Monthly Archives: September 2004

Life is Nominal on the Blog Front

Well, it turns out much of my problem was not getting some of the scripting done right in the “turing test” spam filter. (Repeating the funny numbers.) I haven’t had a bad spam post in about a week, so all is better. I’d still love to get my hands on these people, but as I think I reported earlier, it looks like they are in India.

Death to the Slime of Society!

Okay, I’m really pissed. Upgrade that earlier fantasy of me in a locked room with one of these bastards and a baseball bat. Now I’m actually visualizing splintered shards of skull-bone wedging into soft nerve tissue. I’m pissed.

Of course, a calm person would realize that any protective measure is just going to challenge them to create more clever ways to get past. Yes, you guessed it: I’m still cleaning up $#(%*&$%%$#W(*&! graffiti.

If you want to post a comment you’d better get out your glasses. The passcode has been updated to 9 digits AND it is now the exact same color as the grid of lines. You brain and eyeballs will be more challenged, but I’m going to hope that I have better luck keeping the crap off my website.

Spam Fury

There are people who are a real blight on humanity. If you ask me, they don’t deserve the oxygen they breathe and the world would be much better off if their hearts did the Universe a favor and simply stopped beating.

These worms are the ones responsible for spam, for fraudulent scams on the web advertising “Generic Viagra” and things like that.

There’s a phenomenon where these puss-sucking scumbags design web-crawlers that write comments on every entry of a blog site, trying to redirect traffic to their fraudulent sites. The idea is this: if my website (which has a pretty decent Google ranking) has hundreds of links pointing to these sites, Google will assume they must be very important et voila! free advertising by defacing my site.

I’ve recently been hand-deleting these messages every day, cursing under my breath and fantasizing about being left in a room with one of these spammers and a baseball bat.

Well, I’ve installed a new security feature. It is pretty simple: you have to type in a number that shows up in a graphic to verify you’re a human. I’m sure everyone has seen these verification mechanisms. Well, now I have one.

May the bastards rot in Hell!

P.S. If anyone else is using MovableType as blog software, you can find this security module at http://james.seng.cc/archives/000145.html.