Add cleverhack podcasts to Creative ZENCast

August 5th, 2006

Add cleverhack podcasts to Creative ZENCast

[tags]podcasts, mp3 players, Creative ZENCast[/tags]

So hip that it hurts to think about it

August 5th, 2006

So, the NY Times has an article today about how rose wines are The Summer Drink To Be Seen With.

If you log in to read the article, there is a hilarity inducing image of three hipsters drinking such wine and a sidebar image of Coppola’s Sofia Rose Wine, a wine that I reviewed a few podcasts ago.

[tags]hip, hipster, rose wine, NY Times pop culture, sarcasm [/tags]

Google Desktop question

August 5th, 2006

Here’s the log for someone using Google Desktop to read my feed….


Http Code: 200 Date: Aug 05 07:35:02 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 24988

Referer: -

Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; Google Desktop)

Now I can see this person is a regular feed subscriber as the user agent hits my site regularly, I can see them clickthrough to posts, etc. All well and good, etc.

Now my question is, does Google Desktop hit a site’s RSS feed when the person is just viewing a site but is not subscribed to the site’s RSS feed? This behavior would be similar to Firefox hitting a site’s RSS Feed and showing the nicely orange RSS icon in the address bar.

I would test this behavior but there is no Mac OSX version of Google Desktop.

[tags]Google Desktop, RSS, RSS feeds, RSS Readers[/tags]


August 4th, 2006

the quality of my day is determined by the difference between a colon and a semicolon.


A cleverhack wayback post with bonus photoblogging

August 3rd, 2006

Way back in 2003, (if you want to get really technical about it October 2002) I started to blog. While my very first effort was handrolled, I later switched to an early version of Movable Type and then onto WordPress in 2004. This blog began as a curiosity, a personal Web site type of project and soon blossomed into something a little more concrete. As it was, 2003 happened to be one of those years in the life where the distraction was welcomed (and better explained over a beer).

When I started the blog, I was living in Vermont and working as a computer instructor (at one point, I was even called the best teacher ever by one of my students) and freelance consultant with part time irregular hours. The blog allowed me to network professionally and to have contact with others I would have otherwise never had met and I had my share of publicity too. Because of the blog, I’ve kept in touch with old friends, met some interesting folks in real life and over email (even dated a few) and landed my last couple jobs telling my employers that I blogged. I can’t complain about my blogging experience so far.

Having gotten some referrers for a particular old post recently I thought I would aggregate some of my older photo blogging exploits.

-A 120 Minute Photoblog
-Workblogging August 2003
-For You, My Dear Loyal Readers as featured in the (in)famous blog chicks post
-Ground Zero August 2003
-At Work
-Ben & Jerry’s Blogging
-Fall Pics 2003
-Apple Picking

[tags]cleverhack, photoblogging, photoblog, egoblogging[/tags]

The Internet and Newspaper sites

August 3rd, 2006

For those of us tasked with figuring out what other content rich Web sites are doing, The Bivings Report on The Use of the Internet by America’s Newspapers points out some trends to think about. Here’s the link to PDF.

-80 of the nation’s top 100 newspapers offered reporter blogs. On 63 of these blogs, readers could comment on posts written by reporters.
-76 of the nation’s top 100 newspapers offer RSS feeds on their websites. All of these feeds are partial feeds, and none included ads.

-Major Web tools, such as blogs and RSS penetrated both the most and least circulated newspapers.
-Video was the most common form of multimedia found on the websites, and was offered by 61 of the newspapers.

[tags]Internet, Web, blogs, blogging, RSS, content site [/tags]

Thanks, guys

August 1st, 2006

I appreciate the birthday wishes.

In case you’re out of the loop

August 1st, 2006

concerning elementary school tween fashion, I hear it on good authority that the boys are wearing Tough Guys Wear Pink t-shirts.

I have no idea on the cultural significance of this particular shirt (other than you can get one at your local Hot Topic), so if anyone wants to clue *me* in…

[tags]Pop Culture, tween, Whatever happened to shocking your Mom with three earrings in one ear? [/tags]

Quick site design review - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

July 31st, 2006

Clicking around on the Web, I came across the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Online site.

The good:
-The colors are bright and cheerful.
-Left menu colors and layout are nice.
-The top nav bar with links to Jobs, Cars, Homes, etc., which isn’t distracting and works with the site.
-Front page is not inundated with visually distracting ads. What a refreshing change.

The not so good:
-Size of the main content table. It’s way too narrow and doesn’t allow for much whitespace at all. The designer has at least 80 more pixels on each side which he or she could use to expand this area.
-Annoying hover image hover behavior. If you mouse over the Top Story photo, the photo moves.
-Display bug in mozilla/camino based browser which causes the right side of the content table to stretch about 30 px to the right.

Neither here nor there:
-I am not sure if a bright red font color and bright red underline are really needed for the active link hover effect.

Overall, It’s a pretty good site.

[tags] Web, Web design, site review, [/tags]

Internet-ted Music Radio

July 30th, 2006

So, I’ve started to see this strange referrer in my site logs and it’s pulling my podcast feed.


Http Code: 200 Date: Jul 30 20:10:54 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 26266
Referer: -
Agent: WinHTTP ActiveXperts

The IP address looks a little strange and I do a traceroute of the IP address which gives us seems to be some sort of site that allows one to configure or tune some sort of Internet music appliance with some service called vTuner, an Internet Music player or player software. This page seems to be related to vTuner, but it refers to a Netgear Internet music appliance.

According to Network Solutions,, and are all owned by the same guy.

A quick Google of gives us this Google cached page which gives mac address ranges that you can test off of.

Apparently there’s a station account page available via, you guessed it, Google that allows us to look at the stations that this service has aggregated. What’s even better is that the URL in Google is, but if you click on it from Google, it seems that is redirecting to which is redirecting to the final URL which apparently is part of the vTuner premium service page.

It looks like someone’s robots.txt file needs to be configured at the very least.

[tags] Internet Music service, Internet Music appliance, robots.txt [/tags]

5 Minute Sony Micro PC Review

July 30th, 2006

Because I lead such an exciting party filled life I was hanging out at the champagne bars in Philly or perhaps made a hot Saturday night trip to Micro Center. Believe me, it’s easy to get those two activities confused.

Besides ogling the various multimeters on the shelf and getting disenchanted with their book section which was a mess, I did happen to come across a Sony Vaio Micro PC and played with that for a while. I’m definitely in the market for a tiny mobile blogging device, thus my interest in the product.

As for my impression of it. To me it felt like I was using a game controller as a computer. It was a little strange. While you could place your hands on the side to hold the device comfortably, the screen (also a touch screen with a stylus) and keyboard were comparatively tiny - and this is coming from someone with petite hands. The slidable screen, however small, was phenomenally bright and sharp. As for OS, the device I saw had your typical Windows PC software configuration - with Windows XP and a version of Microsoft Office installed.

Honestly, the device and it’s price point didn’t immediately grab me - I would have seriously considered the thing if it cost $800 or so. Also, the MicroCenter special was running at $1,699 - which was only a $100 less than the smallest notebooks and Tablets from Fujitsu.

[tags]Sony, Sony Micro PC, Fujitsu, Hardware, Hardware review, Mobile computing [/tags]

Is there a Newton in this Apple?

July 29th, 2006

Agent: Mozilla/6.0 (Macintosh; U; StrongARM Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKitEmbedded/45 (KHTML-Lite, like Gecko) Safari/497

I know who this is, but if they’re *really* using an Apple Newton rather than spoofing the user agent, color me impressed.

[tags]Apple, Apple Newton, Old School Apple Hardware [/tags]