Archive for July, 2006

This Blogged YouTube War

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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.

Dell Purely You - sans anti-static and with no free shipping

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

Since I’ve been watching a little too much of the all news cable channels this weekend, I’ve seen those “Purely You” commercials. Anyway, I was watching the Dell Purely You “Factory” commercial, the one where the guy calls up a Dell phone rep and together they happily spec out a new machine for him and his family.

The video of the commercial shows the machine being “built by hand” at the factory. What struck me about watching it is seeing the happy Dell employees building the machine by hand without any anti-static equipment. So kids, stick your bare hands into your Dell, since they do it on TV.

Since the setting of the commercial is that the customer is *calling* a Dell representative, I thought it a tad bit misleading where the final shot (at least the version I saw broadcast on CNN) has copy touting “Free Shipping Online” - so if you order online - not calling a Dell rep - you’d get free shipping.

[tags]Dell, Dell commercial, stupid marketing tricks [/tags]

Saturday Compendium of Link-it-tude

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

Sorry for the incommunicado guys, it’s been busy these past few days. However, here’s a compendium of links for those of you not attending the Philly Blogger Meetup.

-The truth comes out: the Cooking A[n] Egg on a Macbook was a hoax.

-KinderStart has had most of their case thrown out against Google, but the judge is allowing KinderStart to replead on the point that Google does manipulate PageRank rankings manually. The idea is if Google manipulates PageRank manually, then PR is their opinion and they could be held for defamation.

Still doesn’t change the fact that KinderStart SEO and Web design needs help.

-Finally, does it really make me a geek if I go to a hair salon and notice that they use an Mac based Point of Sale system? I couldn’t see the boxes running the show, but the separate CRTs were definitely a few years old. The CRTs had that shiny eMac sort of look, but were flat and were old enough to have a serial cable connectors in the back. I was more excited about seeing the Apple logo than my haircut and color. Really.


Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Somehow, Web 2.0 mixed in with some social search can find you a date and a free 6 month membership. Will wonders ever cease?

As an aside, I’m kind of amused that engaged is testing index pages. Check out their marketing messages
index -
index2 - index3 - index4 - index5 - index6 - index7

Looking on the site tonight, it looks like there are 557 females and 468 men on the site between 18-38.

[tags]Web, Web 2.0, Social Search, This dating thing looks to be still in beta [/tags]


Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Prefound is yet another Web 2.0 site promoting social search. It’s been featured in a few news articles recently, so you may have heard of it. The idea behind the site is that you, the user, would share your bookmarks with others. This sharing of bookmarks would make search results more accurate.

Interesting note: It seems that Prefound, which is based in Kentucky is getting their initial search results from Eurekster, a New Zealand based search engine company whose search engine which learns from community behavior. Prefound also has a partnership with a company called Q-Phase.

Here’s a sample Prefound search URL:

[tags]Prefound, Eurekster, Social Search, Web 2.0, Web 2.0 can’t help me get ready for work in the morning [/tags]

Two new user agents

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

Two new user agents in the logs…

The first new user agent is from a Harvard IP, using the Rome open source (Apache license) set of Atom/RSS Java utilities.


Http Code: 302 Date: Jul 10 23:39:24 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 299
Referer: -
Agent: Rome Client ( Ver: 0.7

The second user agent has an IP from Japan and no known search engine history on the specific Buzzilla user agent.
Http Code: 200 Date: Jul 11 17:22:56 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 26334
Referer: -
Agent: Buzzilla 0.1

[tags] Crawlers, Bots, User Agents [/tags]


Monday, July 10th, 2006

Talkdigger is another Web 2.0 site that searches Google, Yahoo, MSN and some blogosphere oriented search engines. Which come to think of it, would be a useful service for today’s Web marketer. Right now Talkdigger is in alpha testing for some new features.

So, go ahead and search for what bloggers and others are saying about you or your Web site.

Also, thinking about Web design, but I kinda like the menu button hover effects on the blog of Talkdigger’s creator.

[tags]Talkdigger, search, blogosphere, Web marketing, Web design [/tags]

Sunday night Web 2.0 review

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

A listing of some Web 2.0 properties (and some not) that I’ve come across in the past few days…

-RSSPect isn’t just an RSS scraper (meaning it takes your online content and converts it into RSS), but it makes sure the feed is validated and gives several options for feed syndication. RSSPect is written by Ryan North, the same guy who does the awesome Dinosaur Comics. Plus, RSSPect has killer bees on the logo. KILLER BEES. How cool is that?

-Yet another podcast directory, but I happen to really like the Web design of Clean, simple and dark.

-And taking word of mouth blog oriented marketing to the next step, yes you too can write about products and services on your blog and get paid for them via There’s a post on the PayPerPost blog today arguing:

In my opinion someone who discloses but will write about anything to make a buck is worse than someone who does not disclosure but will only write about what they are truly interested in.

I believe requiring disclosure gives bloggers an open license to “pollute the blogoshpere”. It’s a free pass for bloggers to say “but I said I was getting paid for it, what did you expect?”. If you are being honest you don’t need disclosure because it’s what you truly believe.

So, in the official PayPerPost view, disclosure gives a license to pollute the blogosphere since you’re getting paid and not necessarily writing about what you truly believe - good or bad. Alrighty then, there’s one other facet the PayPerPost blogger missed - if the blogger I’m reading doesn’t have my trust (i.e. I don’t know them or the blog), disclosure or not, I’m less likely to believe them in the first place which makes whatever advertising less effective.

-On a whim, I signed up for the diigo beta. Will report my initial thoughts a bit later, if I can remember how to spell the domain name.

[tags]RSS, RSSPect, Killer Bees, Dinosaur Comics, pluggd, PayPerPost, diigo[/tags]


Sunday, July 9th, 2006

I’m really sorry, the OK I have no idea who did it submitter posted the *wrong* link to FARK. (Oh and hi y’all - I read everyday but don’t post much…)

The correct link to the featured post (yes, it must be really slow on Saturday night for something like this to be accepted) is

Update: The link never made it out of Total Fark.

[tags]Fark, HAHA Fark can’t take down my Web server, Web 2.0 won’t get me a date[/tags]