Does this site need comments?

Today the comments folder in my the WordPress dashboard has 1500 spam comments. That’s 1500 spam comments in 24 hours. I often get more spam comments than page views.

WordPress uses something called Akismet which does a fine job of trapping spam. Even so,  there are days when dozens of cleverly constructed spam comments slide past Akismet.

When that happens I have to manually find them and delete.

My question is this, does my site need comments? Would we be better discussing the ideas and stories on Google+ or somewhere else online?

What do you think?  

Another reason beats

Last week I wrote Why I use not

There are a few reasons, but it comes down to making life simpler. One aspect I forgot to mention was the free service gives me 3GB of storage. In effect that means an unlimited number of posts and an unlimited number of images.

When I used a paid hosting service and WordPress.Org I twice had to upgrade my account with extra storage to cope with the number of posts – there are nearly 1000 – and images. And when the space began to run out, the site would slow down.


Auckland SkyTower: The price is height

Good value viewing at Sky Tower

Good value viewing at Sky Tower

The Economist compares the price of visiting public viewing platforms with the height of some of the world’s highest buildings. It concludes London’s The Shard is the least value for money charging £29.95 (NZ$57) for an adult to see the view from 244m. That’s almost US$0.19 per metre. 

How does Auckland’s SkyTower compare?

Rather good value it turns out.

At 328m the building is considerably higher than The Shard and it costs just NZ$28 to peer out over the Hauraki Gulf. That works out at around 7 US cents per metre. A price putting it in the middle of the range of buildings surveyed for the Economist story.

Daily chart: The price is height | The Economist.

Big data is a stupid term

Technology evangelist Ben Kepes is right on the money when he says: “Big data is a stupid term”.

It is stupid because it is ambiguous, the term could mean many things.

It is stupid because it is loosely defined even within its own little world. At what point does data become big? Is there a point beyond big? Such as enormous?

And it is stupid because Big Data on its own doesn’t really mean anything until it is used. Then it becomes something else, like Useful Data. Used well it might even become Information.

Kepes goes on to talk about SAP’s HANA which deals with real-time in-memory data. That’s exciting. Far more exciting than “Big Data”.

SAP Business Suite on HANA, Because Big Data is a Stupid Term | The Diversity Blog.

“Click” a generational marker

Endangered species: computer mouse

Endangered species: computer mouse? (Photo credit: labuero)

Martin Belam makes an interesting point when he writes The word “click” will become a generational marker. I was thinking about this myself – how much longer will the mouse or touchpad be considered essential computing gear?

Personally I love touch on smartphones and tablets, but having to constantly touch the 24 inch screen on my desktop would be an ergonomic disaster.

As an aside, I never considered the Windows, Icon, Mouse interface intuitive – touch technology gets closer.

LinkedIn profile infographics: pretty gimmicks

Useful research by Aimee Whitcroft who goes beyond the call of duty testing various ways of turning Linkedin data into infographics.

Her Your LinkedIn profile, visualised concludes the artwork generated by services automating the process are little more than good-looking gimmicks and certainly not good enough to send someone when you’re looking for a new job.

She goes onto the say the idea is lovely and there are some great elements, but the services need to improve.