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Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 14 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

I’ve surpassed 600 posts this month – another slightly disturbing milestone – and also celebrated my second year of posting. It’s beginning to seem like every month I’m reaching a milestone of some description at the moment – and long may it continue!

Behind the scenes, I upgraded from WordPress 1.5 to 1.5.1, and then up to 1.5.1.1 as well, and then up to 1.5.1.2. Each upgrade was completely painless – unlike the one up to 1.5, and for the second upgrade of the month I have to thank Aldoblog for making it that little bit easier by providing a list of updated files. The new version can be downloaded directly from WordPress. The necessary change to go from 1.5.1.1 to 1.5.1.2 is detailed here.

I’ve got round to fixing the search function, which was slightly buggy in that it didn’t work properly when searching from individual post pages. It’s now fully functional, and tastes great! I’ve also added two new features that allow you to subscribe to either the full site’s posts or a particular comments thread by email. For more information on those, please check this post. I’ve also made an RSS 2.0 feed of the comments left on this site available – you can access it using the link under ‘Subscriptions’ on the right, where you’ll also find a permanent link to the full site email subscription service.

The right sidebar has been tidied up a bit, with links to more posts than previously – the most recent (new), most viewed, most commented (new), and most random. I’ve also increased the number of adverts ever so slightly, and made them match the design of the site more closely so that they don’t stick out so much. I decided that it was sensible to increase the number of adverts following last month’s close call with respect to getting enough cash from advertising. I’m sure you’ll be as delighted as me to find out that this policy appears to have worked, with me reaching a record 278% profit this month – this isn’t quite as good as it seems, as it’s quite likely that the hosting fees will increase soon, since this site is starting to become ridiculously popular, now averaging almost 3,000 hits per day – only seven months ago, I was receiving less than twice that figure per month. I’ve also had quite a few emails this month, complementing the site – so thank you very much for those, they always make me smile.

The most popular post of the month was one that was actually published last month – My first missive on Su Doku. The most popular post actually posted this month was my brief history of Su Doku in the UK. I’m beginning to think that Su Doku might be quite popular…

And I think that’s all I can say to round up May!

This 608th post was filed under: Site Updates.

Some recently published posts

My favourite books of 2016 / December 2019, 26 minutes long

What I’ve been reading this month / December 2019, 12 minutes long

What I’ve been reading this month / November 2019, 5 minutes long

What I’ve been reading this month / October 2019, 3 minutes long

What I’ve been reading this month / September 2019, 6 minutes long

Some random old posts

Right of Reply / May 2003, 3 minutes long

When was the last time anyone fought a bear? / July 2007, 1 minute long

Google Web Accelerator / May 2005, Less than a minute long

Review: The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer / October 2012, 4 minutes long

Immobilise Phone Crime / January 2005, Less than a minute long

Lazy Labour lies again / April 2005, 1 minute long


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