Archive for April, 2007

Back to Nebraska

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Hack-A-Day in Fast Company magazine
I’m headed back to Nebraska for a friend’s wedding and to spend time with the folks. I’ll be there April 26th – May 6th.

While at the airport I picked up a copy of Fast Company magazine because Hack-A-Day was rumored to be in it. Well, the article is actually about some company called Facebook—I think they publish those Who’s Who books. That’s Facebook engineer Alex Moskalyuk rocking the fine Hack-A-Day threads. I met him at DEFCON last fall when he was working for Yahoo. Yes, the sombrero is required when sporting HAD gear.

Cool Hunting: FlickrBlockrs

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

FlickrBlockrs The example photo is awesome.

Blogger is broken by design

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Desert bloom
Part of my daily work is removing spam submissions from Netscape.com. The majority of these are Members submitting multiple sites of the format something-something-something.blogspot.com (runner-up: *.info). The “content” on these pages is usually taken from free article sites like Articlesbase (nofollow). The articles are free to be republished as long as the reciprocal link at the bottom to the author’s website is intact. Free hosting + free content + Google Ads = Profit! The ads are context sensitive. Want to get insurance ads? Post insurance articles. You still need to get your site found though, so you submit it to a site with an astronomical PageRank like Netscape.com.

Why should I be the one that has to deal with this crap though? Can’t Google do something about it? Google has a vested interest in not doing anything about this. If they get a click on an ad, even if the site is crap content, they’re still making money. I wouldn’t be surprised if more clicks are on splog ads since the content is so awful—I often think “I could run a better splog network than this”. Google will not fix this problem and Blogger will continue to fill with shit sites.

If you run a legitimate Blogger blog, I suggest you get out now. WordPress.com has migration utilities to assist you and it isn’t full of garbage because you can’t run ads on their free version. If you’ve got a commercially viable blog, you should be paying for your hosting anyway. I try to do things right the first time which is why I intentionally didn’t go with a free service when I started this, my first blog. My hosting only cost me $3/mo. and the side-effect of having a unique URL is at least an air of legitimacy.

AOL Greenhouse Product Info for AIM Buddy Tunes

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

AIM Buddy Tunes I can’t tell from the description if this extends outside of the LAN. Windows only :P

Boing Boing: Russian ecommerce hack tricks post-office in US/Canada

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Russian ecommerce hack tricks post-office in US/Canada Yeah, yeah, Hack-A-Day had this 12 days ago, we rule.

Creative Commies on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Creative Commies I love the story behind this shirt.

Available Emblems of Belief for Placement on Government Headstones and Markers – Burial & Memorials

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Available Emblems of Belief for Placement on Government Headstones and Markers This is exactly the list I was looking for when I heard the Wiccan symbol was approved. There’s no symbol for agnostics; I guess by the time you die you should have decided one way or the other… [via BoingBoing]

The Web Design Survey, 2007

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

A List Apart: The Web Design Survey, 2007

Midnight Research Labs – The great fuzz frenzy

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

The great fuzz frenzy Post mentions the fuzzer FuzzMan which works by reading the command line options directly from the man pages.

Anil Dash: Cats Can Has Grammar

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Anil Dash: Cats Can Has Grammar I don’t read Anil, but now that he’s posted such an insightful post about lolcats I’m going to have to start. (OT: I think renaming GAIM to Pidgin is genius)