Social Networking Site Spam

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

They nearly caught me, until I realised I'd have to give them my e-mail address... I'm talking about a new social networking site that shall remain nameless because they don't deserve promotion. They contacted me through Flickr, asking for permission to use one of my pictures: People have used my images before. ...

Even WordPress themes contain spam now

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

I just used the automatic Wordpress update plugin to upgrade to Wordpress 2.5 - and found that I'd not only lost all my tags, but my theme Big Blue 0.1 was no longer working. I upgraded to Big Blue 1.0 and was shocked to see that the creator or someone ...

413 Spambot Attacks Foiled

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

Bad Behavior has stopped 413 access attacks in the 24 hours since I installed it. Akismet has not received any spam comments at all, and my bandwidth usage is down by nearly 50 percent. I'm impressed! :-)

Bad Behavior

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

I've installed Bad Behavior, a spam bot blocker. In theory, I should get very few spam comments from now on. Not that they were going live, thanks to Akismet, but if the spammers are kept away, my site will use less bandwidth. It was a simple install. I just uploaded it, ...

6,366 Spam

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Akismet has caught 6,366 spam comments since I activated it on 23rd March 2007. That's around 276 spam comments a day, which sounds like a lot but some Wordpress bloggers get over 400 a day. I've had about 30 false negatives from Akismet so far, and no false positives at all. ...


Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Activated Akismet, a comments spam plugin, on this blog. So far, it's deleted 26 spam. I'm pretty pleased so far, though it was a bit annoying having to sign up at for an API. I don't like giving out my details - even if they're mostly faked! ;-)

A Cold in Summer

Friday, January 27th, 2006

I've got a lousy cold. Went to bed at 6pm Wednesday night and was too sick to get out of bed yesterday, which was a pity because it was Australia Day. Watched the fireworks from bed. Still feeling crook today. I'm supposed to go out for lunch with the Bennetts ...

A new horror

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

The great tragedy of Science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact. by free online poker I have just discovered that my Fabulister and Charl blogs have literally hundreds of online poker comment spams backed up in moderation. Deleting them is going to take some time. I really ...