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Stop WordPress spam

SPAM - it doesn't even taste good - why do it?Thanks for the SPAM! No really, I love watching my automation tag it as such. At the same time I get a blast reading some of the drivel that people are sending out via automated software.

First of all, the “spinning” technique you guys are using, it’s lame. Replacing {a word|a few words} like this is pathetic.

Second, the email addresses are obviously fake. Also, try harder with this. Make a database of emails with an associated pair name so you’re not sending a comment to my site from “Joe Adams” with the email address Frank.Jones@… Really?

Akismet does a great job of stopping the SPAM. Also the built in stop words. All I have to say is “keep spamming me”, because this is the only way I’ll get less SPAM. Ironic eh?

Robots on Ventrilo

After 20 minutes of chatting you get the “ROBOT!!!” exclamation from everyone on vent. Or you could get the “Dude, just don’t talk”. Either way, here is a complete fix:

You need to replace the KEXT file AppleUSBAudio.kext with an older version. You do all this via “su” or logged in as root.

Here’s how to do it (re-written from here):

  1. Download the AppleUSBAudio.kext from 10.5.6 here.
  2. Unzip it.
  3. Open up terminal
  4. Make a backup of the existing driver by running the following in terminal
    [cci lang=”bash”]cp -Rp /System/Library/Extensions/AppleUSBAudio.kext ~/Documents/AppleUSBAudio.kext-BACKUP[/cci]
  5. Exit any applications that are using a USB audio device and unplug all USB audio devices. In my opinion, print this page and restart your computer and ONLY open terminal. Unplug your headset please.
  6. Unload the existing AppleUSBAudio driver from the kernel by running the below command in terminal.
    [cci lang=”bash”]sudo kextunload /System/Library/Extensions/AppleUSBAudio.kext[/cci]
    If you get an error saying ” not found for unload request” your fine. If you get an error claiming it can’t be unloaded because its in use (don’t have the text in front of me) then stop and go back to step 5.
  7. Remove the existing driver by running the following in terminal.
    [cci lang=”bash”]sudo rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions/AppleUSBAudio.kext[/cci]
  8. [cci lang=”bash”]sudo mv ~/Downloads/AppleUSBAudio.kext /System/Library/Extensions/AppleUSBAudio.kext[/cci]
  9. Remove quarantine (OSX Snow Leopard and Leopard):
    [cci lang=”bash”]xattr -d AppleUSBAudio.kext[/cci]

    You can see if it was quarantined by running this:
    [cci lang=”bash”]xattr -l AppleUSBAudio.kext[/cci]

  10. Load the new driver by running the following in terminal.
    [cci lang=”bash”]sudo kextload /System/Library/Extensions/AppleUSBAudio.kext[/cci]Note: At this point if you get an error like this:check the system/kernel logs for errors or try kextutil(8)Do the following:[cc lang=”bash”]
    chown root:wheel /System/Library/Extensions/AppleUSBAudio.kext
    chown root:wheel /System/Library/Extensions/AppleUSBAudio.kext/*
    chown root:wheel /System/Library/Extensions/AppleUSBAudio.kext/*/*
    chown root:wheel /System/Library/Extensions/AppleUSBAudio.kext/*/*/*
    chown root:wheel /System/Library/Extensions/AppleUSBAudio.kext/*/*/*/*[/cc]
  11. Confirm the new driver is loaded by running the following in terminal.
    [cci lang=”bash”]kextstat | grep AppleUSBAudio[/cci]

    The output should look like the following (the 2.5.8b13 is the important bit, some of the other numbers might be slightly different):

    sh-3.2# kextstat | grep AppleUSBAudio
    129    0 0x92cdc000 0x28000    0x27000 (2.5.8b13) <99 98 36 14 8 7 5 4 3 1>