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Thursday, October 07, 2010

An apology and a thank you

First of all, my apologies to anyone using Google Reader or the Google Chrome browser who received the following scary warning when trying to access my blog over the past few weeks.

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[Props to my blogfather Chuck for taking the time to email the image.  Are you writing these days?  I'd love to post a link and follow along!]

Apparently there is some suspicious malware embedded somewhere in the blogrolling link I had in my sidebar (the one that listed all the other blogs), which was triggering the warning message.

I'd also like to thank the many people who emailed me to let me know about the problem.  It would have been the easiest thing in the world to say/do nothing and click over to the next site on your daily reading list. 

I really appreciate that you took the time to tell me about the problem.

For the time being I've deleted the blogroll from my site in hopes that doing so will resolve the problem.  In truth, more than half of the blogs listed on that old blogroll were abandoned flotsam, adrift on the oily waters of the interwebs.  But because of all the fond memories I have of those sites in their heyday, I couldn't bring myself to delete them.

I guess I'll have to rebuild my blogroll from scratch using a different tool, one of these days... one that won't trigger dire warnings of a coming apocalypse on your hard drive.

Thanks again, and sorry for the scare.

[An afterthought:  Needless to say, if anyone still gets the warning message when they access treppenwitz, please leave a comment on this post and let me know.]

Posted by David Bogner on October 7, 2010 | Permalink

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But because of all the fond memories I have of those sites in their heyday, I couldn't bring myself to delete them.

You are a grizzled veteran of the blogging world. Kind of strange to think of how many of those people were like comets that flashed across our screens. For a brief moment they were right there, so bright and cheery and now...

Posted by: Jack | Oct 7, 2010 10:24:58 AM

Jack... Are you screwin' with me? I can never tell when you are being sarcastic. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Oct 7, 2010 10:40:46 AM

Oh come on David - when is Jack not being sarcastic? ;-)

I think my long gone blog was one of those on your blogroll...but there's been some discussion of opening it again.

Posted by: orieyenta | Oct 7, 2010 4:00:31 PM

Nope wasn't sarcastic this time, just sentimental.

Posted by: Jack | Oct 7, 2010 5:42:53 PM

I'm using Chrome, and the problem has gone away. It's good to have you back. I wonder, did those people who infected the Iranian nuclear program practice on you?

Posted by: Barzilai | Oct 7, 2010 5:44:53 PM

I had the same problem... and to compound the issue, my "go-to" blogrolling software, Bloglines, is folding up at the end of the month. I've brought all of my blog subscriptions into a new Google Reader-based blogroll... and I've cleaned out all of the rpc.blogrolling code from my template. Problem solved!

Posted by: Elisson | Oct 8, 2010 9:23:08 PM

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