Wednesday, February 27, 2008

This blog is moving to wordpress

My blogspirit days are almost over. Thank Heavens.

17:39 Posted in Software | Permalink | Comments (12) | Tags: blogspirit, wordpress

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Leaving Blogspirit

It has now been about 48 hours since blogspirit stopped along comments that require user authentication through, and about six days since I last heard from customer support on any of my six outstanding tickets.

This is unacceptable.

I am currently in the process of migrating off of blogspirit. Blogspirit makes this as difficult as possible, but I believe I have managed to back up the current site, and I am currently writing the scripts that will be necessary to import all the posts, comments, and everything else from this site to a new home for tdaxp.com.

I ask for your patience in this transition.

14:35 Posted in Software | Permalink | Comments (11) | Tags: blogspirit

Monday, February 25, 2008

Blogspirit's comment nightmare

It appears that many, if not all, comments that require verification (in general, long ones or those with links) are being silently held and/or deleted by blogspirit. Very disappointing, but typical of the user-hostile, unhelpful, and generally low-quality service I've experienced from Blogspirit over the years.

09:20 Posted in Software | Permalink | Comments (17) | Tags: Blogspirit, Blogging, bugs

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Blogspirit is laughably incompetent

Not only does blogspirit eat comments, the laughably terrible blog service provider now won't even let me access my own blog! I can log in, receive email, edit the administration panel, etc, but going to tdaxp.com or tdaxp.blogspirit.com must times out.

This is from my home. I can access it from my office just fine.

Whenever blogspirit acts up in this sort of way, I think how many other people it's also effecting. It must be quite a number.

Blogspirit's service is slow and often hostile. Their "premium" support is a joke: you find yourself running in circles again and again. With the eaten comments, for instance, blogspirit first claimed that it didn't happen, then acknowledges that it happens, then asks for evidence that it happens: and then repeats. This has been going on for more than a year.

I started this site on blogspirit because at the time blogspirit had the easier administration I can't imagine that this is the case anymore. Simple things require complicated hand-coding of HTML plus blogspirit's unique "smarty" template technology. Other things are just impossible.

And then there's all the things that don't work.

Stay away from blogspirit!

09:28 Posted in Blogosphere | Permalink | Comments (5) | Tags: blogspirit

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Major Apologies to S.M. Stirling!

S.M. Stirling isn't just the international best-selling author who has made a permanent mark on science-fiction and fantasy literature. He isn't only a major influence on how I think about history, as a result of his Draka trilogy.



He also joins the ranks of those unlucky enough to have their comments eaten by blogspirit's awful spam filtering system.

Fortunately, Mr. Stirling sent in his comment through email, so I could manually publish it. However, whenever people complain to me about blogspirit's brain-dead anti-community "spam" filtering, I think of the dozens or hundreds who give up, and whose voices are never heard.

An excerpt:

First, it provided a self-regulating population-control mechanism because marriage (and birth) rates tracked the economy, with a lag. When times were hard by customary standards, people married later and more never married; for example, the population of England stopped growing in the 1640's and didn't start up again until the 1720's, for exactly that reason -- as many as a quarter of the women in late Stuart England never had children, and the average age of marriage was as high as 26....

Hence the Industrial Revolution in England didn't have to pry people out of time-encrusted customary communities of peasants 'rooted in the soil', because if any such had ever existed they'd been dissolved a long, long time before.


Read the rest!

12:33 Posted in Vanity | Permalink | Comments (3) | Tags: blogspirit

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Trackback Spammers v. tdaxp!

I sent a snarky note to blogspirit's technical support line, because of all the trackback spam that gets through.

Here's the response:

You blog has nearly 90% of all the spam on blogspirit, for information on the last 5 days we stopped more than 130 000 spams on your blog.


WOW!

11:05 Posted in Vanity | Permalink | Comments (5) | Tags: blogspirit

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Trackback Spam

Probably a hundred false "track backs" -- a type of spam that hurts blogs -- have been getting through my blog service provider's (blogspirit's) filters a day. This has been going on for a week.

What's most annoying is blogspirit's terrible (read: nonexistent) communication with its clients. What's going on? Technical incompetence? An attempt at installing a new system? A shakedown by the internet mafia? What?

Blogspirit: Bad service, worse communication.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Wired Minds is very slow

After being unable to access my blog for a few days, I checked it again today... and noticed that the page was taking a long time to load. This was strange, as I could go into HTML source view and see that everything appeared to be there. I quickly discovered the answer: wiredminds.com. The bottom of all blogs on the blogspirit network, including mine, now include code of the following sort:

<!-- WiredMinds Web eMetrics V2.14 START --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var pgname="tdaxp.blogspirit.com"; var grname="blogspirit_BLOGS"; var version="2.14"; var resolution=""; var color_depth=""; var plugin_list=""; var jv=0; var ref=document.referrer; if(typeof(top.document)=="object") ref=top.document.referrer; resolution=screen.width+"x"+screen.height; color_depth=navigator.appName!='Netscape'? screen.colorDepth : screen.pixelDepth; for (var i=0; i<navigator.plugins.length; i++) { plugin_list += navigator.plugins[i].name + ';'; } if (navigator.javaEnabled()) { jv=1; } document.write('<div><a target="_blank" href="http://www.wiredminds.com"><img src="http://demo.wiredminds.com/click_track/ctin.php?custnum=15&sname=tdaxp.blogspirit.com&pagename='+escape(pgname)+'&group='+escape(grname)+'&version='+version+'&js=1&jv='+jv+'&resolution='+resolution+'&color_depth='+color_depth+'&plugins='+escape(plugin_list)+'&referrer='+escape(ref)+'" alt="WiredMinds eMetrics tracking with Click Track" border="0"></a></div>'); //--> </script> <noscript> <div><a target="_blank" HREF="http://www.wiredminds.com"><img src="http://demo.wiredminds.com/click_track/ctin.php?custnum=15&sname=tdaxp.blogspirit.com&pagename=tdaxp.blogspirit.com&group=blogspirit_BLOGS&version=2.14" alt="WiredMinds eMetrics tracking with Click Track" border="0"></a></div> </noscript> <!-- WiredMinds Web eMetrics V2.14 END -->


Because the browser waits for this user-tracking javascript program to load before displaying the page, blogspirit's foolish use of wiredminds hurts bloggers and users. Wired Minds: a bad move.

An update is available below the fold

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

www.blogspirit.com

Sorry for no post last night. Yesterday saw another unannounced and unexplained service outage at blogspirit (tdaxp.blogspirit.com's blog hosting provider). Unlike dreamhost there does not appear to be a "blogspirit blog" that explains what goes on. Traditionally, blogspirit support is officious and curt, so I'm not expecting any explanation to come from them.

06:55 Posted in Blogosphere | Permalink | Comments (2) | Tags: blogspirit, dreamhost

Sunday, December 10, 2006

LOL! Blogspirit just gets worse. (Broken HTML. Again.)

You can't make incompetence like this up.



This same thread also eats comments. How many problems can blogspirit generate at once?

Hostile and/or absent tech support (which I'm supposedly paying for), lost comments, broken HTML.

I wonder if blogspirit is on its last legs. I'm backing up all posts and comments, in case this company goes bankrupt soon.

11:55 Posted in Software | Permalink | Comments (3) | Tags: Blogspirit, Blogging, Blogs

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