Microsoft’s Settled for Relevance

This post summarizes my thoughts on Nadella’s Microsoft very nicely.

When OneDrive gets provider-side encryption and an API that puts it on par with Dropbox… the war is really on.


I really don’t like being sick. Nevertheless, the seasonal sinus fairy came to visit.

My poor liver.

A Reminder from the Terminal Cow

This morning, my terminal cow had to remind me of something fundamental.

/ You have literary talent that you \
\ should take pains to develop.     /
        \   ^__^
         \  (oo)\_______
            (__)\       )\/\
                ||----w |
                ||     ||

URL Update

I’ve been doing a pretty bad job of updating this blog. Part of the reason is that I wanted to update the URL to move the blog to the root. I finally got around to doing that today. It’s not that painful, so I don’t know why I waited so long to do it.

In the meantime, I’ll start off by sharing an interesting WordPress trick that I picked up here. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to stop spambots from registering on this site and my many other WordPress sites. I may have finally figured out a way to do that. I just implemented it. We’ll see how well it works.

The trick is to add the following block of code to your .htaccess file in the root of your WordPress installation.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} .wp-signup.php*
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ! [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^$
RewriteRule (.*) [R=301,L]

Of course, you need to change “” in the above code to reflect what your site is using.

We’ll see how well it works. Thanks to D’Arcy Norman for that neat trick.