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You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone

The Christmas hacker vandalism that took blogger.com off-line for most of yesterday is all the more appalling when you consider that blogger.com are one of the Internet’s secular saints, when you think what they provide to us, the bloggers, and you, the readers, essentially for free.

I feel another bout of ‘hunt the advertisement’ coming on… remember everyone, if you see a banner advertisement on a blogpage, anyone can click on the ‘get rid of this ad’ link under the banner on anyone else’s site and contribute a measly $12 for 1 year of ad-free blog viewing for everyone. If all 300,000+ people who have blogs on blogger.com or the millions of readers who read those blogs contributed that paltry sum, blogger.com, which is run largely on good-will, would be able to afford more bandwidth and better firewalls and obviously that would be in all our interests.

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