Decorating for Winter

We decorated for winter today. Photos attached. Lots of hand-crafted snowflakes and pilgrim hats. Barbara got the white table covers, Leroy and Ernest hung the white streamers, Donna, Barbara, and Melvina crafted the snowflakes and attached them to white yarn while Leroy hung them up. In all, a fun diversion from our usual training and a good choice as half the class was absent from sickness or other circumstances.

WordPress anti-spamming defenses

I was asked if WordPress recorded IP addresses in connection with the anti-spamming. Yes. There are a large number of “plugins” available to expand WordPresses capabilities, including screening new registrations and catching spamming. Here is a screen cut from one of my sites showing one of the reports.

Anti-Spamming report for new registrations.

Anti-Spamming report for new registrations.

You can click the thumbnail for a bigger look. There are many such reports. WordPress is a very robust platform to build your blog site.

I ran a test on the site to see if there were any privacy issues, and it came back that there are none. You can see that report also on the Privacy policy page (top menu). My policy is to not track honest people while preventing the criminals from making the site unusable with their disgusting spam or disclosing subscriber email addresses to them. Sometimes spammers will visit sites just to get a list of active email addresses, which they then abuse. The Chinese and Russians see nothing wrong with abusing freedom of information and openness that way — it suits their purpose.

We made a good choice

Microsoft likes WordPress well enough that they are switching their Live Spaces blogging functionality to and have sent their Live Spaces customers instructions in the latest Newsletter explaining how to migrate their blog to the new location on WordPress.

We felt strongly in favor of WordPress and saw a great deal of potential, which is why we chose it for our own blogging software: its anti-spammer features alone are a good reason to switch!
You can read more about it on at…oft-blog-space

PC Refurbisher

We got accepted into the Microsoft PC Refurbisher program, but there is a snag now. All the information that we read prior to applying said we would be able to place legitimate, full licenses for Windows on the PCs we refurbish. There is one tiny little catch that would have been really helpful to be disclosed to us before:

Q: I have a used PC without a Windows COA. Can I install Windows on the PC?

A: Yes, but because the PC does not have proof that Windows was originally installed on it, you must purchase a full version (not upgrade version) of the Windows operating system Windows through a retail channel.

The point of *having* a refurbisher program is lost on me at this point: how does this get a license for PCs which do not yet have a license? How is this different from just handing the recipient charity the cleaned up PC hardware and telling them to go to a local brick and mortar store and go buy a license?

I must have missed something, so I need to read it again. This can’t be right. The only thing this would help is if the original recovery CD has been lost.


I fired off an email to Microsoft to ask if I understand the program correctly:


Question: We are only working with 501(c)(3) Public Charities. From what I can tell, this program only allows us to install Windows on PCs that already have a license for Windows: there is no way to provide a legitimate charity license for a PC which does not already have a legitimate Windows license, other than just buying one at retail somewhere. Donated PCs are going to be worth $20 – $50. Windows licenses are going to be $89 and up. Did I miss something?

John Nash, CEO
Adult Life Training, Inc.


I will let you know what they say.