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Blog spam outpacing email spam

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Sunday October 1, 2006 )

I still remember the days when spam was just a mystery meat product and the subject of a Monty Python sketch from the 1970’s :). Little did the Monty Python team know that their rather odd skit would be the inspiration for the term used in relation to a plague of the online age. (more…)

Screen resolution statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Tuesday September 26, 2006 )

It’s been a while since I checked on screen resolution statistics in relation to our site visitors, so here’s how the various resolutions stack up based on around 40,000 visits over the last 4-5 days


Preventing directory browsing

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday September 23, 2006 )

Take a run out to your site and enter – just the name of your images folder, nothing else afterwards except for the trailing /.

If you see a “forbidden” or 403 error message, that’s normal, but if you see a list of files, it means that your server is configured to allow for directory browsing. You’ll notice that any folder that doesn’t have a default document in place will also behave in the same way.

It’s easy to fix; here’s two methods: (more…)

Tell a friend script update

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Wednesday September 20, 2006 )

We’ve just updated both versions of our popular Taming the Beast Tell-A-Friend scripts to v1.3 and v2.1; so if you’re using a copy of either from prior to today, I suggest updating. Upgrading is pretty simple – and of course, both scripts are still free :). (more…)

Social networking sites & copyright

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday September 16, 2006 )

I’ve often pondered the fact that YouTube and similar social networking sites appear to have escaped the wrath of copyright related lawsuits. I just put it down to down safe harbor provisions set out for ISPs and similar services in the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) which offered them protection.

It looks like they aren’t totally safe after all. (more…)

Voice comment plugin for blogs

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday August 28, 2006 )

My first post on voice comments for blogs seems to have created a lot of interest judging by the number of search engine referrals, so I decided to hunt around a bit more to see if there were any reasonably priced voice commenting services and plugins available. I found one so far, and it’s free! Read on and give it a whirl. (more…)

SSH and Unix commands tutorial

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday August 12, 2006 )

Ever heard a couple of geeks yapping about command line related tasks or adventures and felt the stirrings of Unix envy?

Come in from the cold and get on the path to ubergeekdom.. well, not quite, but the longest journey does begin with a single step :). (more…)

RSS feeds a security risk for users

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Sunday August 6, 2006 )

At the recent Black Hat convention in Las Vegas, the specter of RSS feeds being used for launching attacks on feed subscribers, and consequently affecting even non-subscribers has loomed. (more…)

Voice blog comments?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Friday August 4, 2006 )

Here’s an interesting idea – haven’t struck it before. I stumbled across a blog today that gave readers the opportunity to leave a comment via voice; and their comments were then made available for others to listen to. (more…)

File not found, dollars lost

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday July 29, 2006 )

I guess we’ve all experienced the frustration of following a link only to be presented with a “404 – File not found” browser generated error page. Have you checked your web site statistics or server logs recently to see how many instances of this is occuring on your site?

A “File not found” browser message is a sure-fire way of sending potential customers scurrying off your site and to your competition. Here’s some tips for rectifying the problem. (more…)