Archive for the 'General' Category

Digg Podcasts Crawler

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

In case you were curious, here’s the crawler for the Digg podcasts service. There’s no identifying information (either referrer or user agent) on the crawler itself.

Host: 64.191.203.34 (WHOIS)
/category/podcasts/feed/
Http Code: 200 Date: Dec 31 10:15:40 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 62802
Referer: -
Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows NT 5.0)

/wp-content/content/cp1.jpg
Http Code: 200 Date: Dec 31 10:15:41 Http Version: HTTP/1.0 Size in Bytes: 37811
Referer: -
Agent: -

[tags]Digg, Digg Podcasts, crawler, user agents [/tags]

Texas Bowl: Rutgers 37 - Kansas State 10

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Since Rutgers had to go to a mediocre bowl, at least they did spank the competition.

Also, this NY Times article about the pregame festivities before the Texas Bowl is pretty amusing.

[tags]Rutgers Football, Texas Bowl, Next year it’s the BCS [/tags]

Tracking Santa 2006

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

A very excited 8 year old is tracking Santa via the NORAD Web site:
http://www.noradsanta.com/en/map/index.php

Update: As heard a few minutes ago: “Mom, will you stop blogging so I can track Santa?”

[tags]Santa Claus, Santa, NORAD[/tags]

Email Deliverability Update 12-21-06

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Email deliverability update, from the front lines. Two trends I’ve heard of interest.

1)I’m hearing that Verizon residential email accounts can’t send outgoing email messages to more than 10 recipients at a time.

2)I’ve written in the past about Yahoo email deliverability issues, and I’m starting to hear of reports that Yahoo isn’t greylisting, but that they are rate-limiting incoming mail. Apparently, Yahoo will accept emails in queues of less than seven but not a continual mail queue.

A note, I’m still seeing lots of interest on this topic, as evidenced by the numbers of visitors from small and medium sized businesses who continue to find my earlier Yahoo deliverability posts.

[tags]Email deliverability, Verizon Mail, Yahoo Mail, mail, spam[/tags]

Right hand Web navigation

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Is the right hand nav bar the rounded tab of (almost) 2007?

I hadn’t really thought about it before, but it seems that there is a higher concentration of content based Web sites with right hand nav bars, I mean not only this blog (and others), but also Google SERP pages (just think of the right hand Google ads) and now the newly redesigned digg with no sort of navigation on the left hand side.

Now I’m wondering how many other sites have right hand nav bars exclusively. And I wonder if right hand nav bars change Information Architecture in any significant way.

[tags]Web design, Web navigation, Web [/tags]

Fantasy Football - A season’s end

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Well, I’m sorry to say that I am officially out of the fantasy football league playoffs this year. My playoff opponent (who I beat once and then tied) had Peyton Manning, Frank Gore, Steven Jackson and the spitworthy T.O.

For me, while I had Tony Romo, LaDainian Tomlinson and Brian Westbrook, they just weren’t enough. My WRs were wildly inconsistent week to week along with a Dolphins D who piddled around on Sunday.

Ah well. Good matchup and I do hold the bragging rights (and prize money) of being the regular season leader. Not bad for someone who was asked before the draft “Hey, do you even watch football?”

[tags]Fantasy Football[/tags]

A personal note

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

This is based on a link I found on a number of blogs today.

It wasn’t that long ago I was writing clever copy (among other duties) for some nifty products. And I’m pleased that my Web marketing efforts made this and other gadgets visible online, especially if one used Google.

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]

Rutgers (a little bit of) Heartbreak

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

West Virginia 41 - Rutgers 39. Triple overtime. There was a bit of heartbreak as Rutgers couldn’t seem to muster just enough to seal the deal. The kids did really well, coming off of their best season ever in the history of Rutgers Football.

I noticed that Rutgers let the ball move way too much. Also, just looking at the West Virginia offense as compared to the Rutgers defense - the West Virginia guys are brutes. While Rutgers is fast, I think we need a few brutes.

Good game. And the upside is most definitely going to another bowl game this year. There is always next year for the BCS.

Also, just a factoid: I was driving around Southeastern PA during the early part of the game, and I passed by a local sports bar with all of their TV screens showing the game. As an alumni, I was a bit awed by that.

[tags]Rutgers, Rutgers Football [/tags]

mktg ethics

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

I had a good giggle from this quote… Source

There’s definitely something about marketing that makes people check out of their ethics.

It’s defintely interesting to work in a field where one can seemingly violate people so, from the practitioner’s point of view, innocently and easily.

[tags]Marketing, Internet Wisdom [/tags]

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

Enjoy the holiday. My motto this year: I’m not cooking.

Oh, LaDainian!

Monday, November 20th, 2006

And so, there I was yesterday, resigned to the fact that I was facing a middling Fantasy Football loss due to some non-spectacular WRs, a TE with one point, a Vikings defense that left a lot to be desired and Westbrook who didn’t get to carry the ball that much. Even Tony Romo, my very non-intuitive QB pick from a few weeks back, led the Cowboys to victory only to net me 9 points in Fantasy Football play.

And so, I watched last night and wondered - could LT even get me 41 points or more? Would I be doomed? And as it turns out, he did and I tied.

Also a shoutout to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, who lost to Cincinnati on Saturday and so are 9-1, #14 BCS, #15 AP Poll. They face Syracuse this week.

[tags]Football, Fantasy Football, Rutgers Football [/tags]