Archive for the 'Internet' Category

iPhone fangirl!

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

With all of the excitement about the iPhone, I believe the operative question here is “How can I get out of my Verizon contract?”

Aside from the phone running OS X, the killer apps for me include POP email accessibility, OS X running natively, and the miniaturized Web browser.

I wonder if I could natively use the Web browser to blog on that phone since the keyboard is virtualized on screen…

[tags]Apple, iPhone, I really want an iPhone [/tags]

clearing out the inbox

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

Well, it’s been a relatively few weeks of quiet at cleverhack with the holidays and all, so here’s a clearing out the inbox post.

1) For those of you hungering to add your blog to even more blog directories, why not take a look at the list that Top Rank Results has compiled?

2) Looking for geeky Apple love songs, you could listen to or

3) Leafletter is a web based application which enables users to create miniature web sites (”Leaflets”) and embed them into social networks, blogs, and other web sites with ease. Basically, it’s a method to create blog bling containing your content for others.

[tags]blog directories, Apple, Apple love songs, Leafletter[/tags]


Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

User Agent for the Nintendo Wii Opera powered Web browser.

Agent: Opera/9.00 (Nintendo Wii; U; ; 1309-9; en)

[tags]Wii, Nintendo Wii, Opera Web browser [/tags]

digg redesign including podcasts and video

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

With the slight redesign of digg yesterday, I’ve heard good and so-so types of reviews about the redesign - the change to the sole right navigation, the secondary light green and dark green accent colors in the banner navigation, the prominent profile link in the banner and an increased use of tabbed and grouped navigation are all interesting little tweaks. Personally, I think the red font used for the “time dugg” is a little distracting.

The addition of new categories (nitpick: spaces around the ampersand are needed in World&Business), videos and podcasts are all interesting - I don’t know if digg will be as strong in non-traditional areas for their user base.

And since there are now podcasts on digg, you can now digg some cleverhack podcasts (why didn’t digg detect the feed image?) and befriend joyl.

[tags]digg, redesign, Web 2.0 [/tags]


Monday, December 18th, 2006

Here’s one search engine that’s certainly not Web 2.0.

If you follow the URL in the user agent, you will go to While the Web site is rockin’ like it’s 1999, there’s a box at the top of the page which gives some information about the Blaiz-Bee crawler and tells visitors that the crawler belongs to the RawGrunt Search Engine. The most notable aspect of the RawGrunt search engine is the boast that it runs on Windows 98 using low cost domestic, clustered hardware.


Http Code: 200 Date: Dec 17 22:13:40 Http Version: HTTP/1.0 Size in Bytes: 41488
Referer: -
Agent: Blaiz-Bee/2.00.6000 (+

Blog SEO tips and tricks

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

Some quickie SEO analysis by searching for cleverhack on both Google and Yahoo.

Google results for cleverhack - 22,800 results

Yahoo results for cleverhack - 13,300 results

What’s obvious: Having a clever domain name helps with blog branding. Also, Google loves cleverhack.

What’s changed: It appears that raw RSS feeds are not as useful for blog SEO as they were a year or even 6 months ago. For example on the first few pages of the cleverhack Google results, we don’t see any mentions of the raw RSS feed.

What’s interesting: Both search engines have indexed directory listings for the cleverhack podcast. So, for you podcasters out there, it’s definitely worth your time to list your podcast URL with podcast directories.

What’s constant: Both search engines have indexed cleverhack RSS feed listings on RSS feed aggregators or directories.

What else I would recommend: Getting your blog listed on blog directories.

What’s variable: I’ve been using a few different descriptions for the blog on various directories, so that may have skewed results a bit.

A resource listing RSS feed and blog directories: Robin Good’s Best Blog Directory And RSS Submission Sites

Yahoo Mobile Crawler

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

Today a crawler from, an IP which apparently belongs to (WHOIS) started crawling my site. That in and of itself is not too unusual. What caught my eye, however, was that the crawler was attempting to find pages thathad something to do with presentation for mobile users. Which is fine, but the pages the crawler tried to get to are not industry standard, instead, it looks like some programmer at Yahoo just took a guess as to how, perhaps, a mobile version of a site may be presented.

I dunno, it seems like this crawler could have been written to be more efficient - aside from bandwidth issues, you’d think the crawler would try to look for a robots.txt first, which it failed to. A thread at WebmasterWorld comes to a similar conclusion.

More boring site logs after the jump…

Http Code: 404 Date: Dec 14 12:38:10 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 29745
Referer: -
Agent: Nokia6600/1.0 (4.09.1) SymbianOS/7.0s Series60/2.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.0

Http Code: 404 Date: Dec 14 12:38:11 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 29745
Referer: -
Agent: Nokia6600/1.0 (4.09.1) SymbianOS/7.0s Series60/2.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.0

[tags]Yahoo, Yahoo Mobile, Robots, Bots, Crawlers, robots.txt, Mobile, Wireless WAP, WML [/tags]


Thursday, December 14th, 2006

I know that some may think that I can emphasis on a call to action in a Web page design. However, I think I have found a blog that, well, highlights some calls to action tastefully and forcefully.

Search Engine High Guru Danny Sullivan just launched his blog and the blog very simply executed. Here’s a list of the obvious calls to action Danny wants to you to take.

-RSS feed and Newsletter subscription link large and on the upper left of the banner (I love this idea). If you click on the link, you will be taken to a separate page subscription for newsletters and RSS feeds.

-Huge header logo banner linking to the front page on every page.

-Simple subscribe to newsletter box (for the daily newsletter) in the top spot of the right nav bar. This is repeated on all pages.

-Text list of social bookmarking services (digg, related Sphere posts, Google Bookmarks) that one can submit a post to.

-Green “conversion box” at the bottom of each post with links to author, permalink, comments and categories.

There’s like two things which are annoying to me about navigation on the site, namely the archives are drop down menu based and I can’t find a search box to search the site. Also, you have to either have a TypeKey account or join the site to be able to comment, but that is just a nitpick.

[tags]SearchEngineLand, Danny Sullivan, Call To Action[/tags]

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]


Monday, December 11th, 2006 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]


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 (

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