Dear Comment Spammer

To the lovely people who have left some comments on my blog recently, and who may be wondering why they haven’t appeared. It’s because you have a URL that takes me to a completely unrelated product website. That and it’s obvious that you’ve not fully read the blog post in question. I realise you are, probably, getting paid for this, and my hope is that having received no referrer links from this website, you’ll realise that there is no point in continuing to leave comments here. Besides, of the 14 people who read this website, few would really want to click through to the weird mix of product websites you purport to represent. Please don’t take any of this personally, …

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On blog comments

I always get excited when I see an email in my inbox with a subject line that starts “WordPress:…” as it means someone has commented on one of my blogs. Such a simple delight I know but hey, you take pleasure in the little things I guess. Sometimes that delight is instantly crushed when I realise it’s a spambot that is trying to add a comment containing a link to either some ‘enhancing’ pharamceutical, a flirty comment from a hot chick, or just complete nonsense accompanied by a phishing URL. However there seems to be a rise in the number of “real” spam comments these days, and that is hugely disheartening. These comments are left by, it seems, real people …

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Wordle

Ahh the internet is full of simple pleasures, like Wordle. Give it the URL of your blog, a chunk of text, or your del.icio.us username and you get something like this (click for fullsize, requires Java):

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Redirecting Question

Note: This is a techie question, all those not interested, look away now. (and no, I’m not doing very well at the whole ‘staying away from the blog to be productive thing…) [update]SORTED!!! That nice man wot writes Hydragenic came through for me (apparently he would ‘not be defeated’, he cracked it second time round). I’ve added the following line to my .htaccess file on the gordonmclean.co.uk domain: RedirectMatch 301 /index.php/(.*) http://www.onemanblogs.co.uk/index.php/$1 And now when you click this link (which points at the gordonmclean.co.uk domain) you’ll be properly redirected back to this domain (onemanblogs.co.uk). [/update] I received an email the other day. It was a nice email, the very kind I’d hoped my 404 page would generate. The problem is …

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Spot the difference

I’ve changed the name of this blog, well the banner image, from Informationally Overloaded to One Man Blogs. As no-one has mentioned this I presume no-one has noticed but there was some thinking behind this (and hey, you know me well enough by now that I have to analyse it a little, right?). 1. I know it pisses people off when I change things here, be it the title of the website or the URL that brings you here. I quite enjoy this so I try and change things once a year or so to keep you on your toes. 2. Most of the people who read this blog are web savvy enough to be overloaded with information at some …

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Web apps are not products

Matt Haughey is, amongst bloggers, pretty well known and respected. He recently wrote up his thoughts on weblog applications and, as they mirror some of my thinking, I thought I’d expand on this theme here. The title of the post, Bottom line, all weblog apps suck in some way, was borne of frustration and outlines a few points which, reading between the lines, boil down to the same kind of thing. Few web applications are at the point they could be considered a product. Matt talks specifically about weblog applications, one of which I use to power this site (WordPress). I do a little web design in my spare time (there’s an oxymoron if ever I heard one) and have …

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Who ARE you people?!

I continue to dip in and out of the current crop of social networking.. umm.. websites … applications? … ummm webapps.. or however the hell they are collectively known (I’m desperately trying NOT to use the “Web 2.0” tag here). None of them have particularly stuck with me, at least not yet, and they all share one common theme. They all have their own little quirks and frustrations. One of which seems to be a common amongst most of them, although it’s demonstrated in different forms. I guess it might just be me, being the common point here, but ultimately my annoyance boils down to one thing, over and over again. I don’t know who anyone is. And yes, I …

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Site note

The domain www.gordonmclean.co.uk no longer points at this site. There is a holding page there for now, and it won’t ever be much more than that, a place to get information about me, a URL I can use to link to without direct fear of dumping people straight into this blog. It will be expanded soon but I’ve got a couple of other sites to take care of first… And yes, I realise that the people who were still going to gordonmclean.co.uk and letting the redirect bring them here won’t see this message until after the fact but… well, you were warned!

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A friendly reminder

If you currently link to this site, please update your bookmarks, links, blogrolls and whatnot to http://www.onemanblogs.co.uk/. The previous URL (gordonmclean.co.uk) will stop forwarding to this site at the end of the month. You have been warned.

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Moving Identities

Changes are afoot. I wonder why that is, why are they never “ahand” or “aknee”? Anyway, having received notice that I’m shortly due to renew my hosting account for this site, I’ve decided that now is probably a good a time as any to move my site. I’ve been reasonably pleased with 34sp in the past but having recently used other sites that are running WordPress (PostoftheWeek, One Man Writes), on other hosts I’ve noticed the improvements in speed, and in one case, price. So, I’ve been quietly preparing to move this blog and implement a few other things whilst I’m at it, but I’m still not 100% sure on how to best implement things and as it’ll impact you, …

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