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  • Sarah King 9:38 pm on July 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

    Oh the irony, Google doesn’t like being spidered! 

    There’s a delicious irony when the site that we expect to spider our sites doesn’t like to be spidered itself.

    I’d run a search and then opened each of the results, worked through them and flicked to page 2 and repeated. I then went to refresh page 2, not sure why, and got this lovely little “are you human” check.

    google-bot-checkWhy, yes I am! and it let me proceed.

    Now, this doesn’t affect me in any way, if I have to occasionally enter in a captcha it’s not a big deal.

    Has anyone had any problems because of this?


    • Helge Sverre Hessevik Liseth 10:06 am on September 17, 2014 Permalink

      I run an automated tool that goes out and fetches the keyword rankings for my sites about every day, i check upwards of 50-70 keywords, up to the 30th page, i have to enter a few Captchas along the way.

  • Sarah King 9:58 pm on June 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

    Password Cracks I didn’t expect! 

    I got a bit sidetracked by an NZ Herald on passwords: Tired of passwords? You aren’t alone. I find myself in both camps, both the user of passwords and the enforcer of rules. The self loathing as I had to type up the error message “Please use at least one upper case character” into my script.

    The article itself was nothing particularly new and as the cost of automated SMS messages drops we’ll find reputable websites start sending us one use codes instead of relying on us to remember passwords – just don’t lose your phone or leave it in another room or you’ll be scrambling. (More …)

  • Sarah King 9:49 pm on June 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: mentionData, p2   

    Just having a whirl with WordPress’ P2 theme after hearing Matt Mullenweg wax lyrical. I like the look and it suits my kind of blogging – however – if you have many, many users in your system it WILL fall over.

    It isn’t enough just to comment out the line in the javascript, you have to comment it out at the PHP level. I hate changing code within a theme but this, it seems, is what you have to do.

    Go to /wp-content/themes/p2/inc and open js.php
    On line 250 wrap php comments around the code (or delete it entirely)

    <?php /* var mentionData = user_suggestion() ); ?>; */ ?>
    var mentionData = false;

  • Sarah King 9:45 am on June 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: calendar, ,   

    Google slowly catching up on alternate emails 

    I have all my main email addresses listed as alternates on my account page. It makes sense to me and I’m happy for Google to have that information about me.

    google-calendarIt’s been a source of irritation, though, that Google haven’t recognised those other emails when used within their apps such as Analytics and Calendar. (More …)

  • Sarah King 12:39 pm on February 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Take the rough with the smooth in social media 

    I recently had a really interesting experience with facebook. I made a post on a company’s facebook page that was, perhaps, incendiary, the other party certainly thought so and took an extremely heavy handed approach. I’d tried to word my post so that a positive spin could be taken – I wanted the company to come out smelling of roses, that would have been a win-win. (More …)

    • Sarah King 3:52 pm on May 1, 2014 Permalink

      JeansWest just aced it. This is how “complaints” should be managed.

      JeansWest Facebook Page

  • Sarah King 7:09 pm on January 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Say “No” to content spinners 

    Content Spinners have been around for a long time now, some are very sophisticated and some are like blunt force instruments. Put one in the hands of someone who is ESL and it all falls to pieces.

    spun-contentIn my example the “writer” is Indian – and the level of English literacy coming out of that nation is usually very good. Not in the case of ashokdhan, sadly.

    Ashok appears to have consulted a thesaurus and discovered that where the original document might say:

    I confess to spending lots of my time with purchasers fixing technical problems

    (More …)

  • Sarah King 12:19 pm on December 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , pst, transcend   

    Using Transcend to get .PST files into Gmail 

    My husband’s beloved Shuttle running Windows XP died last week and in it’s place came Windows 8 with all the changes that neither of us were expecting. Gone was the old Outlook, gone was Word and Excel. After our initial setup woes it stopped feeling so different and it does appear to be quite a nice operating system.

    We’ve managed to install Office 2007 and even PageMaker 5 and I’ve added the apps for Gimp and a few other graphics programs.

    (More …)

  • Sarah King 1:18 pm on September 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Alasdair Thompson uses Sri Lankan spammers to promote himself? 

    The  once hard working and high profile leader of the EMA fell from grace in 2011. It appears he’s committed to public service and is looking to be elected to a district health board.

    His blog at fairpoint.co.nz promotes him and even has a post on researching the gender pay gap – you have to admire his spirit in tackling that issue head on! Oh, and he has a book coming out.

    What astounds me, though, is that he has been suckered by the claims that comment spam is good link building and a good way to promote himself. I can’t even begin to imagine how the sales pitch went, but the post the comment was left on was written in 2008. The IP address that the comment was left from is clearly not his – it relates back to Sri Lanka.

    So, if he’s so gullible as to believe that spamming his site around NZ blogs is good practice can he be trusted as a candidate?

    And should we be checking all the candidates for similarly naive business decisions?

    Alasdair Thompson

    • Sarah King 2:39 pm on September 27, 2013 Permalink

      I took a look at mayoral candidate John Palino’s site – and on the home page it states “The website is best viewed in Fire Fox and/or Internet Explorer”

      John Palino

      You have got to be kidding me. This isn’t 1995.

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