• Maybe the lemur’s not really crazy…

    by  • 1/3/2005 • geek, life, meta---ging • 4 Comments

    Read something that that head lemur had posted about PDFs and SEO, and I decided to pay a visit to the Marqui Blog today, and realized that it’s merely a thinly veiled web site

    I tried to leave the following bit in reply to Janet’s statement that she was told that creativity dies at the age of 4…

    Creativity isn’t simply a spontaneous technique where paintings or novels spring, unbidden, from your fingertips… It’s all about hard work, experimentation and practice. Many professionally creative people (songwriters, novelists, etc) have techniques that help them to work through the harder periods. I’d say that many people have their creativity destroyed by their parents, close family, and friends at an early age, but you can get it back.

    In fact, check out Hugh’s free book ‘How To Be Creative‘.

    Oddly enough, I get that same dialog that the head lemur does… A request for username and password, apparently generated by a highly protected mt-comments.cgi. It would seem that there is an htaccess or file level permission on that file… Cancelling yields “HTTP 401.2 – Unauthorized: Logon failed due to server configuration Internet Information Services.”

    I don’t typically like reading sites that don’t accept comments OR trackbacks, but I REALLY don’t like ones that pretend that they’ll accept them and don’t… If this is an attempt to combat spam, then might I recommend another method to do this rather than one that kills anything interactive about this “blog”?

    I also question the logic behind hiding the ‘Marqui Blog’ under ‘Blogosphere Program’ when it could better be filed in the navigation under ‘About Us’ or ‘Newsroom’ to make it more accessible to non-bloggers as a real communication option?

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    4 Responses to Maybe the lemur’s not really crazy…

    1. 1/3/2005 at 4:17 pm

      I doubt that the misconfiguration of mt-comments.cgi is really part of a communist plot to take over the world.

      Or a plot by Marqui to pretend to listen.

      But I second having a link to the blog in the About Us/Newsroom areas. That will be a good thing but it should come later once some of the kinks are worked out. Like misconfigured permissions on mt-comments.cgi.

    2. 1/3/2005 at 5:06 pm

      I’m pretty sure it’s a misconfiguration, but I’m not sure how it hasn’t been noticed yet if that’s the case. Now that you mention it, though… Communist Plot… I hadn’t considered that option :)

    3. Esteban
      1/5/2005 at 5:01 pm

      I’m sorry to disappoint you guys, but there is no conspiracy here (not that I’m aware of, anyway) ;)

      We had a technical problem configuring MT. We had an internal trial period using the tool and during this time both the blog site and the posting tool were password protected. I (yes, it was my responsibility) forgot to remove the password for that URL when the trial period ended.

      It is open now, so apologies for the inconvenience and you are more than welcome to post your comments

      Esteban
      esteban@marqui.com

    4. 8/24/2005 at 9:53 pm

      Hi, I had also SPAM problem and I installed mt-blacklist! It’s a great comment-spam-filter! I use it for weeks and am perfectly happy with it.

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