Today I met one of my old friends.Â He lives far away now and we haven’t seen each other in five years or so.Â Â I was really glad to see him.Â Maybe even more glad than I was expecting that I would.
That’s about as much as I can express with words after six re-writes of this post…
(Originally I wanted to tweet this, but it grew far longer than 140 characters.)
I tried a free version of Chorizo security scanner. It’s one of those tools that should make secure web applications much easier.
I liked the idea of the proxy setup.Â Instead of downloading any software or scanning a web site generating lots of extra traffic, it works in a proxy mode.Â You configure a proxy server in your browser, add the domain to Chorizo profile, verify the domain by uploading a signature file to the server, and then simply browse around.Â There are a couple of nice windows hanging around, showing you things, etc.Â It even works in Konqueror…
What I didn’t like that the scanner didn’t find any problems with an obviously problematic web site.Â I can easily do SQL injections on the pages that I browsed and I am sure cross-site scripting isn’t any more difficult.Â Yet, the scanner showed “0 vulnerabilities found” message.
There is also a commercial offering of the service, where you can add more than one domain and have some advanced reports and stuff.Â But, I don’t feel like paying a couple of hundred EUR per year for something that didn’t find obvious problems.
Maybe they are a new service or have some temporary problems. Maybe I’ll give them another try some time later.Â But for now the answer isÂ a definite “No”.Â Pity.
One of the cool things about Google Search is Search History.Â You can enable it for your account and Google will keep track of things your search for and pages you visit from search results.Â (It sounds like a nightmare for privacy concerned citizens, but I’m not one of them.)Â Together with a very useful browsing of past search queries and results, you can also see Trends of your own Google usage.Â It comes in a variety of forms and provides both entertaining value and an insight on how you work.Â Here is a partial picture of my trends for the last year.
December was both a time of holiday preparations and a start of my own business affairs.Â Together that produced a spike in my search activities.Â In April I was busy with things I knew inside out, so my search activities dropped significantly.
The weekly breakdown gives a fair picture of how I work.Â On Monday I getting used to the new week and catch up with email and feeds.Â On Tuesday I do most of my work, so the search activity is at its pick.Â Then it goes down, down, down…
Hour stats indicate that I never sleep.Â I’ve been searching on Google at any our of the day and night.Â Most of my searches are around lunch time (14:00-15:00 and 16:00-17:00).Â Also, it’s easy to see how my work hours are split up.Â I seem to average high between 12:00pm and 21:00, which is like a whole 9 hours of work.Â And then I have another productive session between 23:00 and 02:00am.Â And that’s about right.
There is also another chart which shows monthly activity.Â It gives a day by day breakdown of number of searches, a total number of search for that month, and a quick link to see search queries and results for any particular day.Â Here is how it looks:
So, this month I had four days with more than 151 searches per day.Â Most of the days these month I generated between 76 and 150 searches per day.Â A total so far is 5,194 searches.
I’m sure there are people who do much more Google searching.Â But even with this numbers, it’s obvious that I’m dependent on Google.Â Every single day, every single hour, I count on it to be there and to give me the results I expect.Â What if one day it disappears?Â I don’t even want to think about that…
I haven’t been keeping an eye on my Flickr statistics as close as I should have, so I missed the exact day when the number was reached.Â Anyway, with almost 11,000 images my photo stream recently passed 50,000 views.
Thank you all!Â I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.Â For more to come…
This is another update on the progress of the theme change, which turned out to be slightly more than that.Â I am also going through the plugins used on the site, adding stuff, removing stuff, fixing annoyances, and doing all those small things I wanted to do for some time now.
- When you search for something now, the search terms are highlighted in the results.Â The same is true if you came to this blog from the search engine results.
- SPAM Karma 2 plugin was replaced with Akismet.Â SK2 got a bit clumsy and went a bit out of control, eating comments, forgetting to notify me of things, and getting a bit heavy on the administration side.Â Akismet on the other hand is a pretty light and simple thing.Â And since I already have an API key, there is no good reason not to use it. I’ve been more than happy on how it worked for my WordPress.com blogs.
- Also added WordPress.com stats plugin which provides a better and up-to-date overview of who is coming here and what you guys are reading here.Â Google Analytics is used as well.Â Hopefully that’s not too much of a drag together.
I was surprised to find out that there were some legitimate comments in moderation queue – some of them were posted ages ago and I never got them approved or replied.Â Hopefully that won’t happen again.
Other than that, I’m really enjoying the new look and feel of the site.Â Also, I’ll try to use images a bit more often in the posts (one per post or something like that).Â Text-only stuff starts to look boring.
Although I try to limit my television to as little as I can, I have to say that I enjoy the “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” series. Not that I a big fan of detective genre or occasional lesson in human anatomy, but somehow it all comes together. It’s a slow going story with episodes being separated enough so that I can watch them each on its own, but with enough connection to build the characters. It has a little bit of everything – life, humor, action, crime, nice stories, pretty good acting; and the proportions work for me.
(image source: IMDB)
There are a few other TV series on roughly the same subject going on at roughly the same time, but nothing comes even close. They seem to either focus on supermodel cops, or deepest details of decomposed organic materials, or on vague logic connecting scenes together. None of these appeals to me after a long day at work.
Browsing through IMDB, I get the feeling that I’m not the only one enjoying the series. For better or worse, they’ve made through eight (8!) seasons and still going. Also the user rating seems rather high – 8.6 out of 10. Nice.
While I’m still working on the theme, I thought I’d give you a brief of overview of changes, except for the obvious visual ones.
- Google AdSense is gone.Â I’ve been planning to do this for a long time but never got down to it.Â I don’t want to have any ads on my personal blog anymore.Â And, it wasn’t making me that much anyway.
- RSS feed got fixed.Â The problem was caused by one of the plugins which I’m not using for a long time now.Â Sorry for the delayed inconvenience.
- Flickr images moved from top of the page to the side.Â It should make page loading a bit faster, but this remains to be seen.Â More testing and feedback needed here.
- Comments are separated from pingbacks and trackbacks.Â I have yet to find one of the posts that has both comments and trackbacks (this was a long time ago), but the theme seems to support it.
- A few old and broken pages are gone now (Archives, Blogroll, Stats, Affiliate stuff, etc).Â Instead, blog gained the site map.Â It might still go over a few changes though.Â The permanent link to it is at the bottom of the page.
- There is now a list of recent entries on the sidebar.Â I remember a few people requesting this.Â Maybe I’ll add the comments too one day.
- There are a few header images now, which depend on your location on the site.
Things that remain to be done are:
- sort out categories and tags, especially with the upcoming WordPress 2.3 taxonomy in mind
- select and crop my own header images