WordPress URIs, etc.

June 26th, 2006

Well, I just burned a Sunday night playing around with WordPress URIs and the .htaccess file. Bottom line, if you adjust your permalink structure in Options>Permalinks, lines are added to the .htaccess file.

The problem I thought I was trying to solve was how to redirect my podcasts feed to a new permalink structure….after much playing around and figuring I’d go through my .htaccess file line by line I eventually deleted a few lines that determined a permalink behavior which I wanted to control.

So, now my old feed links work, but my category links give 404s, which isn’t bothering me all that much. I should really look into getting a tagging structure going on here anyway.

Update: the podcasts feed at the old URL structure is broken http://cleverhack.com/archives/category/podcasts/feed/ and any redirect for it is currently failing. However, the new podcasts feed at http://cleverhack.com/category/podcasts/feed/ works just fine.

Update 2: Upgraded to the newest version of podpress 6.3, which seems to have improved the situation and most importantly changed my itunes feed URL. Still working on redirecting the old feed URL - I’m trying all sorts of things and getting myriad 404s, etc.

Update 3: For cryin’ out loud, the following redirectmatch works and gives the desired 301, but only after way too much messing around…what I missed in a way too obvious “your missing glasses are sitting on your head” kind of way was that I needed the ?$ wildcards after the initial file declaration. And now my podcasts feeds are redirected.

RedirectMatch permanent ^/archives/category/podcasts/feed/?$ http://cleverhack.com/category/podcasts/feed/

fourth cleverhack podcast

June 25th, 2006

Fourth cleverhack podcast featuring: Annoying ringtones, Broken hard drives, Bluetooth troubles, Thoughts about Apple, Google advertising, Music and more.

Note: for those of you using iTunes, there may be a problem with the feed, I’m trying to fix that.

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a podcast delay

June 25th, 2006

The sunday podcast is going a little slow because of some technical difficulties involving hard drives and backup hardrives clicking loudly. :-( I’m hoping to get something up within the next few hours.

[tags]site info, hardware[/tags]

Convera This

June 25th, 2006

Yet another third party crawler for a company that is selling what it aggregates. Of course we can’t see what they are aggregating. Their client list is interesting to say the least. Here’s the WebmasterWorld thread about this crawler.

Agent: ConveraCrawler/0.9d (+http://www.authoritativeweb.com/crawl)

[tags]Internet, Web, site logs, crawlers, user agents[/tags]


June 24th, 2006

There’s a nice review of Devi, a vegetarian Indian restaurant and one of my favorites in the Philadelphia Inquirer today, although I’d probably rate the place three stars rather than just two. Also, it’s relatively unknown as the place is busy but not crowded during a weekend night - while there will be hour long waits at every other restaurant in Exton.

I have only eaten at the restaurant during dinner and usually go for the buffet, because I can’t make up my mind from the menu offerings. As was noted in the review the menu is dominated by lentil and rice based dishes such as the dosas, which was a shock the first time I went there. The last time I was at the restaurant, they had a vegetable curry (it wasn’t the tomato based one with the cheese mentioned in the review) which was great…and their mango ice cream is definitely worth saving a little room for dessert. Also, the waitstaff is understanding when one might order a dish by it’s northern Indian name.

[tags] Restaurants, Philly area dining, Chester county restaurants [/tags]

MacBook with graphics issues.

June 23rd, 2006

Unfortunately, lots of image issues. Tom Kim has posted screenshots of his MacBook with the window artifacting and other graphical surprises. Notice the obscured dock in one of the later screenshots.

Looks like bad graphics module on the motherboard, I think.

[tags]Apple, MacBook, Hardware, Oh My[/tags]

A mobile news reader

June 23rd, 2006

I’m impressed. A mobile news reader called Quick News.

Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98; Stand Alone/QNws; Blazer/4.0) 16;320×320

[tags]RSS, RSS readers, Mobile, Mobile Computing[/tags]

First impressions

June 22nd, 2006

Quick impression of the podtech.net front page:

The front page had images of (mainly) white guys podcasting to (mainly) white guys in Silicon Valley. There was one picture of a woman who was a cohost of a show, and three or so mentions in the copy of female speakers.

You’ve come a long way baby.

[tags]podtech.net, podcasting, gender [/tags]

First day of summer vacation Web aggregation

June 21st, 2006

It’s the first day of summer vacation here at cleverhack, (well, for some of us) and a Wednesday, so here’s some Web aggregation for you.

A Comcast Technician Sleeping on my Couch. I know, it’s hit all the big sites already, but it’s still hilarious. I love the music.

Out of all of the .gov Web sites out there, I think the USDA Web site is great. Very nice, clean design.

Talking about useful blogs, I found monetize, a smartly snarkily written marketing/SEO blog earlier today while reading up about the spammer who
managed to get billions of indexed pages onto Google and other search engines
. A good read, although I will note that the blog isn’t on the front page of Google SERPS for “monetize blog”. Just noting. :-P

Two notes about podcasting and more podcasting. Here’s a shoutout to fluctu8, a podcasting directory that has my podcast feed on their front page at the moment. Yes, I do need a compelling podcast promo photo.

Also, as far as podcast receivers go, Juice Receiver is beating the pants off of iTunes as far as actual usage in my site logs. You people are just bleeding edge technologists, aren’t you?

[tags]You Tube, Comcast, .gov, Web design, Web Marketing, SEO, blog, podcasting, podcasts, podcast directory [/tags]

How e-commerce will be affected by IE 7

June 20th, 2006

Something interesting I learned today, IE 7 is going to have this capability to show whether a site has what is called a “high assurance SSL certificate”. If the site has the high assurance SSL certificate, then the address bar is green, if the certificate lookup doesn’t complete or totally fails, then the address bar changes color. Here’s a few screenshots and yes, other browsers are going to adopt similar behaviors.

This new development is going to screw those who self sign SSL certs on their Web sites. Also, you’re going to have to make sure that the registrar you use is a Certificate Authority (like these guys) who adhere to the official High Assurance Standard as yet to be determined from the CA Browser forum. (Side note: Am I missing something? Why can’t I find a CA Browser Forum Web site?)

Related: WSJ.com Seeking A Safer Internet

Send anonymous email through GMAIL

June 19th, 2006

Woooweee… take a look at this. You can now send anonymous email through GMAIL. What do I mean by anonymous? Normally, when you send an email, you can be identified either by your client IP address or if not that, your mailserver’s IP address. For the free email services like HOTMAIL and YAHOO, a user could be identified (well, their ISP could be identified) by taking a quick look at the email headers.

Well, the GMAIL headers aren’t showing an originating IP address anymore, just the private GMAIL IP starting with 10.*.*.* so a sender can’t be identified at all. I guess if the email was threatening or abusive, a judge would have to subpoena Google just to retrieve the originating IP address. I wonder if Google removed the originating IP address since they are now employing SPF & Domain Keys?

Update: Gmail has been omitting the originating IP since at least July 2004. I just checked some archived email to confirm that.

[tags]Google, IP addresses, Email, Email Headers [/tags]

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A directory of podcast directories

June 19th, 2006

If you’re just getting started with podcasting, you could start by submitting your feed to this directory of podcast directories.

[tags]podcasting, podcast directories[/tags]