Monthly Archives: April 2013

Regarding Comments

If anyone came to this blog Tuesday or Wednesday they may have seen that the blog was down. Large amounts of ‘attempted spam’ caused the host to first suspend the account, and after my request, unsuspend the account and just block the blog’s subdirectory until I got things fixed.

Since the spam was only attempted spam, I wasn’t aware of  it, but it was still causing a drain on the host’s resources. So I have installed a CAPTCHA. It’s not one of those difficult to read series of letters and numbers, but a mathematical equation you have to solve. Don’t worry, so far the math problems I’ve seen are rather simple, and I think you can handle it.  (For example:  3 + _ = 8.) Would you know what number to type?

Downside: you might not be able to comment after a few beers…but that might be best for all concerned anyway.

In testing the CAPTCHA it came to my attention that while the CAPTCHA works fine, the comments weren’t working. I can’t even view the comments in old posts that I know have them.

No one left me any comments to tell me the comments weren’t working!!!

This weekend I am going to backup my  blog, delete this WordPress installation, reinstall WordPress, and upload my backup. I am hopeful this will solve everything.


Today I forwarded an email I originally sent in 2005 back to a mailing list my wife and I are on.

Wife: You still had an email you sent back in 2005?

Me: I don’t delete any of my emails.

Wife: Why not?

Me: You never know when you will need them.

Wife: You’re insane.

Me: This is proof! If I had deleted that email, I wouldn’t have had it to send to the mailing list today.



I do delete some email that get sent to me.

And I have deleted emails I have sent to myself between email accounts containing very large attachments. I only need the backups of those files in one email account.

But other than that, I have never deleted any email from my sent folder since opening my Gmail account in June of 2004.

Currently, in my primary email account, my sent folder contains 13,027 email conversations, and the whole account contains 129,647 conversations.

Sure, I could delete some of that.

However, I’m only using 56% of the space available. Why should I?

Who knows what email I will want to refer back to 9 years from now?