Archive for December, 2006

Livedoor Reader

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

If you were just looking for a Japanese language RSS reader, you could go ahead and try the livedoor reader.

[tags]Livedoor Reader, Japanese, RSS, RSS aggregator, RSS reader, newsfeeds, Web 2.0[/tags]

xkcd’s Map of the Internet

Monday, December 11th, 2006

As some of my dear loyal readers know, I have this preternatural fascination with the Internet, most notably IP Addresses. For some reason, I find the IPv4 numbering system quite interesting - there’s so much history behind how the first addresses were allocated. For example, take a look at IANA’s current IPv4 assignments. I just love to geek out trying to figure out what IP Addresses people have and why. Some people track trains or airplanes or celebrities and I track…IP Addresses.

So when I saw this map of the Internet as featured on Slashdot today, my s0×0rs were totally r0×0red! Here’s blog entry detailing how the author mapped the address space. Of course, there’s already a printout of the map on my cube.

I really really want a full poster version when they’re available.

[tags]xkcd, Map of the Internet, Internet Map, IP Address Space, IPv4, geeking out [/tags]

XMLHttpRequest

Monday, December 11th, 2006

XMLHttpRequest.com is a simple RSS aggregator which aggregates tech stories on XMLHttpRequest, AJAX, CSS, Web 2.0, DHTML and Javascript.

For the Web designers and developers in the audience, this aggregator looks to be an interesting resource on the World Wide Web 2.0.

[tags]XMLHttpRequest, RSS, RSS aggregator, newsfeeds, Web 2.0 [/tags]

Plagger

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Plagger is a pluggable RSS/Atom feed aggregator written in Perl. Everything is implemented as a small plugin and you can mash them up together to build a new application to handle RSS/Atom feeds. The developer’s blog is quite interesting to read, as he notes that his competition includes Planet and newspipe aggregator software. In addition to Feed Rinse, Touchstone, Dapper and xFruits Web 2.0 services.

Agent: Plagger/0.7.15 (http://plagger.org/)

[tags]Plagger, RSS, Atom, Feed aggregator, newsfeeds, aggregation, Web 2.0 [/tags]

iLike, or perhaps not

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

I do not know if I would iLike it since the (similar to the last.fm and Pandora services) iLike client is for OS X 10.4 only.

So you Tiger users go out and have fun with it. Consider yourselves spared of my incessant Death Cab for Cutie playbacks.

[tags]ilike, ilike is only for 10.4, last.fm, pandora, social music recommendations, Web 2.0[/tags]

‘Tis the Week for Holiday Shopping 2006

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

This will be the busiest week of the online shopping season 2006. The UPS Ground shipping deadline is Friday, December 15th and Monday, December 18th, will be the busiest day of the season for the US Postal Service with over 280 Million First Class Cards and Letters to be sent.

In that vein, I received an email over the weekend from Amazon Associates (I had signed up long ago for the program) and there are two interesting tidbits of news from the largest online retailer.

First, the last day for Amazon Super Saver Shipping is Friday, December 15th to receive gifts by Friday, December 22nd. No word on any special expedited shipping services for those procrastinators out there.

However, Amazon Associates are being told to pimp the Amazon Gift Certificate. These gift certificates have a 6% referral fee and they can be sent through email, an e-card or snail mail.

With this emphasis on the gift certificates, I am wondering if Amazon got burned on their late expedited shipping offerings last year.

Figuring out online content

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

For all of you in the online content business… the Fark headline for this BBC article was “Newspapers discovering it’s difficult to charge readers money for content that some bastards put on the Internet for free”.

These are scary times for newspapers and a crucial time for society.

A fully functioning media needs more than fast reacting rolling news, it also needs newspapers which spend more time chewing over what the news actually means.

There is a problem with free: it often comes unpackaged and without the know-how to understand it.

A question I was thinking about when I was reading the BBC article was this - How does one value different online news properties?

For example, I could care less about what is supposed to be my hometown paper online, Philly.com. I feel that I should like it and that I should check it maybe once a day. But honestly, if the site ceased to exist, I personally would not be affected by it.

Then again, I love the NYTimes Online and the WashingtonPost Online but I am not sure I would pay for the access to either site. I don’t mind their current advertising schemes or that I have to register for each of the services.

And, I do gladly pay for the Wall Street Journal Online, but the Journal gives me news and analysis that I can’t find anywhere else.

So what are the NY Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal giving me that Philly.com isn’t? Relevance, perhaps?

Easy Like Sunday Morning

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Some miscellaneous, not exactly technical thoughts for a Sunday morning.

-People who know me professionally ask if I’m bothered by them reading this blog. “Not really,” I reply. “I lead a pretty simple lifestyle.”

-One of the few things I enjoy on the weekends is sleeping in late and on Sundays, cooking breakfast. This morning there was a small glitch in that the milk had allegedly expired a two days ago.

-I am Fantasy! Football! League! Overall! Leader! going into this Sunday, however my crafty opponent has Willie Parker, who scored 28pts on Thursday night.

-There is a Guinea Pig named Cookie now residing in the household.

-I have this really lame joke about my PowerBook. When people ask me how old it is, I reply with “It’s three years old. I’ve had a longer relationship with it than with most guys I’ve dated.” Lame. Yes. I know. Well, what’s lamer is that the other week, I figured out that I’ve known my trusty, absolutely fabulous Web hosting provider for over four years. He indulges my obsessive log reading. I’ve known him for so long, I’m on a first name basis with him. Let the puns begin. ;-)

[tags]Easy Like Sunday Morning[/tags]

MSN HRS

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Does anyone know what MSN HRS is? I received the following referrer from a Qwest DSL IP address. If you go to the MSNHRS page referred below, you see the MSN logo with a HRS designation and a simple login page. The most recent info I could find out about this MSN search was from a post on SEO Roundtable and another one on this blog post from a few days ago.

Perhaps Microsoft is deploying this HRS (human research system or human relevance system) now? What I don’t get is why the user I saw didn’t come from a Microsoft IP.

/blog/archives/2003_08.html
Http Code: 200 Date: Dec 07 21:57:44 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 263429
Referer: http://mshrs.search.msn-int.com/hrsv3/Judging.aspx?QueryID=1096242&UrlIndex=37&
Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.0.6) Gecko/20060728 Firefox/1.5.0.6

Filseclab

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Filseclab appears to be a consumer oriented software firewall for Windows based machines. Allegedly the creator of the software has been around since 2001, but I hadn’t heard about it before I, of course, noticed the referrer of a visitor. As you can see, the firewall not only customizes the visitor user agent, but also obscures the referrer. For which I see no real exploitable reason to do so.

There’s free and paid professional versions of the software. Users on CNET seem to like it.

[tags]Software, Windows, Firewall [/tags]

/
Http Code: 200 Date: Dec 06 22:14:50 Http Version: HTTP/1.0 Size in Bytes: 60079
Referer: DELBY
Agent: FILSECLAB FIREWALL WWW.FILSECLAB.COM Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727)

GoDaddy Domain Forwarding

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

More than a few of my readers have the following scenario. They have a blog hosted on one of the big providers like Typepad or Wordpress.com and they want to redirect a custom domain name to the blog. So, if you type http://cutedomainname.com it will redirect to http://cutedomainname.bigblogprovider.com.

What I am hearing on the street is that the home of famously cheap marketing tactics and the scourge of thousands of parked domains GoDaddy provides domain name forwarding. However, from what I could find online, GoDaddy only provides a 302 temporary redirect for the domain forwarding, not a 301 permanent redirect.

302 Redirected URLs could possibly be subjected to a domain hijacking and but for most people, the bigger issue is that Google doesn’t trust a temporary 302 redirect as much as a 301, which is why real SEOs use 301.

BuzzRanking

Monday, December 4th, 2006

BuzzRanking.com is a not yet released service which promises to track the blogosphere and the buzz around it. Here is the blog entry translated from French to English announcing the upcoming service. In addition the creators do have an information page about the bot, which can be found here.

Host: 213.251.187.124
/robots.txt
Http Code: 200 Date: Dec 02 12:36:18 Http Version: HTTP/1.0 Size in Bytes: 6702
Referer: -
Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; BuzzRankingBot/1.0; +http://www.buzzrankingbot.com/)

[tags]BuzzRanking, BuzzRankingBot, Robots, Crawlers, Spiders, Blogosphere [/tags]