theBuzz #001: Because I’m Lazy and Haven’t Created the Plugin I want

If you have noticed the “theBuzz” (bhiv = beehive.. bees.. they buzz, get it?) side bar and thought? Well, that seems a total waste of space, it is because I have been planning to roll my own WordPress plugin / system. Mainly to emulate because I think the idea of short and easy links is a great way around creating a full blown posts.

In the meantime, I will be consolidating all my links into a single entry, like so:

Anyway, I think you may get the idea of what theBuzz will be like, nothing special just a simple quick links. The next issue will be shorter without all this explanation.

Upgraded to WordPress 2.0

The upgrade was pretty painless. I did back up everything, which was a good thing after I dropped the drop directory into my FTP client and didn’t want to go and pick out each file. But other than that I only seem to have one error on the admin page. Not sure who’s fault that is, but I’ll track it down in the next couple days.

Why this is a big deal for me, is I have been waiting for 2.0 to start with a couple plugins that I have been thinking about and now I can start to finish this site.

Poor domain name choices!

Firstly there is Who Represents?, a database for agencies to the rich and famous:

Second is the Experts Exchange, a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views:

Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island:

Need a therapist? Try:

And there is an Italian Power company:

Finally we have the Mole Station Native Nursery, based in New South Wales:

(Shamelessly stolen from WebHostingTalk, but I guess was stolen from a b3ta newsletter a while ago.) 

Digg’s Evolving CAPTCHA

Approximately 30 hours after I posted Digg made a change to CAPTCHA by altering the foreground colors and background colors, alternating normal and bold face, and mixing upper an lowercase letters. With the a slight modification to my program (not making all letters lowercase) it reduced my program’s accuracy to 11 % (out of 200 samples). But there was another problem, approximately 15% were not human solvable.
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