Archive for the 'General' Category

What is this user agent?

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

129.33.1.37 - IP resolves back to ibm.com , however, interestingly enough there’s been sightings of the IP on Google and on the news.admin.net-abuse.sightings newsgroup.

/blog/blog.xml

Http Code: 302 Date: Mar 26 22:14:57 Http Version: HTTP/1.1
Size in Bytes: 299

Referer: -

Agent: Rome User Agent (http://rome)

Update 3/26/06: Bert wrote in with the following…

Rome? It’s obvious…the Pope reads your blog! After
all, didn’t he just get an iPod? Maybe he’s looking
for tips.

But actually, I found this page:
http://wiki.java.net/bin/view/Javawsxml/Rome
Maybe someone at IBM is using some new feed
fetcher…no idea really.

[tags] RSS, site statistics [/tags]

Comcast geolocation lookup

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Why does geolocation lookup on “local to me” Comcast IPs resolve to a Comcast ASN in Mt. Laurel, NJ rather than to the originating locations in SE Pennsylvania?

[tags]Comcast, routing, Internet [/tags]

Mobile Googlebot?

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

As seen in my logs recently

66.249.72.113 [IP resolves to Google]

Agent: DoCoMo/1.0/N505i/c20/TB/W20H10 (compatible; Googlebot-Mobile/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html

Also, from a quick perusal on The Googlebot page, that the Google Feedfetcher bot fetches pages because of “explicit action by human users”. In other words, someone’s gotta request your feed either via the personalized Google Home Page or via Google Reader.

[tags]Google, Googlebot, site statistics [/tags]

Things that go together

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

What does a karate class, a Saturday afternoon spent at a bowling alley with seven little girls, a basketball game and a family party later in the evening equal to? Why, one very tired 8 year old birthday girl of course.

How the wisdom of Vedanta and spammers go together

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006
 From:   service@amazon.com
Subject: Amazon.com - Importan Notice
Date: March 23, 2006 3:41:24 AM EST
To:  []
Reply-To:   service@amazon.com
Return-Path: <service@amazon.com>
Envelope-To: []
Delivery-Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 03:41:35 -0500 <br>
Received: from [] by [] with local-bsmtp (Exim 4.52) id
1FMLNs-0004lI-Ui for [];
Thu, 23 Mar 2006 03:41:35 -0500
Received: from [216.218.242.92] (port=46704 helo=chinmayamission.org)
by []  with smtp (Exim 4.52) id 1FMLNs-0004l8-J2 for [];
Thu, 23 Mar 2006 03:41:32 -0500
Received: from camel.he.net ([127.0.0.9]) by chinmayamission.org
for <[]>; Thu, 23 Mar 2006 00:41:24 -0800
X-Spam-Checker-Version: SpamAssassin 3.1.1 (2006-03-10) on  []
X-Spam-Level:
X-Spam-Status: No, score=0.9 required=5.0 tests=BAYES_50,
HTML_50_60, <br>HTML_IMAGE_ONLY_16,
HTML_MESSAGE,MIME_HTML_ONLY,
RCVD_ILLEGAL_IP  autolearn=no version=3.1.1
Message-Id: <1143103284.29681@camel.he.net>
Mime-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
  

You know, if you’re going to try to swindle me out of account information, couldn’t you just spell the subject line correctly?

It looks to me that the spammer injection occurred at Hurricane Electric
and chinmayamission.org, which is hosted at he.net accepted the incoming connection from their LAN.

[tags]spam[/tags]

text ul linespacing workaround

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

Wherein, I beat the dreaded automatic line spacing between text and a ul list.

The problem:

Some introductory text, and a leading sentence:

  • snarky point #1
  • snarky point #2
  • snarky point #3

————————————————————————–
The fix:

<p style="margin:0px;">Some introductory text, and then a leading sentence:</p>
<ul style="display:block;margin:-4px;"><li>snarky point #1</li>
                         <li>snarky point #2</li>
                         <li>snarky point #3</li> </ul>

—————————————————————————————————-
Translates to….

Some introductory text, and then a leading sentence:

  • snarky point #1
  • snarky point #2
  • snarky point #3

[tags] Web design, HTML, CSS [/tags]

KinderStart, there’s more (ignored)

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

So the SEO world is abuzz about the KinderStart lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that KinderStart was penalized by Google last year for some unknown reason and has been sandboxed by the search giant and therefore lost massive amounts of traffic. KinderStart’s attorney is arguing that the sandboxing is unfair and is “violating KinderStart’s constitutional right to free speech by blocking search engine results.”

Excuse me while I go review the Bill of Rights. The last time I checked, “The right to be indexed by Google” was not listed.

Aside from the strawman “constitutional” arguement which should, in a just world, lead to this suit being thrown out, I have some serious questions about KinderStart’s motivations. When trolling the Web for more information, suprisingly enough I have not seen any information as to why KinderStart thinks it was sandboxed by Google. In fact, the only evidence that KinderStart proffers that they were sandboxed is the decrease in visitor traffic.

What bothers me is that I’m taking a look at the site, and quite frankly, it’s underwhelming. First of all, this kinderStart site bills itself as a “search engine”. I could point out a number of SEO issues with the site, starting with the appearance of the site, to the use of frames on the top menu, to the lack of easily discoverable sitemaps (no xml, txt nor static html sitemap page), no robots.txt at the site root directory, all the way down to the copyright date in the footer (as of this writing, it says “Copyright 2000 KinderStart.Com, Inc.”).

Little wonder that a page with a copyright date of 2000 has had a decrease in visitor traffic during the past 6 years. Give me a break, people.

Plus, many of the SEO practices that KinderStart.com ignores are listed in the Google Information for Webmasters page.

Talking about biting the hand that feeds you, this morning Sunday, March 19th at 11:23am Eastern Time, KinderStart.com has a strip of Google Ad Words at the top of their page.

If anything, this lawsuit will unfortunately bring a little PR to an unknown amateur looking site, sandboxed or not.

PS: I’ve archived a copy of the KinderStart HTML as of this morning, if anyone needs to take a look at it.

[tags]Google, SEO, marketing, KinderStart[/tags]

Irish

Friday, March 17th, 2006

It was fun going to work today and having my co-workers celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Most of us wore green. And I appreciated the lightheartedness at work.

MC Hammer

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

Nothing like a little pop culture getting to ya while noting MC Hammer has a blog. How cool is that?

[tags]blogosphere[/tags]

superbowl live blog

Sunday, February 5th, 2006

Liveblogging the superbowl… [with mispellings and grammatical errors]

Blockbuster ad - ok repetitive

Full throttle - I guess I can’t drink it since it’ll let out the Man in me. Also repetitive.

McD commercial with the hamster - ok. my daughter liked it

Aleve commercial - ho hum

sons & daughters promo - not family friendly for kids under 12, thanks ABC

Past Superbowl MVPs - interesting

The star spangled banner - Saturday night live nailed it last night.

Ooh ooh Condi Rice at the superbowl.

Adam Sandler Movie - hrm

Tostitos - cute

Pizza hut - eh Jessica Simpson who cares?

AT&T - 1984 called, they want Ma Bell back, also repetitive seen it before

I’m goin to Disney World - cute - best commercial so far

The places you’ll go with Harrison Ford (ABC promo) - cute

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Coin toss - just explained the significance to my daughter

Oooh two female sportscasters

Good grief, the another Blockbuster commercial - boring and repetitve

Question from my daughter - how much do you get paid as a Pittsburgh Steelers cheerleader?

———

bud light - eh

Burger King - has got to have the worst ad agency EVER. I oh so dislike the king. ewwww.

———

Sierra Mist - amusing

bud light - Magic Fridge - eh (better than the earlier office one)

Bruce Willis Movie - eh

—-

Toyota camry - ok

Caveman / fed ex - we liked it

Grizzly - bud light - eh

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The audio on the player alma mater voiceovers stinks. also, there seem to be a number of players who never went to college

——-

Vendetta - eh

Diet Pepsi - P. Diddy - Preferred the pimped out truck from last year

——

Aleve / trekkie - ok (do you really think that Leonard Nimoy fans watch the superbowl?)

Ameriquest Don’t Judge Us - loved it

bud light - fixing the roof - better than the previous ones

—-

Diet Pepsi - Jackie Chan - better than the P. Diddy version

Cars - daughter wants to see the movie, immediately recognized the commercial

ABC has an awful lot of promos.

RAV4 - upbeat, better than the camry commercial

—–

Budweiser streaker - cute

Mobile ESPN - concept works, even if I wouldn’t use the product

Careerbuilder - they like their chimps from last year

Cadillac Escalade - a fashion show? eh

Mission Impossible III - ooh explosions. Too bad Tom Cruise is in it.

Dove Girl’s Self Esteem - We liked it. Great message.

Shaggy Dog - eh

Ford Escape - kermit - ok

Michelob Dark- ok

Go Daddy - Heh not funny recycling last year’s joke.

Poseidon - ooh explosions on a cruise ship!

Gillette Fusion - Wow, enough explosion sounds?

Desparate Housewives promo - cute.

Overstock.com - eh. little wonder that people are short selling the stock.

Disney - Kelsey Grammar - ok

sprint - what?

NFL network - aww

Desparate Housewives promo - cute

Chevy Impala - ok

Who did the sound for the Rolling Stones? Jeepers.

Getting a bunch of local commercials…

—-
Ameriquest plane - loved it

MotoPebl - eh

Sharpie - huh

Yet another ABC promo for lost

Budweiser - aww a baby clydesdale

Nationwide with Fabio - made us laugh

NFL Mobile - ok

Hummer - Huh? That’s a hummer commercial?

PS - Germophobes

Still don’t like the Sons & Daughters promos.

Careerbuilder - I work with a bunch of jackasses. Classic.

Taco Bell - Nice car, nice guy, nice girl, too bad it was for Taco Bell.

Slim Fast - One word: why?

Gillette Fusion - repeat, but I finally figured ou that it features 6 blades - 5 on one side and 1 on the other.

The World’s Fastest Indian - I’d go see it

Toyota truck - uh, ok.

Sprint - still don’t like it

Local commercial.

Acura MDX - Liked the commercial.

Icky PA lottery commercial.

Degree - ok

Emerald Nuts - ugh

Fidelity - liked it

Another ABC promo.

Budweiser stadium - clever

Pirates of the Caribbean - would see it

Mastercard - MacGuyver - cute

Another ABC promo

Mobile ESPN - The only commercial I missed due to laundry duty.

Honda Ridgeline - clever

Here’s to Beer - ok

ABC promo again.

World Baseball Classic - Mike Piazza is going to play for Italy?

Go Daddy - repeat

NFL Network - repeat

RAV4 - repeat

Running Scared - cops, money, guns. I think I prefer explosions.

Outback - Loud goofy dude with an Aussie accent and thick rimmed glasses. Exactly why I go to Outback.

Westin - esoterically not telling me why I should stay at a Westin.

Ok, enough of the Grey’s Anatomy “Code Black”.

Probowl - heh

Blockbuster - oh good grief not again

TGIFriday’s - ok

Allstate - good special effects

Expedia - cute

Mercedes - ok

Chevy Cobalt - 34 mpg highway

RAV4 - saw this commercial before

It’s post game and it’s time for bed… Best commercials were by far the Ameriquest ones.

School of Fish

Monday, January 30th, 2006

I was driving home today and while listening to the XM, I heard the song “3 Strange Days” by School of Fish. I hadn’t heard the song in a long, long while and since I don’t have the CD on me anymore, I figure I’d just go and grab their album from iTunes. Boy, I feel so dated.

I’m on iTunes right now and looking at their album, only to find out that the lead singer died in 2000 of testicular cancer.

Mitsubishi Outlander

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

I’m amused for some weird reason over the Japanese version of the official Mitsubishi Outlander site.

Update: MSNBC/Forbes reports that the Outlander was the worst selling model for Mitsubishi last year, selling only 11,848 units (including mine).

I really honestly think that is caused not by general car suckitude, but by the absolute lack of advertising on Mitsubishi’s part. I had only learned of the car when a certain someone had researched Consumer Reports. In the past month I’ve seen at least 10 other Outlanders on the road around where I live, but that just could be because there is a well known Mitsubishi dealership nearby.

Update 04/02/06 - author’s explanation: Yes, I do own an 2006 Outlander SE (purchased it off the dealer’s lot just before the new year). After driving the vehicle for the past three months, with a little over 3,000 miles on the odometer, here are my impressions.

Overall, I would rate the car an A-. I’m extremely pleased with it, with my only real complaints with it being a little underpowered and I wish the gas mileage was a little better (I’m getting about 22mpg city). The spare tire in the back doesn’t bother me like it does others, and I have to say that the car handles extremely well in rain and snow.

I’m glad I made the purchase. I enjoy driving again.