Marissa, Marion, Jennifer and Richard informed me that they started to receive spam through the contact form here on the weblog. I will investigate en solve the issue (add protection to the contact form or find a better solution).
For now I will disabled the contact form as spam is something we really don’t want!

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by Rob on

Today I had my first spam attack here on my weblog. The number of messages posted was so huge (all in one row) that I cannot deny it and have to take action against it.

There are several ways to deal with spam on a weblog.

First way is to switch on moderation of the posted comments. That keeps the spam-messages (and all other comments) from the weblog until I approve them or delete them. But the spam messages do still arrive, even when they don’t show up on the weblog. So not a real solution.
Apart from that comments will need an action from me. So when I am busy with other things it may take time before the comments show up on the weblog.

Another solution is to force people to log in on the weblog before they can post any comment. Very effective against spam, but not what I want. My weblog is a free place for anyone and as long someone behaves she/he is welcome.

So I have chosen for CAPTHA. What is CAPTHA? Well, here some information:
A CAPTCHA is a program that can tell whether its user is a human or a computer. You’ve probably seen them — colorful images with distorted text at the bottom of Web registration forms. CAPTCHAs are used by many websites to prevent abuse from “bots,” or automated programs usually written to generate spam. No computer program can read distorted text as well as humans can, so bots cannot navigate sites protected by CAPTCHAs.”

For my weblog it means simple, enter the two words shown in the image separated by a space. Press the refresh button when the words are not clear.
Alternatively you press the sound button. 8 numbers will be spoken and you can enter these.

Lets hope it will keep the spam out :P

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So wrong… *grins*

by Rob on

Just some minutes ago I was checking my company-mail (yes, I can do that from home).

There was this one mail that grabbed my attention. It was from a Dutch company in the same city as the company I work. First it was an advertisement I didn’t ask for (I really dislike that). But there was something more… the subject line grabbed my eye. Very nicely was written there: “As on the webside”.

I blinked with my eyes, looked again and shaked my head. What these people really wanted to say was “As on the webSITE”.

This kind of mistakes are in my opinion so wrong… It shows the person who sent it has no understanding of the tools they use (Internet in this matter)… it shows of their company off as foolish and not caring…
Specially when you are contacting (potential) customers, you have to make sure everything looks well and that everything is correct. No mistakes allowed… specially not this kind of dumb mistakes.
And of course sending advertisements unasked to people is already a bad way (yes, that is spam too). But apart the dumb mistake in the subject, just sending a scanned brochure along is even more not done.

Conclusion: Just another company who heard the word “Internet” and thinks they can make fast money this way. Not… the only result will be that people will blacklist them (as I did).

And of course I couldn’t resist to send them a mail with my opinions about their advertisement….

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