Daily Archives: August 27, 2006

This kid wants Bob the Builder

How has culture and society changed? Just ask 14-month-old Tyler — the kid in front of us. He keeps looking at my computer and saying something that sounds like Bob the Builder. Bbbbbbbob is really more what it sounds like. But his parents say they let him play with Bob the Builder.com. Damn, they start the kids young on computers in San Francisco.

I think it’s cute that he thinks that Bob the Builder is on my computer too.

Blogging from the ballpark

I love San Francisco. We have free wifi when we come to ballgames here. And the Giants page that comes up with the WiFi is pretty interesting too! (It shows lots of stats of the ballgame we’re watching).

Patrick says he doesn’t like baseball. I told him that there’s Garlic Fries and free WiFi and he’s happy now.

So, if you’re in San Francisco and you attend a baseball game, remember to bring your mit AND your laptop!

Giants won 8-0.


I hate John Comokaz

UPDATE: Looked like Elliott Back was the author of that site, but now I learn he just wrote the software (Elliott just called me and says he’s not involved). This guy John Comokaz (stickybuns@gmail.com) is bothering Elliott too, by dragging his Elliott’s name through the mud. I just did a whois lookup and found the guy who does the crazyfactor site is John Comokaz.

Anyway, now that I have more facts I see that John Comokaz is doing CrazyFactor which is stealing my content without proper attribution, spamming blogs via trackbacks, and doing other crappy things. Anything we can do about this guy?

Sorry to Elliott Back. I should have done a whois to start with.

UPDATE: Ajay says his site is being ripped off too.

Google not serious about Web spam?

Ian Kallen writes about webspam in the Google ecosystem. This is one area that Windows Live Spaces got right. Until Microsoft has an effective spam blocking system it’ll stick with requiring commenters to register.

On the other hand, why doesn’t Google get more aggressive about blocking spammers? Because to do so would require either shelling out some serious cash to acquire Akismet or another spam blocking system or it would require making things a LOT tougher for its users. Translation: that would retard adoption, something that an advertising-distribution network like what Google really is will have a VERY hard time doing.

I need to go back to my little blog counting experiment that flamed out last weekend. When I was looking through the various blog systems I found that while most Live Spaces have no content, Google’s Blogger has a ton of spammers. Not sure which one is better, to tell the truth. 

Thanks to Doc Searls for linking me here.

UPDATE: Matt Cutts, of Google, points out this article is old (April, 2006) and that Blogger has a new system that’s a lot better at cutting down spam. Might be true, but I saw a ton that still was getting through the system last week.

Why I love Automattic

It took less than an hour to wake Toni up (the CEO) and get him to acknowledge the problems here. On a Sunday morning.

I’ve seen so many things written about so many companies who never show up and say a simple “I’m listening.”

And people wonder why WordPress is seeing very rapid growth in both blogs produced on WordPress as well as readers-per-blog?

That’s why. And it’s why everytime I speak to corporate types I tell them how to use Technorati to LISTEN to what bloggers are saying. These are the interactions that get your customers to be wildly enthusiastic (even during times where the product isn’t quite working right).

Update: WordPress tech support says the problem should be fixed now.