Monday, May 26, 2008

Flickr tip

Here's a tip for Flickr users: adding date-taken-calendar/ to the end of your photostream shows a cool month calendar of photos taken that month! Try this...

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Banana fights

There's been lots in the news recently about the ongoing spat between various banana organisations here. It seems that the long-standing official body the D/a Banana Producers (DPBL) and the Fair Trade farmers organisation have been at loggerheads for ages.

Thing is, Fair Trade would seem to be the way to go, more even than organic. (In fact, this article debunks the myth that organic is good for you, and for the environment.) UK Fair Trade bananas have gone from sales of £7.8 million in 2000 to £150 million in 2007; we have to embrace it and stop the infighting.

And as a footnote, this article highlights another 'banana war' going on - between UK supermarkets.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Fighting spam... again

Recently I discovered to my horror that tons of spam had been sent 'from' my address. I knew this because my in-box had 1,500 bounced back messages. The trouble with this kind of spam is that it's impossible to report since bounce backs don't have the headers of the original spam. I did trace the hosting company of the link seen in the SPAM e-mail, and that after I sent off an irate e-mail to the China-based hosting complaint the spam did slow down. More to do with the 'natural' cycle of spam than my e-mail I think.

Normally any spam I get I report: I view the message source, copy, and paste into my account. I knew there must be a plug-in to automate this, and there was. I started with the Habu add-on, but have since gone with the plug-in from secondwheel.

In fact, the easiest way to report spam to Spamcop is simply to forward the mail to the unique e-mail you get when you sign up!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

fantasy league champ

fantasy league champ
Originally uploaded by Steve_Mc

After a grueling 9-month campaign, I win Channel 4 Fantasy Football League.... again!

Final stats:

Overall points total
Steve 501
Simon 496
Liz 478
Wendy 466
Harry 445
RJ 390
Andrew 312
Dan 307
Tony 296

Best 3 months
Steve 214
Wendy 213
Simon 204
Liz 195
Harry 190

Months Won
2 Steve, Simon, Liz
1 Harry, Wendy, RJ