The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

You know, if my Page Rank™ wasn't so high, I probably wouldn't have to do this. Ah, the price of fame …

I decided to scrap the Obligatory Email Notification here at The Boston Diaries. I modified the script a few months ago to record the nefarious abuses of that script, and now, I've decided that enough is enough. The only people who are using abusing the script (and there are currently 200 or so fake requests awaiting verification) are spammers (especially this past month—the crap I've seen being submitted makes me think it's related to a rather sophisticated spamming attack).

Now, I haven't scrapped the email notification entirely—all who are currently subscribed (all six of you) will still receive email notifications of updates here, but I'm not accepting any new signups.

And I've gone ahead and replaced the Obligatory Email Notification section of the sidebar with Obligatory Twitter Updates—updates from my stupid Twitter trick from a few days ago. Because, you know, you can never have too much extraneous crap cluttering up the blog.

Obligatory Picture

[“I am NOT a number, I am … a Q-CODE!”]

Obligatory Contact Info

Obligatory Feeds

Obligatory Links

Obligatory Miscellaneous

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