April 2007

Adblock Plus or Google Toolbar a CPU & Memory hog [unsolved]

Ok now I think it’s flash that’s bogging down my system, still trying to figure it out…


I was wrong! Weeks after uninstalling Adblock Plus I was still getting system unresponsiveness and firefox at 50% CPU. I uninstalled google toolbar after reading a post elsewhere and my computer seems to bee snappy again. I reinstalled Adblock Plus and it’s working great.
Too bad I miss google toolbar. My firefox search box uses google for most things, but I miss pagerank and the single word buttons that appear generated by your searches for instant finds. Anyone have another plugin for that I can use?

I love Adblock Plus, and I miss it. There was such a feeling of power when I right clicked on an ad and blocked it forever. And the pre-installed list of hideous ads were great.
But my computer became unusable. Firefox was taking up 50% CPU any time I simply refocused a window or loaded a page. Other elements of Windows stopped responding. I could hardly get any work done.
I tried deleting my pluginreg.dat file, reinstalling firefox, all sorts of things. Sometimes when watching my memory watcher, StatusbarEx, the used memory would increase, meg by meg, by about one meg a second. Finally disabling Adblock Plus solved my woes.
RIP Adblock plus!

Escalating myspace spam arrrgh [unsolved]

Myspace spam and wordpress spam have always been a minor annoyance, but has anyone else noticed a dramatic increase in April?

MySpace Friend Request Clarice would like to be added as one of your friends! Mon Apr 02, 2007 3k
MySpace Friend Request Ida would like to be added as one of your friends! Mon Apr 02, 2007 3k
MySpace Friend Request Shannon would like to be added as one of your friends! Mon Apr 02, 2007 3k
New MySpace Message New message from Chickeee on MySpace sent on 4/1/2007 11:35 PM Sun Apr 01, 2007 3k
New MySpace Message New message from Gurleee on MySpace sent on 4/1/2007 6:27 PM Sun Apr 01, 2007 3k
New MySpace Message New message from SeXXXie on MySpace sent on 4/1/2007 6:00 PM Sun Apr 01, 2007 3k
New MySpace Message New message from SeXXXie on MySpace sent on 4/1/2007 5:05 PM Sun Apr 01, 2007 3k
MySpace Friend Request Connor would like to be added as one of your friends! Sun Apr 01, 2007 3k
New MySpace Message New message from HunnyBunzz on MySpace sent on 4/1/2007 2:16 PM Sun Apr 01, 2007 3k
Myspace Spam

There are wordpress hacks you can do to cut down on wordpress spam, but I don’t know of any techniques on cutting down myspace spam. Anyone have any suggestions? This looks like something myspace will have to fix, not something the user can do much about.

I know you can disable email notifications, but I would like to get the occasional alert when I actually do get a message or friend request on myspace.

–edit–

I finally cracked down and installed some anti-spam software for my wordpress blogs. Spam Karma 2.3 and Bad Behavior together work great! Spam Karma was especially helpful in quickly sorting and bulk deleting my 279 spam comments in moderation.