Monday morning site info

June 19th, 2006

One visitor over the weekend had no referrer and a user agent which started with the following: blocked by Outpost (http://www.agnitum.com). According to Google, this Outpost Firewall blocks referrers for “privacy”, but I could still see the visitor’s IP address. So yeah.

New RSS Reader: RSSPoint/2 (2b91;Windows XP) Info page here. I like seeing new RSS readers.

That’s about it guys, have a good Monday.

[tags]Site Info, User Agents, Referrers, RSS, New RSS Reader [/tags]

third cleverhack podcast

June 18th, 2006

The third cleverhack podcast is now posted. This podcast features introductory music by mathgeeks and was edited with the help of audacity.

Podcast topics include site news, the Philly blogger meetup, thoughts about software user interface design, CSS boxes and a pop culture critique of Rolling Stone Magazine.

Note: To follow up with something I noted in the podcast, I apparently need to use the WordPress rich text editor to use the podPress plugin.

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live blogging from the philly blogger meeting

June 17th, 2006

lots of people, great company, nice to finally match blogs to faces.

Update: Or faces to blogs, whichever you prefer.

Saturday morning MLP

June 17th, 2006

A few observations for a beautiful Saturday morning.

-Treat your Starbucks Barista well and you will be paid back handsomely. I probably go to the Starbucks near me at least once a week (often enough to notice when a longtime barista has added highlights to her hair), mostly on the way to work in the morning. I’ve gotten into the habit of being polite and tipping the loose change I get from a Triple Grande Vanilla Latte. Every so often, I get an upgrade of an extra shot or a larger size. Or, even better, getting my drink faster than the lady in front of me who was whining about her Venti Soy No-whip Caramel Macchiatto.

-I’m now Skype capable thanks to people I know who are using it. The only reason why I’m using it is because it’s free, because I’ve been unimpressed with the user interface (at least on the Mac OS X client). I also procured the Logitech USB Headset 250 to use with Skype which was ok, but I will most likely upgrade to something else of better quality.

-I thought that this guy had a very insightful comment in the Slashdot thread discussing why Microsoft can’t make an iPod killer.

-New RSS reader in my logs: Great News 1.0.

-I’m amused that my most highly trafficked blog tags have something to do with Death Cab for Cutie. If I tag for them, invariably I see visitors from the Seattle area.

Ok kids, that’s about enough for now. Today I’m going to be immersed in some hot Philly area blog culture action. I’ll tell you about it later. ;-)

[tags] Starbucks, Skype, RSS, RSS Readers, Tagging, Tags, Death Cab for Cutie, Meetup [/tags]

oh my Bonnaroo on XM 47

June 16th, 2006

I am listening to the XM live feed of the bonnaroo main stage on XM right now, and uh, Ben Folds had many a missed note.

And now Ben Folds is doing a piano reinterpretation of a Dr. Dre song which I won’t mention on this family blog. It’s hilarious (if you don’t have little ears around). The audience is singing the chorus at the moment.

Later tonight, Bright Eyes and Death Cab For Cutie!

Update: Apparently, the feed isn’t live - so no other bands tonight. That stinks.

Update 2: It seemed that the feed was live on Saturday and Sunday…but they had non-main stage acts. Which was all well and good…if you’re that into the Disco Biscuits or something. Otherwise, I’m not impressed with the XM’s coverage.
[tags]XM, XM Radio, Bonnaroo, Bonnaroo 2006 Ben Folds, Bright Eyes, Death Cab For Cutie [/tags]

Siphoning traffic from SERPS to track for what?

June 14th, 2006

So, the other night I was searching on Google and let’s just say that I could have been searching for dentists in Champaign, Illinois. And since I misspelled the state, I got some very, very curious SERPS such as the ones below.

Live Google Search and an image of the Google SERP I saw.

Being curious about the results from the .info domains, I went ahead and clicked on one and there was a page that sorta kinda looked like a Google results page without the Google logo.

Even better, I took a minute and scrolled down to the bottom of this particular .info page which had apparently mirrored Google results page for “Champaign Illinois dentist”. It was this mirroring which made the bogus .info pages appear high in Google searches.

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Wednesday Web Aggregation

June 14th, 2006

According to the Saudi Arabian version of Google, check out who is number 2 for the phrase cute women.

A houseful of cats rescued from animal shelters from all across the United States, living it up Survivor style. No, this isn’t a Fark headline. Only one will be named Feline Vice President for Research and Development…and all will be found loving adoptive homes. I’m rooting for Belle.

Bonus: Check out the computer in the Meow Theater. Looks like the kitties are blogging on the house iMac.

Finally, don’t blog frequently because, you’ll, uh clutter up the Internet (and clutter my marketing message) so please go spend time with your family…please? Pretty please? This from a Web site that flogs blogging for marketers elsewhere on their properties.

[tags]Stupid Google Results, Google, Meowmixhouse, marketing, everybody loves kittens, blogging, reasons why marketers shouldn’t blog [/tags]

a sound just for kids

June 12th, 2006

One very amused 8 year old wanted me to blog about the sound that adults can’t seem to hear. I tried to, but I could only hear it if I had a pair of headphones on with the sound at full volume.

However, I suspect that if I were younger, having that sound as a ringtone would be mighty annoying.

[tags]ringtone, kids, sound [/tags]

Google Finance needs some blog post contexual help

June 11th, 2006

I was looking through my site logs recently and noticed a curious referrer from Google. Namely, it was a referrer from a Google Finance page. Being intrigued that I would see such a referrer, I went looking for the page in question and noticed something of interest…Google Finance now has a section showing recent blog posts about a company.

This new blog section is all well and good, except that blog post of mine which mentioned “optical cables” generically was being shown in the Blog Posts section of the Optical Cable Corporation’s Google Finance page. Whoops.

As of this writing, 06/11/2006, my blog post isn’t showing, but a forum post from MacNN which mentions “optical cables” in a generic format is. Double whoops.

[tags]Google, Google Finance, blog posts [/tags]

Sunday afternoon podcast

June 11th, 2006

Introducing the second cleverhack podcast, now with more interruptions and better volume.

Topics covered include 2005 Sofia Rose wine, updating my PowerBook’s RAM, cleverhack site news, blog updates via email, Google bashing, moblogging thoughts and ramblings about music, missing Postal Service singles and cruddy XM radio reception.

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Friday linkpost

June 9th, 2006

A Friday evening linkpost

[tags] Friday, Walt Mossberg, the Wall Street Journal, gamers [/tags]

Brandwho?

June 9th, 2006

There’s this little known company in Canada that apparently offers “brand management services” by presumably crawling the Web for specific content relating to their search engine challenged customers. Here’s a news release. The name of this company is Brandimensions.

I mention this company because I saw this wonderful referrer in my logs, and even better, the referrer log didn’t record what pages they were reviewing.

http://customers.brandimensions.com/CatSysWebApp/NextContent.aspx?contentid=2647773442

The customers.brandimensions.com URL brings one to a customer login page, where, I’m guessing, a customer could go and look up where their brand is being mentioned on the Web. In my case, apparently my blog was linked in their system in some context - I can’t see what context though, and that bothers me.
I’m not the only one who feels this way, take a look at this thread which explains what is going on.

Update: Oh, I see. Their crawler is starting to hit my site.

Host: 204.92.59.12
/robots.txt
Http Code: 200 Date: Jun 08 23:43:14Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 6629
Referer:www.brandimensions.com
Agent: BDFetch

Update 2: I’ve banned the brandimensions IP addresses from my site.

[tags]Web, Internet, Web Marketing, Web Marketing done wrong [/tags]