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Friday, March 10, 2006
The Space That’s in Between Insane and Insecure

Yesterday, I upgraded my blog to WordPress 2.0.2. It was relatively painless, though are a few things that are still broken. My gallery no longer works, but I’ve been wanting to find something new for that anyway. Part of the reason for the upgrade was to actually clean up a lot of the junk that had accumulated in my web directory. I had done a lot of customization, and was using WP before it had themes, so my layout and all the custom code was all sitting there. Now, I’ve moved it to a theme, and the only customization I’ve done to the actual WordPress code is a tweak to get my archive listing to look the way I want it to. I’ve also installed another plugin, Brian’s Threaded Comments, so you (and I) can actually reply to specific comments on posts now.

Thanks to Chris for the recommendation of Hamachi. It’s basically a zero-configuration VPN that lets me access my home machines from work as if they were on a LAN together. No more messing with port forwarding, and crazy configuration stuff. I’ve also had my father set it up as well, and now we can send files back and forth just by accessing Windows shares and copying things. Today, I actually copied files from my home machine to my father’s machine across the country, by just dragging them from one shared folder to another while at work. It’s very cool.

Tomorrow, I’m playing in a $220 buyin, 700+ field tournament at Chumash. I’ve played in it a few times before, and cashed once. The payout structure is very steep; they pay 100 places, with first getting $50k and 9th only $1500. It should be fun, I hope.

Sunday is the first event in the WPBT-POY (Player of the Year) Race, set up by Byron.

What: Pot-Limit Omaha

Where: PokerStars (Private Tourney 20742121) (password wpbt72)

When: Sunday, March 12th at 9:30 PM EST (that’s 6:30 PM PST, according to the supercomputer I use to keep track of time-zone changes).

Cost: $20+2 (couldn’t make a $15 tourney and there were slightly more votes for $20 than $10)

Requirements: Be a poker blogger who wants to take part in this year-long experiment. The poker blogging requirements will be light. Even if you post as often as Hdouble, or mention as much poker as AlCantHang, you are good. This rule will be enforced on an honor system. Non-bloggers will not be eligible for the title and the as yet unannounced prize at the end of the year.

Monday, we have the DADI Shorthanded Poker tournament, set up by Jordan and TripJax.

D.A.D.I. Shorthanded Poker
Monday, March 13th starting at 9pm

Finally, this year’s first WPBT WSOP Satellite will be held on Sunday, March 19th. Thanks, Iggy.

WPBT WSOP Satellite Tournament
March 19th – Sunday
9pm EST
Paradise Poker
$30 NL
password: email Iggy

I think that’s it for now.

This new WYSIWYG in WP 2.0 is interesting. I like it, but at the same time I’m so used to typing in my own HTML code for most of my stuff that it makes it strange to use sometimes. I’ll have to get used to it.

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Posted by alan to [geek, meta, poker] at 3:34 pm PT | Link | Comments (5)

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Comment by Phillybits
2006-03-11 21:03:45

Given your great Sesame Street terror level script, and some other variations floating around, I had an idea for a new one. Sure, it probably would’ve been much better 3 years ago, but somethings take time to think up.

Anyways, here’s my idea – The George Bush Presidential Job Approval Terror Threat Indicator

Is a script based on presidential approval ratings even possible? Think you guys might be interested in it? Let me know

Comment by Pii
2006-03-12 09:01:15

I’m still running WordPress 1.5.x… Is it worth the hassle moving to 2.x? I’ve seen the cleaner admin console, but what else is worth the move?

Comment by alan
2006-03-12 14:49:49

It was worth it for me, because I used the upgrade as an excuse to really clean up my website. Previously, the layout and all the code was hacked up all over the place and almost unmanageable. If that’s not the situation for you, then I don’t know.

Comment by Don
2006-03-21 07:24:24

I just installed Hamachi. It *is* pretty neat, but as soon as I realized that I could connect to my internal network without opening a port on my firewall, I got really scared of the possibility that someone will set this up on an unsecured box behind our work firewall and WHAMMO! Instant zero-conf exploitable box.

Comment by alan
2006-03-22 13:17:14

Yeah, that is one problem with it, I guess. It’s only exploitable from the machines on the same hamachi network as the box it’s set up on, but if those are just random computers out on the internet, then I guess it’s possible that someone could break in easily. Running hamachi doesn’t completely open up the box, though. It only creates a tunnel between it and the other machines on the same hamachi network. Only those machines can get in without opening up ports.

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