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November 2007

00:08 Friday 23 November 2007

No_Comment == TRUE

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.

Lesson Learnt?

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 spammers.

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

<<< I-N\T-E/R_S|P/E_R\S|E-D >>>

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...

Interspersed Monkey Boy


21:45 Wednesday 7 November 2007

GNU/Linux Vs. Microsoft

An Open Letter to Steve Ballmer is written by François Bancilhon, CEO of Mandriva.

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 polished.

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 do.

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

New Audio Track: mv-ing (in ten days time)

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.



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