Tuesday, December 27, 2022

AI Love Letter

There's been a lot of talk lately about OpenAI's ChatGPT and its capabilities, so here we look at using it to generate poetry and / or old-fashioned love letters.

Friday, August 30, 2019

zoso.ro certificate expired

We have recently learned that the self-appointed “father” of Romanian blogosphere or blogo.ro-oaie had allowed the HTTPS (security) certificate for his main website, the zoso.ro blog, to expire. Visitors to his blog were greeted with the certificate error below.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Mayor Gabriela Firea takes Blogger to Court and Cleaners

An important blogger in an Eastern European country was sued by that country’s [major city] Mayor. We hope he’s appealing, even though he's not so personally.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Game of Thrones S08E02–Death has many faces

Having watched Episode 2 of Season 8 a little before it’s official projection, I thought I share with you my thoughts. If you read it before watching, this should be enough to peak your interest; after, feel free to tell me if we’re on the same page.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Looking at Vlogging

Spurred by the ROTLD announcement I started considering monetizing my blogs. That means, for most of them, a new look and more frequent posting. I started by looking at a few Romanian blogs and even considered vlogging or video blogging.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

ROTLD moves .ro ccTLD to yearly renewal

Some annoying news from our TLD administrator, ROTLD: they will start to charge for domain names so that Romania “is aligned .. to policies adopted all around the world”.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

OLW OpenLiveWriter Happy Happy Joy Joy

Microsoft has released Windows Live Writer (WLW) code on GitHub, under the moniker Open Live Writer. I downloaded it right away.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Submitting articles while preserving formatting

Virtually all websites accept now articles and most will actively court collaborators. While some have built-in mechanisms for article submission, many accept them by email only. Here we look at two ways to ensure that your article formatting is preserved without complicating the editor's life.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

OSS WLW and quitter bloggers

As blogging is dying, those of us who still cling to this habit are occasionally baited by news we'd like to think will come true, only to be proven otherwise. One such news items suggests that Microsoft might release the source code of Windows Live Writer or WLW.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Disqus support fatigue

#Disqus has become the de facto standard in commenting, being used not just by small blogs, but even major newspapers and other high-traffic sites. I was one of the early adopters of Disqus, after having tried the Blogger 'left-behind' system, then the Intense Debate which ended up acquired by Wordpress parent. Compared to alternatives, Disqus is still the best, but there have been and still are problems, and that is what this article is about.

Friday, February 20, 2015

The 2015 CBC Creative Competitions

I have only learned about this competition now, and decided to participate. It ends soon (March 1) - so if you're interested, you'd better send your stuff in soon! Before you spend the time to read more about, know the limitations: Canadian citizenship or permanent residence, 1200-1500 words, $25 entry fee.