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00:08 Friday 23 November 2007
Disabled comment making on this site. The fact it was there to disable
in the first place was an experiment. Today, I received over 2000 emails
sent when my PHP script 'detects' a spammer making a comment.
This experiment has run for a month and a half. Most of the comments
have been spam, and I deleted them. The rest of the comments were generally
posted by me, with one or two by one or two other people.
Some notes of slight interest:
The first spammers, were infrequent, a few times a week. This slowly
increased, where I'd get six or seven comments several times a week.
My PHP comment adding script sent me an email so I could delete spammy
comments ASAP. Until today this was a good thing.
There's three things I could do:
a) Stick with writing my own code and disable comments permenantly.
b) Stick with writing my own code and work harder to prevent
c) Do what everyone else does and find a library of code which
will handle it for me.
Option c is for the first time, starting to look favourable, and
really is the sensible option. I've disabled comments already, but the
other two options are going to have to wait...
I'm coding on wcnt - Wav Composer Not Toilet at this general blurry point in time. I'm
using other people's code libraries - which is a first for wcnt -
something I have previously been dead against - but the realisation that
I've reached certain personal limits... gotta be realistic right?
00:04 Sunday 18 November 2007
Here again, more of my music for you. This might have inspired the
monkey-boy dream. The monkey-boy dream might have inspired this. Looking
back to when 22yrs old...
21:45 Wednesday 7 November 2007
Open Letter to Steve Ballmer is written by François Bancilhon, CEO of
Mandriva closed a deal with the Nigerian government to supply 17,000
low cost PCs bundled with their GNU/Linux
distribution (OS), but Microsoft and the Nigerian government then closed
another deal to use Windows on the PCs instead of Mandriva.
From the 545 comments posted there are less than ten which are worth
reading. Less than ten which are intelligently written.
Using GNU/Linux is my choice. I do not force it's use on other people.
I do not claim it is better than Windows. I prefer it to Windows because I
can customize it to a greater degree than I can Windows.
If I showed my computer to my friends, they would think GNU/Linux is
awful, because it looks dated, it does not look stylish or sleek or
I have removed all the sleek style, all the nifty GUI features now
available in the latest Gnome or
KDE desktop environments because I don't
want the distractions, just the minimal functionality to do what I want to
And what I want to do is make digital audio/music, which in Windows
requires spending a lot of money. And I want to program, which in Windows
requires spending money. And I want to design my website, which in Windows
requires spending money.
And I also like the idea of freedom of information. The
Free Software Foundation promotes the
freedom of information, it is against the patenting of information, it runs
against the direction global capitalism is taking us, and I support these
ideals, and this is why I continue to use GNU/Linux -
not because GNU/Linux is better, but because it's ideals are better ;-)
21:22 Wednesday 7 November 2007
mv-ing (in ten days time) is my latest audio track. It features a spoken word
recording by Blanca Perse about how she feels to be moving from Madrid to
Dublin. There is also a cut up drum loop, some ambient melodious feedback
effects, and bass.
Warning: contains strong language throughout.