Some of you may or may not have noticed that I didn't visit you yesterday (Friday). It wasn't because I didn't want to. It was because I kept running into a new Blogger "error" on most of the blogs I tried to access, including ONE OF MY OWN. I've put up with submitting to the "verification process" when I want to use Google's language translator. They've been making me do that because they claim that the phrase I wanted to translate looked like something a spammer would want to know. Makes no sense to me, but what do I know? This latest BS is, however, intolerable. The error message I keep getting looks like this:
... but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.
We'll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been infected, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your systems are free of
viruses and other spurious software.
If you're continually receiving this error, you may be able to resolve the problem by deleting your Google cookie and revisiting Google. For browser-specific instructions, please consult your browser's online support center.
If your entire network is affected, more information is available in the Google Web Search Help Center.
We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we'll see you again on Google.
If they don't hurry up and do something about this and take steps to ensure that it doesn't recur, they won't be seeing me again on Google. How the hell could Google/Blogger suddenly decide that I appear to be a virus or spyware application? I took their idiotic advice and deleted all Google cookies from my system. Did it work? Of course not! I posted the error message and a request for clarification and resolution in the Blogger/Google help forums. Several people replied that they were experiencing the same thing. Do you think that Blogger/Google has provided a response? Or a solution? Why, hell no.
I think perhaps it's about time to think about moving my blog somewhere else. Blogger doesn't seem to work for crap any more. Maybe Google should have kept on more employees. Whatever. I've never cared for the LiveJournal format, but TypePad's looking pretty good to me right now.