So long, HopOne

For the longest time, I’ve been getting comment spam from the IP address 66.36.243.204, an IP address belonging to HopOne, a hosting company based out of Virginia.  It’s always been the same address, they show up every couple days, spam a bunch of posts with their unwanted comments, and then I won’t hear from them for a bit.  We have other IP addresses from these folks on record for comment spamming as well.  I’ve complained a couple of times but wasn’t able a ble to a few days ago when they did their run.  HopOne’s complaint form locked me out saying that I had already complained about the IP address is question. Please kindly think about that.  They don’t want to take a complaint because I’ve already complained about that specific IP address. Wouldn’t it just be easier to actually deal with the complaint and look into the matter?  Guess not… Well if they don’t want to take a complaint from me, I guess I don’t have to take traffic from them.  I strongly encourage folks to place the following deny blocks in their site’s .htaccess file so to block abuse from those folks.  Maybe they’ll take the hint someday. deny from 66.36.224. deny from 66.36.225. deny from 66.36.226. deny from 66.36.227. deny from 66.36.228. deny from 66.36.229. deny from 66.36.230. deny from 66.36.231. deny from 66.36.232. deny from 66.36.233. deny from 66.36.234. deny from 66.36.235. deny from 66.36.236. deny from 66.36.237. deny from 66.36.238. deny from 66.36.239. deny from 66.36.240. deny from 66.36.241. deny from 66.36.242. deny from 66.36.243. deny from 66.36.244. deny from 66.36.245. deny from 66.36.246. deny from 66.36.247. deny from 66.36.248. deny from 66.36.249. deny from 66.36.250. deny from 66.36.251. deny from 66.36.252. deny from 66.36.253. deny from 66.36.254. deny from...

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Under the bridge at 6:20am

I‘ve mentioned a number of times that I do work with some of the area organizations that work with the area homeless.  I took this picture this morning under the bridge as both volunteers and  neighbors were waiting for the supply van to show up.  It’s 6:20am in the morning, it’s still dark, directly overhead is I-277 that loops around the uptown area of Charlotte, and it was something like 30 degrees this morning. I would have taken more but the batteries died in the camera. (I’ll explain more about that later on.) I just wanted to share the...

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Yahoo Captcha breaker released

Proof yet again that captchas are a waste of time. Link

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Good Idea Bad Idea

I was looking for replacements for some of the Animaniacs videos I have linked to here on the blog and came across this parody of Good Idea Bad Idea done by the RateAFilm group.

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Someone asked for a picture…

Gotta admit that I hate doing pictures but I had someone send me this one from when I was on the first train out of the station when the LYNX light rail system started on Nov. 24th.  Even beat all the higher ups who were supposed to be on the first train. (Not sure why.  We started at the 7th Street Station while they started at the Transit Center.) Got lucky as well.  Had just finished helping Calvary Church serving breakfast to the homeless that morning.  I was walking over to CPCC to use the library and the train was just sitting there. Got a t-shirt out of it at...

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WordPress says no to Sponsored Links in Themes but gets caught adding them into their own sites

Yep, it’s yet another post on the topic of Sponsored links found within WordPress themes.  Now, before I begin, let me state my opinion on the matter:  Personally, I don’t care.  I can see why some folks consider such links to be “evil” and I can understand why some folks consider them to be a “necessary evil.”  If I really wanted to use a theme that had such links, I’ve got to admit that I would take a look at the site that’s being linked to and make a choice to leave them in or remove them.  That’s up to me.  I still think my idea of doing a tag labeled “Sponsored Links” within the main WordPress theme site would have been a better idea than removing them.  Let the “purchaser” decide with the best information made available in front of them. But what bothers me about all this though is what occurred recently on the BrowseHappy.com site.  You know the one.  Where a number of Automattic staff, volunteers,  developers, and others had that discussion and Matt Mullenweg goes out of his way to show how he listens to his endusers try to explain to him how a website that hasn’t been updated in years, contains outdated information, and even he finds to no longer apply really shouldn’t be linked to from the WordPress backend, totally ignores them, and we still have the link on the backend. (Quick aside: Instructions on how to remove said link.  Not sure if they apply on the latest 2.3.2 version of WordPress but you should get the idea.) So imagine my surprise a few weeks ago when I was reading a thread over on the wordpress.org forums on browsehappy.  I decided to take a look at the site as I remembered that site having Adsense affiliate code links on it and I wanted to see if they were still there.   Imagine my complete surprise (I’m going link happy on the post, I know) to discover that there was actually a hidden link to freecookingrecipes.net in the footer of that site.  As well as a hosted image. Hmm, well that was strange. I saved some quick screen captures to cover my ass in case anyone doubted me, reported it to that thread on wordpress.org and fired off an email to the WordPress Security email address.  The links disappeared within a few minutes but my comment on the wp.org forums went unanswered and the email to security went unanswered as well.  Again, someone must have heard because those links were gone within 15 minutes. OK, let’s think about this for a second and cover some history.  The folks at WordPress have done the hidden links previously and appear to not really be willing to talk about it.  Matt says on his blog (I can’t find it right off.  I guess you don’t get that link tonight.) that he made a mistake and/or the linkage was placed without his own personally knowledge. (Again I can’t find it right off so that may not be 100%.  Please forgive me if it’s not.) edit: Here it is. So anyway, let’s give some thought about this link and what it is doing there.  I’ve been thinking about it for quite sometime and I can think of three methods of how it got there.  Let me list them and explain the reasons why they shouldn’t be the cause. (Please note that I said “shouldn’t” instead of actually proving them not to be the cause.  Keep reading.  You’ll understand shortly.) The link was placed there by a well meaning Automattic...

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Google is my new best friend

Check out the screen capture to the left.  21 minutes after making my post/plug about Brandon’s Smile Ministry, it’s shown up in Google’s database. That’s 21 minutes, folks. Not 21 weeks.  Not 10 weeks.  Twenty.  One.  Minutes. Heck, if you search for the ministry, I’m already listed there as well, right under the website. No SEO tricks. No paid links. No sitemap. (I’ll generate that later on today.) None of that. 21 minutes and I’m already in the main database. *chuckle*  Google is my new best...

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