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Thursday, September 22, 2005

damn the spam

My blog's getting spammed a lot lately, mostly with comment spam, which I've been deleting. Now I'll have to take measures to prevent this spamming.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about comment spam (or blog spam or link spam):

Link spam (also called blog spam or comment spam) is a form of spamming or spamdexing that recently became publicized most often when targeting weblogs (or blogs), but also affects wikis (where it is often called wikispam), guestbooks, and online discussion boards. Any web application that displays hyperlinks submitted by visitors or the referring URLs of web visitors may be a target.

A spamblog is an automated weblog that exists solely to send spam (particularly comment or trackback spam) or to facilitate the sending of such spam.

Adding links that point to the spammer's web site increases the page rankings for the site in the search engine Google. An increased page rank means the spammer's commercial site would be listed ahead of other sites for certain Google searches, increasing the number of potential visitors and paying customers.

Check out the Wikipedia entry.

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blogging about gaming

Check out hackenslash: the blog for all hackenslash- and gaming-related posts.

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gypsy girl online

Meet Gypsy Girl, our YOU Blog Addict of the Week. Posted by Picasa

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what our kids are doing online

I don't know if you feel the same way, but when I was growing up, I had this notion that when we became adults, we would know what we were supposed to do all the time. It's like after years of being a kid and then a teen, one day you'd wake up and wham, you're an adult and you think, feel and act like one. That you would never have doubts. That the world would make absolutely perfect sense.

Obviously, that's not how life works. It's not a simple, magical transformation, like the kid Billy Batson saying "Shazam!" and turning into Captain Marvel. (And no, don't tell me that comic books are just for kids, hehe.) Particularly when we're talking about parenthood.

I think it's only when we become parents ourselves that we realize that our own parents must not have been the absolutely confident, infallible creatures we imagined them to be when we were kids. It's schocking to think that they might have felt as overwhelmed and as worried as we sometimes are now if we're doing the right thing and being good parents.

It's a learning process, really, an exciting adventure that we share with our kids. Sure, being a parent has its up and downs, and some days can be more trying than others, but my wife Ellen and I wouldn't exchange it for anything in the world. I'm lucky that I get to spend more time with my daughter Sam, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Which is why I could definitely relate to a Computer Associates media conference on keeping the Internet safe for our children.

Here's my @Play Infotech column piece:

IT’S SOMEHOW fitting that Computer Associates held a media briefing on keeping the Internet safe for children on September 21, the 33rd anniversary of the day martial law was declared in the Philippines.

Without going into a lengthy discussion of martial law and the anti-Arroyo rally being staged in Makati City as I write this, I think one of the main reasons for the failure of the social reforms the late Ferdinand Marcos' Bagong Lipunan (New Society) was supposed to introduce (assuming, of course, that the proponents initially intended to reform Philippine society) was that the government sought to impose change on the Filipino people.

If there's anything I've learned about human nature in my own 33 years of existence (yup, I'm a martial law baby), it's that you can't really force people to change. Change has to come from within, when people realize why they have to change and voluntarily embrace a new way of living. Sure, legislation is necessary to deter and punish criminals, but in the end you can't enforce the law without also making people aware of why these laws exist and convincing them that they should follow these laws for their own good. If all you can offer is an iron fist, people will obey you outwardly out of fear, but in their hearts and minds will keep seeking ways to break your laws and subvert your system.

Read the full column piece.

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Me (second from left) and April Rojales of Computerworld Philippines with our fellow Asian tech journalists at Le Meridien in Kuala Lumpur, where we stayed for the Ericsson 3G media workshop. Posted by Picasa

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youth and 3g

Here's the article on the Ericsson 3G media workshop in KL that I wrote for our YOU youth site.

KUALA LUMPUR--Imagine watching a hotly contested Philippine Basketball Association or University Athletics Association of the Philippines game on your mobile phone. How about overseas Filipino making video calls to their loved ones using next-generation handsets? Or catching the latest episodes of a Koreanovela(South Korean soap opera), Pinoy Big Brother or Darna through your cell phone?

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