Monthly Archives: October 2007

A Tip off the Old Block

By | October 31, 2007

Chris “Long Tail” Anderson fires off at PR with both barrels, blocking unsolicited press releases and naming-and-shaming those who sent them: Everything else gets banned on first abuse. The following is just the last month’s list of people and companies who have been added to my Outlook blocked list. All of them have sent me something inappropriate at… Read More »

Strip CAPTCHA Spam

By | October 30, 2007

Whatever useful stuff the good guys come up with, the bad guys ain’t far behind. A few months back I wrote about researchers at Carnegie Mellon coming up with a way to use CAPTCHA tools to help decipher words in text by the Internet Archive. The basic idea is that the effort to prevent spammers and others automating… Read More »

Confusing, Sleazy Checkbox Syndrome

By | October 27, 2007

(Please see update below) I am always amused by how even those companies you would think wouldn’t stoop to the foot-in-the-door tactics of spammers, do. Like this one from IBM, at the foot of a submission form — specifically for journalists, no less: (The text reads: This data may be used by IBM or selected organizations, such as… Read More »

The Leopard’s Spot (On)

By | October 26, 2007

Just gotten back from a demo of the new version of Mac’s operating system, Mac OS X Leopard (must confess I don’t like the names. It’s slightly better than Vista, but still a bit lame in my view.) But that’s not the point. I arrived halfway through the demo and so missed a lot of the stuff, but,… Read More »

Hit the Road, Hack

By | October 26, 2007

Interesting project from Reuters, who have teamed up with Nokia to create a mobile journalism toolkit:  So what is in the Mobile Journalism Toolkit? First of all the phone. This is a Nokia N95 which now comes in three different versions. The original European version that we used for most of the trial (image on left). Then there… Read More »