LG-VX9800 as seen on the Web

July 28th, 2006

The Web browser user agent for the LG-VX9800 phone. Yes, this is the phone I have.

Agent: LGE-VX9800/1.0 UP.Browser/ (GUI) MMP/2.0

[tags] LG, LG-VX9800, Mobile browsing, Mobile Browsers, This cellphone can do the Web [/tags]

Holy death by bullets, Batman

July 27th, 2006

So I make it habit to read The Wall Street Journal Online every day because I like the reporting and I find how they present information (i.e. design and layout) interesting. Some I know, disagree with me on their color scheme, but that’s a discussion for another time.

I was reading the Journal this morning and I was trying to figure out why the front page looked so busy. And then it hit me. They added bullets to every headline on the page. Even for headlines in boxes. Now while some bullets are OK, especially when there’s a large amount of text, what the WSJ has going on now is overkill. The WSJ front page looks cluttered and very distracting.

[tags] The Wall Street Journal, WSJ, Web design [/tags]

Internet Explorer 7 on Vista

July 25th, 2006

I dunno about you guys, but this certainly looks like the IE 7 on Vista user agent…. anyone know what that MSDigitalLocker is?

Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0; MSDigitalLocker Vista 1.3; SLCC1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; Media Center PC 5.0; WinFX RunTime 3.0.50727; InfoPath.2; MSOffice 12)

[tags]Microsoft, Vista, Internet Explorer IE 7[/tags]

cleverhack auf Deutsch

July 25th, 2006

My German is a little rusty but I think the thread here said nice things about this blog.


[tags]cleverhack, a clever hack, cleverest hack, clever hack[/tags]

RSS converters, RSS readers and more

July 23rd, 2006

Some RSS converters and readers…

RSS-to-Javascript.com is a handy site which hosts an RSS to Javascript converter. So basically what you can do is configure an RSS feed to be converted and then take the resulting Javascript and include it on your site. Here’s a link to setting up a cleverhack feed on your site. All this site really does is make the Javascript configuration dead simple for the non-Javascript savvy.

Judging from my site logs, apparently EarthLink the ISP offers their own RSS reader. Here’s the user agent:
Agent: myEarthlinkReader/1.0 (http://reader.earthlink.net/; 1 subscribers)

Another user agent I’ve seen in my logs is BASS/2.2. From what I could gather from the homepage, BASS/2.2
BASS is an audio library for use in Windows and Mac OSX software. If it’s merely an audio library, I don’t know why it appeared as a separate user agent though - although the visitor was listening to a podcast mp3 on cleverhack.

[tags]RSS, RSS-to-Javascript.com, RSS Readers, EarthLink, audio library [/tags]

seventh cleverhack podcast

July 23rd, 2006

We’re back and back to normal after a power outage earlier this week. The seventh cleverhack podcast covers such topics as Ironman Lake Placid, the Wall Street Journal using Technorati tools, trends in accessibility for the blind on the Web including Google Accessible Web Search and the importance of describing Web site elements correctly via “alt tags”, a discussion of RSS in Web Marketing spurred by Robert Scoble, new music from Cut Chemist, a new Death Cab tour date and some sound effects.

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July 22nd, 2006

It being Saturday night, and me, having not much else better to do on Saturday night, decided to comment on Owen’s blog. I hadn’t noticed this before, but Owen has the WordPress favatars plugin installed. This plugin shows a favicon for a blog commenter if the commenter leaves a Web site URL.

This is what you’ll see in your logs when the favicon is being requested as a result of the plugin.

/favicon.ico (favicon file)

Http Code: 200 Date: Jul 22 20:43:05 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 1406

Referer: http://asymptomatic.net/2006/07/20/2421/red-butt/ (blog post with comment)

Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20060508 Firefox/

[tags]WordPress, WordPress plugins, favatars[/tags]

Hot New Apple Products

July 20th, 2006

Oh, just think of the poor Apple marketer who was earnestly trying to create buzz for “hot Mac Laptops” via a Google Adsense ad. Unfortunately, when I saw the ad, it made me think of hot Mac Laptops.

a hot mac ad

[tags]Apple, Mac, Web Marketing, Search Engine Marketing [/tags]

This Blogged YouTube War

July 19th, 2006

Politics aside, I’m finding it hard not to take a real good look at what’s happening in the Middle East via blogs, YouTube and other content aggregation types of services. Here’s some of the gems I’ve found…

-Beirut - (YouTube) - This guy decides that he needs to get some McDonalds in Beirut, so he takes us on a driving tour of the city and gets his BigMac. Soundtrack included. Kinda long, but some neat footage of the city.

-War - (YouTube) - Video of a family apparently fleeing for a shelter in Israel.

-War3 - (YouTube) - Features video of an Arab Israeli family and a toddler daughter, huddled inside during a rocket attack in Haifa. There’s footage of rockets overhead, contrails in the sky.

-Ah Corniche - (YouTube) - Tourist video of the Beirut coast, from June 2006.

Also check out TTLB’s Mid East Crisis Page which lists both Israeli and Lebanese blogs.

[tags] YouTube, Video, Middle East, blogging [/tags]

Vonage advertising via spyware

July 19th, 2006

After reading about Ben Edelman’s latest research concerning Vonage advertising appearing via spyware, I find it hard to believe that no one in Vonage’s marketing department ever, you know, tracked *where* their advertising was appearing.

Shouldn’t an Internet based phone company be Internet savvy?

[tags]Ben Edelman, Vonage, Web Marketing, spyware[/tags]

snow day of sorts

July 19th, 2006

Typing this on the cell phone as the power is out at home and at work. So yeah. Lots of places without power, ran into a few impromptu four way intersections, people trying to find ice, hoping that something can be saved from the fridge.

Update: There is power at home now.

power is out - verizonwireless services unreachable

July 18th, 2006

So we just had a line of somewhat powerful thunderstorms pass through the West Chester area. I went to text someone a few minutes ago and I got a message saying that the message could not be sent. Can’t reach verizonwireless voicemail either. Making a call took a few tries, while obviously there is EVDO service since I can write this… All of which makes me a little leery …apparently it just takes a strong thunderstorm to take out part of the verizonwireless network. Maybe I can take some time to figure out how to use this phone as a modem with the PowerBook.