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August 05, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: blogs, connections

I’ve just deleted 200 comments – all spam.

I wish there was a way to highlight all the spam, so that I could simply press a button and vanish them all.

Perhaps saying anything about spam is unwise: might it draw spam here?

Patrick Stack is so stretched with other work that it may be a while before he fixes this issue.

Meanwhile, if anyone has any bright ideas on how I could deal with spam quickly, I’m listening…

Time to ban the spam

July 12, 2009 By: Patrick Stack Category: blogs

I’m getting rather tired of our Russian blog spammer “friends” at this stage. I’m not interested in what they have to say, more especially when I can’t read Russian either in cyrillic or latin script. I have neither the time nor the energy to chase down “nude photos of Angelina Jolie“, though I wouldn’t avert my gaze if one happened to pop up in front of me either. But I do take serious umbrage at spam with links claiming to lead to “nude photos of Angelina Jolie“, when in fact they lead to a malware site whose links download executable files (files ending in .exe) which no doubt harbour trojan horses and other nasty denizens of the cybervirus world.

I’m fortunate in that I can visit these sites to check them out without fear of contamination as I run Linux on my machine. Linux does not run executables with .exe extensions, unlike Windows which does, hence the vulnerability of the various Windows Operating Systems to viruses. Were I running Windows I’d be quaking in my boots every time I went online.

So, the time has come to ban the IP addresses of the offending Russian spammers from accessing this blog.

Will the Russians who spam us f**k off please

June 07, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: blogs, connections

In the back ground to this blog are the spammers.

Like Hackers, they are innovative in their efforts.

As soon as your blog starts generating serious interest, the spamdoctors find you. They hope that you’ll let one of their comments through.

I get excited every time I see a new comment waiting to be approved. It sets my blood tingling.

So, would the energetic Russian person please switch your attention to a more successful blog – try spamming Obama’s blog instead. There must be loads of people employed on the President’s blog, simply keeping it clean.

(all successful websites & blogs have this problem)

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