I use WordPress for http://pokercopilot.com/blog. I've turned off comments for the site, because these days, most comments you get on popular blogging platforms are spam. When the comments on our site are not spam, they tend to be support requests. Blog post comments do not make a good medium for conducting customer support.
And yet...the comments still come. I've turned on "comments need moderation", so they get quarantined, and I have to mark them as spam or trash, or let them be published. But they still come.
I was surprised that turning off comments only turns off the UI for making comments. If someone knows how the WordPress API works, they can programmatically add comments to your blog. WordPress's support says that this can't be disabled, and instead you should purchase a subscription to the Akismet anti-spam service.
I recently stumbled upon a new product that vaguely competes with our flagship product, Poker Copilot. Because it competes with us, I won't tell you what it is.
This product seems basic and raw, but has a unique angle to the problem space. It is created by someone with good experience in the field. It seems to be have been started well, but hasn't been updated for a while. I suspect it is becoming abandonware.
For some odd reason, the developer never charged money. If you click on "Buy Now" you see "Coming Soon". I want to contact them and tell them, charge money already! If some people pay, it is validation that your software has a viable market. Nothing motivates the owner of a small company like the arrival of money in the bank account.
T - 10 days until I release SeeingStars: Real Time Odds for PokerStars on Mac OS XSign up here to be notified when we release AND get a 50% discount.Most of my work on SeeingStars has been a MacBook Pro with a Retina display. Today I switched to an iMac. A non-Retina iMac. The layout of the PokerStars poker table seems the same, superficially. But actually there are significant differences in the relative placements of the cards on the table. Uh-oh. This doesn’t make me happy, because it means more work now, but also, more work to keep things working in the future whenever PokerStars changes their software.Well, if it was easy, anyone could do it, and I couldn’t build a business around it. So I guess I need to just roll up my sleeves. I mean, roll up my sleeves even higher than they are already, and work around this problem.