September 30, 2004

If anybody is worried that I might have gone into hibernation again because there have been no posts at all this week, fear not :p The fact of the matter is that some relatives are in town and are staying with us for a couple of weeks. I took this week off from work so that we could take them shopping and to see places and so on and so, I’m only online long enough to make sure that things are running smoothly and to get my e-mail. In fact, I haven’t had any time to even work on any code since Monday – when they arrived :-) So, updates will be slow and any new builds would be even slower to arrive but I certainly haven’t gone into hibernation – hopefully, I should be back online on a more regular basis from next week on.

In the meantime, I know that some people are eagerly awaiting the next build of Blog – I could release it even today but you would hate me for it because there is one major bug in the current build – the fact that all HTML code and formatting gets dropped from all new entries in the WYSIWYG view. The author of the HTMLEdit component has promised a fix for this in his next build and I am awaiting that build so that I can release the next build of Blog.

I’ve been working on a new release of my WPBlacklist plugin for WordPress (I really should get a page up for the plugin soon so that I can have a place to point people to :p) and personally, I think the new one kicks butt :p I have a few more features to complete and some testing to do and if I can find some time this week, I’ll probably finish that and try to get a release out by the beginning of next week so that people can better combat all that annoying spam which is floating around.

Speaking of spam, last week and this week seems to have been especially bad since I have a feeling that somebody either released a new tool that allows people to submit spam via HTTP POSTs or a lot of spammers just found out that they could do it since I was getting spam on anything where you could do a POST. I was getting spam on the forums, I was getting spam on WordPress comments and of course, I was receiving spam on e-mail! After a lot of quick fixes and tightening of security measures, the spam flood seems to have been slowed to a trickle. I got an e-mail telling me that somebody who tried to access my old WP comments script (which is now just a spider-trap) got banned by my spider-trap script. So I know they are still trying to flood me but not getting anywhere. I also set up a trap for people who try to sign on to the forums as new members just to display their spam links – that trap has not been triggered yet but then again, I haven’t had any new spam sign-ups either – so I’m happy :)

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