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August 7, 2008 [LINK / comment]

Ack! Blog page gets hacked!

Many thanks to a long-time fan of this blog / Web site, Michael Fronda, for alerting me to the fact that my main blog page had been hacked, re-routing traffic elsewhere. I took the necessary corrective actions and wish I could publically denounce the sleazy Web site that was evidently responsible for this, but that might drive more traffic to their site, so I won't. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who brings such glitches to my attention.

New widget: "Feedjit"

A few weeks ago I put a new feature called "Feedjit" on my baseball blog page, which apparently uses the user's Internet Protocol address to identify the geographical location. I have been amused to note which cities and towns across the country are the most frequent visitors. Since it seems to be working fairly well, with no ill effects, I'm going to put it on my main blog page and politics blog page as well. Rest assured, I have seen this feature in use on other, more reputable blogs and Web sites, and there are no reports of security breaches as far as I know. This is not a case of "Big Brother is watching you!"

Sticky mouse scroll

One of the best features of Macintosh computers is the mouse, which debuted just before I bought our first iMac in 2001. Its curvature and lack of any buttons or mechanical parts were a sheer delight to use. It lacked one thing common to modern Windows-based computers, however: a scroll wheel. Fortunately, the "Mighty Mouse" included such [a wheel.] I recently had trouble using the [device, which was very frustrating, and finally managed to find a solution to the problem at]

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The "home made" blog organization system that I created was instituted on November 1, 2004, followed by several functional enhancements in subsequent years. I make no more than one blog post per day on any one category, so some posts may cover multiple news items or issues. Blog posts appear in the following (reverse alphabetical) order, which may differ from the chronological order in which the posts were originally made:

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