Being that MichaelWells.com is a custom-designed blog, I get to experience all of those fun discoveries that status quo blog products have probably already dealt with.
My recent passion has been blogging from the local cafe's, now that they're finally all getting unwired in my region. This is... great, but I've already been nailed by router timeouts. Most wifi services require you to login on first use, and the router then remembers your MAC address (I'm guessing here), and keeps your wifi session alive as long as it sees some regular traffic.
Unfortunately for me, "regular traffic" seems to mean an HTTP request at least every 120 seconds or so. If it doesn't see that traffic, the router in effect cancels your session by forgetting your MAC address.
When blogging, you sit there for easily 5 minutes or more working on an entry, editing it, fixing typos, slurping a nice columbian roast... in any case, it's easy for the wifi router to think you've taken off for some lunch at the sushi place down the street.
So, one blog entry vaporized. Can't remember what I was writing about anyway...
Solution? The right solution is to build a little keep-alive mechanism into my blog. But a cheesy and functional hack is to open another browser tab, and point it at some kind of auto-refreshing page. I discovered this one, and it seems to be working nicely.