Archive for the 'Blogging' Category

From Pages ’09 to the Web: An XML-based workflow (illustration)

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 • 2:52 pm

In order to complete the picture of the custom-designed workflow that I described in my two previous posts: From Pages ’09 to the Web: An XML-based workflow From Pages ’09 to the Web: An XML-based workflow (continued) I think it would be a good idea to provide a few screen captures that illustrate the process in a […]

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From Pages ’09 to the web: An XML-based workflow (continued)

Friday, April 22nd, 2011 • 11:02 am

It’s the frustrated developer in me. Once I start fiddling with code, I cannot stop. (When I was a teenager, I spent hours and hours writing programs, first in Basic, then in compiled Basic, then in assembly code, first on a Sharp MZ80K and then on a Commodore 64. I could have become a software […]

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From Pages ’09 to the web: An XML-based workflow

Friday, April 22nd, 2011 • 9:40 am

A couple of weeks ago, I set up a new French-language web site at on which I discuss various issues relating to what linguists call “false friends” or “deceptive cognates” between English and French. The site is WordPress-based, but is not exactly a blog. It’s more like a repository where I will gradually add […]

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The hacker writes

Friday, November 21st, 2008 • 1:27 pm

And now, for Betalogue’s literary moment of the week: From: Subject: sorry admin **bibi-info** Date: 21 novembre 2008 11:08:54 HNA To: [my email] hi admin -pierre- am bibi-info hacker algeria  your friend first , am very sorry for hacked your site or your blogs but am doing this from you for mor security . […]

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Under attack (continued)

Saturday, November 15th, 2008 • 6:01 pm

I am afraid that I have to report that, after a 10-day reprieve, the successful attacks on my blog have resumed. Once again, yesterday morning, the same hacker (obviously) was able to hack into my blog’s database and change my WordPress admin user’s e-mail account to the address of his choosing (the same one as […]

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WordPress: Specifying charset when restoring database from backup

Friday, November 7th, 2008 • 11:42 am

The official documentation provided by the WordPress codex for the process of restoring your database from a backup suffers from a shocking omission. It fails to specify that, when your blog is encoded using “utf8” Unicode encoding—which has been the default option in WordPress for a while now—you need to specify this in the form […]

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Under attack

Thursday, November 6th, 2008 • 8:07 pm

If you visited this site on the web in the past week or so, you will have noticed that things have not been quite right at Betalogue lately. While the rest of the world was busy celebrating Barack Obama’s classy victory in the U.S. elections, I have actually been busy fighting repeated attacks from very […]

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No more open registration

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 • 10:40 am

Either I am desperately unlucky or WordPress has some pretty serious security issues. You might remember that, a while ago, my site was hacked. That prompted me to update to the latest version of WordPress at the time, and to temporarily shut down the discussion features, including the ability for new users to register themselves […]

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Entry Excerpts feed terminated

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 • 10:49 am

Betalogue readers don’t seem attached to an excerpts-only feed.

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Betalogue open to new user registrations again

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 • 10:41 am

Let’s try this again.

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Question to Betalogue readers: Do you want a feed with excerpts only?

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 • 2:52 pm

Not sure if Betalogue readers actually want such a feed. Let me know.

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Site hacked

Monday, May 12th, 2008 • 8:39 pm

It looks like Betalogue has been hacked. Read about the measures that I have taken and important information for registered Betalogue users.

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Weird WordPress bug: admin user reset

Sunday, February 24th, 2008 • 11:34 am

A strange bug causes WordPress to change all the values for the blog’s admin user.

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mod_rewrite mystery

Friday, June 22nd, 2007 • 4:55 pm

I have to stop pulling my hair, but I just cannot figure out this particular problem.

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Comment Spam (continued)

Saturday, May 20th, 2006 • 3:07 pm

I am afraid I have to turn trackbacks off.

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