I know that spam can be a real pain for blogs, so I decided to see what I could use for anti-spam for this blog. I’ve had blog spam in the past before, so I definitely needed to find something. I came across Peter’s Custom Anti-Spam Image Plugin for Wordpress.
It wasn’t working for me at first, but I figured this out to be because I hadn’t installed the php gd extension. This was an easy fix on debian:
Other than that little hitch, the anti-spam image works great!
It makes me so angry sometimes to read about all the DRM’d content there is out there and how the consumer is the one who really gets screwed. If I purchase an HD-DVD or BluRay movie for $35 and I want to be able to rip the movie and put it into a storable format on my computer, I damn well should be able to.
I suppose DRM exists to prevent piracy. Unfortunately the main side effect of this anti-piracy effort is it disables the consumer’s ability to do what they want with their purchased content. If they want to attack piracy, they should just go and legally persecute the people that share the content on the internet. Pirating movies off the internet is a whole different topic though.
For now I just want to be able to take my movie that I bought and put it on any of my devices in any format without having to jump through 500000000 hoops to do it.
[tags]drm, consumer rights[/tags]
I remember years ago whenever I wanted to play with a new server OS, it always required me to have a separate physical machine to run it on. This was a major drawback and made it difficult to experiment with designing server infrastructures consisting of multiple servers and tiers(clustering, load balancing, etc,.). If I wanted to load balance an Apache server and see the effects it had on the running application, it was difficult to emulate a bunch of Apache nodes running behind a load balancer because I only had access to one or two physical machines. Another example is when I was trying out Novell Netware and wanted to test out replication of eDirectory.
Granted there were early versions of virtualization software such as VMware around, they just didn’t have the performance to make a large number of virtual servers on one physical machine usable. Now I am running four different virtual machines on one of my servers, and they all seem to be running and sharing resources very well. This has enabled me to do design and do some test cases on different configurations that wouldn’t have otherwise been possible and easy.
I’m using VMware Server, a free version of VMware’s virtualization software, that allows you to run a number of virtual machines in the background(geared toward servers obviously).
Check out this list, I can definitely relate a lot of these.
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