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2990 Blocked Hits

Periodically, giant waves of comment spam or log-in attempts with incorrect credentials hit this blog. I have my own emergency services that take care of most of them. Those that get through need special treatment: outright blocking of a single IP address or whole blocks of IP addresses. Recently, the IP address 188.143.234.155 has been the source of such attacks. After blocking it, my...

Let’s Pretend

One of the original movie streaming companies asked me to do quality control on the dubbed German version of a TV series. The pay they offered was not too shabby, and I said yes. Alas, I had to find my own way to watch the German episodes. Fear not, I thought, lovefilm.de has just been rolled into the German version of Amazon Prime. I have an Amazon account, I’m a Prime member,...

What Are The Odds?

For websites built on the WordPress platform, you can either design your own pages or you can use one of a large number of “themes.” I have always felt that it is unnecessary to re-invent the wheel, so to speak: Themes can be used as they are, or they can be modified to fit a specific purpose or comply with particular esthetic expectations. If you want your website not to...

Hello Goodbye

Lots of changes this November. I said goodbye to two hosting providers and hello to a new, virtual private server set-up. For years, several of my websites were hosted in a shared-hosting arrangement on the servers of a well-known company in Arizona. But then my business site was infected repeatedly with malware despite all precautions, upgrades, and battening down of hatches. The...

Asking For It

First I thought it was some phishing expedition. But now it seems more like a painfully direct, uncushioned, and misdirected (I am not an agency) approach to get translation work. With an in-tweet e-mail address for all to see?! That’s asking for it. @TranslateThis My email is jorge.vicens@gmail.com — Jorge Vicens (@PjvJorge) October 9, 2013 A cautionary example of...

Replacement Character

This is not the title of a movie or a novel, but the official name of those annoying black diamonds with white question marks (�) that often show up when surfing the Web. Why are they still happening? The Web isn’t in its infancy anymore, so there should be a way to ensure that browsers display what page creators want visitors to see. The offending character, by the way, has the...

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