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I started my blog Gibberish is My Native Language several years ago as a way to stay in touch with my co-workers when I moved away. We used to have long conversations about products and I’d give them my opinion on all sorts of stuff, from coffee machines to computer mice to board games. My [...]
I’ve discovered that some of my readers visit my blog every day, regardless if there’s a new post or not. Some of my readers visit every few weeks, and read a ton of posts in a row. Still others subscribe to my blog’s RSS feed. I created a Facebook page for Gibberish a week and [...]
Anti-spam plugin Akismet has saved Gibberish from over 150,000 spam comments since I started using it in October of 2006. It has been absolutely wonderful, especially since it is free. However, there are some “comments” that slip through. A few of these are straight up automated spam bots, with dozens of links to sites for [...]
I thought that new Federal Trade Commission guidelines going into effect December 1st of this year about bloggers disclosing compensation for product reviews would be a good opportunity for me to disclose any relationships / compensation I receive here on Gibberish. Short story: it isn’t much, but let’s nip this thing in the bud. No [...]
This is the one thousandth published post on Gibberish Is My Native Language. What does over four years of posts add up to? No tags for this post.
I am not dead, but my main computer is. Sorry for not updating about getting home. I have a lot of updates and reviews to post, but it is tough when my main computer is busted If any of you have experience with Windows Vista and the “black screen of death” please let me know. [...]
I have to moderate posts from new visitors the very first time they make a comment. Once their initial comment is approved, they can post as much as they want. So far, this has worked out okay, and no one has abused the comment functionality. I use the Akismet plug-in for WordPress, the blogging software [...]
DreamHost, my usually awesome Web hosting company, has been down for most of the day. Apparently one of their network backbones suffered some sort of disruption. Access to Gibberish has been intermittent or completely down for the last sixteen hours. As much as I love DreamHost, does anyone know of a good Web hosting company [...]
I’ve moved drfaulken.com, and by extension Gibberish and the gallery, over to a more dedicated server on DreamHost. The site has been slow lately. I’d like to think it’s partly from my traffic, but I think there are just too many other sites on my old server. I did have a 10,000 unique visitor spike [...]