MakeSpammersHistory: All comments turned off

I’ve temporarily disabled blog comments for new posts. Sorry.

Today I’ve received, and deleted somewhere in the region of over 400 blog comment spam messages. I am so angry, and so upset that there are selfish, evil people out there who disrupt people’s websites. I sincerely wish that there was something that we could do to stop these people’s activities.

I’ll switch them on again soon, once this batch of comment spammers have moved on.

(In the meantime, I’ll need to work out a new anti-spam technique as I’ve just discovered that the plugin that temporarily disables comments also disables my posting of articles and logging into the site!! How rubbish is that?!)

Update: I’ve now added a new input to the comment form. You now have to type my name, and spell it correctly, in order for comments to be accepted. I’ll see how long that holds it at bay … probably not long, but I can only try.

The power of defrag

Amazing what an overnight defrag does to your PC. My PC had gradually been slowing down, and it was getting more and more noticeable with frequently-used applications, such as Outlook and Firefox, taking longer and longer to start up. So, the night before last, I left my PC on overnight and ran a full system defragment using O&O Defrag (I have version 6). By the morning, I was quite astounded just how much faster my system is now running; it is positively flying along now.

O&O Defrag allows you to defragment the files on your hard drive using any one of five methods. I chose the “COMPLETE/Access method” which “defragments your files and reorganizes your file structure” and “guarantees maximum system performance when your files are being read.” I’ll let O&O Help tell you what that means:

Files are sorted according to when they were last accessed. The files that have been accessed the least will be placed at the beginning of the partition, and those that are accessed that most frequently are put near the end. Seldom-used files are defragmented and will not need to be moved in future. Frequently-used files are placed at the end of the volumes. This strategy means that future defragmentation runs are as quick as possible, as fewer files need to be checked and defragmented.

I was beginning to wonder whether I might need to reinstall Windows, but a defrag was all I needed.