Archive for March, 2006 March 06 Redesign

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

I believe over this past weekend, unveiled a redesign of their site, changing the two column format for three columns. In addition, some other changes were integrated including many more video offerings and a lighter color scheme with much more use of light gray #CC0000. The main CSS file can be currently found here, and it’s gripping in a Web-design-is-a-passion-kind-of-way read.

I’m not really enthused with the redesign as it doesn’t seem to have enough contrasting colors (I think it’s the light gray background working against the thin fixed size blue and gray fonts). The readability is so poor in that the site is difficult for me to read without manually overriding the font size within my browser. Mind you, I’m online all day at work, and I don’t have a problem with other sites.

Here’s a list of what I don’t like.
-The fact that the left main story image is noticeably *smaller* (306 x 245 on the image I checked) than the hard to ignore ad (336 x280) on the right side. Good gravy, CNN design team, the first impression of the page is that it is unbalanced.
-Like I noted before, the font to background contrast.
-Lightly colored 12px or smaller fixed fonts.
-The horrible make-my-eyes-bleed #fff200 yellow breaking news banner.

Also kinda OT, why does seem not to refresh their stories all that often?

[tags] Web design, Web, usability, CSS, HTML [/tags]

Cargo, we barely knew ye

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

I had a good chuckle over the news that Cargo Magazine is folding.

I heard about Cargo in the past and even had some free PR from them. Let’s just say that a little free PR is better than no PR.

When I was informed of the concept behind the publication, I was a tad bit skeptical about the need for a men’s shopping magazine. Apparently the market agrees.

Do these pants make my butt look big?

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

I happened to take a look at my blog from a Windows machine running IE 6. Apparently the right hand navigation menu is pushed all the way to the bottom of the page. The stupid thing is that the blog validates 99% of the HTML.

Can anyone confirm the issue with IE 6? From what I know, this blog looks fine in Safari, Firefox on OS X, Firefox on Windows.

BTW, my butt is big.

I spy an Intel MacBookPro!

Monday, March 27th, 2006


Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/417.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/417.9.2

[tags] Apple, MacBook Pro, OS X, site statistics [/tags]

What is this user agent?

Sunday, March 26th, 2006 - IP resolves back to , however, interestingly enough there’s been sightings of the IP on Google and on the newsgroup.


Http Code: 302 Date: Mar 26 22:14:57 Http Version: HTTP/1.1
Size in Bytes: 299

Referer: -

Agent: Rome User Agent (http://rome)

Update 3/26/06: Bert wrote in with the following…

Rome? It’s obvious…the Pope reads your blog! After
all, didn’t he just get an iPod? Maybe he’s looking
for tips.

But actually, I found this page:
Maybe someone at IBM is using some new feed
fetcher…no idea really.

[tags] RSS, site statistics [/tags]

Comcast geolocation lookup

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Why does geolocation lookup on “local to me” Comcast IPs resolve to a Comcast ASN in Mt. Laurel, NJ rather than to the originating locations in SE Pennsylvania?

[tags]Comcast, routing, Internet [/tags]

Mobile Googlebot?

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

As seen in my logs recently [IP resolves to Google]

Agent: DoCoMo/1.0/N505i/c20/TB/W20H10 (compatible; Googlebot-Mobile/2.1; +

Also, from a quick perusal on The Googlebot page, that the Google Feedfetcher bot fetches pages because of “explicit action by human users”. In other words, someone’s gotta request your feed either via the personalized Google Home Page or via Google Reader.

[tags]Google, Googlebot, site statistics [/tags]

Things that go together

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

What does a karate class, a Saturday afternoon spent at a bowling alley with seven little girls, a basketball game and a family party later in the evening equal to? Why, one very tired 8 year old birthday girl of course.

How the wisdom of Vedanta and spammers go together

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006
Subject: - Importan Notice
Date: March 23, 2006 3:41:24 AM EST
To:  []
Return-Path: <>
Envelope-To: []
Delivery-Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 03:41:35 -0500 <br>
Received: from [] by [] with local-bsmtp (Exim 4.52) id
1FMLNs-0004lI-Ui for [];
Thu, 23 Mar 2006 03:41:35 -0500
Received: from [] (port=46704
by []  with smtp (Exim 4.52) id 1FMLNs-0004l8-J2 for [];
Thu, 23 Mar 2006 03:41:32 -0500
Received: from ([]) by
for <[]>; Thu, 23 Mar 2006 00:41:24 -0800
X-Spam-Checker-Version: SpamAssassin 3.1.1 (2006-03-10) on  []
X-Spam-Status: No, score=0.9 required=5.0 tests=BAYES_50,
HTML_50_60, <br>HTML_IMAGE_ONLY_16,
RCVD_ILLEGAL_IP  autolearn=no version=3.1.1
Message-Id: <>
Mime-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

You know, if you’re going to try to swindle me out of account information, couldn’t you just spell the subject line correctly?

It looks to me that the spammer injection occurred at Hurricane Electric
and, which is hosted at accepted the incoming connection from their LAN.


ebay featuring custom RSS search feeds

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

Via a posting on WebmasterWorld, ebay is featuring custom RSS search feeds. So, in theory, you’ll be able to track listings on ebay via RSS.

A poster on WebmasterWorld pointed out that this new feed functionality will probably encourage more “made for AdSense” sites, presumably since RSS is easier to display on a Web page than a full blown API. However, you would think that ebay would have some sort of non-commercial TOS tied to the RSS feed.

I’m wondering if this development from ebay will encourage other online retailers to feature RSS product feeds for individual use.

RSS agent geekery

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

The number of RSS readers and feed aggregation services is just amazing, especially considering how many of these did not exist even a year ago. Here’s a sampling of RSS related agents I’m seeing in my site logs now.

Agent: Megite/0.1 (

Agent: RSS-SPIDER (RSS Feed Seeker

Agent: FeedOnFeeds/0.1.9 (+

Agent: YahooFeedSeeker/2.0 (compatible; Mozilla 4.0; MSIE 5.5;

Agent: MagpieRSS/0.72 (+

Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.2.1; aggregator:TailRank; Gecko/20021130

Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; Google Desktop)

Agent: Feedfetcher-Google; (+

Agent: kinjabot (; 3 Readers)

Agent: FeedLounge (, 1 subscribers, next refresh in approx. 14400 seconds

Agent: JetBrains Omea Reader 2.1.1 (

Agent: NetNewsWire/2.1b17 (Mac OS X;

Agent: Syndic8/1.0 (

Agent: MagpieRSS/0.7 (+; No cache)

Agent: Bloglines/3.0-rho (; 18 subscribers)

Agent: Feedster Crawler/1.0; Feedster, Inc. (2 subscribers)

Agent: PluckFeedCrawler/2.0 (compatible; Mozilla 4.0; MSIE 5.5;; 1 subscribers)

Agent: NewsGatorOnline/2.0 (; 5 subscribers)

Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.2.1; Rojo 1.0;; Aggregating on behalf of 5 subscriber(s) online at Gecko/20021130

Agent: AppleSyndication/52

Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.12) Gecko/20050922 Fedora/1.0.7-1.1.fc4 Firefox/1.0.7 [Newsonfeeds]

Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible;;

Agent: SharpReader/ (.NET CLR 1.1.4322.573; WinNT 5.1.2600.0)

Agent: rss-bot/1.0 (

Agent: AttensaOnline/1.0 (; 1 subscribers)

Agent: RssReader/ ( Microsoft Windows NT 5.1.2600.0

iPod Mini battery life

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Does anyone have good information on how long the batteries on an iPod Mini? I think I have the first generation from the summer of 04 and it seems the battery life is about ~4 hours or so.

[3/26/06: Updated title]

[tags] Apple, iPod, music [/tags]