Privacy Policy

Who we are

This website (with address is a personal blog by Dean Scarff; it is not part of any business or enterprise.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. This is sent to the Akismet spam detection service.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available at After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

We may use your email address to send a reply to your comment.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

Request Logs

Whenever visitors make requests to the site over the internet, we collect “request logs”, containing the timestamp, URL, user agent, and IP address of each request, to diagnose problems relating to the reliability of the website.

Request logs may be retained for up to 30 days.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

We use Google’s reCAPTCHA service when you comment or visit the login page. This service is used to protect the blog from abuse. Google may use additional cookies as part of reCAPTCHA; see Google’s Privacy Policy.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


The site is hosted on Google Cloud Platform. See Google’s Privacy Policy. Google does not process data stored on behalf of Google Cloud Platform customers for advertising purposes.