Fighting spam

Everybody is spam-spam-fighting, yeah! And so am I. Not on this blog though, with it’s awesome akismet software. But at work on our servers, spam is a regularly visiting enemy. It’s difficult to explain to customers why we cannot stop spam. But, it seems so simple. Until you learn how smart the automated spam-software actually is, and that there are actual real living people who make it their job to enter spam in web site contact forms.

This week we saw on a server that usually had 100 visitors a month a rate of over 2000 visitors. And a large percentage of that was (just) one spambot.

Every time I thought of a new trick and implemented it, the spambot immediately adapted itself to it’s new environment. I felt like Neo fighting an agent. But, they haven’t beaten me, and since I am the one, I will have my victory!!!


A completely useless movie: supernova

Sometimes it sucks when you rent a completely useless movie, but reading this hilarious review of Supernova makes it all worth it.

You do have to become a member of IMDB, but who isn’t in this day of age. I thought I’d try out the free trial of the pro subscription, but when I saw the phrase “Advanced Search generates millions of customized reports” I became a bit reluctant to do so.

css debugging for pros: the margin revealer

I see the version I published is not working correctly in IE. Please use this older one instead for now, while I work on the problems:

Older version of Margin Revealer

Lately I have been missing something in my life. Now I know what: a tool to outline margins in my web pages. So I gave it a try and after a lot of struggling I did it. See for yourself: the margin revealer.

I have used the Yahoo User Interface library. Yahoo has done a great job. Now we don’t have to think about all that basic DOM stuff, that isn’t so basic after all. I don’t think it’s at it’s final version, but it works quite ok.

I hope you like it, it’s still a very pre-alpha-no-support-whatsoever version.