June 12, 2024

De-spam your SymbianDiary

Here at SymbianDiaries, a comment de-spamming tool has been installed called MT-Blacklist, but how is it used?

First you will need to have a SymbianDiary and be logged in. This link:- MT-BlackList, will take you to the main search screen.

On that screen you will find five buttons at top marked - List, Add, De-spam, Configure, and About.

* List:- List all domain and expressions that MT-Blacklist is set-up to stop
Note:- This is Large and may take a while to load. I would advise only use if really needed.
* Add:- Use to add Domains and Expressions to the main list.
* De-Spam:- Use to search last 50 (or other amount) of comments for spam.
* Configure:- Configure is used for setting which Blog/s (Comments &/or Trackbacks) it will search for spam and block automatically.
* About:- Tells you all about MT-Blacklist!

Tips for using MT-Blacklist:-
* Blog Config / Preferences / Comment Configuration / Email new comments?
This will e-mail you any comments with de-spamming link.
* Add MT-BlackList link to you Blog home page.
Blog Config / Preferences / General Settings / Welcome Message
Welcome Message Text - View in .txt reader and add in welcome message box (with changes mentioned).
* Sit back and enjoy your spam free blog.

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June 06, 2024

Back Online

The Symbian Diaries backend has been causing problems for the last two weeks, so no-one could post new entries. Sorry about that, but it appears that we've fixed it now, so carry on blogging.

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March 24, 2024

[New Diary] The Occasional Scrivener

Better known as Gustaf from #mobitopia, The Occasional Scrivener is the result of moving from a home brew Blogging system into something just a little bit more civilised.

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[New Diary] West

West, a new OPL programmer, working on his first project ("Scorched Earth-style") for UIQ, has asked Symbian Diaries to help host his applications and Diary as he programs his first application.

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[New Diary] N-Pop, The Neo Geo Pocket Colour Emulator

Brian Faber is working on a Neo Geo Pocket Emulator for Series 60 devices. N-Pop is currently in early testing, but Brian is keeping everyone up to date through his Symbian Diary.

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March 23, 2024

Building a Better Wap Diary

So what was wrong with the old WAP template that we've updated it? The old template have you the last x entries on one massive page. Which was great to prove the concept, but a bit silly if you had ten entries of a thousand words each. So the criteria for the new WAP design is something like this:

* Allow the index page to feel more like an index, rather than all the text from the last "X" posts.

* Give each entry its own page; ie individual archive in WAP Format as well as the HTML format. This will involve reformatting entries to make them wap/xhtml compatible.

* Allow the number of comments to an article to be visible on the index page, and have these comments shown directly after each article.

While the second point is causing a few headaches (namely in the sanitise_html, extract_html and enable_xml tags), the system is more than robust enough for most of you using Symbian Diaries. You can see a working example of the template at http://www.symbiandiaries.com/index.wml.

Continue reading "Building a Better Wap Diary"
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March 18, 2024

What's Been Added

Okay, the first round of changes to Symbian Diaries have been added. They're all around the theme of linking the Symbian Diaries together to create a better sense of a community. First of all, here's an RSS Feed covering all the Diaries so you can watch over everyone from one list on your aggregator.

Secondly, the side column of the front page was had a bit of a tidy-up. The Celtic font has been replaced with something reasonable (but our nice Logo remains - that took me long enough!). The currently active blogs are now all listed, and you can see the last 10 entries over all the diaries just below the index.

What else? The Plug-in is present, so if you have more than one Diary, you can show entries from one Diary on another page without having to resort to RSS feeds and scraping. There's a good example on Ewan's Musings that allows the last picture posted to the Moblog to be shown in his side bar.

Finally, some Comment Spam protection and pruning tools are available. You should notice over 1500 comment spams have been removed overnight. If you're running a diary, when you get emailed a notifier that a comment has been placed, there's a link at the bottom of this email. If the comment is Spam, please click this link to have it (and any other similar Spam) removed from your Diary, and subsequently blocked from posting.

That's all for now.

Posted by Ewan at 12:10 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

March 17, 2024

We're Still Here!

The Symbian Diaries front page has been a bit neglected for a while, but we're still here, and while a few of our hosted blogs have tailed off, there's still a lot of activity from our members. I'm going to work on the front page here over the next few days, so if you want to see anything here, let me know -- Ewan

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October 30, 2003

[New Diary] Waffle Journal

The members of the Waffle Community Forum over at All About Symbian have a journal flying round the world, visiting all the members so they can add their thoughts, and pass it on to the next. The Waffle Journal charts its progress.

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October 18, 2003

[New Diary] Gadget17 Arrives

It's our first defector! Having grown a bit too much for Blogger, Gadget17 (from All About Symbian) has managed to take all his entries from Blogger, and import them into his Symbian Diary.

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August 07, 2003

Do You Want a Diary?

Thereís a new world in cyberspace. Itís upsetting Search Engines. Itís moulding new opinions. Itís putting publishing power into the hands of individuals. Itís called blogging, and Iím going to look at how you can start your own blog Ė and use your Symbian phone to maintain it Ė no matter where you are in the world.

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July 28, 2003

[Tip] Don't Let Your Index Page Run Empty

If you don't update your Symbian Diary very often, you can change over the index page from showing Entries in the last "X" Days to The Last "X" Entries, irrespective of how far in the past they belong.

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Posted by Ewan at 09:21 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

July 21, 2003

[New Site] Liverpool Java User Group

Symbian Diaries shows yet another use, this time as a central site for the Liverpool Java User Group. Providing a point of contact which can be edited by the organisers is something the system can easily handle. And for the members, the comments system allows quick and easy interaction.

Posted by Ewan at 06:36 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

June 26, 2003

How To Update your Diary from your Phone

Here at Symbian Diaries we're big fans of Symbian OS and the phones it powers. So whenever a Java Midlet comes along that says you can update your blog from your Handset, we alway try it. Finally, here's one that works. Azure is still in it's early stages, but it's already a promising tool. Download it and you can post on the move. Here's some set up instructions.

Continue reading "How To Update your Diary from your Phone"
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June 21, 2003

Backend Software Updated

Symbian Diaries is powered by Moveable Type. Over the last week or so, we've updated it to version 2.6.4. This should give us more flexibility for WAP and Mobile Access, so keep watching Symbina Diaries. Don't forget you can email us if you'd like your blog hosted here.

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