I'm tired of Ten O'Clock Charley. (MASH fans will get connection.) Charley is twit that inevitably sends me 4-6 viruses by email a day or two after my newsletter is published. My anti-virus software picks them off like mosquitoes attacking a bug zapper. He or she) must have subscribed using an autoresponder that is programmed to send out viruses according to a set schedule.
Maybe I'm just ready for a vacation, but I'm weary of bad behavior that is so commonplace on Net.
I'm tired of deleting 150-200 spam emails daily.
I'm tired of students contacting me to ask how much I would charge to write their term paper. Here's a tip, kids. If you want a helping hand, you'll find one at end of your wrist.
I'm tired of people sending me scathing emails because they're confused by somebody else's pop-under ads that they think originated at my site. Come to think of it, I'm even more tired of all those pop-under windows in first place.
I'm tired of web sites that hold me captive and won't allow me to use Back Button on my browser to return to where I started. Why do designers do this? Do they believe that taking hostages will improve their chances of making sales?
Those are my minor complaints. These are my major ones.
I'm irritated that I had to spend most of a morning adding coding on my web pages to protect myself against Microsoft's Smart Tags. For those who don't know, Smart Tag technology causes little icons to appear beside certain key words on your web site. When visitors click on icons, they will be taken to another site -- possibly your competitors. Microsoft has already included technology in Office XP, but has bowed to pressure and promised (?) not to add technology to Internet Explorer 6. To protect your pages from MS Smart Tags, add this line to your Meta Tags:
I'm even more irritated by Ezula's TopText, which comes bundled with KaZaA, a third party plugin for IE. KaZaA is a freely distributed file- sharing program has been downloaded over 7 million times in a month and a half. The bundled TopText uses Smart Tag technology to hijack visitors from your site and send them elsewhere. Advertisers purchase keywords. When browser encounters that keyword on your site, it underlines word in yellow, then adds a yellow highlight when mouse hovers over it. Clicking on keyword takes your hard won visitors away and deposits them at web site of advertisers who purchased keyword.