SigSpace - Related to the webhost en Archived. <p>Assuming I can figure this out properly, I am archiving this site in preparation to start over from scratch.</p> <p>I initially set this site up under Drupal 4.6 back in March of 2005. After not quite 5 years of experimentation, guesswork, not reading the instructions, and not staying current on updates (I'm not even certain which version is running at the moment, 6.something), I figure it's time to start clean, either with the current version of Drupal (likely) or WordPress or something (also possible).</p> <p>The content here will (if this works right) end up on, and the new site will appear at this URL.</p> <p>Sig</p> Drupal Site Notes Mon, 22 Feb 2010 20:35:00 +0000 sig 674 at Brief site outage (why?!) <p>The site was down for a few hours. This was entirely Sig's fault, who knew it would happen and did nothing to stop it.</p> <p>My awesome web host, <a href="" rel="nofollow">NearlyFreeSpeech.Net</a>, uses a prepaid method for hosting. Instead of paying a flat monthly fee for my web site's bandwidth and storage (whether I use it or not), NFSN deducts from my account only the cost of the storage and bandwidth I'm using. If I have a massive site with hundreds of readers, it will cost me a bit more. If I have a smallish site with maybe a dozen regular readers, it will cost me very little. Periodically, however, I have to add more money to my account. This, I failed to do. Mostly because I didn't have any until yesterday.</p> <p>I've had this site running here in one form or another since March 5th, 2005. A summary of the costs, excluding domain registration (which is reasonable for the industry):</p> <ul> <li>March 5, 2005. Initial investment. 20 bucks.</p> <li>December 28, 2005: Another 20 bucks. <li>April 3, 2006: Another 20 bucks. <li>November 14, 2006: Another 10 bucks. <li>January 13, 2007: Another 20 bucks. <li>May 26, 2007: Another 15 bucks. <li>10 minutes ago: Another 15 bucks.</ul> <p>Grand total: $120 over two and a half years.</p> <p>Keep in mind also that the same fund pays (or paid) for my wife's RainyDaySunshine site, Jawa's site (which received more traffic than mine during the year it was up), the now-defunct photo gallery, the now-defunct Russian site, the now-defunct forum site, and several other things that I tested and discarded. When you consider that some people are shelling out $20 or more <strong>per month</strong> for hosting they may or may not use, it starts to look like a pretty good bargain.</p> <p>So anyway, the site was down, I added some money and now it's back up. I'll have to do it again within a few months, at the current trends--I seem to be a little more popular of late, though it might just be googlebot scanning my site and sucking my bandwidth.</p> <p>Sig</p> Site Notes Sat, 01 Sep 2007 15:31:44 +0000 sig 523 at Even my domain name is a killing word. <p>A persistently annoying problem I have been having with the site is solved--maybe.</p> <p>I like to rummage through the log files and see what's what. Aside from making sure nothing's about to explode, I like to see how people are finding my site. This is, for example, how I learn about the <a href="" rel="nofollow">teeming masses</a> needing to know why being on time is so important.</p> <p>However, since the dawn of time, the logs have been... confused. Hosting on <a href="" rel="nofollow">NearlyFreeSpeech</a>, my site has a public name that I have registered ( and a true, (not so) secret name ('s kind of a Muad'dib-Usul sort of thing. Until very recently, would load the index page like normal, though if you clicked on links, it would load the equivalent.</p> <p>Unfortunately, both were independently indexed by GoogleBot--they're considered separate sites. Worse (from my perspective), since Drupal "knows" that the site is truly called "," it considers any links on to be external referrers. From there, it degenerates to chaos and suffering. The details are not important.</p> <p>The sum of the mess is that it was playing havoc with my logs and confusing Google.</p> <p>Now, I had already used .htaccess to configure an automagic redirect from to It had not occurred to me until this afternoon that I could mess with .htaccess further and make it redirect to</p> <p>Anyway, I have made changes and while it seems to work for me, other people might run into issues. So far, the only thing I've noticed is that any URL from the domain will resolve to the main page of; if someone knows a way to resolve to, I'd love to know it.</p> <p>Sig</p> Drupal Site Notes Fri, 15 Jun 2007 21:27:59 +0000 sig 509 at End of the year nonsense <p>It's the end of the calendar year--and coincidentally, the end of the Enduring Freedom/Boredom year, which turned out to be more like 11 months.</p> <p>I thought about setting up a poll so my not-so-vast readership could vote on their favorite entry for 2006, but this would require me to look through them and choose some options, and as I like almost everything I write, I am so <em>not</em> the person to do this. Feel free to speak on this topic in the comments.</p> <p>I have a few favorites, but what I like and why I like something rarely impinges on the taste of normal people, nor could I hazard a guess as to the tastes of the rare slice of humanity that subscribes to my ravings.</p> <p>So now I should address 2007, I suppose, since it's almost here.</p> <p>I am expecting to be fighting evil a good deal closer to home in 2007. A few weeks after I get home, I have to go to Warrior Leadership Course, more commonly known as Platoon Leader Development Course. Two weeks on the government dime, it's required to make E-6 (Staff Sergeant). Since I'm not even a regular Sergeant, I don't know what the rush is, but someone signed me up, so I'll go. Afterward, I will be working full time for the National Guard in conjunction with some other government agencies. I am unclear on the details, even if I were inclined to share them, but I expect to actually use and improve my Russian at this job. I'm happy to stay in uniform, since I am not really interested in returning to the civilian IT sector; they don't arm you well enough.</p> <p>Socially, I have no real plans past <a href="" rel="nofollow">Urn's</a> birthday party, time/date/location still to be determined. I've missed the last two or three years and am anxious to catch up.</p> <p>Regarding SigSpace itself--</p> <p>I would like to see expanded readership, but not if it means writing about things I don't care about or churning out high volumes of garbage to keep people's RSS clients pinging. I won't say I do this only for myself, but I'm still the target audience--you all are collateral damage.</p> <p>Expect yet another layout when <a href="" rel="nofollow">Drupal</a> hits v5.0 (now in release candidate status), since it has too many shiny features not to upgrade. I would still like to finish and update this layout, but I always say that and it never happens. Regardless, I will be doing a lot of behind the scenes work to make this site cleaner and more consistent.</p> <p>In terms of content, I like to pretend that my opinion matters, so there will be more editorializing and reviews and possibly a little ranting. In the immediate future, I will have some sort of retrospective on Afghanistan, lots more photos, and a fairly large list of thank-yous. Military issues and the War on Terror are not going away--I've got four more years in my contract, if nothing else--but I'm hoping to provide more depth than I've been able to on borrowed computers and molasses bandwidth. I also intend to do more writing of a general nature, some of which may find its way here.</p> <p>In short, expect more and better things. I will try not to disappoint.</p> <p>Sig</p> Drupal Site Notes Sat, 30 Dec 2006 09:06:46 +0000 sig 408 at Search terms, site stats, and PowerBars <p>So I messed around with the usage stats that are available to me and found out some more stuff. Here's are the search terms for the month of October, so far. The first number is the number of searches on that term; the second number is the percentage of the total.</p> <div class="quote-msg"> <div class="quote-author">Quote:</div> <p>importance of being on time 45 34 %<br /> the importance of being on time 24 18.1 %<br /> sigspace 10 7.5 %<br /> review nearlyfreespeech 3 2.2 %<br /> nearlyfreespeech 2 1.5 %<br /> centcom 2 1.5 %<br /> nearlyfreespeech review 2 1.5 %<br /> michael a. monsoor mormon 2 1.5 %<br /> sobrania 2 1.5 %<br /> nat garrett 1 0.7 %<br /> review 1 0.7 %<br /> transcript toby keith interview neil cavuto 1 0.7 %<br /> 1 0.7 %<br /> addloadevent nifty corners 1 0.7 %<br /> imint quiz 1 0.7 %<br /> michael a. monsoor and lds 1 0.7 %<br /> importance on being on time 1 0.7 %<br /> 344th mi blog 1 0.7 %<br /> army natinoal guard 1 0.7 %<br /> richard belzer conspiracies interview ballantine 1 0.7 %<br /> so early in the morning cadence 1 0.7 %<br /> review 1 0.7 %<br /> jamba juice in the tacoma mall 1 0.7 %<br /> leclerc v. webb october 2006 1 0.7 %<br /> brief environmental defense duke energy 05-848 1 0.7 %<br /> cryptoquips 1 0.7 %<br /> dragonforce 1 0.7 %<br /> operation enduring freedom 1 0.7 %<br /> cathe rynkowski 1 0.7 %<br /> subs4soldiers 1 0.7 %<br /> the importance of being on-time 1 0.7 %<br /> rainydaysunshine 1 0.7 %<br /> kuwait 1 0.7 %<br /> oprah truth in america opinion 1 0.7 %<br /> sharyl attkisson false wrong 1 0.7 %<br /> wiccan blog 1 0.7 %<br /> my sigspace 1 0.7 %<br /> space sig 1 0.7 %<br /> review 1 0.7 %<br /> being on time 1 0.7 %<br /> moustache dye 1 0.7 %<br /> niftycube onload function conflict 1 0.7 %<br /> the importance of being on time] 1 0.7 %<br /> important of being on time 1 0.7 %<br /> crytoquip 1 0.7 %<br /> drupal picture node 1 0.7 %<br /> michael a. monsoor and mormon 1 0.7 %<br /> druplal showcase 1 0.7 %<br /> korea llvi 1 0.7 %</div> <p>That's right. 54.9% of the searches leading to Sigspace are based on some variation of "the importance of being on time." I don't get it at ALL.</p> <p>Some of the other ones are amusing, but there aren't any of the truly outlandish ones that I've seen sometimes, so I must not be dragging too many people in under false pretenses.</p> <p>There are some annoying things I'm picking up in the logs. For one, so far this month I've had 76MB of "viewed" traffic (e.g. actual live people)--and 131MB of traffic from robots and worms. Of that latter number 63MB is from Google indexing the site.</p> <p>This whole site--including database and backend stuff that no one but me ever sees--is less than 30MB right now. This excludes the other subsites (e.g. <a href="" rel="nofollow">photo</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow">rainyday</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow">post</a>). I'm mildly annoyed that so much of my bandwidth is being chewed up by Google--not that it's costing me much, but still.</p> <p>More annoying by far, actually, is that the logs get confused between the permanent name,, and the domain name I bought and paid for, The host logs think that referrals are from an external site; the Drupal logs think that the referrals are external. Neither is correct, so it's kind of hard to get a good idea of what the heck is going on. I may actually inquire about how to fix this, though it's not a super high priority right now.</p> <p>I've lost track of how much money I've spent at since I first set up this site here, but I've been extraordinarily happy with the service and the value. However much it has been, it's probably less than I've spent on PowerBars and chewing gum since I arrived in Afghanistan.</p> <p>Anyway. I have nothing useful to add.</p> <p>Sig</p> Drupal Site Notes Sun, 22 Oct 2006 09:07:33 +0000 sig 384 at Being on time: still important <p>OK, I gotta ask.</p> <p>I like to keep track of the external referrer logs when I can. It tells me how people are getting here--what pages are linking to me, basically. Through this, I have discovered a few readers <em>outside</em> my immediate family (heya not-related-by-blood-marriage-or-battalion readers), and even some other web sites that have made a link to my site without me even paying money or getting involved in complicated blackmail schemes. This is cool.</p> <p>However, one thing puzzles me.</p> <p>A sizeable portion of you imaginary intarweb people are finding my site through <a href="" rel="nofollow">Google</a>. Some of you are searching for 'sigspace' or 'sig' or occasionally some Drupal-related thing; this is fine and dandy and normal.</p> <p>But 21 of you over the last two weeks have found my humble (ha!) site by searching for "The importance of being on time" which leads to <a href="109" rel="nofollow">this semi-amusing story</a> about the one time I missed a formation while in AIT at Goodfellow.</p> <p>This isn't a new trend. For the last few months, this is consistently the most common way for someone to stumble on Sigspace via Google. It's kind of weirding me out. I didn't realize it was such a vital topic. It's not "being on time" or "important to be on time" or any variation; it's always the exact phrase "the importance of being on time."</p> <p>I just thought I'd share. It's been bugging me for months. I welcome interpretation and analysis from the peanut gallery, because I can't figure it out. It's not even the best story on here or anything.</p> <p>Not much else exciting in the logs. Much of it is confused because when Google reads my site it uses the actual <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> server URL ( instead of the domain name that I paid for. Since the site software considers itself to be, it gets confused by the other URL and claims it's an external referrer, kind of making a hash of my logs. I bet there's a way to fix that.</p> <p>Anyway, I'm out. I've got nothing super insightful to say right now. I'll be moving again shortly, but should still have intarweb access fairly regularly for the time being--in other words, still no work.</p> <p>Sig</p> Drupal Site Notes Mon, 16 Oct 2006 09:05:10 +0000 sig 379 at I love my web host <p>It's time for more <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> (NFSN) fanboy ranting. If you have no interest in website hosting, you may safely skip this entry.</p> <p>I love this host. It makes me very happy. I've been running my sites here for over a year now, starting with the now-defunct and expanding to encompass this main site, <a href="" rel="nofollow">Jawa's weblog</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sunbeam's weblog</a>, my virtually unused <a href="" rel="nofollow">SMF web board</a>, my <a href="" rel="nofollow">sitebar</a>, and my <a href="" rel="nofollow">photo gallery</a>. Together, all of these, plus DNS for the subdomains, plus e-mail forwarding, plus registrar privacy (so my name isn't plastered all over teh intarweb), cost me between 10 and 20 cents per day.</p> <p>The only outages I've ever noticed have been pretty brief, and most of them would occur without my ever knowing--except that NFSN tells me about them. Their site is very easy to navigate, their help files are pretty comprehensive, they are patient on their members webboard when people ask the same questions over and over again, and they are constantly tweaking things and adding new features to make my experience that much better.</p> <p>Unless you have compelling need of certain specific system environment features (like PHP not running in safe mode), I really can't conceive of why you would want to be hosted elsewhere.</p> <p>Anyway, I'm done raving now. Total cost for all of my sites (including test sites I installed and removed over that time) over the last <strong>year</strong> has been about <strong>$38</strong>, which is slightly more than what I pay <strong>per month</strong> for the lousy internet service provider here which gives slightly-faster-than-dial-up speeds and goes down several times a day.</p> <p>Sig</p> Site Notes Mon, 03 Apr 2006 03:43:13 +0000 sig 289 at One year <p>One year ago tomorrow, I decided that I'd had enough with trying to run a web site from my DSL line and dusty Dell P3 server. I set up hosting with <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> and configured (now using Drupal v4.5 with an all-new database.</p> <p>When I split the site and created SigSpace, I cloned that database and then nuked the stuff I didn't need. In that sense, at least, this is the 1-year anniversary of both sites.</p> <p>In honor of the occasion, I updated the <a href="/about" rel="nofollow">about page</a> and my own <a href="/user/1" rel="nofollow">user page</a>. Now I'm going to purge some old user accounts.</p> <p>Sig</p> Drupal Site Notes Sun, 05 Mar 2006 14:34:06 +0000 sig 256 at <p>I destroyed my photo gallery in a fit of rage. I'll fix it later.</p> <p>I gotta say that the thrill that comes with utterly destroying something with a few clicks almost makes the frustration of setting it up in the first place worthwhile.</p> <p>Sig</p> Site Notes Sun, 26 Feb 2006 05:52:10 +0000 sig 245 at New service: Sitebar <h2>The <em>really</em> short version:</h2> <p>Sitebar is a website directory on SigSpace that <em>you</em> can edit. You can also use it to keep your personal bookmarks backed up on the web so you can access them anywhere.</p> <h2>The short version:</h2> <p>Sitebar is a social bookmarking system software, similar to, but in this case specific to <ul> <li><a href=""></a> (directory) <li><a href="javascript:void('','sbPopWin','directories=no,width=220,height=600,left=0,top=0,scrollbars=yes,location=no,menubar=no, status=no, toolbar=no'))">Sitebar</a> (popup version) <li><a href="">Integrator</a> (to set up your browser to use Sitebar better, such as with a sidebar)</ul> <h2>The long version:</h2> <p>Based on <a href=";tid=237&amp;tid=187&amp;tid=95">this discussion at Slashdot</a> about <a href="">Yahoo!</a>'s impending purchase of <a href=""></a>, I started looking into what the point was behind <a href="">social bookmarking</a>:<br /> <blockquote>Social bookmarking is an activity performed over a computer network that allows users to save and categorize (see folksonomy) a personal collection of bookmarks and share them with others. Users may also take bookmarks saved by others and add them to their own collection, as well as to subscribe to the lists of others. It's a tool for personal knowledge management.</p></blockquote> <p>OK. Sounds cool to me.</p> <p>But a fair bit of the discussion at Slashdot was over the impending lameitude of the service now that Yahoo! is buying it. Whilst pondering this, I found a comment describing an alternative service available, <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>From the sitebar <a href="">features page</a>:<br /> <blockquote>SiteBar is a solution for people who use multiple browsers or computers and want to have their bookmarks available from anywhere without need to synchronize them or take them along. The bookmarks are stored on a server - this could be: <ul> <li>a SiteBar server run by its authors (you don't need to install SiteBar software - just sign up our service); <li>another public server running our SiteBar software <li><strong>your own server running our free SiteBar software</strong>. [emphasis added]</ul> </p></blockquote> <p><a href="">Hmmm.</a> =)</p> <p>Like most things at SigSpace, this feature is primarily for me, but anyone who likes can easily register and add their own bookmarks. It's very easy to upload your browser's entire collection, and then subsequently add bookmarks to the system, which can be run in a popup window, a frame, or a sidebar. Especially as I tend to be stuck at public web terminals as much as I'm on one of my own computers, the ability to import and export bookmarks--or just use the online version all of the time--is very very useful.</p> <p>To get the most use out of it, check out the <a href="">integrator page</a> which provides different options for integrating the Sitebar with your own browser.</p> <p>Feel free to play around with it, especially if any part of this didn't particularly make sense.</p> <p>Sig</p> Site Notes Tue, 21 Feb 2006 14:37:15 +0000 sig 199 at