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Have I done something wrong – WordPress blog vanished January 9, 2007

Posted by Ray in Interesting and Topical.

Hi I have 5 blogs on wordpress.com, sorry, I had 5 blogs on wordpress.com until tonight.

On going to login at wordpress.com I was greeted with the message your account has been suspended. Now as far as I am aware I have not done anything to breach terms and conditions of using wordpress.

I tried several times to login without success, checking cookies are enabled etc but still no joy. I then clicked on the “lost your password link at the bottom of the login screen and entered my email address. Sure enough I was emailed a link to request a new password and after clicking I received another email containing a new password.

I was able to login successfully with the new password but immediately noticed one of my blogs has gone completely from the control panel. The blog offered spyware prevention and removal advice. There is no sign of it anywhere. I do not think I have breached any terms and conditions so can anyone offer any explanations or has anyone experienced a similar situation.

I find it a little weird to say the least.

Apparently it was due to the fact I had placed an affiliate link on the blog. I did not realise this was against terms and conditions and have now removed it.


Overdoing it and tracking Santa December 23, 2006

Posted by Ray in Interesting and Topical.
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I think most of us still secretly enjoy the Christmas festivities, even though we may be reluctant to admit it. It is always good to sit together with your family and reflect on the years events and have a bit of fun. I personally cannot understand why people are driven to purchase food and alcohol in ridiculous quantities.

My wife works at a local supermarket and bears witness to the carnage that we call Christmas. Shelves are swept clean by greedy shoppers who seem to think the world is coming to an end. £350 worth of food balancing precariously in a wire trolley is a common sight as people get ready to binge for 3 days.

Much of the food will be simply wasted and thrown away without a second thought. It seems so arrogant to waste food when there are so many who have none. Setting aside the plight of populations who suffer drought and famine, there are many people in the UK alone who are sleeping rough on the streets and indeed have no food.

Maybe everyone who has excess food left over could donate it to a local homeless charity who could then distribute the supplies to the homeless people of the UK. This may already be in place but if not, someone should set about implementing a plan.

On a far lighter note you can now track Santa as he delivers christmas presents around the world. A very nice looking website titled “Norad tracks Santa 2006” allows you to follow Santa using satellites.

Track Santa

I wish everyone a very merry christmas and a happy and healthy new year for 2007!

Google in talks to buy Youtube October 7, 2006

Posted by Ray in Interesting and Topical, Thoughts, Ideas, Opinions.
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google11.gifIt seems is set to tighten it’s grip on monopolising all that is popular on the Internet. They are apparently in talks with Youtube in a deal that could be worth $1.6 billion. Now don’t you wish you had set-up Youtube!

Unless you have been living in a cave, you will know the popularity and impact that video is having on the Internet at the moment. With all manner of idiots filming with equipment varying from cheap webcams to expensive TV quality cameras. To be honest, I personally love to sit and have a quick browse through Youtubes latest offerings.

It remains to be seen if Youtube will retain its crown or will it be merged with google video and become another head on the monster that is Google. There are few areas of the web that Google is not involved with in some way and I am sure they will be waving the cheque book when the next big thing appears.

And the man said “Google is good”

Domesday book meets the Internet August 7, 2006

Posted by Ray in Interesting and Topical.
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Domesday BookThe Domeday book meets the internet. Who would have thought way back in the late eleventh century that one day the Domesday book would be online.

The Domesday book is the earliest surviving public record. It is a highly detailed survey and valuation of all the land held by the King and his chief tenants in late 11th century England. The book was actually commissioned by William Duke of Normandy as he needed to know what financial resources were available to him. Britain was under threat of invasion from Denmark in 1085 and he had to pay an army of mercenaries to defend the country.

The name Domesday may have been coined as a reference to Judgement day when Christ will return to judge the living and the dead.

The site can be found here but be warned it may be very busy. I could not get on the site at all when I tried it.