I have been developing the back-end for in deep thought for a long time now and I think the time has come for it to evolve into an actual web site package. To that end I have named the package neThing. That doesn't change anything about the site itself. It is still called in deep thought and nothing has really changed except at the bottom it now reads Powered by neThing. Eventually I'll package neThing for others to use.

Last Updated 2011-01-03

Planned: v0.9 (xx Feb 11)


  • Core | NOT YET IMPLEMENTED Code for IDT.neThing is now C#.NET, Cold Fusion branch ends at v0.8

v0.8 (03 Jan 11)


  • Wiki | Can now add strikethrough using [s][/s] EXAMPLE: strikethrough


  • UI | g-a and g-b commands have been remove


  • Admin | Fixed search by label
  • Posts | Fixed an issue where some posts were not viewable because of the date when they were posted
  • Posts | Fixed a reversion of a prior bug where the captcha was not showing up thus making comments impossible, but not spam....
  • UI | Nav should better understand when and where to work or not work

v0.7 (04 Dec 09)


  • Admin | Posts page loads the post list via Async Ajax call
  • Admin | Removed Article and Blog area and replaced with Post area
  • Admin | Resources are no longer split between Article and Blog posts
  • Posts | Articles and Blog posts are now Posts
  • Posts | Twitter entries now tag with twitter tag
  • Core | Added a new field for posts to enter trackback urls
  • Core | Added pings for trackbacks in the queue
  • Core | Added Twitter RSS import using neFeedeater
  • Core | Added via location for posts
  • Core | Added twitParser to parse twitter entries
  • Core | twitParser can now parse http|https|ftp for autolink
  • Core | twitParser can now parse #searchstring for autolink
  • Core | Initial work on adding a simple Async Ajax call
  • Core | Initial objectifying of Twitter feed (will add settings to admin page next version)
  • Core | Twitter Feed now loads via Async Ajax call
  • Core | Added archive by Year/Month function to front page (will objectify and add to settings admin page next version)
  • Core | Added tag cloud function to front page (will objectify and add to settings admin page next version)
  • Core | Removal of archive slider box from front page (may later add to the object drawer and settings admin page)
  • Wiki | Can now comment things out using <!-- -->
  • Wiki | Can now add sigs in discussions using ~~~~ EXAMPLE: dharh 11 Feb 08


  • Admin | Fixed overview of Talk pages to no longer display empty pages
  • Posts | Posts and Talk pages work again
  • Core | Tables should work more like standard wiki markup now
  • Core | Fixed problem with tables not accepting style for individual cells properly
  • UI | Fixed navigation being invoked by typing recaptcha forms sometimes
  • Wiki | Fixed error when saving wiki articles with quotes
  • Wiki | Fixed talk page error regression due to change to dirhandler

v0.6 (08 Jan 08)


  • Wiki | Added talk pages for articles
  • Wiki | Added comments for talk pages
  • Core | Nospam image has been replaced with recaptcha
  • Admin | Summary has been removed from posts


  • UI | Fixed navigation being invoked when typing in forms sometimes

v0.5 (03 Aug 07)


  • Core | Replaced several portions of wikiParse with regex for speed and cleaner code
  • Admin | Added the "Don't show this on top menu" checkbox which does what it says


  • Core | Fixed being used over multiple lines

v0.4 (26 Jul 07)


  • Wiki | Added history for articles
  • Wiki | Added ability to compare versions of articles
  • Wiki | Added ability to edit individual sections by themselves


  • Core | Fixed nospam image under php 5.x (imagecolorallocate problem)
  • Core | Nospam image was too easy so moved distortion on top of text

v0.3 (19 Jun 07)


  • Admin | Can now upload files to specific posts
  • Admin | Added a resource viewer to view all files uploaded to posts
  • Admin | Can now search posts in admin view
  • UI | Added search feature
  • UI | / to search



  • UI | New UI navigation
  • UI | j next
  • UI | k previous
  • UI | r refresh
  • UI | v goto current posts home
  • UI | g-h goto main page home
  • UI | g-a goto articles home
  • UI | g-b goto blog home
  • Wiki | Added wiki links. Blog and article posts can be linked to other articles by name using [[article_name]]
  • Wiki | Added the <nowiki> tag
  • Wiki | Added the <nohtml> tag



  • Admin | Clean and consistent administrator console
  • Admin | Separate areas for blogs, articles, and drafts
  • Admin | Quick view of all comments on the site and the ability to delete
  • Core | A nospam image for comments
  • Core | Added wikiParser to parse wiki markup for articles and blog entries
  • UI | Framework for easy navigation between main areas and individual posts using keyboard shortcuts
  • UI | Multiple ways to find articles and posts (labels, search, name)

posted by dharh 11:23 PM Jan 25th, 2007

Some people have asked me whats the real difference between blog posts and articles.

Blog posts are date centric, meaning there is no criteria other than the date (down to the second) which makes a blog post unique. Any blog post can have the same name as any other. The reasons behind that are blog posts tend to be much more prolific than articles. If a blog post today has the same name as a blog post from two years ago, who cares. Blog posts are also very static, once a post is made it should remain as is.

Articles on the other hand are dynamic. They are changed from time to time based on new or changing information. This means they are name centric. There can be no articles of duplicate names, the name of the article should remain unchanged, and explain what the article is about.

Even though articles and blog posts use the same wiki text markup language to format the posts they do not interfere with each other. Blog posts of the same name as articles have no problems.

posted by dharh 9:52 PM Dec 28th, 2006

Whew! Been working on this for a while and it's finally done.

New Features

New UI features

Now people can navigate in deep thought using these keyboard shortcuts.

  • j next
  • k previous
  • r refresh
  • v goto current posts home
  • g-h goto main page home
  • g-a goto articles home
  • g-b goto blog home

New wiki features

  • Finally added wiki links. Yes that means articles can be linked inside other articles and posts.
  • Added the <nowiki> tag
  • Added the <nohtml> tag

Future Features

Future UI features

  • / search
You will be able to search the site for that topic you want. Start your search with tag:[tag] or type:[blog|article] to narrow down your search.

Know the name of the article you want? Type it in the search and it will take you there directly. Type it slightly wrong? The results will probably get you there anyway.

Future wiki features

A wiki help page.

posted by dharh 12:45 PM Dec 18th, 2006

My material comes from a wide variety of sources. Anywhere from George Carlin, Albert Einstein, to Dan Simmons, or Stephen R. Donaldson.

Philosophy - What It Is

An address Ayn Rand gave to the graduating class of the United States Military Academy at West Point on March 6, 1974.

Rand, Ayn. Philosophy: Who needs it. New York: New American Library, 1984.

posted by dharh 4:29 PM Oct 4th, 2006

I've updated the wiki code a bit tonight. I've added wiki link markup for regular and links to articles in the system.

Also sparce v3.0 has been moved into RC1 along with a UI change. It now counts how many times you have clicked on a link and orders the links by how many clicks they have received.

posted by dharh 11:43 PM Oct 2nd, 2006

So you wouldn't think this site would have a problem with comment spam since it gets so few visiters, but over a given week I get about 100 spam posts in the comments. I've added images for authentication to comments so in order to make a comment you have to type the text you see in the image.

posted by dharh 1:19 PM Sep 18th, 2006

Updated a little of the code for idt. Deleted the spam comments. Busy with life at the moment.

posted by dharh 12:51 PM Aug 11th, 2006

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