Sunday, January 23, 2005

Comments Open Again - Spammer Bots Foiled

I have completely changed the blog to prevent spammers from filling comment fields with garbage. You will notice a thing called “Captcha” at the bottom of a comment form. This prevents automated spammer bots from spamming the comments.

I think that this is a better alternative than closing comments or requiring registration to post.

Comments are back. The only thing required to comments is your e-mail address and typing in the Captcha word when you submit.

Spammer bots be gone!

Posted by Stevereno on 01/23 at 01:21 PM
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Monday, December 20, 2004

Comment Spammers - A Free Ride at Our Expense

My entire weblog has been spammed by comment spammers - I have removed over 4,000 comments that promoted gambling, poker and casinos.  I have turned off comments for now and will be requesting that you register in the future to post comments.

If I had a lot of cash I’d love to go after the persons responsible. I’d love to start a class action lawsuit against the companies advertised by the comment spammers. I spent a considerable amount of time removing their garbage and I should be compensated for damages.

Posted by Stevereno on 12/20 at 11:29 PM
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Saturday, November 20, 2004

Norman Rockwell - American Artist

“To us, illustration was an ennobling profession. That’s part of the reason I went into illustration. It was a profession with a great tradition, a profession I could be proud of.” Norman Rockwell

I grew up with Norman Rockwell art all around me. His magazine illustrations were famous all over the world. I had no idea that there was a website dedicated to this great American artist. I could spend hours looking at all the great stuff on the Norman Rockwell Museum website. American life in the eyes of Norman Rockwell was amazing. He captures the hope and promise of America in detail.

Hat tip to the Small Business Server Diva Susan Bradley for reminding me about this great artist.

Posted by Stevereno on 11/20 at 01:28 PM
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Sunday, November 07, 2004

The Battle For Falluja - Observations from an Iraqi

Sam, who writes from Iraq in a blog called Hammorabi, his article,  Alert; Falluja!, makes an observation about the situation in Iraq.

“It is very interesting that last year when Falluja was surrounded the car bombs and suicidal attacks stopped and the same thing happening now!

Not surprising, Kofi Anan is not happy about the liberation of Falluja from the hands of the terrorists!”

It’s interesting how the “leader” of the United Nations oppose the liberation of Falluja. What does that tell you? It’s no wonder the UN passed twelve resolutions on Iraq. If the United States had not acted there would probably be twelve more resolutions without action.

It sounds like it’s going to be a win win situation for Iraq if the United States Marines are allowed to truly liberates the city. I can’t imagine what it must be like to face suicidal car bombers on a daily basis. I hope that Sam is correct and the action in Falluja is going to stop the occurrences of terror in the error. 

Most of the civilians have left the city and it is in the hands of the terrorists. Ten thousand United States Marines have the bad guys surrounded. This time I hope we don’t negotiate with that Iranian sponsored Cleric, Muqtada al-Sadar, and just get the job done. I wrote about Falluja in August and at that time the local population wanted the Marines to “rubble” the city. I can’t believe the situation there has been allowed to continue for as long as it has.

Finally, the political battle our Commander In Chief engaged in is over and he can take the gloves off. I still wonder how many lives have been lost because of the Democrats opposition to our effort in Iraq.

Pray for our Marines - they are in a tough battle that must be won. 

Posted by Stevereno on 11/07 at 10:36 AM
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Sunday, October 31, 2004

Sadam’s Empty Throne in Baghdad

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Why did we go to Iraq? A picture is worth a thousand words.

I could rant, but what’s the point?

Hat Tip Little Green Footballs

Posted by Stevereno on 10/31 at 02:24 PM
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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

2005 Mustang Blog

John Tenbusch, a Ford Mustang Electrical Security Engineer.  is blogging about the new Ford Mustang. When I was in High School there were 2 guys with a 1969 BOSS 302 Mustang. The new Mustang has a lot of the old lines of the 69 Mustang and lost of muscle to go with it

Hat Tip to Robert Scoble who asks, are you afraid to blog? Well this Ford engineer isn’t.

Posted by Stevereno on 10/20 at 09:53 PM
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Sunday, October 10, 2004

The Nigerian Letter To France, Germany and Russia

The guys at Powerline had this - how appropriate.

“CONFIDENTIAL REQUEST.”

“ATTN:SIR/MADAM”

“This letter might come as a surprise to you, as we are both complete strangers. I got your name and contacts from a business associate of mine who recommends you as a trustworthy person. Due to my position as President of the Republic of Iraq, and due to generosity of the United Nations, I’m in a position to search discreetly and diligently for a foreign partner that could assist us concerning a business matter, which will be of mutual benefit to all. We do require your assistance in the disposition of some US$10,000,000,000.00 (ten Billion United State Dollars) coming into our account as part of the Food For Oil programme.”

 

Posted by Stevereno on 10/10 at 05:05 PM
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The Draft Will Come Back If Kerry Is Elected

If you think that our all volunteer armed forces are going to sign up for a tour of duty under a Commander in Chief that proclaims,  “the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time.”  you are deceiving yourself. Four out of Five GI’s support George Bush and have openly said that they would not serve under John Kerry.

There would be a mass exodus from our military and Kerry would have no choice but to have congress re-institute the draft. Our all volunteer armed services work. Kerry would foul that up big time if he is elected President.

Currently the 30 nation coalition of the willing are our allies because George Bush has treated them with respect and they share the same values for liberty and freedom as we do. They also understand the danger the world faces if Sadam Husein stays in power.

Kerry on the other hand has already directly insulted Australia, Poland and the current Prime Minister of Iraq. Kerry has called our allies a   “trumped-up, so-called coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought and the extorted.”  Do you think that they are going to forget this?

He has reversed his standing against Sadam Husein multiple times and apparently now believes that he,  Sadam Husein, should still be in power. At the last presidential debate he said that his position on Iraq has never changed. Oh really! How stupid does he think the American People are?

The current United Nations Oil for Food Scandal  truly shows us who the coalition of the bribed are. They are Germany, France, Russia and the United Nations. The very countries and organization that Kerry says he is going to reach out to for help if he is elected. France has already indicated that they have no intentions of helping.

Kerry will be forced to either withdraw forces, or enact the draft. Do you remember Vietnam?  He is going to have a hard time getting, his words, a “trumped-up, so-called coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought and the extorted” to assist in the “the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Abandoning our current Commander in Chief in favor of John Kerry would be a disaster. Imagine if during World War II, when the war had hit a few rough spots, Winston Churchill was replaced by an appeaser like Neville Chamberlain. That would have been a disaster! We would probably be speaking German today if it wasn’t for the efforts of strong leaders like Churchill..

Abandoning our current Commander in Chief in favor of John Kerry would be a disaster not only for the United States but for the World. Kerry would loose so much support that he would be forced to enact a draft. You can count on it.

 

Posted by Stevereno on 10/10 at 03:53 PM
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Saturday, October 09, 2004

Vote Fraud!

Palm Beach Florida - Why am I not surprised?

Palm Beach breaks election law.

Jacksonville Florida

Minnesota

Ohio

Pennsylvania

The Democrats are hell bent on stealing the election. You want to talk about disenfranchised voters? Don’t look to Jesse Jackson or Jimmy Carter to be concerned with any of the examples above.

I am feeling very disenfranchised. Aren’t you?

Just remember if it isn’t close, cheating is not going to help. Looks to me that it’s going to be Florida all over again. Or at least that is what the Democrats are planning for.

 

Posted by Stevereno on 10/09 at 03:04 PM
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Saturday, October 02, 2004

Linux Desktop?  NOT!  Pirated Windows Install Instead.

According to C|net  40% of systems sold with Linux wind up modified to run a pirated copy of Windows XP. It gets worse too. In emerging markets pirated Windows may exist on 80% of modified Linux systems. That’s got to be a huge revenue hit on Microsoft.

According to the article Linux still suffers from a lack of drivers and ease of setup. I agree, that about sums it up for me.

I have been using Windows since version 3.0 and for me it has always been easy to setup and use. I tried Linux on a dual boot with Windows and eventually removed Linux because I really didn’t find any benefit of having it on my system.

 

Posted by Stevereno on 10/02 at 09:00 PM
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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Nothing But Steam Emissions

Reuters has the goods on a hydrogen powered BMW that emits nothing but steam out the exaust pipe.

Is there a hydrogen powered production car in ther somewhere?

Posted by Stevereno on 09/30 at 03:58 AM
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Hurricane Jeanne - Aftermath

Power was out at my place until Monday afternoon.  I was fortunate to have power restored so soon. Other people that I know are still without power.

I lost two trees, two big branches and one shingle during hurricane Jeanne. I believe that winds in our area reached 70 mph in gusts. Jeanne’s center came within 30 miles of here and certainly did a lot of damage in the neighborhood.

I will be glad once hurricane season is over. I almost feel like I should move and build a new house out of steel reinforced concrete with at least one room that has a steel reinforced concrete ceiling. I currently live in a wood frame house. Sleeping during all the howling winds was a bit un-nerving at first but I knew I could trust the Lord to look over us. I prayed that the house would be spared from damage and it was.

Praise God for getting us through another hurricane. The older I get the bigger God becomes. I have been blessed beyond belief.

Oh please, no more hurricanes for Florida. I don’t think Florida can take another one.

Posted by Stevereno on 09/30 at 03:30 AM
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Sunday, September 26, 2004

Wind - Lots of Wind

Currently the wind is blowing at 33 mph and has gusts of 51 mph. We still have power but it has flickered a few times giving my UPS a real workout. It looks like some dry air is feeding in to hurricane Jeanne and it may rotate our way in another hour. Until then we will just wait it out.

We haven’t sustained any damage as far as I know. There is a tornado warning for Flagler County and rotation has been spotted on radar. I know Orlando is getting pounded. Orlando’s wind gusts are still reaching 68 mph which can do a lot of damage. 

Power is starting to brown out for a couple of seconds at a time now. I half expect it to go out for good soon so this may be my last post for a while.  As I was posting this a big long oak branch has snapped off and landed in the front yard. I hope that isn’t a trend.

It’s really starting to blow hard now.

 

Posted by Stevereno on 09/26 at 01:32 PM
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Hunkered Down - Riding Out Hurricane Jeanne

Currently North of me winds are blowing steady at 28 mph with gusts of 38 mph. At the Orlando International Airport the wind is steady at 51 mph with gusts of 75 mph.  Jeanne has turned into a very powerful storm. The center of Jeanne is South of me 60 miles. Winds are gusting 80 mph or more near the center. It continues moving West and appears to be turning more West-Northwest as I post this.

I can watch the squalls on radar and it looks like we are going to get higher winds and a lot more rain. Looks like we have 3 to 4 more hours to stay hunkered down.

My trees are still standing and so far we have not sustained damage to our home.

Posted by Stevereno on 09/26 at 10:21 AM
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Saturday, September 25, 2004

“Hunker Down” Hurricane Jeanne Approaches

Florida will set a record with 4 major hurricanes striking the state in one year. That hasn’t happened in 118 years.  I hope that’s it for another 118 years cause I’m tired of all the bad weather overhead. It’s hard to sleep with gale force windows outside.

It’s getting to be a big joke in Florida when the local media says “hunker down.”  As one of my coworkers said as they left on Friday, “I’m getting tired of Hunkering down.”  This Floridian is going to be glad when hurricane season is over.

Posted by Stevereno on 09/25 at 02:35 PM
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