Some reworked logic and updated interface templates in the new version of MT-Notifer. Check it out.

So I noticed the other day that traffic to the blog had spiked up considerably - from the 1.5 gig range to over 4.5. After a bit of digging, I noticed that the culprit was the Googlebot. To be fair, it can't be blamed - it's just doing what it was supposed to. But apparently it managed to find its way into Scuttle and was having a field day with all the mixing and matching. Connection after connection after connectoin. A quick visit to robots.txt to exclude the appropriate directory, and that problem should be going away soon. I hope.

Over the weekend we went to Myrtle Beach. Nice enough place, but I recall with some fondness the days of my youth going there and staying in the two or three story open motels with a swimming pool right there, seemingly inches from the main thoroughfare - Highway 17. While Highway 17 is still there, it's no longer the main drag, as it were. There are, it seems, dozens of them. There are high rises everywhere and perhaps even worse, people streaming here and there and everywhere, even in what is surely approaching the off-season.

I can't claim to be a software developer. I've built some plugins and an extension, and a few other little things here and there. But I still don't feel like I am a developer. Perhaps I never will. Nonetheless, I feel I have at least a bit of insight into the process. Or maybe that I'm a little entitled to it. With that in mind...

The perception, from my side of things, is "Hey - that's cool. Thanks for the effort!" (or at least something along those lines - it doesn't have to be exact, and more groveling would certainly be nice, as well as monetary rewards and everlasting fame).

Reality, however, is very different. It's more like "Moron. It needs to do something else." or even "I can't figure it out. Tell me how to do it because I can't understand. Pay you for your time? Why should I have to do that?"

What I really don't get is why. Perhaps I should charge for everything. At least then there would be something for the trouble. Give it away and people always want more and get upset at you if you don't give it to them. That's just too much hassle. Perhaps this will just take a backseat to other things. It just isn't worth it.

Those of us who are last in line for the free credit report service have almost made it. September 1 - Thursday for those of you who are calendar-challenged such as myself - brings free credit reports to those of us in "region 4", which is pretty much the Northeast US and other US territories.

Apparently you have to go through this site to get it, and not to the credit bureaus themselves, and each credit bureau requires a separate application. That means you could get all three at once, but because they all are supposed to be pretty similar, it might make sense to spread them out over the course of a year - getting a free report every four months or so - instead of getting them all up-front. Unless you're buying a house or something, that might make the most sense, so you can keep better tabs on things throughout the year.

I'll be there bright and early Thursday morning to order ours. What's your plan?

Update: Okay, it's not really free credit, it's a free credit report. Sorry for anyone who thought otherwise.

Update: Remember that credit bureaus are also a big source of junk mail - especially those pre-approved credit card offers. If you're trying to clean up your life, make sure you opt-out of them at 888-567-8688. You can opt out for one year, two years or permanently. But if you don't return the consent form they send out to verify the permanent choice, you'll only be set for two years.

Update: Residents of North Carolina, at least, can take advantage of this now. I just ran my report through Equifax without incident. I would assume that the others will also work.

The newest Google Maps mashup gives us the answer to all our childhood dreams. No longer must you locate a suitable shovel and perform backbreaking work for hours on end. No, Dig to the Other Side (quite possibly from here) allows you to select a location on the map and start digging, plotting the ending location on the map, so you can see where you would come out if you chose to dig and dig and dig and, well, keep on digging.

Luckily I never completed my own hole, or I would have flooded the Pacific Northwest (heh, that's funny) with the Indian Ocean. Or so the application is telling me. And assuming that I could dig straight all the way through the planet, when even my two-foot deep hole was horribly crooked. In any case - where does your hole lead?

This feature request isn't so much a request as a demand. Not that I'll really do anything about it, so maybe it can't be a demand after all.

Okay, one more feature request. I like the improved comment management, and I even like the navigation that allows you to go from one to the next. What would be really cool is if it respected the "unpublished" quickfilter.

Okay, I have another request (perhaps two). The new "Save and Rebuild" button in templates is nice, but I miss the old "Rebuild" by itself - what if I just want to rebuild, but have no need to save it again? That's not a biggie. I can deal with it if I have to do so. What I want is really intelligent rebuilding, especially as it relates to archives.

I know that the new Movable Type just came out, so I probably ought not to make feature requests at this point. Tough. I have one.

Invariably I'm editing templates and I need to jump from the one I'm in - let's just call it an index template - to another, perhaps a template module. The problem? I have to click "templates", then click the "modules" tab to get there. That's two clicks, where it used to be one click and a small scroll. Luckily, the solution is easy.

Avril Lavigne was on Good Morning America a few minutes ago. It was bad. First, she sold her albums as a brooding teenager with dirty (looking) hair and too much eye makeup. On stage in Bryant Park, her hair is what I'd call "sandy blonde" - certainly not dirty - and her eye makeup is much healthier looking.