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29 July 2004

WordPress customizations

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I’m really happy with WordPress, the software through which this blog is run; I’ll probably switch to it in my personal blogs as well… Still, I had to make a few changes to be really satisfied:

  • I integrated a few bugs fixes that have been done apparently in CVS, regarding the caching of the RSS feeds
  • I made it so that every page has proper HTTP caching, not only the RSS feeds; this isn’t completely optimal, since the way the code is set up right now doesn’t take into accounts the comments, i.e. a page will claim it hasn’t changed even if comments have been added to it; I don’t see that as a big problem for the time being, but hope to fix that in the future

Fake SpamAssassin headers

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Although my anti-spam set up works fairly well, I had been surprised in the past months (apparently starting end of May) to get some obvious spams (involving e.g. ‘Valium’ in the subject) going through it without problems. Only today have I realized that this was because the mails were not checked by my SpamAssassin, but (supposingly) by a SpamAssassin on popular free Web-based email services (e.g. yahoo or hotmail); that is, they included the following headers:

X-Spam-Checker-Version: SpamAssassin 2.60-spambr_20030926a on popular_mail_service.com
X-Spam-Level:
X-Spam-Status: No, hits=-5.9 required=5.0 tests=AWL,NO_REAL_NAME autolearn=no
        version=2.60-spambr_20030926a

Due to the way my SpamAssassin set up works, they were not re-checked when entering my spam filters!

28 July 2004

One more W3C Team Blog

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As part of the discussion on W3C Team having work-related blogs, Richard Ishida just started his own blog, with entries on the very many cool tools (among other things) he has developed to help people use the Web with different languages…

See also the list of W3C Team Blogs Karl compiled a few weeks ago.

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Picture of Dominique Hazael-MassieuxDominique Hazaël-Massieux (dom@w3.org) is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Staff; his interests cover a number of Web technologies, as well as the usage of open source software in a distributed work environment.