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Does your mother know?

It’s late, it’s late. My brain is fried from studying. Tonight’s review topic? The motivation and methods of hackers. Seems kind of appropriate, given the ezBoard woes.

So let me tell you about a WordPress plugin I won’t be installing. Does your mother know allows bloggers to designate certain posts private, and block them from certain visitor IP addresses. So if you know your mother is reading your blog and you want to keep something from her, you designate it private, with <!--private-->, and add her IP to your list.

Hmmm…this could lead to an interesting issue. What if your mother visits Great-Aunt Maisie, and wants to show her your blog (yes Great-Aunt Maisie is connected to the Internet, why do you ask? Well, let’s just assume, ok?!) Suddenly, Mum is confronted with all these posts you’ve been ‘hiding’ from her, because Great-Aunt Maisie’s IP address is not in your block list. “My little girl did what? And with who…? Oh my eyes, my eyes!”

Why write about something you don’t want people to see? Blogs are public by nature. At the very least, if you must, you can password protect bits you don’t want viewed. But still… why bother. If it’s private, keep it private. Personally, I’ve learned that lesson, via unwanted visitors to my diary as a teenager. And heck… in 20 years time, I don’t want to dig up my blog via the Wayback Machine and find anything I’ve written that embarrasses me! So if you’re looking for that stuff… it’s not going to be here!

Happy in my new home

Here I am, finally, settling into my new home… stitched.bymel.com. Should be staying here, I hope. RSS feeds working now, due to much fixing up by OtherHalf last night.

Other changes – I installed plugins BAStats and Links Page, both by Owen Winkler. BAStats lets me see who you are 😉 , and Links Page is a nifty little script allowing links to be filtered by category – I’ve popped it into the Blogroll static page, and shifted my blogroll off the main page for now. I also shifted my stash Wishlist over here from the tinroofmedia domain – so now Mum will know where to find it 😆

On another stitching note, all the ezBoards are having major problems, and I can’t post replies to any of the threads about the new Mirabilia right now. But aside from the pretty extreme wings (she’s supposed to fly with those? 😯 ), I like her. I’d probably modify the wings a bit – maybe just that top green part would work?

Oh, and a very final thing. For those nice people posting comments (thank you btw 😳 ), you should know that you only have to be ‘moderated’ just the once. Once you’ve had one comment OK’d, subsequent comments should go through without a hassle 🙂