Picasa 2 released

Google has just released Picasa 2, its photo software. I tell you what, this software does everything. Download it now if you have been looking for an easy way to download, organize, upload, and purchase photos…this program is for you! Google does it again!

24 is amazing

The latest episode of 24 (Season 4) just concluded and I have decided this is one of the best TV shows around. I never watched an episode of this show until the Season 4 premiere last week. I’m hooked now though. Thanks a lot Justin 😉

I hardly watch TV outside of sports and news, but I am glad there is a good show on for once. I plan on saving up a little so I can buy the first few of seasons of 24. This will allow me to catch up on everything.

Impressive win

These days, when it comes to the New England Patriots, it is sometimes hard to come off as not surprised when for example a certain play happens or how they win. I admit it, us Patriots fans are spoiled…we have seen it all since Mr. Brady took over three seasons ago. Even when the Pats aren’t playing particularly well or worse, are losing as the end of the game edges closer, I never panic anymore. Never. As a fan, I have so much confidence in the team and the coaching staff that I don’t have the heart attacks that the Red Sox famously gave me over the years.

Yet tonight’s win was something special and was surprising. I never lost confidence in this team despite the constant barrage telling me otherwise.

Considering all of the pre-game hype about Sir Peyton and his incredible offense, the Colts’ offense laid an egg. The Patriots defense was everywhere. I don’t remember seeing a defensive game plan like this in a long time…probably dating back to the Best Gameplan in History ™ during the first Super Bowl vs. the Rams. It was just perfect. Peyton wasn’t committing mistakes so much as he just could not find anyone open. At all.

This one was special. I will remember it for a long time. The job isn’t done though…far from it. I can’t wait for the game next week…just when you think it can’t get any better after beating up Peyton, we get to show those Steelers who are the real champions. I have no doubt the Steelers will provide some nice bulletin board material this week and we will be ready to roar.

3 Games to Glory III – 1 down, 2 to go

A new desk

Since I moved out of my parent’s house, my computer desk has consisted of a folding table that is barely wider then my laptop. I constantly would have things like my mouse, external hard drive, and even the lamp fall off it because it was just too cramped. It also makes it easy to clutter up the area around the desk, because there is really nowhere to put this stuff.

Well today I splurged and bought a nice wooden desk from Staples. I built it all tonight (what a process that was!) and I plan on moving everything onto it tomorrow. Maybe I can post some pictures of it from my digital camera.

Anyways, I feel I finally will have a proper computer work area. A geek must feel at home right?

No Spam?

Matt, who is the lead developer of WordPress, has announced that he completely turned off any comment spam plugins and is relying on the built-in measures that WordPress provides in the version 1.5 betas. I am assuming this means the common moderation list. So far he said, it has worked fine.

I think I am going to try doing this too.

Spam Karma has worked great for the most part (I think out of 50 spams I got recently, it caught all of them except one), but the problem with it is that when a legiminate comment gets caught by it and deleted…it is gone forever. There is no chance to ever bring it back without typing it back in manually. Comments that are borderline “spam” do get moderated, but I have witnessed Spam Karma make some pretty big mistakes before and actually delete legiminate comments even though they have nothing that jumps out to me as spam-like in them.

Which I guess is somewhat acceptable for the most part for a blog like mine if there isn’t too many comments…but a very popular blog and you may have to manually re-enter 10s or even hundreds of legiminate comments that could get caught by Spam Karma and not passed to moderation, instead they get deleted.

I’m sorry, but every comment spam plugin should offer an undo feature for every deleted comment. It is just plain wrong to completely rely on a plugin to correctly determine 100% of the time whether a comment is legit or not when there is no chance to even recover a deleted legit comment. Any software has bugs…what if I install a new release of Spam Karma or another spam plugin and every comment gets flagged as spam and automatically deleted because of a bug? I would flip out over all of my lost comments.

Spam comments are a big problem for almost every blog. Captcha isn’t the answer (one reason is it Spam Karma’s version of it does not work on my blog for some reason), Javascript-based prevention won’t work (since blogs should be open to everything, from cell phones to lynx), a blood sucking plugin isn’t the answer (since it could delete automatically good comments).

Maybe the comment moderation list is the only method that can realistically stop most spam without deleting valid comments. There just has to be an easier way to delete 100s of moderated comments that may have a select few valid comments that were mistakenly captured.