Entries from February 2008

A Life In Student Radio. Well 6 Shows Anyway…

Posted on 27 February 2008 in Radio (No comments yet - be the first!)

Once a bad DJ, always a bad DJ…

Bespoke vs Off-the-shelf - watching the BBC blogs comment problems

Posted on 26 February 2008 in BBC, Internet (13 comments)

Blogs for me are a great way for the BBC to communicate with the people who use, and pay for, its services and it’s great that they’ve been a success. Indeed, probably too much of a success if the continuing comment problems are anything to go by. The problems in trying to put up a single comment are, frankly, terrible. Timeouts… Server problems… You’re not even sure if your comment has even got through to the server backend half the time.

Packaging Madness

Posted on 23 February 2008 in Life (3 comments)

A fantastic piece of packaging came my way today.

MTOS 4.1 - Spam Comment Bug

Posted on 18 February 2008 in Internet (No comments yet - be the first!)

This will hopefully be the last post on the whole comment spam thing - for now anyway. Today I actually (and accidentally) tracked down the reason why spam comments were going live on this site.

The Intelligence of Comment Spammers

Posted on 18 February 2008 in Internet, Planet Bods (No comments yet - be the first!)

Ah, I thought. A false positive. A rather crap comment true, but one which presumably was in response to the whole comment spam issue.

Comments now back - and the battle to get SpamFirewall running

Posted on 16 February 2008 in Internet, Planet Bods (No comments yet - be the first!)

Well you’re a right bunch of miserable people. Not one email to keep me company whilst the comments were down! Tsk! What do you think you’re playing at? Call yourself blog readers… Anyway, they’re back up now following some intensive hunting to find the cause of spam comments somehow making it on the site, despite all comments being pre-moderated.

Comments Currently Disabled

Posted on 13 February 2008 in Internet, Planet Bods (No comments yet - be the first!)

An observant person might notice that comments on this blog are currently turned off. There’s a very good reason for this - today I logged into Movable Type and found that over the last few days, 44 spam comments had somehow gone live on the site.

Someone give the Daily Mirror a calculator

Posted on 11 February 2008 in BBC (1 comment)

There’s a piece in the Daily Mirror today, in outrage about the fact that apparently (and there’s no source quoted, so who knows how true this is)…

The £1.99 Chicken - Hugh and Jamie must have made an impact

Posted on 6 February 2008 in Shopping (3 comments)

Whatever your view on chicken welfare, there’s obviously something going on in the market place. Demand for free range and organic chicken is clearly up. And demand for cheap chicken is bound to have gone down.

So… much…. content…

Posted on 5 February 2008 in BBC red button (No comments yet - be the first!)

In the world of BBCi on Freesat, we’re moving towards our Phase 1 release - this particular release is one which won’t be publicly viewable, nor is it a complete package, but is in effect a working service that can be made public.

Comment Spam

Posted on 5 February 2008 in Internet (No comments yet - be the first!)

I confess to being mildly concerned when I logged into Movable Type just now and found a great big whopping piece of comment spam had somehow managed to get itself onto an article yesterday.

Tales of Merging Three Copies of Movable Type Into One

Posted on 2 February 2008 in Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

Of course the sensible thing would have been not to have three different copies of Movable Type for one site in the first place. But then, there’s a lot that can be said for hindsight…

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