• Technology

    Blog moved from DasBlog to WordPress

    After using DasBlog (.NET & Lucene.NET based Blog Engine) for over 7 years I decided to move to the most popular blogging software in the planet – WordPress.  I like DasBlog for its simplicity – it was flat file based (just XML files for content and images stored in file system) so no Database configuration/maintenance, most of the common configurations are available from the Admin panel and more complex changes can be done by editing the ASP.NET source code, it supports AKISMET comment filtering, MetaWebBlog API for blogging from Windows Live Writer & above all just works out of the box. But in the recent months it was showing its…

  • Apps,  Coding

    Trackback SPAM Cleaner for dasBlog

    Over the last few months I noticed tons of SPAM entries in the trackback lists in this blog. I realized it is better to switch off “Enable trackback service” in your dasBlog configuration: But what about existing SPAM entries that are already present in the blog. I found it to be very tedious to delete every SPAM Trackback URL manually. That’s when I decided to have a tool written to address this issue. You can download this Free Open Source Application from here. Run the application and point it to your das-Blog content folder, it will read all the *.dayfeedback files and display all the unique domains in the Trackback…

  • Apps

    Me and dasBlog Software

    I have been using dasBlog Software for running this blog ever from its start. I am extremely pleased with the software, its: ease of use ease of backup. just zip four folders – SiteConfig, Content, Logs & Themes zero-install. just xcopy, no databases to install or configure and price point (free!) In the last 4 years I never had problems with dasBlog, it just worked, Period. Yesterday night was different – my blog was down overnight, and it was purely my fault. I have been following Scott Hanselman’s blog about the daily builds of dasBlog, supporting Windows Live Writer Beta2 and Akimset Comments Spam support. I got adventurous, kept copying various daily builds;…

  • Apps,  Microsoft

    Blogging…

    This post is about three items related to blogging. Windows Live Writer Beta 2 Microsoft have finally released the new version (Beta 2) of Windows Live Writer. I consider Live Writer to the best software from Windows Live team. After their initial release – no news from them for almost a year now. It was as bad as dead, and I thought it is one of those Microsoft’s experiments that don’t make it. Writer is probably the software I use most after Explorer, Outlook, Internet Explorer in that order. I am happy to see the project living and improvements made in the new version. And it supports dasBlog better than ever. …