Archive for the 'Tech' Category

A Hardware Note

Friday, January 19th, 2007

I do think the trusty PowerBook is going to be replaced before June, when Leopard is supposedly released. I just have a a feeling about that.

Not that I can really complain, the PowerBook has served me well on a daily basis these past 3 and a half years.

[tags]Apple, Hardware, PowerBook, the keyboard is failing [/tags]

NY Times on blog bling

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

There is a part of me that is impressed…The NY times discusses blog bling, those little mini application widgets you see on blog sidebars. Like, for example the MyBlogLog widget I display.

[tags]NY Times, blog bling [/tags]

For those Mac OS X geeks

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Would there be any reason that an Mac OS X compatible FTP client, like, say cyberduck would not be able to view an .asp file within an IIS FTP virtual directory?

For some added drama, if you answer with what I think went wrong, I get to win a bet.

[tags]FTP, Mac OS X, I hate IIS, I think it is a directory settings issue [/tags]


Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Quantcast is a new Alexa like traffic ranking service. In order for the service to work properly, you’re supposed to add a bit of javascript to your site.

For the initial stats on cleverhack, all I can say is that they are way off.

[tags]Quantcast, yet another traffic monitoring service[/tags]

iPhone fangirl!

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

With all of the excitement about the iPhone, I believe the operative question here is “How can I get out of my Verizon contract?”

Aside from the phone running OS X, the killer apps for me include POP email accessibility, OS X running natively, and the miniaturized Web browser.

I wonder if I could natively use the Web browser to blog on that phone since the keyboard is virtualized on screen…

[tags]Apple, iPhone, I really want an iPhone [/tags]

digg redesign including podcasts and video

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

With the slight redesign of digg yesterday, I’ve heard good and so-so types of reviews about the redesign - the change to the sole right navigation, the secondary light green and dark green accent colors in the banner navigation, the prominent profile link in the banner and an increased use of tabbed and grouped navigation are all interesting little tweaks. Personally, I think the red font used for the “time dugg” is a little distracting.

The addition of new categories (nitpick: spaces around the ampersand are needed in World&Business), videos and podcasts are all interesting - I don’t know if digg will be as strong in non-traditional areas for their user base.

And since there are now podcasts on digg, you can now digg some cleverhack podcasts (why didn’t digg detect the feed image?) and befriend joyl.

[tags]digg, redesign, Web 2.0 [/tags]

Yahoo Mobile Crawler

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

Today a crawler from, an IP which apparently belongs to (WHOIS) started crawling my site. That in and of itself is not too unusual. What caught my eye, however, was that the crawler was attempting to find pages thathad something to do with presentation for mobile users. Which is fine, but the pages the crawler tried to get to are not industry standard, instead, it looks like some programmer at Yahoo just took a guess as to how, perhaps, a mobile version of a site may be presented.

I dunno, it seems like this crawler could have been written to be more efficient - aside from bandwidth issues, you’d think the crawler would try to look for a robots.txt first, which it failed to. A thread at WebmasterWorld comes to a similar conclusion.

More boring site logs after the jump…

Http Code: 404 Date: Dec 14 12:38:10 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 29745
Referer: -
Agent: Nokia6600/1.0 (4.09.1) SymbianOS/7.0s Series60/2.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.0

Http Code: 404 Date: Dec 14 12:38:11 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 29745
Referer: -
Agent: Nokia6600/1.0 (4.09.1) SymbianOS/7.0s Series60/2.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.0

[tags]Yahoo, Yahoo Mobile, Robots, Bots, Crawlers, robots.txt, Mobile, Wireless WAP, WML [/tags]

Livedoor Reader

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

If you were just looking for a Japanese language RSS reader, you could go ahead and try the livedoor reader.

[tags]Livedoor Reader, Japanese, RSS, RSS aggregator, RSS reader, newsfeeds, Web 2.0[/tags]

xkcd’s Map of the Internet

Monday, December 11th, 2006

As some of my dear loyal readers know, I have this preternatural fascination with the Internet, most notably IP Addresses. For some reason, I find the IPv4 numbering system quite interesting - there’s so much history behind how the first addresses were allocated. For example, take a look at IANA’s current IPv4 assignments. I just love to geek out trying to figure out what IP Addresses people have and why. Some people track trains or airplanes or celebrities and I track…IP Addresses.

So when I saw this map of the Internet as featured on Slashdot today, my s0×0rs were totally r0×0red! Here’s blog entry detailing how the author mapped the address space. Of course, there’s already a printout of the map on my cube.

I really really want a full poster version when they’re available.

[tags]xkcd, Map of the Internet, Internet Map, IP Address Space, IPv4, geeking out [/tags]


Monday, December 11th, 2006 is a simple RSS aggregator which aggregates tech stories on XMLHttpRequest, AJAX, CSS, Web 2.0, DHTML and Javascript.

For the Web designers and developers in the audience, this aggregator looks to be an interesting resource on the World Wide Web 2.0.

[tags]XMLHttpRequest, RSS, RSS aggregator, newsfeeds, Web 2.0 [/tags]


Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Plagger is a pluggable RSS/Atom feed aggregator written in Perl. Everything is implemented as a small plugin and you can mash them up together to build a new application to handle RSS/Atom feeds. The developer’s blog is quite interesting to read, as he notes that his competition includes Planet and newspipe aggregator software. In addition to Feed Rinse, Touchstone, Dapper and xFruits Web 2.0 services.

Agent: Plagger/0.7.15 (

[tags]Plagger, RSS, Atom, Feed aggregator, newsfeeds, aggregation, Web 2.0 [/tags]

iLike, or perhaps not

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

I do not know if I would iLike it since the (similar to the and Pandora services) iLike client is for OS X 10.4 only.

So you Tiger users go out and have fun with it. Consider yourselves spared of my incessant Death Cab for Cutie playbacks.

[tags]ilike, ilike is only for 10.4,, pandora, social music recommendations, Web 2.0[/tags]