Archive for December, 2007

Guy loses his domain due to a Gmail exploit

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Had anyone else read this story of David Airey’s domains being stolen from him because of a Gmail exploit?

Both of David’s domains have been subsequently restored, thanks to the publicity he received this week.

Netscape Navigator End of Lifed, The Rest of Us Get A Little Nostalgic

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Let’s all take a moment and remember the good old days of the Internet in the 1990s … the Netscape Web browser is being end of lifed as of Feb 2008.

If you didn’t catch Code Rush, a documentary on Netscape which was shown on PBS in 2000, I highly recommend you do so.

SWSE - Semantic Web Search Engine

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

This particular crawler is being deployed from the Semantic Web Search Engine (SWSE) project, which is attempting to crawl the nascent Semantic Web, including RSS and FOAF data.

This is yet another reason why deploying RSS is a good idea for any Web presence.

Here’s a link to the SWSE search demo.

Http Code: 304 Date: Dec 18 14:56:27 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: -
Referer: -
Agent: multicrawler (+

MSN Live Search - New activity

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Has anyone else seen some different activity coming from MSN? What I mean is that I’m seeing the following entries in my search logs, but it doesn’t appear like traditional MSNBot crawler behavior.

Why this activity is different:
1) The originating IP address is from the MSN netblock.
2) There is an alleged referrer that looks like it is from an MSN search
3) The user agent is showing as a browser.
4) This activity is showing very close to when I see MSNBot entries in my logs.

And no, the behavior does not appear to be a real life user.

Http Code: 200 Date: Dec 17 02:59:16 Http Version: HTTP/1.0 Size in Bytes: 40839
Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.2; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)

Http Code: 200 Date: Dec 17 03:13:02 Http Version: HTTP/1.0 Size in Bytes: 43238
Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.2; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)

Radian6 monitors you!

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

New crawler in my logs from an outfit called Radian6. From the Web site, they look to be a social media monitoring service for the Google Alerts challenged, I guess much in the same way as those other pre-existing social media monitoring services.

Http Code: 200 Date: Dec 16 16:52:32 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 7365
Referer: -
Agent: R6_FeedFetcher_(

Hack Yahoo Fantasy Football

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Heh. If you happen to Google hack yahoo fantasy football we get a SERP that, well Google isn’t quite sure what to display on the SERP. Cleverhack is currently showing as #3 on the SERP, but with no related text. I’ve never seen a SERP quite like this one before.

You see, I’ve been getting a bunch of hits for this particular keyword combination, but what is most interesting is that up until now, I’ve never used the keywords in a sequential phrase. Sure, the word hack is in the URL, I list Yahoo IM info on my sidebar and I’ve written about fantasy football before (and I’m in the playoffs for two leagues this year!), but never sequentially, until now.

Kind of interesting, and yes I’m ruining the results because I’m blogging about it. And for you guys looking for how to hack Yahoo fantasy football, I don’t have that information on this blog…all I can say is that Randy Moss helped me out and LT has been mediocre up until recently.


Feed Each Other

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Feed Each Other is yet another online feed reader released in late September. According to one of the developers behind it, the difference between Feed Each Other and other online feed services is that Feed Each Other
lets you harness the power of your network of friends and colleagues to help you filter and explore the web in an fun, enlightening, efficient way

It seems like the idea is more of a feature than a standalone feed reading service.

However, I will admit that I do like the strict XHTML they’re using…quite nice.

Http Code: 200 Date: Dec 09 19:31:02 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 6916
Referer: -
Agent: FeedEachOther :) +

Email Deliverability - trends for the end of 2007

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

Two trends I’ve run across recently in the email deliverability world.

First, and this is for you designers who have to work on HTML email campaigns, the Email Standards Project. Because, let’s face it, the need to use old school HTML 4 for compatibility with current email clients makes baby jesus cry.

It’s been kind of quiet on the spam filtering front, aside from the proof of concept .ogg and .mp3 spam. In real deliverability terms, from what I’ve been seeing, there seems to be an increased reliance on URL filtering and on sending IP reputation.

And with that in mind, I was sort of amused to get the following text based email body in my inbox last night. It seems that the spammers are giving up on live URLs and are hoping you’ll be intrigued enough to open a Web browser, find a stock trading site and buy a penny stock.

Hi from Christian . Hope your Friday is cool and happy holidays. Something big for [SOME STOCK] over next few weeks. Check otc boards. Keep an eye out for it and get in early.

Hey, I’m just impressed the guy wished me happy holidays.

[tags]Email Deliverability, Email Standards Project, HTML Email, Email Clients, SPAM, Text based email[/tags]

YouTube spamming

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

I was browsing YouTube tonight for that baby got back wedding dance video, which is actually quite hilarious if you haven’t seen it yet.

Anyway, there I was searching (view search results) and as you can see, that same video was posted multiple times by multiple people. Honestly, I can’t tell who was the original poster.

But I guess my question is why did people repost the video? My best guess is that people are reposting videos so they can get views especially for the About This Video text box and populate their channel subscription numbers. Are there any other reasons I’m missing?