Developing Photos That "Pop"

This is the first part of a tutorial that’ll show you how to improve “muddy” overcase photos. I’ve only scanned through it, it looks a little complicated but I’ve messed up exposure settings so many times this technique will be useful!

Most Popular Posts

I’ve just added a new plugin to the site that lists the most popular posts on your blog.
The command is {popularposts} which creates an array, $pposts, containing the list of posts. Unfortunately it’ll only work if you use the newer $blogid/archives/p/1/ type url, not the old $blogid/archives/m/200407/#1
Thank you Nargler for the MySQL substring_index code. Helped a lot!

Here’s an example usage:

{if $pposts != ''}
  <b>Most Popular Posts</b><br />
  {foreach from=$pposts key=key item=hits}
    <nobr><a href="{$siteurl}/archives/p/{$hits.postID}/c/1/more/1" title='{$hits.title}'>{$hits.title|truncate:30:"..."}</a>: {$key}</nobr><br />

Rules Du Jour – Stop the Spam!

The Spamassassin Rules Du Jour is an invaluable bash script that’ll update commonly used SA rules from various sites. Put it in /etc/cron.daily/ to have it run once a day!
I have SA fairly well trained already so it didn’t make much difference to my setup but it’s well worth installing especially as new classes of spam appear!