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    • Finally, a proper right of reply
      • Finally, my own blog appears up top in one of the Google searches that Semrush claims is happening, but it really isn’t—except maybe by their third-party data supplier’s bots, and me since the misinformation started a few months ago. In fact, the first five slots are truthful, including Scoop’s republication of our release, until [...] Read More... from Finally, a proper right of reply

    • To our Sunday colleagues, you should still be on air
      • Above: Sunday host Miriama Kamo. [Cross-posted from Lucire] To our colleagues at Television New Zealand’s Sunday, including Lucire alum Mava Moayyed, we bid you godspeed and good luck. Your programme didn’t deserve cancellation. This country needs proper, long-form current affairs, and with Sunday airing its final episode [on Sunday] night, this has come to [...] Read More... from To our Sunday colleagues, you should still be on air

    • Which other Glen A. Larson production did this girl group appear in?
      • This girl group appears in three Glen A. Larson productions that I can think of, and probably appears in more. Switch, Knight Rider and Cover Up are the three I know of. Their fashions and hairstyles, plus those of the audience, would place this in the first part of the 1970s—by the time they [...] Read More... from Which other Glen A. Larson production did this girl group appear in?

    • The allies who are helping fight back against misinformation
      • The truth-tellers are starting to emerge on the web, combatting the misinformation that Semrush users have been uploading for the last few months. The best written is from Crestify Studio in New Jersey, where its president Allen Wang has been a great ally. They were innocently and very briefly caught up in the misinformation but, [...] Read More... from The allies who are helping fight back against misinformation

    • Testing occidental search engines on site: again: Mojeek, Bing more normal
      • It was about time I had a look at the occidental search engines again, using a site:jackyan.com search to see how they fared. The previous test for this site was in May 2023. I knew Google was still terrible, and I knew Bing had improved since the days of having 10 results for the domain. [...] Read More... from Testing occidental search engines on site: again: Mojeek, Bing more normal

    • Google ranks LLM-authored junk tops
      • One very interesting development in the whole fight against misinformation using my name is that Google won’t give me a right of reply. You’d logically think that an authoritative site would appear higher, all things being fair, but my posts about the spammy keywords don’t appear in the results. Misinformation, however, does, and [...] Read More... from Google ranks LLM-authored junk tops

    • The logical consequence of Semrush and its users’ misinformation: personal attacks
      • This is the natural consequence of all the misinformation that Semrush encouraged its users to post through the crap generated by its Keyword Magic Tool: people attacking me on Reddit. And who can blame them? It could well look like I was behind this spam campaign, instead of being the victim. The deleted comment [...] Read More... from The logical consequence of Semrush and its users’ misinformation: personal attacks

    • WordPerfect for Linux and Unix character terminals
      • Huge thanks to Paul Kater in the Netherlands for finding these: WordPerfect for Unix character terminals and WordPerfect for Linux. These are classic WordPerfect, without the WYSIWYG UI, but given that WordPerfect was the gold standard in word processors, I’ve no doubt that it’ll beat many of its newer rivals for power and functionality. [...] Read More... from WordPerfect for Linux and Unix character terminals

    • For the sake of our city, it’s important to take the opportunities to move forward
      • The late 1990s were a heady time here in Aotearoa. The web—pre-Google, pre-monopolies—was indeed the great leveller: anyone with the right skills could create something online that competed at a global level. Aotearoa, which had for years felt a little backward in time—TV shows would arrive here two to three years after they aired in [...] Read More... from For the sake of our city, it’s important to take the opportunities to move forward

    • Healthy jumps on Autocade
      • I’m happy to note that Autocade has had a few high-traffic days again, the first time the daily rate has exceeded 30,000 since we put the site behind Cloudflare. After the site was reinstalled in 2022 and the counter reset, Autocade’s Mediawiki stats only update once a day. April 18: 8,633,966 April 19: 8,668,095 [...] Read More... from Healthy jumps on Autocade

    • Do you really want a Nazi brand association?
      • Dan Gillmor wrote: I share Dan’s view. Not only that, why would anyone want their brand—corporate or personal—to be tarnished by Musk and his simplified swastika? Yes, my account is still there, inactive (and locked), making sure no one takes the handle. That’s just prudent, because the one thing worse than having your [...] Read More... from Do you really want a Nazi brand association?

    • LLMs and Google could destroy the internet
      • Leigh Harrison sent me this blog post by Evan Boehs, which reflects my earlier ones about the web being rendered useless by Google et al. I never intended this blog to be about tech, but there’s so much to chart, and so much dishonesty to get on the record, lest someone else finds themselves in [...] Read More... from LLMs and Google could destroy the internet

    • Nexorank: stay well away from this ‘international SEO agency’
      • Just doing a little experiment with SEO. Nexorank has a couple dozen entries in Google for a search for its name. They say on Linkedin: Exciting news for businesses striving to boost their online presence! 🚀 We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with SEO expert Jack Yan. 🔍 With his proven track record of [...] Read More... from Nexorank: stay well away from this ‘international SEO agency’

    • Online reviews: no safeguard against piling
      • There is a certain satisfaction in reading statuses like this: But at the same time it confirms what I said years ago about Google My Business and its ilk. There are no safeguards for piling. Thanks to Google’s bugs, I believe my business has a listing but it’s been nicely messed up so [...] Read More... from Online reviews: no safeguard against piling

    • Getting to each 1,000th model on Autocade—so far
      • The Tofaş Doğan, the 1,000th model entered into Autocade in 2009. A very quick look at how long it took us to get each 1,000 models on Autocade. 0: March 8, 2008 1,000: December 21, 2009 (1 year, 9 months for first 1,000—Tofaş Doğan was the 1,000th) 2,000: December 30, 2012 (3 years [...] Read More... from Getting to each 1,000th model on Autocade—so far

    • You can post misinformation on Linkedin, and there are no consequences
      • It’s official: unlike Medium, Linkedin has confirmed that it will not remove posts that misuse my name under the grounds of misinformation. After the initial report, and a request for a review, Linkedin determined ‘After reviewing the content, we didn’t find any violations of our policies.’ Summary: I reported the misinformation as misinformation to Linkedin. [...] Read More... from You can post misinformation on Linkedin, and there are no consequences

    • Autocade hits the 5,000-model landmark
      • We’ve reached 5,000 models on Autocade, after 16 years. The 5,000th model entry was for the Xiaomi SU7, the first car from the Chinese cellphone brand. This wasn’t random: when I realized we had hit 4,999, I thought about what we could mark the 5,000-model milestone with. The most aerodynamic electric production car in the [...] Read More... from Autocade hits the 5,000-model landmark

    • When the earliest Gmail accounts receive emails destined for others
      • Note: this was originally at the tail end of another post, but given its significance, it deserved to be its own post. Who knew that Fesshole would help bring up this issue again? Google bros all say this is impossible, or they blame the user, which is usually the case with Google [...] Read More... from When the earliest Gmail accounts receive emails destined for others

    • “AI” is drivel
      • This is from Perplexity, showing how convincingly these bots with their large language models spit out utter drivel: And not everyone will have the actual knowledge to call them out on it: “AI” is only useful when you already know the answer, because it does get it wrong and you need [...] Read More... from “AI” is drivel

    • Two Mastodon polls: on 50 shades of Grade, and the best non-Bond Roger Moore film
      • Asking the tough questions on Mastodon. Very tiny samples, and I was limited to four possible answers—but now you know. Meanwhile, I see Linkedin has not been very good at removing misinformation about me. Not as bad as Quora, but still down there. The latest post says ‘jackyan’ is a metaphor for [...] Read More... from Two Mastodon polls: on 50 shades of Grade, and the best non-Bond Roger Moore film

    • A decade after Google, Meta dishes out fake cybersecurity warnings
      • There’s nothing original with Big Tech It shouldn’t matter what Little Green Footballs’ politics are, as long as its blogger, Charles Foster Johnson, isn’t advocating anything hateful, and from what I can see of his current stance, he doesn’t. However, he’s found his blog links are being cancelled on Facebook. Links to posts going [...] Read More... from A decade after Google, Meta dishes out fake cybersecurity warnings

    • Semrush allegedly glitched, misinformation followed
      • A number of people did the right thing when they learned about the misinformation with my name in connection with Google and SEO. Urbanitek was one. They clarified who I was, and noted, ‘While his credentials are impressive, it’s noteworthy that Google rarely associates updates with specific individuals in their SEO guides. Google hasn’t officially [...] Read More... from Semrush allegedly glitched, misinformation followed

    • To those who take technology and make life harder: you’re doing it wrong
      • I like technology. I don’t hate technology. But I hate what a bunch of idiots have done with technology. You’d be forgiven for thinking I was referring to the mass misinformation-authoring that used my name over the last three months, but, frankly, this level of technological misuse is everywhere in various forms. Take today, when [...] Read More... from To those who take technology and make life harder: you’re doing it wrong

    • Autocade hits 36 million page views, with shifts in the leaderboard
      • We’ve hit 36 million page views on Autocade now, with the counter showing 8,356,587. Add that to the 27,647,011 just before the old server was decommissioned, and we’re on 36,003,598. We hit 35 million on February 1, so it took 58 days to net the latest million, 17 days longer than last time. We’ve noticed [...] Read More... from Autocade hits 36 million page views, with shifts in the leaderboard

    • Copyright trolling: another fishy mob to block
      • After four months, we received another notice from Copytrack—it must be our 14th. As usual, I went back through our digital files and sent them our licence info. But this time, I got rather fed up, since we’ve successfully proved our position 100 per cent of the time, and I think we should be whitelisted. [...] Read More... from Copyright trolling: another fishy mob to block

    • What do the authors of misinformation have to gain?
      • Medium, which has been great at removing misinformation about me, rightly asked (after removing yet another fake story about me), ‘Why are they using your name? What are they gaining?’ I replied: Thank you, and I’m glad you’ve asked. I’ve been trying to get to the bottom of this for a while, ever since these [...] Read More... from What do the authors of misinformation have to gain?

    • Replacing misinformation with misinformation
      • I didn’t know this till I reported a post, but Medium informs me that their set-up is like WordPress: anyone can install one. UX Collective, which hosted one of the latest misinformation posts about me, informs the writer who made a report against them: the reports aren’t anonymous. Because here’s the latest post I reported [...] Read More... from Replacing misinformation with misinformation

    • Eudora users, welcome Aurora: finally, a modern, secure, Unicode-compliant successor
      • We have lift-off. For those of us who have been waiting for a successor to Eudora 7.1.0.9 from 2006, our patience has been rewarded. Some years ago, I had heard of a project called Hermes, and they have now delivered an alpha version called Hermes Aurora that does everything they promised. Back when Hermes was [...] Read More... from Eudora users, welcome Aurora: finally, a modern, secure, Unicode-compliant successor

    • I’m blocking Threads
      • I decided to block threads.net from my Mastodon account, which really doesn’t do much if there are determined bad actors, but it’s a small initial step to keep Meta in its place. Just as I never linked my YouTube account to Google back when I used those legacy 2000s websites, I really don’t need to [...] Read More... from I’m blocking Threads

    • Semrush, your users used your tool, then created misinformation. How did this even come about?
      • It seemed right to quiz Semrush about the misinformation that is being posted out there, allegedly because of its program. I’ve yet to receive a reply, but I really need to understand why. How did my name even wind up in their system alongside Google and SEO? I emailed them, telling them what I could [...] Read More... from Semrush, your users used your tool, then created misinformation. How did this even come about?

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