Yeah, it’s been a while since my previous blog post. I have no excuses, besides being extremely lazy. Summer started, but I’m still studying at school trying to accelerate the learning process and get out into the real world. Ugh, the real world… where thing are expected of you and deadlines are set in stone. This is probably one of the greatest reasons for Pligg being in Beta. Beta gives us an excuse to goof off and not have deadlines. We have more time to think about what we’re doing and more freedom to do what we want. Once Pligg goes 1.0 the tables turn and we’re stuck with what I call “the Windows effect”, where we feel obligated to support all future versions for years to come.
I have a second agenda for this post, a free Dell monitor that I want to get my hands on. CommandN is running a contest until 11:59 pm tonight where the geekiest photo submitted can win a Dell 19″ flat panel monitor. Being a geek and all (and proud of it), I am excited to participate in a contest to kick all other geek butts in a geekery contest. What I find to be most humorous is that if I win it’s like Amber (host of CommandN and supposed girlfriend of Kevin Rose) is aiding her boyfriend’s arch enemy. I feel like such an evil genius right now. If you would like to see what I’m up against in the photo contest check out the CommanN geek photo gallery on Flickr. From what I’ve seen so far, I have a chance. The picture above is from last Halloween, and I know how pathetic I look so there’s no need to add salt to the wound.
And back to the topic everyone wants to talk about… Pligg STATUS. Even though Pligg has not had a major release in a while, there is a lot going on behind the curtain. An improved Administrator Panel is currently in the works, right now it only needs to have some graphical tweaks and such to pretty it up. There has been a major security bug discovered in Pligg (and Meneame) that has been fixed that will now help prevent bulk-spamming. We are currently arguing over whether a spellchecker should be enabled by default because it might cause incompatibility with some servers. We are also looking into ways to improve Karma, but that still seems like it might be something that will come later rather than earlier in development. That’s all I have for now, but there will be regular blog posts as before now that I’ve had a nice vacation away from the blog.