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Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

My last blog entry was on the 20th of December. That’s been almost four weeks, the longest hiatus since I started blogging in June 2007.

So why the lack of activity? I guess part of my excuse for the first week had something to do with family-related activities around Christmas, but beyond that I can only blame my natural laziness and lack of motivation. Maybe I’ve even been a bit discouraged because I compare my work against the work of others and realize that the quality isn’t at the level I’d like it to be.

Anyway, I will make an effort to get back in the saddle and plug along.

By the way, I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and that 2008 will be a Happy Almost-New Year.

Break free

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Firefox not IEI just checked my most recent post using Internet Explorer instead of Firefox, my regular web browser, and discovered that the bulleted lists don’t show bullets in front of the list items.

My suggestion for Internet Explorer users is to break free of the Microsoft chains, and install Firefox, the superior browser. You’ll be glad you did. Firefox can be downloaded at this link.


Saturday, September 29th, 2007

In both the business world and in government, recent years have seen an increased emphasis on accountability. Part of that emphasis includes the setting of goals and objectives, the development of work plans, and quarterly assessment of actual progress vs. targets.

Considering that I’ve now been blogging for slightly more than a quarter of a year, I believe that it’s time for an assessment of the 1st quarter (Q1) performance of Philgrim’s Blogress.


#1: … Well, I guess I never really stated a goal. I just found a website hosting service (HostPapa), registered a domain (, installed the blogging software (WordPress), and jumped in.


  • 51 posts (not counting this one) since kicking off on 2007-06-22;
  • 61 comments (several of them by me in response to other people’s comments);
  • 133 spam comments caught by the Akismet Spam Filter, and several more slipped through and removed by me;
  • Webalizer Usage Statistics show the number of “visits” increasing from a daily average of 3 in June (159 “hits”/day) to 91 in September (575 “hits”/day);
  • Times I’ve asked myself, “what have I gotten into?” – Too many to count;
  • Times the above question has been answered – Zero;
  • Biggest mystery – How many of the 91 visits per day are real people, and how many are robots?;
  • Second biggest mystery – If real people are reading my blog, what do they think of it, and why do only a couple of people comment?; and
  • High point – A private email from a co-worker who stumbled across Philgrim’s Blogress. I’m still feeling good about her sincere compliment.

Looking ahead to Q2, I am setting some goals that I believe are realistic and attainable while still stretching me:

  • Aim for at least 20 posts per month;
  • Do something about the bland physical aesthetics of the site (I’m still using the default template since installation);
  • Express my opinion about some “unsafe” issues;
  • Don’t get discouraged when my posts generate zero comments; and
  • Let people know that they are welcome to express other views (politely).

Posting 2007-09-13

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

This is my plug for use of the International Date Format ISO 8601 when presenting dates in numeric-only format.


No it’s not just a matter of personal preference, similar to preferring Folk/Roots vs. Screamo music or the colour blue vs. red. The reason I like the International Date Format is because, unlike the American date format MM-DD-YYYY (or MM-DD-YY), or the European format DD-MM-YYYY (or DD-MM-YY), which at least is hierarchical, the International Date Format is unambiguous.

And we should avoid ambiguity because it just makes the terrorists madder.

Brand spanking shiny new blog

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

For awhile I’ve been going back and forth on the merits of having a blog. Perhaps the strongest argument against blogging is that I have a hard time even keeping a personal journal, let alone a public one. However I have friends who blog, and I enjoy reading their blogs and sometimes commenting, so I’ve decided to give it a try. Here goes …