Back from bot-land

I remember the innocent early days of computing when the one-person IT department of the college where I taught started to warn us about the dangers of contracting that strange new scourge, the computer virus. What’s the worry, I thought? All I ever did was carry my floppy disks from my work computer to my home computer. Neither was connected to a network let alone the Internet. Mind where you insert your floppy, I figured, and you could easily manage your disk risk.

That innocence is on my mind as I relaunch this rebuilt blog site. Rebuilt because the previous site was overrun by web bots and spam to the point where my ‘real’ email communications (ie. communications with people) was getting impossible to find among the garbled pseudo-messages that flooded through the blog site.

Overrun by code. (image courtesy MorgueFile)

Overrun by code.
(image courtesy MorgueFile)

We often read, these days, about large websites being hacked and anyone on Facebook or Twitter is familiar with the “sorry, my account was hacked” messages that friends send when they realize that their profile has been spewing porn or commercial links, unbeknownst to them.

For creative writers, artists, musicians and others who feel compelled to build an online presence in order to share their work with the world, the activity of run-of-the-mill web bots and hackers raises not only the stress level but the financial and time commitment of online activity. Nine out of ten creatives I talk to would describe themselves as “not a techie,” but most find a level of online technology that they can manage (often with the help of spouses, friends or volunteers). The artist usually questions how much energy they can afford to put into building their online “platform” and those questions rapidly become more urgent when a platform built with hours of labour comes crashing down.

So, this blog is back from bot-land, rebuilt (as you may or may not have noticed) with a .ca URL rather than the previous .com. You should find most of the content here that was on the old site. There may well be a broken link or two – please let me know if you spot a problem.

My deep thanks to my all-knowing musician and tech wizard friend Gil Namur for guiding me through this rebuild. The bonus is listening to Gil’s smooth jazz guitar licks to calm my hacked nerves. 


  1. Hi Lorne!

    Glad you are back on line! Thank you for your kind words and plug for my tunes!

    You are ALWAYS a pleasure to work with 🙂

    Happy blogging!

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