July 5th, 2006

GoshMe is billed as a “personal search assistant”, but in reality you could call it a meta search engine. (i.e. A search engine that searches other search engines - much like Mamma.com or Clusty.)

The most impressive feature of GoshMe is the fact that it shows results from search engines that were previously unknown to me.

[tags]Search Engine, Web Search, Meta Search Engine, GoshMe[/tags]

Fifth cleverhack podcast - short and sweet

July 4th, 2006

The fifth cleverhack podcast, just in time for the fourth of July, is now posted. A short and sweet podcast covering a few more thoughts about the Kinderstart lawsuit, initial impressions of the Motorola E815 cell phone, some SEO observations and a way to attract traffic via YouTube.


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So, who else had to work today?

July 3rd, 2006

A bunch of you, apparently, from what I could see in my logs.

Kinderstart update

July 3rd, 2006

Earlier this weekend, Slashdot had a thread about the Kinderstart lawsuit. There was a hearing on Friday allowing the Kinderstart lawsuit to go forward.

I put a comment in there referring to my earlier Kinderstart search engine optimization blog posting. I quickly checked Kinderstart’s site today and found that they had at least changed the copyright date on their site to read 2000-2006. They still need to hire a new Web designer who knows SEO though.

[tags]SEO, Kinderstart, stupid lawsuits[/tags]

RSS readers and spamming scripts

July 2nd, 2006

From the Apache logs…

Agent: Windows RSS Platform/1.0 (MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1) Oooooh someone is reading my feed via IE7.

Agent: fluffyLovesRSS/3.14159 (+http://beesbuzz.biz/) Hi Fluffy! ;-)

And then there’s this…The IP Address is from….Nigeria



Http Code: 200 Date: Jul 02 06:42:43 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 8231
Referer: http://mamma30.mamma.com/Mamma?utfout=1&qtype=0&query=spamming+script
Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)

[tags]RSS, RSS Readers, IE 7, Nigeria spam[/tags]

Krow’s RSSEngine

June 30th, 2006


Http Code: 200 Date: Jun 30 17:41:18 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 19232
Referer: -
Agent: Krow’s RSSEngine/0.2

This RSS crawler is so new that only a few entries appear for it in any of the big the search engines. No known details about what project or web site that it is affiliated with. The only substantial clue is that the IP address is at a hosting company in Seattle.

[tags]site logs, crawlers, RSS[/tags]

Creative ZenCast

June 29th, 2006

Saw this in my user logs not long ago: Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; Alcohol Search; SV1; Creative ZENcast v1.00.12)

Creative ZENcast is sorta like iTunes for the Creative Zen mp3 player.

[tags]podcast, podcasting, creative zen[/tags]

OS X Update 10.4.7 fouls MacBookPro

June 28th, 2006

One of my dear intrepid readers has reported that the OS X 10.4.7 update rendered his 2.0Ghz MacBookPro inoperable. To the extent that the machine rebooted after update and hung at the gray screen…forever and ever and ever. After the hang, single user mode didn’t work and safe mode also failed. For reference, this is the same machine that inspired the Panic! At the MacBook Pro post.

The only way to get the MacBookPro operable again was to reinstall OS X. Not good at all.

[tags]Apple, Mac, MacBookPro, OS X, technical difficulties, I drank the kool aid but it made my stomach hurt later[/tags]

call me waxxi

June 28th, 2006

Or a wacky marketer, but if you send out a press release to bloggers, you may want to make sure the URL of the site you’re promoting, you know, can be reached. On this news release, Waxxi.com is announced, but waxxi.com doesn’t resolve or redirect to the operational URL of Waxxi.us. Whoops.

Can't find the waxxi

The site’s concept sounds interesting, as it’s taking an interactive audio conference format and translating that to an interactive podcast.

[tags]PR, public relations, marketing podcasting, this will cure cancer[/tags]

Search engines, permalinks and whether to let things be

June 27th, 2006

I’m throwing 404s in WordPress tonight as I updated the permalink structure a few days ago and got rid of the /archives/ subdirectory.

Googlebot has been up and down my site tonight, but I’m wondering about whether to go and research a method to redirect the broken URLs with /archives/ or to just let the URLs to fade away as the site gets crawled by the search engines. If I let things be, the only problem would be incoming links to posts from the outside world - which I do not have that many. Most people just link to my home page.

[tags]site info [/tags]


June 27th, 2006

Come to think of it, during the past week or so I’ve watched more YouTube than regular cable and tv. I can also say that I’m thrilled to be able to choose what I want to see rather than wait for a show or movie to come on. Am I on top of this user generated content trend or what?

[tags] Web, YouTube, cable and broadcast networks will be withering away soon [/tags]

gabbly cleverhack

June 26th, 2006

This is like so Web 2.0 man, let’s go ahead and comment about a Web site collaboratively in a chat room! I got to admit the chime isn’t too bad.

[tags] Web, Web 2.0, stupid Web 2.0 tricks, did any VC money get invested in this?[/tags]