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Spam

In my ongoing battle against spam, I have found yet a new version of it: Registration Spam.

Like its other infestations, spambots have started to flood weblogs with fake user registrations. I have been getting a lot of new registrations from anton00@phreaker.com or something similar. They are starting to infest the membership lists, and before you know it, it gives the spammer an open door to your blog.

Well, no more.

I have installed the next generation of Anti-Spam. Actually, it is probably the most simplest of all of the anti-spam solutions.

It is called Trubar 4.0(Silent), and what it does is places a cookie on your computer before you start writing a comment. Then, when you submit the comment through POST, it checks to see if that cookie is on your computer. If it is, you can post. If not, well, you know…

Why the cookie?

Most spam is sent through SPAMbots. SPAMbots cannot collect and retrieve cookies. The cookie is set when you take your mouse and click it in the text area for the comment. SPAMbots not only don’t see the textarea, they don’t have mice.

In order for you to register or post comments here, you must have javascript and cookies enabled. If you use your computer for online banking, then you are good-to-go, because this is exactly the same thing online banking sites are doing.

If you have any problems, you can email me, or leave me a comment. (unless you are using a Hosting Matters email because they are blocking my IP address for mail.)

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Okay, smilies are back. Not the same ones, but better. And easier to use.

I installed the full set of sixty, but I will be cutting them down to a more reasonable number in the next day or two.

Enjoy.

Update:  I am having a bit of a CSS problem with Firefox, so it will take me a while to finish.  First, I have to fly home because this computer here won’t do what I need it to do.

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…not that I have frequent scientific polls.

{democracy:3}

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Q. How many lawyers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A. Four: one to climb the ladder, one to hold the ladder, one to shake the ladder and one to sue the ladder company.

I can safely die now, for I have seen everything.

A former Administrative Judge in Washington D.C. is suing his cleaners for $65 Million dollars over a pair of lost trousers.  He has been pursuing this case for the past ten years.

$65M lawsuit over lost pants

Washington judge suing after store lost trousers taken in for alterations

A missing pair of pants has led to one big suit.

A customer got so steamed when a dry cleaner lost his trousers that he sued for $65 million (U.S.). Two years later, he is still pressing his suit.

The case has demoralized the South Korean immigrant owners and brought demands that the customer – an administrative law judge in Washington – be disbarred and removed from office for pursuing a frivolous and abusive claim.

“They’re out a lot of money, but more importantly, incredibly disenchanted with the system,” said Chris Manning, lawyer for the owners. “This has destroyed their lives.”

The customer, Roy Pearson Jr., who has been representing himself, declined to comment.

According to court documents, the problem began in May 2005 when Pearson became a judge and brought several suits for alterations to Custom Cleaners in Washington. A pair of pants from one suit was missing when he requested it two days later.

Pearson asked the cleaners for the full price of the suit: more than $1,000.

But a week later, the owners said the pants had been found and refused to pay. Pearson said those were not his pants and decided to sue.

Manning said the cleaners have made three settlement offers to Pearson: $3,000, then $4,600, then $12,000.

But Pearson was not satisfied and expanded his calculations beyond one pair of pants. Because he no longer wanted to use his local dry cleaner, he asked in his lawsuit for $15,000 – the cost of renting a car every weekend for 10 years to go to another business.

The bulk of the $65 million demand comes from Pearson’s strict interpretation of Washington consumer protection law, which imposes fines of $1,500 per violation, per day. Pearson counted 12 violations over 1,200 days, then multiplied that by three defendants.

Much of Pearson’s case rests on two signs Custom Cleaners once had on its walls: “Satisfaction Guaranteed” and “Same Day Service.” He claims the signs amount to fraud.

There is more on this story along with the idiotstick’s contact information if you really feel you need to reach out and tell him what you think.

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Rather than just disappearing from this site, I thought I would at least wave goodbye. After all, even though we have our political differences, most of you are pretty decent people that I have come to know over the past few years.

Why am I leaving?

Frankly, I am growing tired of politics. I grow weary of the talking past one another, and the constant need to keep score.

I have other interests in my life that I have been neglecting. I want to stop and smell the roses, not dig through the septic tank to find the nastiness just so I have something to talk about. It isn’t a “Left” or “Right”, or an “us” or “them” thing. It’s that I have spent a lot of my time looking at the negatives. If you keep looking for negatives, you will always find them, regardless of what “side” you are on.

I need to pursue some positive aspects in my life right now. It’s just me.

Does this mean I will stay away forever? Probably not. It just means I plan on staying away for now — until such a time when I choose to come back.

I will still be available for the technical things here. If you have login problems or the site goes south, feel free to email me and I will fix you up as I’ve always have.

I might drop in from time-to-time in the Instant Bark to chat a bit, but as far as participation in the threads on this site, consider me on an extended vacation. A sabbatical, if you will.

I have some other reasons, but they are too personal to talk about right now. If and when the time ever comes for me to talk about them, I will. But I don’t see that happening any time soon.

I wanted to let you know because I felt it would be rude if I just walked away without so much as a reason for doing so. I will still be here in the background, just not out in the open any longer.

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Okay, here is a quote for you:

“I have got to go back to Arkansas,” the former president recalled telling his soon-to-be wife when they were in their final days at Yale Law School. “But I have to be in politics or I will evaporate—and that‘s what you have to do…you should go back to Chicago or move to New York…” — Bill Clinton as quoted by Newsday

Have fun with it.

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Okay, I was winding my way through YouTube this evening, tired of dealing with websites, radio shows, politics, traffic on the 5 and the 405 (especially the 405, Jaybear — what is it about that crap their tearing up at Totem Lake — but I digress…)

Anyways, I ran across one of my most favorite artists of all time (though the duo was just as good, if not better) — Paul Simon.

As most of you know, I was a disk jockey for almost twenty years, before I went on to working sound for a major grunge band in the late ’80s into the mid ’90s. As a disk jockey, I not only played thousands of different songs on the air (to the point of nauseum sometimes), I also had the opportunity to meet and interview many of the artists themselves.

I can vividly remember the four occasions I had to meet and talk to both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkle, and marveled over how talented these two individuals were.

So I thought i would share this video with you:

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The following is directed to those of you with your own WordPress sites:

WordPress is reporting a major security exploit found in the recent WP 2.1.1 upgrade if downloaded in the past three or four days. Apparently, someone has cracked the WordPress site and inserted malicious code into the download.

So if you think you might have downloaded the bad version of WP 2.1.1, or even if you managed to download the copy before it was tampered with, it is strongly advised that you immediately upgrade your site to WP 2.1.2.

You can read more about this at the WordPress site.

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This has got to be one of those “DOH!” moments for Microsoft.

In its effort to make it impossible to cheat and buy only the Vista upgrade disc and just use an old version disc or key code to do a clean install of Vista, Microshaft tried to make it so that the machine you were upgrading HAD to have the old version installed on the machine before you could upgrade.

In the past, this was a bad idea, because any problems you had with the previous version usually followed over to the new upgrade. Even the old pasttime of periodically having to “re-install windows” due to some virus or spyware attack allowed you to wipe everything out and start over using an upgrade disc as long as you had a key code to a previous version of Windows.

This allowed many people to “cheat” Microsoft because they could easily obtain the key code from a previous version from a friend or over the Internet.

With the release of Vista, Microsoft insisted that Win2K or WinXP be installed on the system you were upgrading or it wouldn’t allow you to enter the key code for the new upgraded version of Vista. It would allow you to install the 30-day trial version and then tell you that you had to go out and purchase a new version of Vista.

This change in installation was not documented very well and has caused a HUGE firestorm of complaints from people who were used to previous upgrade procedures. People who had bought the “Vista-ready” machines with the free upgrade coupon prior to Christmas were finding that they had completely wiped out their installations of XP and that it would cost up to $600 and ten days for a computer tech from the box store their machine was purchased at to fix their “screw-up”. (calling Dell support is about a three hour ordeal right now)

But wait… this is where it gets funny

Apparently, Microsoft screwed up an left a HUGE door open on its Vista upgrade according to Microsoft internal documents

This workaround allows users to perform a “clean install.” The process is a bit tedious, but is not hard at all to complete. Users have to perform these simple steps to perform a clean install of Vista without a previous version of Windows installed with an upgrade DVD:

  1. Boot from the Windows Vista Upgrade DVD and start the setup program.
  2. When prompted to enter your product key, DO NOT enter it. Click “Next” and proceed with setup. This will install Windows Vista as a 30-day trial.
  3. When prompted, select the edition of Vista which you have purchased and continue with setup.
  4. Once setup has been completed and you have been brought to the desktop for the first time, run the install program from within Windows Vista.
  5. This time, type in your product key when prompted.
  6. When asked whether to perform an Upgrade or Custom (advanced) install, choose Custom (advanced) to perform a clean install of Vista. Yes, this means that you will have to install Vista for a second time.
  7. Once setup has completed for the second time, you should be able to activate Windows Vista normally. You can also delete the Windows.old directory which contains information from the first Vista install.

There’s no telling why Microsoft left this loophole wide open with Windows Vista Upgrade DVDs, but this means that any retail upgrade DVD can be used as a fully functioning full retail copy of Vista.

Just too damn funny.

(Cross-posted at Liberaltopia)

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Since you are seeing this, it means that you are back in the palace and not the portable outside the moat.

I have finished the upgrade of this site from WP 2.0.7 to WP 2.1.0, which is a new generation of the WordPress blogging apparatus.

Unlike previous upgrades within the WP 2.0.x versions where I could upgrade in the background and not create a ripple, this was a major change in the software that required not only the base upgrade, but also a change in the theme and many of its plugins.

Give us more, O Emperor! »

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