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DayCreek Journal

November 14 , 2006

99.9 Percent Are Good

I truly believe that 99.9 percent of the people using the Internet are good people—especially those in the cordwood community. Viewing the forum here on Daycreek.com is a prime example. Ask a question and you'll get a response within hours from a number of people who are more than willing to share their experiences with cordwood construction, renewable energy and self-sufficiency. It really is heart-warming to know there are so many wonderful people out there in the land of the Internet. But what about that .1 percent?

I have certainly learned a lot since I started this web site—sometimes the hard way. My first learn-it-the-hard-way experience was when I mistakenly put my email address into the HTML text of a web page. That was back in 1999. Within a couple of months, my email address was trashed by spammers. I had to cancel my email address and reissue a new one to all my friends and relatives.

If that wasn't bad enough, AOL and other portals began blocking all emails coming from Daycreek.com. To this day, I still fight this problem. I never really know if my REAL email address makes it to its destination or gets blocked by some firewall out there that thinks anything coming from Daycreek.com is spam.

My second learn-it-the-hard-way experience was sending emails from the Daycreek.com mailing list. At first, there were only a few hundred names on the mailing list and it wasn't very difficult to maintain it. Over the years however, the mailing list grew to rather large proportions. Soon I was having to deal with a huge maintenance issue. I guess other people must have the same problems that I do...email addresses having to be changed due to spam and/or new services, etc. Sending out a electronic newsletter became a real headache when a large number of emails would come back saying "mailbox full" or "I'm out of the office" or "email address invalid".

To fix this problem, I no longer have a mailing list. For you the reader, you can subscribe to the Daycreek.com news feed using RSS or subscribe to a third-party service that monitors Daycreek.com for changes.

My third learn-it-the-hard-way experience has been an ongoing battle with vandalism of the on-line cordwood directory. I thought it really was a slick idea to allow fellow cordwood builders to enter information regarding their homes directly into the database. This would allow other cordwood builders to learn of homes in their area. For the first year, this seemed to work out quite well. Then, last year I started getting unwarranted additions in the database. Hackers from Europe and Russia were using it to leave telephone numbers for others to use. (I'm not sure what that was all about.)

That seemed to die down for a while. Now recently it's been hacked again. All of a sudden I had multiple listings from New York, UT with a bunch of codes stuck in the text fields. I'm not sure if this is some kind of game or a vehicle for more malicious purposes. Whatever the case, the form has been removed.

The database itself is still available to view, but for those who would like to add themselves to the database, you'll have to send me a comment using the comment form. I'll be more than happy to take down your information and add it manually to the database.

After dealing with .1% of the bad people in the world, I have come up with a solution. I have a brand new web site. It has the utmost in security preventing even the best hackers from attempting to trash it. It is state-of-the-art. It really is a thing of beauty—Stunning graphics, Flash and Javascript galore! If you would like to see it, here's the new web address:

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...sorry...security prevents me from giving out the URL.

 

An immature Bald Eagle soars over the Mississippi River in SE Minnesota.