I have to say I despise the new ScribeFire Next (i.e. ScribeFire 4), particularly it’s UI layout (especially since there’s no option to change it atm. I know, I’ve checked). Worse is the options section doesn’t even have a button to confirm changes, so you have to go recheck it to see if the changes you wanted went into effect. Complete fail.

The part that really pisses me off is it updated to v4 without my input. Unrequested updates are my number one pet peeve with any product regardless of whether its a small blogging app or a major corporate CAD package, particularly with regards to applications on the internet since it is so easy to have malicious code.

I suspect I’m going to look for a new blogging app just on principle for the unrequested update alone. I don’t condone anyone changing anything on my computer without my knowledge. Makes me understand better why Firefox 8 automatically disables third-party apps until users give the go ahead.  May not stop the unrequested update BS going on but still nice to think at least someone seems to get it. As it is I’m waiting for a bit before going to FF8, just to make sure some of the add ons I prefer have had time to update to the newest release of the browser.

Okay, enough useless ranting.

FTC To Regulate Bloggers

FTC Publishes Final Guides Governing Endorsements, Testimonials

Overall, I’m not surprised that the FTC imposed these new rules on the internet given the ever increasing number of dishonest bloggers and companies exploiting blogging and bloggers to hype their shoddy products. So in many ways these new rules were inevitable, especially with the Federal Government’s current dictatorial nanny-state mentality.

I have no problems with the parts requiring full disclosure if a blogger receives some sort of gain from a review or recommendation. I also like that they got rid of the “results not typical” garbage that’s been used in advertising for so long. Unfortunately our government has a history of trying to insert bureaucracy into the internet and suppress individuals in the name of protecting the public which is what I fear is the real intent of the change.

I suspect it will now also hurt professional post-for-pay bloggers, legitimate or otherwise, assuming the FTC can somehow manage to read each and every single blogpost on the web every single day. Yeah, didn’t think so. Which is where my concern comes in that it will be used as a tool by the government to silence the opposition who writes something the FTC or Federal Government (or elements thereof) doesn’t like.

My other concern is the hypocrisy behind the new rule which doesn’t apply to corporations so that consumers learn the truth of which company owns which other companies or have exclusive deals with them. After all, if the FTC (and by extension the entire Federal Government) consumer protection is what they’re after then full disclosure should be disclosed by all from the smallest blooger to political campaigns to multinational corprorations. Ghost bloggers are bad enough, but federal chicanery disguised as protecting the public good is worse.


Just a useless post. I was bored and unable to sleep so decided to check out the blog stats to get a laugh at how low the stats should be. I don’t really care about numbers of views, clicks, et. al., given the blogs more about throwing out my opinions and half formed thoughts. Still it was interesting, a a little surprising, to see the numbers. Not surprisingly the height of the Presidential election season was also the largest spike in the stats.

Anyway, I think I’ll get back to writing more about space, science, tech and stuff.

The Ten Cannots

Found while tag surfing From fashionfinacier’s blog post on Obama’s address to Congress:

The Ten Cannots (attributed to Lincoln, written by a minister)

1) You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
2) You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
3) You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
4) You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
5) You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
6) You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
7) You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
8)You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
9) You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence.
10) You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

Missing Posts?

Hmm. I seem to missing my posts about the Olympics. I’m going to need to check what’s going on since none of the posts are private nor mention any spoilers for Americans on what’s going on there nor do they contain anything even remotely pro- or anti-China. Maybe it’s Scribefire messing up, but it seems suspicious that posts about the Russian-Georgian war went through but not the Olympics.

ETA 1: OK figured out why one post isn’t showing. I forgot to remove the 24 hour delay I have set up for most Olympic posts. Still doesn’t explain the missing post about the Opening Ceremonies and another post I found about Solar Windows.

ETA 2: OK . Found the issue. Default setting got changed, probably during one of the Scribefire updates, since some posts were unaffected but others were. Guess I’ll just to have to double check site after posting, even though that was why I started using Scribefire, so I could post without actually going to the blog’s site.

It’s kind of funny how much spam and bot replies I get for my posts. But then that always seems to be a problem with blogging. Thank the  internet gods for moderating tools. Still it is sort of amusing getting replies for Indian matrimony when I’m talking about politics or the random watch such-and-such video on YouTube spam, which I always delete. Youtube has it’s place. For me, spamming is not one of them.