Quick Facebook Non-Public Profile Setting

January 4th, 2015

If you’re a Facebook user, at some point, you’ll want to evaluate how public your individual Facebook profile is. There are three types of settings you can choose - Public (default), Hide Your Profile From Search Engines and Hide Certain Parts of Your Public Profile*.

Here’s the official Facebook instructions to hide your profile from search engines: What should I do if I don’t want search engines to link to my profile?

And this is how your profile will appear if you’ve chosen NO (Hide Your Profile From Search Engines).

No Public Facebook Profile

*These section settings are configurable by editing individual sections of your Facebook profile.

Unlink a LinkedIn Connection or two

December 22nd, 2014

So, you’ve been going through your virtual rolodex only to find that some people have moved on, changed jobs or why the heck did I ever connect to this guy?

Here’s a quick and easy shortcut to clean up your LinkedIn connections…
1) Make sure you’re logged into the LinkedIn service - this shortcut apparently works on Web and Mobile.
2) Click this link: https://www.linkedin.com/people/conn-break-selection
3) Choose the connections you wish to break and click the Close Connection button.
4) Profit!


August 27th, 2014

I like this…no, I kind of love it. This is a working gopher server over http.


Back in the early days, gopher was a text-based competing protocol to the World Wide Web and http. As the Web grew in adoption, gopher servers died out. This server at floodgap is holding onto some history.

Go check it out.

Google Chrome OH NO

August 26th, 2014

This is more of an IT note because I spent more than an hour on this last night, killing what I had to do…

Awwww SNAP!

If you have automatic updating turned on in Google Chrome, and you find that your install is not quite right - wherein you still have your bookmarks and such, but the install just seems to have limited memory, refuses to show Chrome settings and/or goes directly to the AW SNAP! view.

Feel free to skip the usual troubleshooting steps and uninstall then download the new Chrome package. This worked for me on OS X. I have to think that the recent Chrome update either was b0rked or I had an incompatible file somewhere on my system.


August 10th, 2014


iOS7 Mail Question

July 31st, 2014

AnonymZ, I guess

July 22nd, 2014

A new-to-me anonymizing referrer appeared in the referrer logs today, AnonymZ.Com.

From the Web site:

To make a long story short: anonymz.com is a free and easy way to block the referrer when a visitor clicks a link on your homepage. It works with every browser as you do only have to add a http://anonymz.com/? in front of every outgoing http:// link. Use it as you want.

Example: http://anonymz.com/?http://www.microsoft.com

A note, this service does *not* block your IP Address, cookies or other information that may be logged when you visit a Web site, it only blocks the referrer of the site you may have clicked a link.

Kobo Touch eReader User Agent

September 6th, 2012

Long time reader Harald shared his new Kobo Touch eReader with cleverhack.

Interestingly enough, the browser shows as Safari 1.3 in logs, which is an absurdly old Safari version.

User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.0; en-us;) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1 (Kobo Touch)

Nook User Agent

August 25th, 2012

I had no idea you could browse the Web on a Nook.

User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.2.1; en-us; NOOK BNRV200 Build/ERD79 1.4.3) Apple WebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1

I feel like I’ve just won the Internet

November 23rd, 2011

*ahem* Bing SERP today showed that my post was at the top 4 or so…

Firefox User Agent 8.0 Bing Microsoft

Firefox 8.0 User Agent

November 6th, 2011

Not yet pushed out the public, but now available if you know where to look, Firefox 8.0…

Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.7; rv:8.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/8.0

Kyocera User Agent

September 25th, 2011

I’ve had an iPhone since forever and I apparently forgot that the second cell phone I ever owned was a Kyocera but that was back in 2003 or so and I had to procure a certain phone because I was living in Vermont which had a limited cell infrastructure…I do remember the 2003 era Kyocera had this newfangled “text messaging” capability.

The one interesting factoid is that back when I was working in e-commerce, I used to sell Kyocera knives online. I haven’t thought of Kyocera phones until I saw this User Agent today.

IP Address 65.91.116.# (METRO PCS)

Operating System Unknown Unknown
Browser Default
KWC-Torino/ UP.Browser/ (GUI) MMP/2.0

Javascript enabled
Resolution : 320 x 220
Color Depth : 16 bits

Not exactly a “smartphone”…