Spam Attack!

Run Hans, the dike is bursting! So far, Akismet blocked nearly every spam comment that got to this blog (excepting the shoutbox, of course) and I only had to deal with a trickle of four to ten every day. Yesterday, 247 messages managed to get past Akismet, but fortunately I require everyone to have their comments approved atleast once before they’re allowed to post unmoderated. This meant I was left with the unenviable task of digging through 246 unapproved messages to get to one comment which is probably not spam because it contributes so well to the topic it was on. Such carefully thought out words are hard to find on the Internet these days, and I thought that comment deserved to be saved from being dumped along with the misfits.

For some reason, my blog attracts large amounts of spam. Some people even claim that spambots are the only visitors I have. Those same people languish under the comments of highly intelligent humans, and so I’m glad I’m not in their club.

White on Black, or Black on white?

I’ve noticed that most interfaces on computers A screenshot of my desktop (excepting some terminal emulators and consoles) have a black on white (or dark on light) scheme for no particular reason at all. Having heard that light on dark schemes are easier on the eyes I decided to give the whole thing a whirl. I like my dark-themed desktop and think it looks beautiful, but there is one problem.

It’s a pain to browse. Most webpages are still dark on light and it’s really hard on the eyes to have your browser in black and your page in white. This is one of those times I’m really happy I have firefox ( actually Swiftfox ). Out comes Stylish, an extension for Firefox that lets you set different CSS styles for sites you visit, over-riding their defaults.

My favourite two styles are by Valacar, a Dark Blue Google redesign and a Dark Grey Youtube redesign.
Youtube with the Dark CSS
The rest of my desktop is:

  • The Neutronium High theme for Gnome with the Human theme window border and Tango icon theme.
  • The default Ubuntu background (warty-lagoon) colourised to Blue
  • The Firefox Gnome support package

Another Train Post

Today there shall be another post about my journey home on the South Line. My great laziness doth prevent me from writing about more interesting things. Or maybe not. In any case, today, our train hit an old man walking across the tracks. The railway lines aren’t particularly separated from the rest of the land along most of their length and people often cross them. Naturally this means there are many fatalities, mostly people engrossed in their mobile phone conversations or old people. This was one such fatality.

Sad really, but there is little that can be done to prevent stuff like this from happening other than opening a gigantic subway pass all along the path of the tracks because people live everywhere and they insist on crossing tracks at risk to their own life. This will keep happening. If I’m lucky I won’t see it.