Guitars, Paramedics, Linux, and Me

March 29, 2017

Update March 2017

Filed under: Whatever! — S. Kindley @ 10:26 pm

I’m still around. I still enjoy guitars and working as a Paramedic. I’m not really involved in software development and/or Linux anymore sadly. I just have too many things going on at once. My other long time passion that had to take a backseat to other obligations are firearms.

I have several firearms and carry concealed on a daily basis. I’m not certain how the topic of firearms sits with WordPress but I intend to find out soon. Hopefully it won’t be prohibited.

I’ve always had a personal policy to only post content when I had something to say. Until now I’ve pretty much said everything I wanted to say about Guitars, Paramedics, and Linux if, and until, something pops up that piques my interest.

I’ve really enjoyed watching the traffic to my article on login restrictions on Fedora Core 6 and articles on guitar neck profiles. I’m simply amazed at how much interest is still around concerning both subjects.

The login article has enjoyed the most views simply because I published it over 10 years ago when no one else was working on solutions like that for Linux. I’ve retraced my own steps and repeated the process with newer “RH” type distributions (and even a Debian based one) with only minor adjustments but have long since lost interest in doing it again.

Today my articles on guitar neck profiles are catching up in popularity with that Linux login article. It doesn’t carry the same personal satisfaction for me because it isn’t something I figured out on my own. These articles are merely compilations of data and specifications gathered from research and other people’s work. Hence the “in article” citations for sources.

In the future I hope to focus more content based on my experiences working the street as a Paramedic and, if allowed, new content concerning firearms and 2A issues.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013

Filed under: Whatever! — S. Kindley @ 11:35 pm

Not looking back!

May 2, 2013

Blog Is Back Up!

Filed under: News,Whatever! — S. Kindley @ 5:35 pm
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I got home this afternoon and found that this blog had been disabled by WP. There was a message saying that I had somehow violated their Terms of Service. The informational notice I was able to access explained that if I felt they had made a mistake to contact them. I did so immediately and am pleased to know that within an hour or two the blog was once again operational.

As per the response I received the blog was flagged by their automated spam controls. They reviewed my blog and lifted the suspension.

While I appreciate their tenacity toward blog spam I do think there should be a method to notify and review before a suspension is levied. I’ve operated this personal blog since 2006 and would really hate to have the time spent on it wasted over silly mistakes. At any rate I’m back up and running and have no hard feelings toward WordPress. In fact I am very pleased at the quick reply and attention they gave to this issue once I got home and contacted them.

April 10, 2013

Blog SPAM

Filed under: News,Whatever! — S. Kindley @ 2:29 am
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Blog SPAM

I’m really amazed at the number of comments in my WordPress spam queue right now. It’s rather obvious that the comments are left by people who don’t type English as their primary language. Those that do generally leave a one word comment (or short phrase) followed by an ellipsis. I find that rather ironic since the Greek meaning of ellipsis is “falling short”. It’s as if these people who do this can’t understand that there spam is falling short of their intended goal.No SPAM

I never really explored or investigated what the Akismet Stats feature was all about until just a little bit ago. I guess it just works really well. I’ve had this blog since late 2006 and the stats page shows Akismet has quarantined over 500 spam comments so far.

Consider these things bloggers should know about concerning spam. It’s from the Akismet How It Works page. Credit and copyright belongs to them for the “5 things” I’ve listed below. Reprinted here in the spirit of fair use. Go give them some love!

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5 things every blogger should know about spam

1. Web spam is different from email spam.

Email spammers want you to buy their product. You are the target of the ad contained in each email spam you receive. Comment/web spammers want your readers to buy their product. You (the blogger, author, moderator) are not the target.

2. Web spammers are social engineers.

Email spammers write messages to get your attention. Comment spammers write messages to escape your attention. They want you to believe they are real bloggers, real people, writing real comments, so you’ll approve the comment and publish it on your site. They use flattery, appeal to your good nature, and simply lie in order to convince you to give them the benefit of the doubt.

3. Web spammers are basically advertising on your blog..

..and they’re keeping all of the profits. They’re not even asking your permission first. Right now someone is offering to sell links from your blog to anyone willing to pay a few dollars (or a few cents). If your blog is well known, it may even be listed by name, with backlinks for sale at a set price.

4. It’s all about the backlinks.

Web spammers are selling links from your blog to their clients.  They do this to game the search engines and trick your readers into visiting dubious web sites. Their clients are sometimes seemingly harmless, but are often peddling fake pills, porn, scams and malware. Sometimes they’ll use “buffer sites” – that is, innocent looking web pages intended to disguise the fact that they’re really advertising something more sinister.

5. Spammers employ humans.

Not all spam is delivered by spambots. Spammers are increasingly using humans to write and post comments by hand. Typically they are exploiting low-paid workers in internet cafes, schools and factories. Sometimes they are viral marketers paid to promote a new product. Either way they are trying to exploit your blog for their profit – and hoping to do it without you noticing.

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If you would like to see an example of some of the blog spam I’ve received and how easy it is to quickly identify the “one word followed by the ellipsis” pattern click: (more…)

March 25, 2013

Resurrecting my blog

Filed under: Whatever! — S. Kindley @ 2:49 pm
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I decided I would resurrect this blog. I’ve been primarily hanging out on Facebook with the little spare time I have but it’s becoming more and more hostile and I have no real control over content there.

Many things have changed for me since my last activity in 2009 so I figured I would see how things would work out if I started using this blog again.

If you are into guitars or EMS I hope you will find something here to talk about. If your a Linux fan you’ll be disappointed as I no longer do much with it outside of personal use. I’ve found things have changed so much in OSS and Linux that much better resources are available to you. I’ll keep the old Linux/OSS content for reference.

Enjoy!

Scott

Blog at WordPress.com.

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