Archive for June, 2006

MacBook with graphics issues.

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Unfortunately, lots of image issues. Tom Kim has posted screenshots of his MacBook with the window artifacting and other graphical surprises. Notice the obscured dock in one of the later screenshots.

Looks like bad graphics module on the motherboard, I think.

[tags]Apple, MacBook, Hardware, Oh My[/tags]

A mobile news reader

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

I’m impressed. A mobile news reader called Quick News.

Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98; Stand Alone/QNws; Blazer/4.0) 16;320×320

[tags]RSS, RSS readers, Mobile, Mobile Computing[/tags]

First impressions

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Quick impression of the podtech.net front page:

The front page had images of (mainly) white guys podcasting to (mainly) white guys in Silicon Valley. There was one picture of a woman who was a cohost of a show, and three or so mentions in the copy of female speakers.

You’ve come a long way baby.

[tags]podtech.net, podcasting, gender [/tags]

First day of summer vacation Web aggregation

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

It’s the first day of summer vacation here at cleverhack, (well, for some of us) and a Wednesday, so here’s some Web aggregation for you.

A Comcast Technician Sleeping on my Couch. I know, it’s hit all the big sites already, but it’s still hilarious. I love the music.

Out of all of the .gov Web sites out there, I think the USDA Web site is great. Very nice, clean design.

Talking about useful blogs, I found monetize, a smartly snarkily written marketing/SEO blog earlier today while reading up about the spammer who
managed to get billions of indexed pages onto Google and other search engines
. A good read, although I will note that the blog isn’t on the front page of Google SERPS for “monetize blog”. Just noting. :-P

Two notes about podcasting and more podcasting. Here’s a shoutout to fluctu8, a podcasting directory that has my podcast feed on their front page at the moment. Yes, I do need a compelling podcast promo photo.

Also, as far as podcast receivers go, Juice Receiver is beating the pants off of iTunes as far as actual usage in my site logs. You people are just bleeding edge technologists, aren’t you?

[tags]You Tube, Comcast, .gov, Web design, Web Marketing, SEO, blog, podcasting, podcasts, podcast directory [/tags]

How e-commerce will be affected by IE 7

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

Something interesting I learned today, IE 7 is going to have this capability to show whether a site has what is called a “high assurance SSL certificate”. If the site has the high assurance SSL certificate, then the address bar is green, if the certificate lookup doesn’t complete or totally fails, then the address bar changes color. Here’s a few screenshots and yes, other browsers are going to adopt similar behaviors.

This new development is going to screw those who self sign SSL certs on their Web sites. Also, you’re going to have to make sure that the registrar you use is a Certificate Authority (like these guys) who adhere to the official High Assurance Standard as yet to be determined from the CA Browser forum. (Side note: Am I missing something? Why can’t I find a CA Browser Forum Web site?)

Related: WSJ.com Seeking A Safer Internet

Send anonymous email through GMAIL

Monday, June 19th, 2006

Woooweee… take a look at this. You can now send anonymous email through GMAIL. What do I mean by anonymous? Normally, when you send an email, you can be identified either by your client IP address or if not that, your mailserver’s IP address. For the free email services like HOTMAIL and YAHOO, a user could be identified (well, their ISP could be identified) by taking a quick look at the email headers.

Well, the GMAIL headers aren’t showing an originating IP address anymore, just the private GMAIL IP starting with 10.*.*.* so a sender can’t be identified at all. I guess if the email was threatening or abusive, a judge would have to subpoena Google just to retrieve the originating IP address. I wonder if Google removed the originating IP address since they are now employing SPF & Domain Keys?

Update: Gmail has been omitting the originating IP since at least July 2004. I just checked some archived email to confirm that.

[tags]Google, IP addresses, Email, Email Headers [/tags]

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A directory of podcast directories

Monday, June 19th, 2006

If you’re just getting started with podcasting, you could start by submitting your feed to this directory of podcast directories.

[tags]podcasting, podcast directories[/tags]

Monday morning site info

Monday, June 19th, 2006

One visitor over the weekend had no referrer and a user agent which started with the following: blocked by Outpost (http://www.agnitum.com). According to Google, this Outpost Firewall blocks referrers for “privacy”, but I could still see the visitor’s IP address. So yeah.

New RSS Reader: RSSPoint/2 (2b91;Windows XP) Info page here. I like seeing new RSS readers.

That’s about it guys, have a good Monday.

[tags]Site Info, User Agents, Referrers, RSS, New RSS Reader [/tags]

third cleverhack podcast

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

The third cleverhack podcast is now posted. This podcast features introductory music by mathgeeks and was edited with the help of audacity.

Podcast topics include site news, the Philly blogger meetup, thoughts about software user interface design, CSS boxes and a pop culture critique of Rolling Stone Magazine.

Note: To follow up with something I noted in the podcast, I apparently need to use the WordPress rich text editor to use the podPress plugin.

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live blogging from the philly blogger meeting

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

lots of people, great company, nice to finally match blogs to faces.

Update: Or faces to blogs, whichever you prefer.

Saturday morning MLP

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

A few observations for a beautiful Saturday morning.

-Treat your Starbucks Barista well and you will be paid back handsomely. I probably go to the Starbucks near me at least once a week (often enough to notice when a longtime barista has added highlights to her hair), mostly on the way to work in the morning. I’ve gotten into the habit of being polite and tipping the loose change I get from a Triple Grande Vanilla Latte. Every so often, I get an upgrade of an extra shot or a larger size. Or, even better, getting my drink faster than the lady in front of me who was whining about her Venti Soy No-whip Caramel Macchiatto.

-I’m now Skype capable thanks to people I know who are using it. The only reason why I’m using it is because it’s free, because I’ve been unimpressed with the user interface (at least on the Mac OS X client). I also procured the Logitech USB Headset 250 to use with Skype which was ok, but I will most likely upgrade to something else of better quality.

-I thought that this guy had a very insightful comment in the Slashdot thread discussing why Microsoft can’t make an iPod killer.

-New RSS reader in my logs: Great News 1.0.

-I’m amused that my most highly trafficked blog tags have something to do with Death Cab for Cutie. If I tag for them, invariably I see visitors from the Seattle area.

Ok kids, that’s about enough for now. Today I’m going to be immersed in some hot Philly area blog culture action. I’ll tell you about it later. ;-)

[tags] Starbucks, Skype, RSS, RSS Readers, Tagging, Tags, Death Cab for Cutie, Meetup [/tags]

oh my Bonnaroo on XM 47

Friday, June 16th, 2006

I am listening to the XM live feed of the bonnaroo main stage on XM right now, and uh, Ben Folds had many a missed note.

And now Ben Folds is doing a piano reinterpretation of a Dr. Dre song which I won’t mention on this family blog. It’s hilarious (if you don’t have little ears around). The audience is singing the chorus at the moment.

Later tonight, Bright Eyes and Death Cab For Cutie!

Update: Apparently, the feed isn’t live - so no other bands tonight. That stinks.

Update 2: It seemed that the feed was live on Saturday and Sunday…but they had non-main stage acts. Which was all well and good…if you’re that into the Disco Biscuits or something. Otherwise, I’m not impressed with the XM’s coverage.
[tags]XM, XM Radio, Bonnaroo, Bonnaroo 2006 Ben Folds, Bright Eyes, Death Cab For Cutie [/tags]