Schwieb Random blatherings

July 21, 2008

Site updates

Filed under: All,Blog — Schwieb @ 11:36 pm

I upgraded to WordPress 2.6 this evening, and installed the Tarski theme. I like it better than the Kubrick default, although now I need to come up with a custom banner image. That will only take me what, a few years? 🙂

May 13, 2008

The Daring Fireball Effect

Filed under: All,Blog — Schwieb @ 4:40 pm

For my first major post in a very long time, I wrote about VB’s return in the next major version of Mac Office. The press release about it went live at 12:01am PST, and I put my post up a few minutes later. Check out the page hits that Mint tracked for me today:

Page hits on my blog today

From 5pm to midnight, I was getting my usual 5 or so hits per hour. (The ‘spikes’ between 9 and 10pm were from me viewing my own site to check some CSS tweaks.) After the post went live and daylight came to Europe, site hits perked up into the upper 20s per hour, and when the story was picked up by the various US-based online publications, jumped into the 200s per hour.

Then, somewhere shortly after 1pm Pacific time, John Gruber of Daring Fireball linked to my post, and everything jumped into the 700s. That’s actually not nearly as high as the hits I got from DF for my post in August 2006, but I switched to Mint only recently and don’t have those numbers anymore, so I can’t show them to you. I should probably install a caching plugin so John can’t knock my hosting site over

April 17, 2008

RSS Woes

Filed under: All,Blog — Schwieb @ 8:50 am

In the process of redirecting my RSS feeds away from FeedBurner, I managed to mess up the FeedBurner settings, so it is redirecting RSS readers to the (now bogus) invisible FeedBurner feed on my site. I’ve futzed with the .htaccess mod_rewrite settings to redirect old RSS subscriptions from that bogus feed to the real one, and I think I’ve got it right. The redirect should be reported to your reader as a permanent one, so NetNewsWire and others should automatically notice the change, but if you have problems, please let me know.

(Of course, RSS-only readers who are having problems won’t see this post… Catch-22.)

April 14, 2008


Filed under: All,Blog — Schwieb @ 8:45 pm

I just upgraded the site to WordPress 2.5, and removed a bunch of hidden spam in the last few posts. I’ve been amazingly remiss in blogging (that’s what a couple of crunch periods at work will do to any desire to talk about it), and haven’t kept close track of what spammy people have been doing.

Much better now. Much blogging to resume…

October 13, 2007


Filed under: All,Blog,Personal — Schwieb @ 8:50 pm

As I said a few weeks ago (and has been readily apparent if you look at the lack of posts here), I haven’t had much time to blog in a while. I’ve been spending some long days (and evenings!) at work polishing off stuff to get Mac Office 2008 ready to ship, and I haven’t felt like sitting down in front of the computer at home for long periods of time. However, I have been keeping up with the various RSS feeds that I read on a regular basis, and last week I read Adam Engst’s Confessions of a Twitter Convert on TidBITS. I’ve heard a lot about Twitter, but mostly ignored it as it seemed too hyperkinetic and “who the heck would care what I’m doing at any given moment”-ish. But, after reading Adam’s article, I decided to give it a shot.

I’m only following a few people at the moment (Adam, Daniel Jalkut of Red Sweater Software, John Gruber of Daring Fireball, and Jacqui Cheng of Ars Technica, and some MacBU folks among others), and it’s actually been pretty interesting. As Twitter intends by asking the question “What are you doing?”, the stream of pings is more or less random snippets of folks’ lives that they want to share, and thus not terribly heavy on Mac development or Mac news. However, I’ve seen entries fly by ranging from Daniel discovering that MarsEdit’s icon has been copied by a Linux distribution, to Adam fighting spam for the TidBITS domain, and a whole lot else in between.

I’ve tried to post little bits throughout the day myself, since Thursday or so. Tonya Engst is right, it is a whole lot easier to blurt out the ‘topic’ of a blog piece than it is to write up the whole thing. It might be of some minor interest to a few folks if I wrote up a blog piece about the byteswapping bug I spent most of Friday tracking down, but I was absolutely exhausted yesterday evening (my son woke me up at 6am, I had an eye doctor appointment at 9:15am which included getting my eyes dilated, so that I couldn’t read a computer screen for hours, I had 2 different triage meetings to attend, and a one-on-one meeting with my manager’s manager that day, plus fixing bugs) and had no energy to blog. Instead, I put up a few ‘headlines’ on Twitter throughout the day. Admittedly, my following on Twitter is very small so practically nobody saw them, but I felt like I was actually doing something public again for once.

So anyway. Yep, I gotta blog more. Folks have asked about Xcode over on Mac Mojo and now that we’re reaching the end of a major product development cycle on the new tools it’s time for an update. I’ll work on that, but in the meantime if you’re curious about some of the day-to-day stuff going on inside the MacBU, come follow me!

January 16, 2007

Canned meat and statistics

Filed under: All,Blog — Schwieb @ 9:33 pm

I put up my first post to this blog on May 30, 2006. Today is January 16, 2007, which is 231 days later. In that time, I’ve made a total of 44 posts and received 482 comments. That works out to about one post every five days, and about 10 comments per post.

In that same time period, I’ve received 9043 (!) spam comments, or just over 39 per day. The number is actually a little higher because I’m only counting the comments caught by Akismet — every so often it misses a few and I have to manually delete them.

That’s a spam level of 94.9%! Funny enough, Akismet’s own world-wide statistics show spam at around the 94% level, so I guess I look like a nice average target to the comment spammers. Oh for the days before Canter and Siegel!

December 5, 2006

Busy busy busy

Filed under: All,Blog,Personal — Schwieb @ 8:58 pm

Hello everyone… My apologies for being away for so long — there’s a lot going on at work (some of which I’ll talk about in my next post) and a lot going on at home, so I haven’t had the time or the inclination to sit down in front of a computer in the evenings. In any case, I’m still here, still employed with the MacBU, and still working on Mac Office 12.

August 15, 2006

Sorry for the down time

Filed under: All,Blog — Schwieb @ 10:16 am

My hosting service had a partition get corrupted during a normal server reboot early Monday morning, and it took over 26 hours for the fsck to verify the drive. Grrrrr.

It’s all back up now, with no lost content. Any mail sent to me in the last day or so will be trickling in today and I’ll try to get to it tonight.

July 7, 2006

I’m not dead yet!

Filed under: All,Blog,Personal — Schwieb @ 10:01 pm

Just really busy and tired. I’ll hopefully get some post up this weekend. Sorry for the long wait!

June 23, 2006

New contact page

Filed under: All,Blog — Schwieb @ 10:24 pm

I’ve added a new ‘Contact Me’ page to the sidebar on the right. You can use it to send me a private email if you wish to make a comment that will not show up on the blog.

Hopefully I won’t get too much spam.

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