08/09 TV Series

It was recently pointed out to me that because I talk about a lot of different television programmes I watch, its hard to know which are actual recommendations. So with that in mind I decided to make a list of fav programmes …

First thing I did is remove 24, Heroes, Lost, and Prison Break. These are hugely high profile programmes, and if you own a television you already have your own opinion. After that I removed all series which I didn’t watch in their entirety this season. Some of those dropped were cos they weren’t good enough, and others I’ve promised to come back to. But bottom line, if I haven’t watched it all at this stage …. then obviously I’ve got something against it.

So everything remaining deserves at least a passing grade. After all I did watch the whole season(s). So only D’s and above awarded here.

Finally I went for a spot of banding. Note, in the main grades have been awarded for the programme in its entirety and not just the 08/09 season.

Obviously its completely subjective, and everyone’s gonna have their own opinion (not least depending on the kinds of tv programmes they like). But here we have …

Mo’s 08/09 TV Series Ladder

A+ : Battlestar Galactica (finished), Dexter, Entourage, How I met your Mother.
A : Dollhouse, Terminator : Sarah Conor Chronicles (finished), The Unit (finished),
B+ : Criminal Minds, Smallville, Greek, Chuck, Sons of Anarchy
B : The Mentalist, True Blood, The Big Bang Theory, Eli Stone (finished)
C+ : United States of Tara, Eleventh Hour (finished), Castle, Fringe
C : Leverage, Lie to Me, Party Down, Dirty Sexy Money (finished), Gary Unmarried,
D : Gossip Girl, Southland, 90210, Privileged (finished), Knight Rider (finished)

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Publishing Your Blog

So I started to wonder if those hits I had last night from the Google and Yahoo search bots meant that my blog was being indexed. A little bit of playing around later and I realised that it didn’t seem to be the case.

Do you know that Google provides tools so that you can examine what they know about your site? Check out their Webmaster Tools. Equally Yahoo also allows you to manually sumit your site here.

Because it’s gonna be a blog I figured I’d try and submit it to some of the blog directories. Technorati came top of list, and in order to validate my ownership of this blog I need to include this link to my Technorati Profile.

For the record with Google and Yahoo, claiming ownership of my blog was done by creating a small file on my “server” with a specific filename, which in turn they use to validate that I’m me!!

Right, now I’m waiting with baited breath to see how long it takes before I’m indexed by Google and Yahoo.

Up and Running baby!!

So having spent the last N hours searching around for a web host to subscribe to I was beginning to get quite dissillusioned. A billion companies out there all offering the same services, and a billion other websites all claiming that a different company was by far the best. Now I know I suffer from OCD at the best of times, and so the thought of subscribing to some rubbish hosting crowd only to forget all about it a few days later was beginning to get to me … and then I had a thought.

How about I just host it here on my own machine, and if I manage to maintain my interest levels, then I can move to a hosted service.

I liked this idea because it took away the hard choice regarding whether I wanted to go .Net or not in terms of my host. By hosting it locally I can have it all!

I decided to give WAMP a blast. It installed out of the box with no problems, and almost immediatley I had a webserver up and running which I could access at http://localhost. Ok, so now to make it accessible from the interwebz. Well a quick trip to http://www.whatsmyip.org/ gave me my external IP, but for some reason when I stuck that IP into my browser I got nothing. Hemmm, of course my firewall was problem. I enabled NAT on the router for HTTP, and presto we’re up and running.

Now, because my ISP uses dynamic IP’s I didn’t know what I could do to get a permanent redirect. Well, a few minutes of googling later, and I discovered DynDNS. They offer a free service which will map a domain name to your dynamic IP. It uses a small agent which you install on your PC, which ensures that DynDNS’s server are kept up to date. Cool! We’re rocking and rolling!

So what was I gonna host? Well the intent is to have a play around with PHP and MYSQL etc to try and learn what all the fuss is about, but I decided I needed something to keep my mind focused. So off I dashed to wordpress.org, downloaded the latest version, copied it to the right directory, created a new database, made a couple of config changes … and whammo, I’ve got a blog up and running.

The final step was doing a bit more research regarding security. There’s a few bits and bobs which should be tightened up, and because I’m paranoid, I think I’m actually gonna move the server onto a Virtual PC in a DMZ after finishing this post, if only because I don’t know enough to sleep right otherwise.

But overall I’d say it’s been a pretty productive couple of hours. I’d like to hope that I’ll continue playing around with this stuff over the next few weeks, and maybe make a few posts about whatever I learn along the way. However, I know me better than most! I’ve no doubt that at some point my OCD will get in the way and I’ll drift onto something different.

But who knows, maybe depending on whatever that is … I’ll blog about it here too!!

As the title suggests … I truly do … lack any real intent!!