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WARNING: the following entry is terribly boring, and unless you're interested in protecting your MT blog from spammers or XHTML-validating your Web site, I suggest that you skip this entry with only the knowledge that I am hard at work behind the scenes doing stuff that, for the most part, you won't notice.

I've been busy working on this blog, though you won't be able to notice the fruits of a lot of my efforts. If you're especially observant, you might be able to notice that I'm using a new names for the entry URLs, which is part future-proofing, and part protection from search-engine-powered spammers. I used the htaccess trick that I posted about awhile back, though I should have done it sooner, as I have a 138KB htaccess file as a result (I trimmed it down to 99KB on the presumption that certain entries weren't worth forwarding).

I've also been making other tweaks to protect this site against spammers including * changing the name of my stylesheet * changing the names of the category and monthly archive pages: * individual: <$MTEntryDate format="%Y"$>/<$MTEntryDate format="%Y-%m-%d"$>.<$MTEntryTitle dirify="1"$>.html * monthly: monthly/<$MTArchiveDate format="%Y"$>/<$MTArchiveDate format="%B_%Y"$>.html * category: category/<$MTCategoryLabel dirify="1"$>.html * tweaking the comment posting mechanism to be less search-engine friendly * other small tweaks to common wording that MovableType comes pre-installed with and is really easy to search for.

Another big change is that I've been trying to make sure that my pages XHTML validate, which is actually very time intensive, as I have to fix every typo I have made over the past year across 1200+ entries. To assist in this effort, I've been using the validate HTML bookmarklet from Jesse's Bookmarklets, and I have installed Markdown (much to bp's pleasure, I'm sure), as MovableType makes it very difficult to use blockquote's that validate. I'm a bit disappointed in Markdown thus far (limited range of character formatting, limited list interpretation syntax, no width/height on images, etc...), but the ability to generate XHTML-valid output is worth having it around when I need it. I think I might switch to Textile, which has a wider range of syntax, but I'm going to give Markdown a little bit more time to sink in first.

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