Archive for the 'Internet' Category

RSS readers and spamming scripts

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

From the Apache logs…

Agent: Windows RSS Platform/1.0 (MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1) Oooooh someone is reading my feed via IE7.

Agent: fluffyLovesRSS/3.14159 (+http://beesbuzz.biz/) Hi Fluffy! ;-)

And then there’s this…The IP Address is from….Nigeria

Host: 196.3.62.3

/blog/archives/001229.html

Http Code: 200 Date: Jul 02 06:42:43 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 8231
Referer: http://mamma30.mamma.com/Mamma?utfout=1&qtype=0&query=spamming+script
Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)

[tags]RSS, RSS Readers, IE 7, Nigeria spam[/tags]

Krow’s RSSEngine

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Host: 216.39.139.192

/wp-atom.php
Http Code: 200 Date: Jun 30 17:41:18 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 19232
Referer: -
Agent: Krow’s RSSEngine/0.2

This RSS crawler is so new that only a few entries appear for it in any of the big the search engines. No known details about what project or web site that it is affiliated with. The only substantial clue is that the IP address is at a hosting company in Seattle.

[tags]site logs, crawlers, RSS[/tags]

Creative ZenCast

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

Saw this in my user logs not long ago: Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; Alcohol Search; SV1; Creative ZENcast v1.00.12)

Creative ZENcast is sorta like iTunes for the Creative Zen mp3 player.

[tags]podcast, podcasting, creative zen[/tags]

OS X Update 10.4.7 fouls MacBookPro

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

One of my dear intrepid readers has reported that the OS X 10.4.7 update rendered his 2.0Ghz MacBookPro inoperable. To the extent that the machine rebooted after update and hung at the gray screen…forever and ever and ever. After the hang, single user mode didn’t work and safe mode also failed. For reference, this is the same machine that inspired the Panic! At the MacBook Pro post.

The only way to get the MacBookPro operable again was to reinstall OS X. Not good at all.

[tags]Apple, Mac, MacBookPro, OS X, technical difficulties, I drank the kool aid but it made my stomach hurt later[/tags]

call me waxxi

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Or a wacky marketer, but if you send out a press release to bloggers, you may want to make sure the URL of the site you’re promoting, you know, can be reached. On this news release, Waxxi.com is announced, but waxxi.com doesn’t resolve or redirect to the operational URL of Waxxi.us. Whoops.

Can't find the waxxi

The site’s concept sounds interesting, as it’s taking an interactive audio conference format and translating that to an interactive podcast.

[tags]PR, public relations, marketing podcasting, this will cure cancer[/tags]

YouTube

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

Come to think of it, during the past week or so I’ve watched more YouTube than regular cable and tv. I can also say that I’m thrilled to be able to choose what I want to see rather than wait for a show or movie to come on. Am I on top of this user generated content trend or what?

[tags] Web, YouTube, cable and broadcast networks will be withering away soon [/tags]

Convera This

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

Yet another third party crawler for a company that is selling what it aggregates. Of course we can’t see what they are aggregating. Their client list is interesting to say the least. Here’s the WebmasterWorld thread about this crawler.

Agent: ConveraCrawler/0.9d (+http://www.authoritativeweb.com/crawl)

[tags]Internet, Web, site logs, crawlers, user agents[/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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