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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...

Make The Upgrade Reminder Go Away

One of the most-read posts in this blog dates back to January of 2009. In it, I described the manipulation of some of the registry values in order to make the Trados concordance window reappear on the screen. Registry manipulations can go very wrong – but if you’re missing the thrill of fiddling with registry entries (will my computer restart all right?) and you are annoyed by...

Cutting the Cord

We finally cut the cord. For a long time, TV program providers via cable or satellite were seen as the content gatekeepers. And boy, did they relish that role. Not only were prices astronomically high, but you also had to buy one of their infamous “bundles” – meaning that you paid for a slew of programs you were not interested in and never watched. It was impossible to...

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,...

Stop Protection

Most of you will be familiar with this problem: You receive a protected Word file but you need to make changes to it. Nobody knows the password or is willing to find out. Before you give in and try to download one of the numerous utilities available on the Internet (and in the course of it probably catch some bug), there is a simpler solution. Yesterday, I had to fill out an application...

Expected Behavior (FF)

There was a time when we did not have tabbed browsing. Each link we followed called the linked content into the same browser window and we lost the previously displayed content. I’m glad we have browser tabs; I like them. What I do not like or understand is that Firefox starts the first (and therefore single) window in a tab. The purpose of tabbing is to organize the content when...

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