huge problem in the future.

23 September 2006

places you shouldn’t move

Filed under: Liberty — apotheon @ 03:17

Don’t move to Ohio. Trust me on this.

While I’m at it, don’t move to the United States during Bush’s reign.

Don’t move to China. You might want to avoid Norway, too, in case China makes good on its threat somehow.

Have I mentioned that you shouldn’t move to the US of A?

18 September 2006

recent downtime

Filed under: Metalog — apotheon @ 05:28

Some of you may have noticed that SOB went down yesterday morning. It’s back now (obviously). Some cash flow issues intersected unhappily with the due date for a webhosting payment. As a result, the next year’s webhosting ended up costing me roughly 150% of the usual cost. Whee, fun.

This is what happens when a $600 check I was expecting doesn’t arrive for more than a month (so far). Luckily, I was able to make other arrangements.

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