September 2nd, 2006

A java based newsreader and platform-independent, RSS Owl can be downloaded by almost anyone on Windows, OS X, Linux or Solaris.

I’ve seen the RSS Owl user agent in my logs from time to time, but only by one or two IPs. I’m not sure why the lack of adoption, perhaps it is becuase of a paucity of publicity about the newsreader.

Agent: RSSOwl/1.2 2005-11-06 (Windows; U; en)

[tags]RSS, RSS feeds, newsreader, RSS Owl[/tags]

Yet another Sony PlayStation User agent

September 2nd, 2006

This one is for the official Sony media software that manages music and movies on the PlayStation. It even has podcast and video podcast support.

Agent: PSPRssChannel-agent/1.0.0 libhttp/1.0.0

[tags]Sony, Sony PlayStation, media software, podcast, video podcast [/tags]

fantasy football draft

September 1st, 2006

Ah, yes. Fantasy football. And so I’m doing it this year. Unlike the last time I played, when I got burned on by not paying attention to bye weeks, I think this year will be different.

My strategy this year was to pull the top 200 players ranked by the fantasy football league I’m playing in, rather than printing out a number of lists, highlighting the magazines and such. The top 200 list served me well until like the 10th round or so, when folks started picking crazy players really low on the list and I lost track of what others were doing. So, I became the “Was this player picked?” person. Every draft needs one of those. But at least I have my starters…

My team looks like this.
-RB - LaDainian Tomlinson - SD, Brian Westbrook - PHI, Mike Bell - DEN, Thomas Jones - CHI, Ahman Green - GB
-WR - Hines Ward - PIT, Santana Moss - WAS, Andre Johnson - HOU, Laveranues Coles - NYJ
-QB - Tom Brady - NE, Trent Green - KC
-TE - Alge Crumpler - ATL, Jason Witten - DAL
-DEF - Seattle, Denver
-K - Shayne Graham - CIN

Each week we can play 2 RB - 2 WR - 1 TE - 1 QB - 1 DEF - 1 K

Yes, I know that Westbrook and Hines Ward are injured. And Tom Brady, Shayne Graham, and Jason Witten are hotties.

Also, if I have to give a tip to my fellow draftees, it would be that the lists out there vary widely - for example, the Sports Illustrated list was very different than the one I pulled.

[tags]fantasy football[/tags]

A week end

September 1st, 2006

It was a busy week filled with commuting a little extra each day, dinner made by my Mom and a great Friday to end it.

I am in a good mood.

my wp corrupted!

August 30th, 2006


Update: Not a database corruption. Apparently what happened was that another user had uploaded a script on the server that managed to turn into a runaway process. Fun.

Amazon aStore

August 30th, 2006

Amazon is now offering a method to Amazon Associates allowing one to build a standalone store that one can embed or link to rather than just embedding individual Amazon items on a Web page. This concept is called Amazon aStore. It’s still in beta, but here’s the Amazon’s aStore beta demo.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Amazon Associate concept, here’s a blogger’s eye view of it.


August 29th, 2006

Want a cutting edge version of Firefox just for Linux? Try Swiftfox.

Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; es-ES; rv: Gecko/20060201 Firefox/ (Swiftfox)

[tags]Swiftfox, Firefox, Linux, Web, Web browser[/tags]

Verizon with spam

August 29th, 2006

I’m at my folks after work this week - they’re watching my daughter during the last week of summer vacation while I provide tech support to them. They have Verizon DSL with MSN. Basically MSN acts as their primary email provider and Internet portal via MSN Explorer, or as my Dad calls it, “clicking on the butterfly”. I’m sure I’m making the day for some project manager in Redmond by mentioning that.

They were just asking me about spam, specifically how to block a sender from emailing. In the MSN Explorer, all you need to do highlight an email and right click. In the right click menu, just choose “block sender”. If you want to allow a sender, highlight an email, right click and choose “add sender to safe list”.

On a slightly ironic note, I was amused to see that a legitimate transactional email from Verizon was put into MSN’s junk mail folder. Nothing like forging partnerships there.

[tags]MSN, Verizon, spam, junk mail[/tags]


August 29th, 2006

MSRBot is apparently a new bot from Microsoft Research. However, the “version” of MSRbot that I was seeing last night came from, which isn’t an obvious Microsoft IP address.

In addition the user agent field only stated:


Perhaps if I was Microsoft, I’d publish the IP address the real bot is supposed to crawl from.

Update: 10/5/06: MSRBOT does belong to Microsoft Research - they placed a URL for more information in the updated MSRBOT user agent string

[tags]Web, robot, crawler, bad bot, Microsoft[/tags]

Dead 2.0

August 28th, 2006

I have to admit it, there’s someone way more cynical than I am about the whole Web 2.0 thing. Awesome.

[tags]Dead 2.0, Web 2.0, awesome[/tags]


August 28th, 2006

FeedPass is a service with a novel idea, to act as a RSS publisher’s subscription page. The information provided on FeedPass is dead simple and easy to understand.

As a publisher, all you need to do is to submit your feed URL to FeedPass and a customized RSS subscription page is created for you. Just link to your RSS subscription page and you’re done. See the cleverhack RSS subscription page.

This FeedPass subscription page features your RSS feed in human readable format, links to various RSS readers and aggregators allowing one click subscriptions via RSS, RSS via email subscriptions, instructions on how to subscribe manually to a RSS feed, a basic explanation of tagging, a basic explanation of RSS, etc.

So, in conclusion, a big thumbs up for the idea behind FeedPass.

However, I also need to give a thumbs down for the current execution of FeedPass…a good number of the one click RSS subscriptions are not operable or give errors. For instance, FeedPass is throwing a “Not Found
The requested URL /jscript/autoselect.asp was not found on this server.” when trying to use the drop down menu options in the one click subscriptions section. FeedPass creators need to go through their RSS subscription links and clean them up.

Update: I’ve been notified via a comment to this post that the broken FeedPass links I mentioned have been fixed. Excellent.

[tags]FeedPass, Web 2.0, RSS, RSS Feeds, RSS reader, RSS aggregator, RSS subscription, Tagging [/tags]

mystery feedreader

August 27th, 2006

I have no idea who this is. He needed help with some software so he could read or post my feed apparently.

[tags]mystery feedreader[/tags]