misc

The blog is currently being ported from WordPress to over 12 years of static pages of content. If there's an article missing that you're hoping to see, please contact me and let me know and I'll prioritize getting it online.

I'm a SpamAssassin Evangelist

When I started web hosting many years ago, I had to battle spam for other people for the first time. No longer did I have time to write to every ISP, trace every IP address, send nasty-grams, and get lots of confirmations back from sysadmins ... When I started web hosting many years ago, I had to battle spam for other people for the first time. No longer did I have time to write to every ISP, trace every IP address, send nasty-grams, and get lots of confirmations back from sysadmins that accounts had been suspended or cancelled.

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Google AdSense shut me down!

I’m quite speechless at the moment. It would appear that Google felt that by having the users of my site, as well as myself, click on the occasional ad on my Google Ads areas of my web site has somehow triggered a fraudulent flag on me and I’ve been shut down. I’m outraged they would do this without investigation and without my involvement. Their Email eludes to having robots/automated processes clicking on ads, which is absurd.

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do you, geek, take this mini-geek ...

To my mini-geek, Elizabeth: I love you more than anything else. It was about two years ago that you sent me a “wink” at match.com, and followed that up by tracking me down via AIM. Since then, you’ve become the very best friend I’ve ever had. In many ways, it’s felt like forever; in other ways, it feels like only last week that I very nervously sat in Starbucks waiting for you to arrive for that great first coffee date in July, 2003.

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Whoops

Chalk up another entry for the Top Ten List of Oops!! The European Space Agency is reporting a story about how a mission that took 18 years to develop and 7 years to fly out to Saturn’s moon Titan was pretty much a complete failure because someone forgot to turn on a piece of equipment back in 1997 before the launch… Update in 2017: add to that the growing list of other mission failures like writing some of the code in metric and other code in imperial measurements.

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DaeWon, Come

Update 2017: DBlack and I never finalized any deal with the band, and I’ve never seen a penny from the rights to this song. But hey, I have my music on two albums. Hey all. Well, I’ve mentioned it, eluded to it, and talked about it and figured I needed to actually share the song with you to lend weight to what I’ve been braggin’ about for the last few weeks.

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Welcome to iandouglas.com

Update 2017: I registered this domain name in August 2000 and launched the first version of the site as a musician working on a demo recording of Christian-themed songs. I’ve obviously departed from that original goal along the way, taking most of my music offline by 2004 and started focusing more on my tech career. I still hold true to my beliefs, and will have a discussion with anyone who wants genuine conversation about my journey into faith in God, both the ups and downs.

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