Archive for June 2008

You’re Your own worst enemy

June 25, 2008

Student Edge, Student Edge. Not only do they have crazy terms and conditions, they can’t spell.

My most recent email from them boldly proclaimed:


That should be “You’re invited”. ‘Your’ indicates possession. ‘You’re’ is ‘You are’.

To their credit, did use ‘your’ correctly a few times, like:

Still waiting for your card???

Still waiting for that sub-editor, perhaps?

Advertisements ∉ { Spam, Phishing, Virus }

June 8, 2008

MySpace seems to think that any link to is, well:

The link you are trying to visit has been disabled.

You have reached a link that is no longer in service. That means the link was very naughty, and, much like head lice, had to be eliminated before it spread.

You may be asking yourself, “Hey, what was it about that link that got it in trouble?” An excellent question! Usually, it’s one of the following reasons:

The link was spam!

You almost got phished!

Viruses are not fun! Neither is adware, spyware, or malware. …

If you really did want to check out some spam, viruses, or phishing pages, we’re really sorry to have interrupted. …

(full error page here)
WillettonStudyWiki ≠ spam, phishing or malware. I have told them. They’re still haven’t fixed it.

FTP and

June 6, 2008 doesn’t seem to provide a way to create an archive with your files, only decompress archives. It also doesn’t seem to allow you to copy files, only move them. The ftp program that comes with Mac OS 10.3.9 also doesn’t seem to be able to copy files around on the host. In fact, I’m fairly sure it’s not even part of the FTP spec. So that means that to make a copy of files, say to make a backup on the host, you have to copy all the files down, uncompressed, then re-upload them. And tell you what, downloading lots of small files using Transmit is really really really slow. It’s especially annoying when you don’t realise that DokuWiki comes with 41 languages. Where each language has lots of little small messages, each in individual files.

(Please tell me if I’m wrong! 🙂 )

However, I have been around long enough to know that working on a website without a backup is a Bad Thing. So I’ll be patient.