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Spam wil eat itself, spammer requesting spam comments to be deleted

The site you are watching is rather old. The first posting is from 2002 and that is only because I deleted the database, the first posts were from around 2000.

So I have seen lots of spam attacks on my site, up to the point that I deleted the posisbility to add comments. I know about captchas and bayesian fingerprinting services like mollom, but this is my site with my rules. You want to expres your opinions, hike to facebook, twitter or start your own blog. My site, my rules.

However, back in 2006 I had comments on and there was a posting with some rather lame comments ("yes, I agree, Drupal is great"). Never gave it much thought. However, there was also a link in the users name. ... Indeed spam links. :-(

Now read this mail I got the other day:

Funny right? They have been spamming the internet for ages and now they found out that the postings they have paid for to be placed on sites like mine, are contra productive for their Google ranking and now they wanted to delete the posts!

Here is my answer, lets see what will be happening :-)

(ps I deleted the spams all the same :-)

Oldtimers, GoogleMaps and licenses plates

Google Streetview oldtimer with clear license plate

According to the streetview privacy policy, faces and for example license plates are blurred on streetmap.

Individuals and license plates are blurred
We have developed cutting-edge face and license plate blurring technology that is applied to all Street View images. This means that if one of our images contains an identifiable face (for example that of a passer-by on the sidewalk) or an identifiable license plate, our technology will automatically blur it out, meaning that the individual or the vehicle cannot be identified. If our detectors missed something, you can easily let us know.

But oldtimers with dark colored licenseplates in the Netherlands are not recognized by this Cutting Edge License Plate Technology[TM], as this snapshot from my village shows :-)


Grotere kaart weergeven

(maps)

Dear Google, please read my useragent

Dear Gmail, read my useragent

Everytime you surf towards a website, you send a lot of information about you towards that site. Your IP address and the browser you are using for example with the user agent string. Smart banners -independent of behavioral targeting with tracking cookies- is possible with this. But please google, when I visit gmail in a chrome browser, do not ask me to download chrome. And when I use a Mac, dont ask to me to use the MSI format for that.

Want to know what information you send and how unique you are for a website without using cookies? Visit eff's fingerprinting site.

Webapps ftw

Dorothy and the Tornado
I am, not the biggest fan of "Native Apps", e.g. applications that one has to install on you phone or tablet that are nothing more than a browser reading an RSS feed and displaying the results in a fancy way. Silos.

And ... without letting the user know, send lots of data of the tablet (location, contacts etc) to the mothership. Think about it, would you install "cnn.exe" on your windows host just to access one site? Would you download "microsoft.dmg" to see the website from the other side? Hell no, native apps must die, silos will fall down. I have been ranting about this for a long time, 2008, again and recent in my famous there is an app for that, it is called a browser post.

With progresive design being the standard and with modern mobile browsers honering the tags like VIDEO, a "HTML-Apps" will crush native apps. Not everybody shares that vision, but in broader sense it is clear that webapps will dominate above native apps in the mobile space; they are easy central to update and by definition cross platform.

As stated before, the browser is the OS.

If this is true, there is no reason to stop at a specific devices like a mobile. And indeed, Google docs replaced the office suite and as can be sen below, with pure HTML you can even do photobooth alike effects.
Yet another case for non native apps, see this camera website

And now garageband is having a hard time with a browser based -less UI more interaction with friend- tool called jamwithchrome.
Jam with chrome.

One day, the browser will be the OS and we will all have big fat thin clients again with a mixture of local data and apps and remote data and apps. Al I wish for is that -despite the fact that I wish every company as much sicess as they can get- Google will not be the new Microsoft and Chrome not the new IE.

Google Maps in ASCII Art

Google Maps done in ASCII art. See http://tllabs.io/asciistreetview/ for yourself, well done.

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