Fixing WPMU 2.8.4 and the ignored Banned Email Domains option

I've been having a heck of a time battling sploggers at UCalgaryBlogs.ca - roaches that create accounts and blogs so they can foist their spam links to game Google (thanks for providing spammers with such a powerful incentive, Google). There's an option in WordPress Multiuser to ban email domains - provide the domains, one per line, into a text box, and it will reject any roaches trying to create accounts from those domains....

September 30, 2009 · 2 min

Alternate PHP on MacOSX?

I'm working on a project where I'll need to demonstrate the process of importing static websites into Drupal, so I'm toying with the import_html module. The only problem is, it doesn't work on the PHP that comes with MacOSX. It requires XSLT to do it's magic (chunking through the DOM of the static site pages). I've tried installing the Entropy.ch PHP5 package , but that just borked Drupal on my test system....

June 5, 2006 · 1 min

Teaching Resources Database

I've just updated our Teaching Resources database to use a copy of the lightweight asset management system I built for the Pachyderm project. Previously, the TR database had been developed as a WebObjects application, connecting to an XStreamDB XML database. That performed really well, and made for nice reliable queries, but meant an editing interface was more difficult to develop. Now that it's just a simple MySQL database, and a simple PHP script running the queries and interface, it's easy to manage, and performs quite well....

January 27, 2005 · 1 min