Privacy Statement

Submitted by C B Wright on

'Tis the season to tell people exactly what information we do and do not collect. Most sites are doing this because the European Union just passed a law that makes them. I'm not entirely convinced this site is obliged to do any such thing, but I do believe that making people aware of what information is gathered and used on the net is a Very Good Thing. As such, I present to you, to the very best of my knowledge, a list of information that is collected and used by Eviscerati.Org.

RSS Feed Update: Progress.

Submitted by C B Wright on

In my last Site News Post about RSS Feeds, I complained that I couldn't get Feedburner--or any other RSS tool--to work with my site. The reason, apparently, is because I had SSL turned on everywhere, including for the RSS feed. Apparently RSS feeds are only considered valid when they start with http: not https: -- I think that's idiotic, personally, since the feeds still work exactly the same way -- but it is what it is.

Well, I found a Drupal module that lets me selectively deactivate SSL in specific regions of the site. It's called Secure Pages, and with it I can turn on SSL everywhere except for the RSS feeds (technically SSL is still on, because you can access the feeds with an https: URL, but it's no longer required.)

Hey, Internet, Can You Maybe Solve My Problem

Submitted by C B Wright on

NOTE: This has been fixed. See comments for explanation. Thanks all!

Remember when I said my site upgrade from Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) to Precise (12.04) went flawlessly? Well, I'm not sure that's true. I've been trying to solve a funny little problem that I can't figure out, without success. I was just on the verge of descending into despair (I still might get a series of Mark vs. Computer comics out of it) when it occurred to me: my readers are, by and large, a lot smarter than I am. So follow me below the cut where I relate to you my tale of woe, in the hopes that one of you knows exactly what is going on...

Another Issue With RSS Feeds

Submitted by C B Wright on

OK, those of you who have experience managing RSS feeds, especially Drupal RSS feeds, I could use some advice.

I've had people suggest using a site like Feedburner to manage my RSS feeds. The advantages of using a site like that are compelling:

  • It would allow me to track total number of subscribers for each feed, which none of my site traffic/statistic tools currently do.
  • It would allow me to consider monetizing the feeds by inserting ads into them.

OK, it's only two reasons, but both are pretty compelling. Based on some quick-and-dirty research using one or two analytical plugins for Drupal, it's quite possible that the bulk of my audience actually comes from RSS subscribers rather than site visitors.

The Mystery of the (Apparently) Flawless Upgrade

Submitted by C B Wright on

This weekend I had two projects:

  1. Drupal needed to be updated, as well as some of its plugins.
  2. I wanted to upgrading my server, which was running Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) to Ubuntu Precise (12.04).

Of the two, upgrading the server was potentially the most problematic. In fact, if you do a Google search on the topic, you'll find a lot of posts about how difficult it is... but in order to support some of the features I use in Drupal, I had to add some official repositories to my Lucid install to give me access to newer versions of PHP and mySQL, and those repositories were apparently no longer around. Moving to Precise would solve that problem, and allow me to once again benefit from SECURITY PATCHES on these venerable applications. So... that was a compelling argument to try.