Posts filed under Website

A Couple Of Days On SQSP6

(SQSP6 == the new Squarespace 6 platform)

I think I fixed most of the bugs I encountered when I imported my old website into the new platform. Some links might not work, but my custom 404 - page not found page should guide the unfortunate visitors to the correct content (I hope).

The platform is still in development (@squarespace6), so new features are added continuously. The things I miss most at this moment are the following:

  • Decent editor for writing posts / pages.
    I miss HTML view, font selection, and some other text attributes (like strike-through, and font coloring).
  • Add IP filters on the logging to exclude certain IP addresses.
    Since I test with several browsers on different locations I have a lot of my own traffic polluting the logs.
  • A file manager for uploading (small files) to serve to the audiences.

When you're used to the old Squarespace platform, it takes a while to getting used to the new (management) interface. It definitely is a complete redesign of the (user)interface. (which is NOT a bad thing).

Posted on November 28, 2012 and filed under Website, News.

Moved From Squarespace 5 to 6

In case you're wondering; I 'upgraded' my Squarespace 5 website to the new Squarespace 6 platform.
Most of the data had been migrated, but there might some some files/photos/posts left behind. For those items, you can still access the old website through Just replace the www for beta, and everything should work.

If you have questions, you can contact me through the contact page.

Posted on November 22, 2012 and filed under Website, News, Personal.

Private IP Addresses Showing In Public Webserver Logging

Today I was spelunking through some logging on the Squarespace backend, and found something peculiar.

The IP address marked by the red frame is a so-called private IP address.

In the Internet addressing architecture, a private network is a network that uses private IP address space, following the standards set by RFC 1918 and RFC 4193. These addresses are commonly used for home, office, and enterprise local area networks (LANs), when globally routable addresses are not mandatory, or are not available for the intended network applications.

These shouldn't show up in the logging of a webserver which is connected to the Internet. Further investigation revealed several other IP addresses;

07/29 at 10:29:20 AM
07/27 at 03:46:44 PM
07/27 at 08:27:18 AM
07/27 at 06:47:17 PM
07/25 at 02:08:42 PM
07/24 at 12:15:31 PM
07/28 at 02:27:47 AM
07/27 at 11:11:14 PM
07/27 at 03:28:20 PM
07/27 at 03:14:36 PM
07/27 at 08:25:04 AM
07/25 at 05:07:24 PM

I opened a support ticket @Squarespace to check if these might be internal addresses. If so, they are using a lot of internal networks.

Posted on July 29, 2012 and filed under Internet, Website.

SmugMug Statistics Accuracy

I either got kicked from the Interwebs, or SmugMug updated their statistics module to a working version :-)

I guess the latter, since I find it hard to believe that I have >4000 image views per day on average. Funny thing though, that it started going down when I rearranged the galleries on my site.... Coincidence?

Posted on April 29, 2012 and filed under Website.

Moving from Flickr to SmugMug

Over the last couple of years, I've been storing my photos online @ Flickr. But I fear that time has come to move forward. Forward to another service for the next couple of years. The main reason for moving is that Flickr doesn't seem to innovate. No innovation basically means going backwards, in these days.

Flickr is a WYSIWYG environment. What you see is what you get, and not in the way this term is usually used on the Interwebs. There's no way of changing the coloring or appearance (white only). No way of integrating into another website (e.g. changing the URL).

Posted on August 24, 2011 and filed under Photography, Review, Website.

Leica Blog

After I acquired a Leica M9 with peripheral equipment, I decided to document my M9 learning experiences on a seperate blog on my website. I don't know if I'll keep it like this. I might move the content to this blog. Don't know yet. Time will tell.

Anyway, in the mean time I've added some content to the new Leica blog. Check it out. I hope you'll find it usefull.

Posted on July 5, 2011 and filed under Gear, Personal, Photography, Website.

Comment Spammers Do Research

Lately, the comment spam rose exponentially. The is done by automated scripts, usually from compromised PC around the world. This way the original spammer will remain anonymous.

The last couple of days I noticed weird search queries (Google search referrers) in my logging;

Looks like someone (probably in the Hong Kong area) is searching the Internet for specific blogs (I guess SquareSpace blogs looking at the query) that contain certain words / fiels, indicating that commenting is allowed. These keywords match 100% with the field / words in and around the blog comment area. Shortly after these searches, the comment spam came pouring in.

At the moment, the only remedy against these spam comments is to screen every newly submitted comment by an editor, since the automated spam detection on the Squarespace platform is basically worthless. Too bad, since they rock at everything else.

Posted on September 17, 2010 and filed under Annoying, Website.

SquareSpace Traffic Statistics

First; I would recommend SquareSpace [2] to anyone who wants to run a website with lots of features and easy as 1-2-3. It's extremely easy to use, and no HTML knowledge is required to start modifying the layout etc. (it helps if you do though).

With the website comes a management center (Dashboard) where you can view traffic/visitor statistics (among a dozen of other things regarding the website). Every now and then, I see the traffic increase.

Green = Visiting IP's / Grey = Pageviews

Initially I thought;

Damn, they started the DDoS again....

After that;

They Slashdotted me (one can always hope)

Posted on June 2, 2010 and filed under Annoying, Website.

Wibiya Website Toolbar

Wibi... what? I've no idea what it means, but Wibiya allows you to add a toolbar to your website. The toolbar is situated at the bottom of your web browser. Basically, it adds functionality to your website. The tool is still in beta, and you need to sign up to get access. Upon registration you wil receive an invite code within a couple of hours.

The toolbar holds several (configurable) tools you can use to display;

  • a search bar (powered by Google Search).
    So if google doesn't (want to) know you, you won't find many search results
  • a translate-this-page-to-<20 languages> option (powered by Google Translate).
  • recent / random posts from your website/blog.
    based on your RSS feed.
  • your Twitter Status.
  • Photo album
    You need a Flickr account for that.
  • Facebook crap.
  • etc.
Posted on December 15, 2009 and filed under Review, Website.