tell me about it

That worked.  :-)

snapshot of email with preset title for spambots

Anyone who wants to post a comment or contact for other nonspamming reasons can do so by selecting a different ‘category’ from the menu.  This wonʼt catch every spammer but the botsʼll need to be programmed to read.  Should work for a few months?


Update 2014-10-26: One got through yesterday.  Ah well.

reasons to switch

One more reason to switch to a normal BSD or Linux.  OSX (10.5, and I donʼt know if fixed in 10.{6,}) makes hard links difficult to use.

Situation:  I have one stylesheet file to be used in multiple ePUB files.  I develop ePUBs with a web browser (in current practice, Safari).  Hmmm ... Safari doesnʼt read MacOS aliases.  Actually I remember that coming up with web browsers before.  It does read symlinks or hard links, good.  But the Finderʼs contextual menu compress command doesnʼt include symlinked files.  Oh well, use hard linking.  Errr...

drupal overlay i kill you

Iʼve turned off the Drupal Overlay system.  One too many times of the big problem.

The small problem is that itʼs slow.  (Isnʼt javascript always slow?)

trust me iʼm a writer

(This article – which contains an illustrative range of ‘profane’ terms – started out as a tangent in an upcoming post, but has grown too large – so here itʼs by itself.)

The author of a fiction website I like to keep up with has a proposal for a simple ‘rating’ scheme for websites to declare their suitability for age and sensitivity of readers.  (It may be based on the US film industryʼs rating scheme, not sure.)  The system is used on-site, normally rated ‘all welcome except those with uptight parents’, but the author found it necessary a few years ago to supersede that with an age-14 limit for one story.  She had decided to use stronger language, and make it more honestly (rather than cartoonishly) violent than usual.

I believe the idea here is that you try to reassure the parents of some of your possible audience that children are safe with you (most of the time anyway).  And fair enough.  Trouble is, if I was a parent, I wouldnʼt trust authorsʼ self certification – even if I thought access restrictions were all that useful in the first place.  Itʼs much like the content description meta tags we learned to distrust years ago.  They may be useful, but Iʼd want independent content rating, based on an actual examination.  Of course I would also want it to be genuinely independent and objective, which may be hard.  I fear many parents, and self-appointed advisors of parents, just want the appearance of safety measures, irrespective of practicality.

I also fear that, though I am no longer fresh in the world, some people and organisations seem interested in managing my access for me.  The increasingly alien UK government, for one, have decided that the UK population will have access restrictions by default, and enforced by social stigma.

evil alert

What do you call a site which, to display a page, requires so many hundreds of cookies to be set – or at least brings up so many hundreds of cookie alerts, possibly all doing the same thing – that you simply lose count and the will to ... live with the page, and so go away?


Funniest comment in weeks:

“thanks all, will put amended version into a Word doc for posterity”

Now why is that funny?  Er, because we already canʼt read five-year-old word documents?  Not exactly, I mean, quite often we canʼt read ten second old word documents.

Plone: Born to be Wild

...and free once more to roam...

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Yes: thirty one escapes in a css file generated via zettwerk.ui, as found in the Zope Management Interface ... I assume thatʼs five levels of processing safety.  Impressive?


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