Archive for the 'Tech' Category


Monday, July 10th, 2006

Talkdigger is another Web 2.0 site that searches Google, Yahoo, MSN and some blogosphere oriented search engines. Which come to think of it, would be a useful service for today’s Web marketer. Right now Talkdigger is in alpha testing for some new features.

So, go ahead and search for what bloggers and others are saying about you or your Web site.

Also, thinking about Web design, but I kinda like the menu button hover effects on the blog of Talkdigger’s creator.

[tags]Talkdigger, search, blogosphere, Web marketing, Web design [/tags]

Sunday night Web 2.0 review

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

A listing of some Web 2.0 properties (and some not) that I’ve come across in the past few days…

-RSSPect isn’t just an RSS scraper (meaning it takes your online content and converts it into RSS), but it makes sure the feed is validated and gives several options for feed syndication. RSSPect is written by Ryan North, the same guy who does the awesome Dinosaur Comics. Plus, RSSPect has killer bees on the logo. KILLER BEES. How cool is that?

-Yet another podcast directory, but I happen to really like the Web design of Clean, simple and dark.

-And taking word of mouth blog oriented marketing to the next step, yes you too can write about products and services on your blog and get paid for them via There’s a post on the PayPerPost blog today arguing:

In my opinion someone who discloses but will write about anything to make a buck is worse than someone who does not disclosure but will only write about what they are truly interested in.

I believe requiring disclosure gives bloggers an open license to “pollute the blogoshpere”. It’s a free pass for bloggers to say “but I said I was getting paid for it, what did you expect?”. If you are being honest you don’t need disclosure because it’s what you truly believe.

So, in the official PayPerPost view, disclosure gives a license to pollute the blogosphere since you’re getting paid and not necessarily writing about what you truly believe - good or bad. Alrighty then, there’s one other facet the PayPerPost blogger missed - if the blogger I’m reading doesn’t have my trust (i.e. I don’t know them or the blog), disclosure or not, I’m less likely to believe them in the first place which makes whatever advertising less effective.

-On a whim, I signed up for the diigo beta. Will report my initial thoughts a bit later, if I can remember how to spell the domain name.

[tags]RSS, RSSPect, Killer Bees, Dinosaur Comics, pluggd, PayPerPost, diigo[/tags]


Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

GoshMe is billed as a “personal search assistant”, but in reality you could call it a meta search engine. (i.e. A search engine that searches other search engines - much like or Clusty.)

The most impressive feature of GoshMe is the fact that it shows results from search engines that were previously unknown to me.

[tags]Search Engine, Web Search, Meta Search Engine, GoshMe[/tags]

Fifth cleverhack podcast - short and sweet

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

The fifth cleverhack podcast, just in time for the fourth of July, is now posted. A short and sweet podcast covering a few more thoughts about the Kinderstart lawsuit, initial impressions of the Motorola E815 cell phone, some SEO observations and a way to attract traffic via YouTube.


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Kinderstart update

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

Earlier this weekend, Slashdot had a thread about the Kinderstart lawsuit. There was a hearing on Friday allowing the Kinderstart lawsuit to go forward.

I put a comment in there referring to my earlier Kinderstart search engine optimization blog posting. I quickly checked Kinderstart’s site today and found that they had at least changed the copyright date on their site to read 2000-2006. They still need to hire a new Web designer who knows SEO though.

[tags]SEO, Kinderstart, stupid lawsuits[/tags]

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 (+ Hi Fluffy! ;-)

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



Http Code: 200 Date: Jul 02 06:42:43 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 8231
Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)

[tags]RSS, RSS Readers, IE 7, Nigeria spam[/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, is announced, but doesn’t resolve or redirect to the operational URL of 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]


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]

gabbly cleverhack

Monday, June 26th, 2006

This is like so Web 2.0 man, let’s go ahead and comment about a Web site collaboratively in a chat room! I got to admit the chime isn’t too bad.

[tags] Web, Web 2.0, stupid Web 2.0 tricks, did any VC money get invested in this?[/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 (+

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