It Ain’t No Use In Calling Out My Name, Babe

A year ago this blog was hosted on Yahoo, and I was having major problems with hackers inserting hidden spam ads and messing up my code. Yahoo customer service was massively unresponsive to my complaints – until Brandon helpfully switched my data to his server and I was happily quit of Yahoo.

Now today I get an email from Yahoo informing me:

We will soon upgrade your WordPress blog. …

We have become aware of security vulnerabilities in WordPress version 2.0.2. To prevent hackers from exploiting these vulnerabilities and potentially damaging your blog or web site, we will soon upgrade all Yahoo! Small Business WordPress blogs running version 2.0.2 to the more secure version 2.8. …

We regret that we are unable to provide the precise day and time at which your blog will be upgraded, so we encourage you to review your blog regularly during the upgrade process, from August 31 to September 14.

Gee, thanks, guys. You’ve finally acknowledged the existence of the problem. Talk about too little, too late.

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8 Responses to It Ain’t No Use In Calling Out My Name, Babe

  1. Brandon August 11, 2009 at 8:25 pm #

    WordPress’s release history. As you can see, they were 4 years and counting out of date.

    But in Yahoo’s defense, I am using this blog to funnel money to the Contras using the proceeds from Iranian weapons sales, and to lay mines in Nicaraguan ports, for my amusement.

  2. Anon73 August 11, 2009 at 9:44 pm #

    Imperialist-capitalist exploiter!

  3. bile August 12, 2009 at 7:48 am #

    I’m unfamiliar with your setup but I recommend getting control over the software you run. I’m sure there is someone you can trust to set it all up for you.

    I’d be concerned with a 2.0.2 to 2.8.4 upgrade. That’s huge and I’d be surprised if things went smoothly.

    • Roderick August 12, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

      But it doesn’t matter how the Yahoo upgrade goes, since my blog isn’t on Yahoo any more (there’s some old data parked there with a redirect here, but other than using it as a redirect I don’t need it), and I currently have someone I trust managing it all here.

      In any case, if I were still on Yahoo, Yahoo doesn’t let its customers very far into their blog software so there’s a limit to how much fixing someone could do for me outside Yahoo’s ambit.

  4. Gary Chartier August 12, 2009 at 8:36 pm #

    The title of this post put me in a difficult position: I couldn’t get “Don’t Think Twice” out of my head. So, for anyone else who’s had the same reaction, here’s an early live version:

    • Roderick August 12, 2009 at 9:20 pm #

      And that will help them get it out of their minds?

      • Gary Chartier August 12, 2009 at 9:35 pm #

        Think of it as scratching an itch—at least there’s temporary relief.

        • Roderick August 12, 2009 at 9:52 pm #

          Is it true that Dylan wrote “Don’t Think Twice” as a hooligan attack on Ayn Rand’s play “Think Twice”?

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