SpamKarma going open source

Hmmm. I’m not sure what this means for my blog, but Dave of the awesome SpamKarma is no longer developing this tool, he has instead made it open source so that some other group can take over. I love this tool! I’ve recommended it often in blogging classes and now I have to figure out what this new development means. Dave cites the following reasons for this change in license:

1) Life.
Much as I love the challenge and excitement of coding an anti-spam filter and thinking up new tricks to defeat parasitic life-forms of the web, I just don’t have the time anymore. And to be honest, if I did have the time, I probably would have other challenging, exciting new projects I’d rather tackle. I’m fickle like that.

2) WordPress
I will really try to keep that one short, because I could probably write a novel of that. And it wouldn’t be a very interesting read.

In a word: WordPress kinda sucks nowadays. Its retarded upgrade rate makes it nearly impossible to keep up, in turn making it a constant security threat on my servers. And each time I finally cave in and install one of those “mandatory security upgrade”, it also installs 600 Ko of other theme compatibility-breaking fluffy crap that I never asked for in the first place. Usually setting the ground for the next cycle of security-exploit-rushed-upgrade. To sum up, it’s become incredibly bloated and tedious to support. Replacing it on my own servers is very high on my list of things to do (which means somewhat in the first 1000 items).

Having no interest for WordPress anymore, I have thus very little interest for WordPress-related development.

As for WP coming bundled with its own anti-spam plugin, I could also go on for hours on that. The fact that a community-based open-source project is used to distribute a commercially licensed piece of software doesn’t make me particularly happy. But frankly I haven’t cared and still don’t care enough to even raise a stint. At any rate I know lots of people (me included, obviously), aren’t convinced by the way Akismet works and are happier doing the filtering on our own servers, so there is definitely room for SK2-like plugins out there.

Anyway, thanks everybody for your support all these years and let’s gather a round of applause for our brand new Spam Karma GPL Edition!

As for myself, I can say that Akismet does not catch all of my spam – hence the install of SpamKarma. What are others out there thinking about this development?

The Twitter Exodus

At first I didn’t see a point to using Twitter – mainly because I don’t pay for text messaging on my phone and I didn’t want to visit the Twitter site on a regular basis. Then I started working from home and had IM open all day. Twitter’s IM functionality was very handy and so I jumped on board.

For a while now, Twitter’s IM functionality has been disabled – but now I don’t want to lose touch and so I find myself visiting the Twitter site. The questions is – how much longer are we all going to put up with this nonsense?

The answer is – not much longer! There is a general exodus going on (at least among my friends). People are switching to using FriendFeed over Twitter.

Now, while FriendFeed is awesome – and well worth checking out (see my page), it’s not a replacement for a site that lets me IM my quick messages – like Twitter did. So, what do I do? Do I drop that means of communicating? Do I lose touch with those I keep up with on Twitter? Or do I subscribe to a bunch of FriendFeeds and just forgo the communication side of things?

I don’t have an answer – I’m just ranting and sharing :)

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New WordPress

Last night (after uploading files to the wrong directory – duh!) I upgraded to WordPress 2.5 and I have to say this is going to take some getting used to! I know that there are a new features and tools and such – but the new layout is confusing me! I can’t find my tools! Most importantly, I want my categories to be on the right hand side of my post – why should I have to scroll down for them (now they’re below the post and tags).

Anyway, this will take some getting used to.

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Blogging keeps you healthy

Who knew?? In an article titled Blogging’s Good For Your Health Claudine Ryan let’s us all know that our blogging is actually keeping us healthy!

Blogging can help you feel less isolated, more connected to a community and more satisfied with your friendships, both online and face-to-face, new research has found.

The research, from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, found after two months of regular blogging, people felt they had better social support and friendship networks than those who didn’t blog.

I mentioned in a post a while ago about how our blogging sometimes upsets those around us:

A friend of mine recently started blogging. She is still learning the ropes and really wants to give it her all. This means that she’s spending a lot of free time blogging and reading blogs. Sometimes this bugs her spouse.

What does this have to do with NFAIS? Apparently Michael went through the same thing. He talked about how before he brought blogs into his organization he spent his nights and weekends driving his spouse crazy by using his free time to play with blogs. He encouraged attendees to really take the time to experiment and learn about the technology – even if it means driving your spouse crazy. I guess I’m lucky that I have a geek for a husband – he wanted to learn about blogs right along with me!

So now – those of you going through this can tell your significant others that blogging is actually good for you :)

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Giving Twitter another shot

I know I’ve said in the past that I’m no fan of Twitter – but I’m giving it another go. I’m trying to use it via IM now. So far this is going pretty well. With my new job I have to be online all day – and on IM & Skype & IRC, so using Twitter via IM just fits right into my regular daily workflow. I’m not sure how much I’ll be updating my status – but it’s nice when I’m at a conference (like this week) to update others on what I’m learning.

We’ll see how it goes – but no one can say I didn’t give Twitter a fair shot :)

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