tenth cleverhack podcast

August 21st, 2006

The tenth cleverhack podcast is now posted. Abbreviated some, but featuring ruminations on the awesomest summer camp, this podcast is recategorized in iTunes, more about the AOL search data and what it means to your favorite executive, 2 reasons to pay attention to Web 2.0 and an Etsy find.


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August 21st, 2006

Here’s a few things happening with the blog….

-I’m getting immense amounts of traffic on this post about gabbly. Whoever is doing the referring must using some sort of javascript because none of the visitors are showing referrers at all. They are hitting my blog with all sorts of different user agents but no referrer string. I’m wondering if it’s a bookmarking site throwing the traffic and which one it could be…

-As part of the newest version of PodPress, I enabled the Mobatalk audio commenting system. I am not sure if I will like it, but I figured why not. Nevermind, disabled the plugin as it apparently fouled up some other plugins. I will troubleshoot later.

-I’m amused to note that I’m seeing a healthy audience of people interested in Web 2.0 services reading the blog. Some of them are following up on particular blog posts I’ve written and others are just following what I have to write about.

-Finally, my spelling can be atrocious at times. *ahem*

[tags]gabbly, Web 2.0, podpress, mobatatalk, I need a spellchecker for this blog. [/tags]

How about a podcast or videocast on the first date?

August 21st, 2006

With the decided abundance of social bookmarking, social tagging, social shopping and social chatting sites, one would think that there would be at least a few online dating sites embracing podcasting and/or videocasting.

However, out of all of the Web 2.0 companies I’ve seen so far, I can only find one online video dating site using podcasting and/or videocasting called PodDater. It doesn’t seem that Match or Yahoo personals is using these technologies at this time.

Hmmmm….a business opportunity anyone?

[tags]Web 2.0, online dating, podcasting, videocasting, poddater[/tags]


August 21st, 2006

Buzzshout is a listing and review service of so called Web 2.0 companies and services. Owners of such companies can go ahead and submit a listing to the site.

While the domain name may sound a little goofy, the logosurf page boggles the mind.

[tags]buzzshout, Web 2.0, Where is the pets.com sock puppet today? [/tags]

network troubles

August 21st, 2006

This has not been a fun Sunday evening. At about 4pm or so, my network went down for about 15 minutes. At first I thought it was just me, but as it turned out nearly all of my wifi neighbors dropped off of the face of the earth too - with only two left standing. The two left standing are not using Comcast.

What happened was that I got a new IP address that actually makes sense considering the geographic number system that Comcast seems to use in this area.

Unfortunately, it seems that my Netgear router kicked it when the network came back up, so no wifi through Netgear for me. I do have an Airport Express (thanks a certain Apple store in NYC) and I’ve been trying to configure that to be my network router. There’s some setting I’m missing since I’ve been playing around with it for the past 45 minutes and it seems not to be able to connect to Comcast at all. I can see the Airport Express and configure it. It just can’t communicate with the cable modem - and yes there is an Ethernet cable connected between the two.

If I sit next to the cable modem connected through an Ethernet cable, obviously I can connect to the Internet as I can write this. Hrm.

Update: I’m up. But only after a whole heck of a lot of rebooting and reconfiguring and cursing. Basically, it seems that I needed to powercycle the cable modem (several times repeatedly) with the AirPort Express already on and configured. I lost the link I was looking at, but the theory is that the cable modem would grab the new-to-the-cable-modem MAC address of the Airport Express.

[tags]Wifi, Netgear, Airport Express, Comcast, DHCP, DHCP lease, hardware, cable modem, I hate configuring hardware when I’m not in the mood for it [/tags]


August 20th, 2006

Protopage happens to be yet another Web based configurable start page, very similar to Netvibes. It appears that protopage is a bit more graphics friendly than other start pages.

If you’d like, you can always add cleverhack to your protopage.

[tags] Web start page, configurable start page, protopage, netvibes [/tags]

Sunday morning Web 2.0 review

August 20th, 2006

Yet another Web 2.0 aggregation post

-First find of the week is Seth Godin’s Web 2.0 Traffic Watch List which predictably enough, tracks traffic trends of Web 2.0 sites. Upon reviewing the list, some of the sites I’ve heard of and even use, but there’s plenty more that I had no idea existed. I’m sure this list will keep me busy for a while.

-Second, is Crowdstorm, which bills itself as a social shopping site - much like Amazon’s user recommendations and ratings. It’s in beta and I received an invite to join. The two hurdles that Crowdstorm needs to overcome is that a)obviously, it needs more users to be effective and b)it seems to be UK oriented at the moment (note the kelkoo reference) so I am not sure if it’s intended for a US audience. The Crowdstorm admins may want to tag their site with “The best UK social shopping” or whatever they prefer.

One other item of note, I like the crowdstorm site design - they could actually go a little wider on the body of site. Perhaps make the thumbnails a little larger and the text bigger - although I’m wondering if they are trying to allow for mobile device viewing. And for the cool factor, their markup is XHTML Strict - even using PNGs for the images.

[tags]Web 2.0, Web 2.0 traffic, alexadex, crowdstorm[/tags]


August 19th, 2006

A reader using Firefox on Linux (can’t immediately tell what distro) on a machine with a 64-Bit processor. Harness that power baby!

Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686 (x86_64); en-US; rv: Gecko/20060728 Firefox/

[tags]64 bit processors, Linux, Linux kernel, hardware [/tags]

this is a placeholder post

August 19th, 2006

1)The idea of a “fireman auction” is much, much more intriguing than the actual execution of said auction. Just sayin’.

2)The local contingent of the Coors Light Girls didn’t attract that much attention, even with their swag giveaways - at a place where the clientele was working professionals.

3)I still prefer a lager in a bottle.

[tags]What happens after 5 on some Fridays with coworkers?[/tags]


August 16th, 2006

Liferea is a news feed reader for Linux systems using GNOME.

Agent: Liferea/0.9.1 (Linux; en_US; http://liferea.sf.net/)

[tags] RSS, RSS readers, news readers, Liferea, Linux, GNOME [/tags]

AOL digging for buried treasure

August 16th, 2006

From CNN Internet company to dig for gold at home of spammer’s parents

I’m conflicted here, is the punchline that AOL is so much in trouble that are hoping to find buried treasure or is it that they are digging for buried treasure at a house that belongs to the parents of a spammer ?

[tags]AOL, spam, spammer, buried treasure[/tags]

This is what you call an Iranian exploit

August 14th, 2006

Heh. Blogger goes and checks out Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s new blog, clicks on some sidebar links and then notices one link in particular, www.khamenei.ir serving up a nice and tasty MS IE exploit.

I doubt the exploit is targeted towards one geographic region, so don’t go nosing around unless you’re using something other than IE.

Update: While some are incorrectly calling it a hoax, the “exploit” in question was really a problem with Symantic’s Norton Personal Firewall identifying some HTML on the Khamenei.ir site as malicious.

[tags]world wide blogosphere, IE exploit, Iran [/tags]