I looked into Ruby on Rails a few weeks ago after seeing it discussed on Slashdot and Perl Monks. There are some interesting ideas in Ruby on Rails, so I thought it would be a good idea to explore Ruby itself. It feels very much like Perl, as members of Perl Monks have mentioned in other posts there. To get my head around Ruby I looked at the free online book, Programming Ruby.
Today I had to fix another computer infected with spyware/adware junk. Along with the usual Adaware SE and Spybot - Search & Destroy I’ve been using HijackThis I would not recommend HijackThis to a novice, but for some of these insidious infections, it’s about the only tool to remove the BHOs and other deeply embedded junk. Recommended.
I spent some more time tweaking my Template Toolkit templates and scripts to allow me to generate the update entries in a consistent manner. I have one WRAPPER template fragment that generates the blog-entry HTML and then the index.html template for the site grabs the five most recent entries to display on the page. I also added a new Emacs binding to help generate the timestamp for the entry. Two key-strokes later and I have the correct entry.
Finally, an updated design and logo for WormBytes. Every since I spun the consulting part of my job out of Flarenet, I’ve felt I needed a new design and unique logo. Well, today I found a spare few minutes to develop the little worm in the corner to go with the updated colour scheme and layout. Everyone seems to think he looks cute. I haven’t named him yet of course.
Plugins These plugins are used daily by the Flarenet ISP mail server, but I have not submitted them to the Qpsmtpd maintainers. As always, use these plugins at your own risk. They work for me, but as far as I know I'm the only one using them. check_badpatterns Use the existing badmailpatterns and badrcptpatterns control files from the SPAMCONTROL patch. check_domain_regexp Compares the reverse DNS (the host/domain name) against a collection of regular expressions.