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The Dog Ate My Comments (April 13, 2005 06:56 AM)
Yesterday I was trying to clean out a swath of comment spam on a blog we set up for one of our college's sites, wiping directly from the database, e.g.: DELETE FROM mt_comments WHERE comment_blog_id=XX AND comment_author like "%poker%" DELETE FROM mt_comments WHERE comment_blog_id=XX AND comment_text like "%cialis%" DELETE FROM... «more»
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SpamNymphomania (April 8, 2005 03:59 PM)
My (non-)friends in the Texas Hold 'em camp are knocking about again. Shoot, maybe one of these days I may get around to learning this game of poker, though it surely will never be via one of their #$*@-ing web sites. These spammers are nymphomaniacs in the sense they just... «more»
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Xxxxxxx Xx or Xxx! Copyright Slap from the Ripley's Folks (April 6, 2005 12:36 AM)
Here is a recent milestone- my first email of warning of copyright infringement. Apparently, my 2003 parody of Ripley's saying Xxxxxxx Xx or Xxx! (I am bound not to actually use it apparently) in a presentation titled Learning Objects Xxxxxxx Xx or Xxx! was stepping on the toes of the... «more»
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The Upside of Being Hacked... Well, There is None (March 24, 2005 09:23 PM)
Last weekend I discovered the web server that hosts our Ocotillo Blogs+Wikis+boards had been compromised and some nefarious person had been able to change the root password for the server. As I was 90 miles from the machine, I had no way to seize back my root account, no way... «more»
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If At First You Don't Succeed, Spam and Spam Again (March 17, 2005 09:52 PM)
I just spent about 20 minutes doing my regular spam rotations- this is a shuffling of my MT blog script names, changing of the required key phrases on some of the sites. I have a half written post I'd like to finish soon on what to do to make yourself... «more»
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I'm Bored As Hell And I;m Not Gonna ....... zzzzz (March 7, 2005 04:41 AM)
flickr foto The Home for the Conference Bagavailable on my flickr It's time to do away with the silly conference bags and the wasted trees contained within. The whole concept is so, 1980-ish I may get some organizational dings for this, but I am compelled to complain once more... «more»
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Mothers Guard Your RSS Feeds, Someone Wants to "Monetize" Them (March 3, 2005 07:12 AM)
Look out for your RSS-- as warned the vultures are still circling, and maybe hovering closer to your feeds. It's interesting, curious, and quirky when the PR factories roll new verbs off the assembly line- Moreover's FeedRSSDirect Ads offer this savory description: Moreover Technologies, the premier provider of aggregated online... «more»
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How Not To do e-Customer Service: "Call Us" (February 28, 2005 07:24 AM)
Our local telephone service provide, Qwest, has these smarmy tv commercials with customers gushing how great the Qwest "Spirit of Service" is. I will not be starring in any of these soon. Regular CDB readers will know we periodically bark and growl about bad online customer service, so here is... «more»
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To My Spelling And Academic Superiors Way Up North (February 26, 2005 04:30 PM)
Oh dear, I have a spelling and grammatical error on the introduction of a web page. It is the end of civilization as we know it, and it exemplifies how horribly inadequate, shameful, and without merir the entire US educational system really is. I must humbly apologize to all my... «more»
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MLX Track Spam: The Annihilator (February 20, 2005 01:09 AM)
It's been a while since the spam roaches attached the Trackbacks on the Maricopa Learning eXchange, but I guess they had some extra time after recess to splat their PPC (porn, pills, casino) links into the MLX Sharebacks. I am still resisting closing it down completely, but likely will, as... «more»
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The Spam Not Traveled (February 10, 2005 06:15 AM)
A tale of two sequential spam emails, in sequential order. First was philosophical spam (one does not see too many of these): Both the material and spiritual worlds are full of opulence, beauty and knowledge, but the spiritual realm is more magnificent due to its being full of knowledge, bliss... «more»
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Location: Why "Medium" is Extra Small (February 7, 2005 10:04 PM)
NBC's "hit show" Medium is about a psychic who is helping solve cases in what is purported to be Phoenix, Arizona. I believe it is the "Phoenix, near Burbank". It looks like they are not wasting any money on location shots, because I have yet to see a cactus, a... «more»
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How To Really Get Help (February 7, 2005 11:56 AM)
A week silently passed on my simple IT help desk request (read the sad story). There was now a consequence as the main page for our site was hijacked via the vulnerability I reported (see the blurb on this, we were definitely not alone). So since the requests were not... «more»
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IT Helpdesks: Theory And Practice (February 4, 2005 11:31 AM)
I keep a pad of frequently called numbers near my office phone- there is a number next to a label called "Helpless desk". In theory, this is how our helpdesk works. I go to a web site and fill submit a problem request form. It gets routed electronically to someone... «more»
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Six Figures, A Jaguar-- the Luxurious Life of a Spammer (February 1, 2005 07:16 AM)
(Thanks to James Farmer for popping this article our way). The Register today unveils the life of the rich and infamous, "Interview with a link spammer": Sam - let's call our interviewee Sam, it's suitably anonymous - lives in a three-bedroom semi-detached house in London, drives a vintage Jaguar and... «more»
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Word Salad Spam Poetry (January 29, 2005 01:38 PM)
Rummaging quickly through my filtered email (some legit things keep falling through), I came across one of those ones with 2 cryptic links and then a whole raft of random words. I think the intent is to try and flood or fool email filters (but this is my un-educated guess,... «more»
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Jade Hiccup (January 29, 2005 01:31 PM)
Sometime between 1:00 Am yesterday and 11:00 am today I think this server was down-- I could not ping it nor access any content on it. I was rather worried, knowing that there are many people using Feed2JS for their sites, and the sites will just stay in an endless... «more»
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One Down, A Billion To Go (January 28, 2005 06:34 AM)
Okay, so "nofollow" is "nomiracle"... but today I got confirmation from a site in Span that one or molecules of spam were stomped: Hello Mr. Levine Sorry for the long time without news about our "problem" but we've been very busy making changes in our network in order to fix it.... «more»
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Sigh, Cancel The Jubilation (January 27, 2005 09:36 PM)
Oh well, might as cancel the jubilation over Google's "nofollow" announcement. Ben Hammersley spells out the sobering reality in "Let no fellow nofollow, lest we all lie fallow": I’m deeply mystified by the hallelujahs bursting forth about Google’s rel="nofollow" method of preventing comment spam. The idea being that comment spammers... «more»
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Larry, Curly, or Moe on the Server Install (January 7, 2005 05:44 PM)
I had planned this afternoon to be a good quiet time to do a clean install on our office's in house server. I cannot complain about the sorts of problems Brian wrote about as mine seem a bit, well self inflicted. The server in question is a G4 OS X... «more»
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