I was quite happy on receiving some comments on my blog. I soon realized it was all spam though!
If your Akismet configuration tells you that it cannot reach the servers, go to your website Tophost cpannel, open up the PHP configuration screen and set “allow url fopen” to On.
It can happen that changing this or other settings has no effect. In that case, in the same screen, switch to PHP4 and than back to PHP5; than re-apply the “allow url fopen” setting.