Flickr Ticker and more from the feeds

Back home, had a fun weekend in Tahoe (mostly driving to and from, truth be told) but I haven’t touched a computer since Saturday. Came back to find 3,103 comment spams. Gotta talk with Matt Mullenweg about that. Deleting them took quite a while because WordPress doesn’t like dealing with 3,100 spams all at once, so you gotta delete them in chunks. It’s quite possible I deleted some legitimate posts too, sorry about that. Oh, and those were only the ones being held for me to moderate. Akismet blocked more than 9,000 other comment spams too.

Anyway, I just got done reading my feeds and found a few goodies (these highlights are all on my link blog too — there’s tons more over on my link blog):

1. Flickr Ticker. A cool screen saver that runs in your browser and looks like the screen saver on Apple TV, of Flickr’s most interesting photographs. Who said amateurs can’t create beautiful images?
2. Vecosys says that 192.com is a lot better than Google Maps for images of London.
3. Google’s slow-moving commute busses get called evil. Slow moving things should NEVER be in the left lane. I hate that.
4. Nicole Simon interviews a bunch of speakers/organizers of the Reboot conference (one of the best in Europe). I’m listening to Thomas Madsen-Mygal as I type this. I love how I can learn from conferences I can’t attend this year thanks to Nicole.
5. Alan Reiter takes his Nokia N95 to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. and gets some moving images and a review of the N95. I want a N95 … are we witnessing the death of pocket cameras?

There’s a ton of other good posts too. Anyway, hope you’re having a good Monday.

Comments

  1. That is what you get from getting your wife pregnant!

    I am going to miss you and Maryam but of course it is sensible to stay where you are. Hopefully we will have a lot of reports for you. :)

  2. That is what you get from getting your wife pregnant!

    I am going to miss you and Maryam but of course it is sensible to stay where you are. Hopefully we will have a lot of reports for you. :)

  3. It’s a great phone, Gmail application makes reading mail a doddle. I just hope they do the same for google reader.

    On the spam front, why do you not put of some form of captcha? What we need is a external service that can take all the spam and filter it for us. How about 1p per spam to filter them out? Tell you what I will write it, you advertise it ;)

  4. It’s a great phone, Gmail application makes reading mail a doddle. I just hope they do the same for google reader.

    On the spam front, why do you not put of some form of captcha? What we need is a external service that can take all the spam and filter it for us. How about 1p per spam to filter them out? Tell you what I will write it, you advertise it ;)

  5. Nick: I’m on WordPress.com so can’t choose what technologies get picked to block spam. I hate captchas, though. Although if this level of spam keeps up I might have to go and beat up Matt Mullenweg and have him put one on my blog. Sigh.

  6. Nick: I’m on WordPress.com so can’t choose what technologies get picked to block spam. I hate captchas, though. Although if this level of spam keeps up I might have to go and beat up Matt Mullenweg and have him put one on my blog. Sigh.

  7. Maybe a mashup between wordpress + The Amazon Mechanical Turk is the answer, you get wordpress to build up a job (if there is more than 100 spam to filter) it batches it up, sends it off to Amazon (with a fee for doing it.) then you get them back (hopefully all accurate.)

    But would anyone pay? the million dollar question..

  8. Maybe a mashup between wordpress + The Amazon Mechanical Turk is the answer, you get wordpress to build up a job (if there is more than 100 spam to filter) it batches it up, sends it off to Amazon (with a fee for doing it.) then you get them back (hopefully all accurate.)

    But would anyone pay? the million dollar question..

  9. I closed comments on all posts over 60 days old on my wordpress.com blog (or rather, I wrote a program to do it for me).

    I went from 1500 spam per day to 10 spam per day.

  10. I closed comments on all posts over 60 days old on my wordpress.com blog (or rather, I wrote a program to do it for me).

    I went from 1500 spam per day to 10 spam per day.