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WebSite Scrapers

Here is a good looking website that scraps content from other sites, probably using RSS feeds, and posts it to their own sites to try to gain traffic/make money from other peoples content. http://www.vistatipsnow.com/ I’m not going to creat a hyperlink to it, just type it in and go look at it, no wait, that will give them some traffic, check out the screenshot below. The images about the site stealing content are from http://www.howtogeek.com. It’s good looking because there are lots of those images all over the front page, as they are scraping How to Geek and this site and many others, you can see my refurbished computers post linking to all of my refurbished computer listings, hehe.

website scraper

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - April 15, 2008 at 12:32 pm

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Todays Top Tags, Bookmarks and News

Here are a bunch of the top tags, top bookmarks, top news stories currently being talked about in this big conversation known as the Internet. These will update automatically, thus the most popular posts and articles will always be listed.

Top Bookmarks from del.icio.us:

Current Most Popular Stories on Digg:

Techmeme Current Top Blog Posts:

Top Stories on Reddit:

More after the break. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - April 12, 2007 at 12:23 am

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WordPress Pwned

I’m noticing a theme in todays posts….

Apparently, some enterprising young hacker gained user-level access to one of the servers running wordpress.org and modified the original code for WordPress 2.1.1 to include some exploitable code. If you have downloaded 2.1.1 in the past 3 or 4 days, you should go download the latest release, 2.1.2, as they have removed the code and secured thier servers, including taking the hacked server offline for a couple rounds of computer forensics.

It was determined that a cracker had gained user-level access to one of the servers that powers wordpress.org, and had used that access to modify the download file. We have locked down that server for further forensics, but at this time it appears that the 2.1.1 download was the only thing touched by the attack. They modified two files in WP to include code that would allow for remote PHP execution.

This is the kind of thing you pray never happens, but it did and now we?re dealing with it as best we can. Although not all downloads of 2.1.1 were affected, we?re declaring the entire version dangerous and have released a new version 2.1.2 that includes minor updates and entirely verified files. We are also taking lots of measures to ensure something like this can?t happen again, not the least of which is minutely external verification of the download package so we?ll know immediately if something goes wrong for any reason. Source: WordPress 2.1.1 dangerous, Upgrade to 2.1.2

If you update your blog from the SVN repository you’re okay, none of that code was touched. Version 2.1.1 was the only version affected, so, 2.0 downloads should be fine too. If you are a webhost, or run your own server, they have some instructions as well on things you can do to block it at the server level.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - March 3, 2007 at 2:34 am

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Free Windows Vista Laptop from Microsoft?

A minor uproar is going on, apparently some bloggers have received some free laptops with Windows Vista, the original post, for me at least, was on Laughing Squid, Microsoft Sent A Free Laptop With Windows Vista, he received an Acer Ferrari 1000 12.1? notebook, with an 1.80GHz AMD Turion 64?2 with 1GB of DDR2 RAM and a SATA 160GB hard drive, loaded with Windows Vista Ultimate. As usual, some people think it’s payoffs for positive blogging, etc.

Ok, so yeah, I’ve been blogging about Microsoft quite a bit lately. I guess their marketing people are doing their job well, since the launch of Windows Vista is next month. Speaking of which, on December 20th I received an email from Edelman, the PR firm who is handling the launch of Windows Vista, letting me know that Microsoft is sending me a present in the form of a laptop with Windows Vista installed on it, no strings attached. Source: Laughing Squid

On Robert Scoble’s blog he calls it his idea of PayPerPost. In a comment, Robert McLaws of http://www.windows-now.com/ says,

AFAIK, AMD is the one that provided the laptops to websites that are members of the Windows Featured Communities program, as well as several other Microsoft influential’s. I think it was more of an AMD ploy to get dual core x64s into the hands of influential’s then it was trying to get people to buy into Vista. Most of these people were relatively Microsoft-friendly to begin with.

BTW, AMD said that the computers could be kept or given away. Most were kept. Source: Robert Scoble

Mitch Denny has posted on the subject, apparently it is part of a viral marketing campaign called the Vanishing Point, and along with he laptop, he received a puzzle piece containing a USB drive with three files on it, Cipher Key 4.jpg, from_Loki.txt, and Loki.wmv.

Back story: About mid-December I was contacted by Aaron Coldiron from the Windows Product Management Group and asked if I would like to try out an Acer Ferrari 1000 courtesy of the Windows Vista team and AMD (the Acer Ferrari has a Turion64 dual core processor and ATI graphics). I was interested in trying out the device mostly because I hadn?t used Vista on a 64-bit machine before and I hadn?t used an AMD processor in I don?t know how many years.

After reading the letter there was a knock at the door (spooky) and our neighbor delivered a box, presumably the courier must have thought it was for them (we live on a split block). Inside the cardboard box was a wooden trick box which took me a few moments to open up. Inside was another copy of the letter and a USB memory stick and on the stick were three files:

Cipher Key 4.jpg
from_Loki.txt
Loki.wmv
I have uploaded the video to Soapbox on MSN Video under the tag of “vanishing point”. I am uploading from an ISDN connection so progress is slow. Anyway – I am off to find fellow decoders and crack some of the puzzles!

Update: Folks have requested that I post up the cipher key image. As you can see the key is not a new one as I?ve seen it posted on the Internet is a few other locations – thanks to those who referred me to http://vanishingpointwiki.com. Source: notgartner

The wiki has many links to keys that have been uploaded, sites that are working on the game and more. A couple forums that are actively working on it are Neowin and unfiction. Mitch Denny was contacted by the Windows Vista team, Scott Beale was contacted by the Edelman PR firm and Robert Mclaws says it’s AMD. My question is, why didn’t I get one, this looks like fun. Oh, and to all of those people complaining about the “gifts” saying they will never come back to this blog if they don’t return it, etc., come on, get over it. Most of the posts that I saw don’t appear to be swayed by it, I know I wouldn’t be, it’s just a perk of putting your stuff out there, nothing more, keep it or don’t, I don’t care. Just Send me one! hehe.

Added: Marshall Kirkpatrick writes that Microsoft has informed them they need to give it away or send it back when they are down with the reviews. Indian givers.

Marshall,

No good deed goes unpunished, right? You may have seen that other bloggers got review machines as well. Some of that coverage was not factual. As you write your review I just wanted to emphasize that this is a review pc. I strongly recommend you disclose that we sent you this machine for review, and I hope you give your honest opinions. Just to make sure there is no misunderstanding of our intentions I’m going to ask that you either give the pc away or send it back when you no longer need it for product reviews.

Thanks for your understanding, and happy reviewing,

Aaron *** Source: Marshall Kirkpatrick

Load of crap if you ask me, there will always be someone unhappy with something no matter what it is, so why let a small minority make you back pedal and do something other than originally planned?

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - December 27, 2006 at 9:15 pm

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My Posts on JimmyDaniels.com

Here is a listing of my latest posts on JimmyDaniels.com.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - August 24, 2006 at 4:38 pm

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Windows Live Drive Info Released then Pulled

A Microsoft developer, named Stuart Padley, apparently posted some info on Windows Live Drive and then pulled the post, a big mistake in todays blog world. This was noticed by Michael Arrington of TechCrunch who posted the following info in a blog post.

Stuart Padley is a Microsoft developer who keeps a personal blog here. He doesn?t post very often (his last post was October 2005), but on Sunday he wrote a post called ?Working on Live Drive?? and says that he was hand picked by Ray Ozzie (or Ray Ozzie?s technical assistant, it isn?t clear) to join ?a small team of renegade hardcore architect/developer/test types? and work on Windows Live Drive. The post was quickly deleted, but was noticed. Source: TechCrunch.

Robert Scoble Called this breaking into jail,

One thing Microsoft will have to learn on its own (I used to play one of the cops internally against people who tried to do stupid things like pulling down posts that pissed off someone) is never pull down posts. Especially if you don?t want someone like Mike Arrington to notice. That?s called breaking into jail, for those of you keeping PR scorecards at home.

Here is most of what he posted,

After a year of silence, I am coming up for air. We shipped SQL Server 2005 towards the end of last year, I was pleased with what we did in that team. However, I was looking for a challange beyond building server software (I had previoulsy led teams/groups that shipped Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Exchange Server 2000). In my search around the company, Ray Ozzie’s Technical Assistant (Kartik) pointed me towards a small team of rengade hardcore architect/developer/test types who had had success in Windows Server land and XBox — who were all united in wanting to tackle a really big problem. So, I moved to this new team, which is all a bit hush hush at the moment, but I guess wikipedia seems to think it knows about it.

I don’t think either of these descriptions are correct. But there are elements of truth. I am very passionate about allowing home users to be able to store and share their digital memories in a seamless, reliable way. It was this passoin which brought me to the team I am working on now. We do have that ‘small team magic’, which is one of the great things about working at Microsoft. Small teams that click can achieve massive amounts, and this company has got the balls (and resources) to back them and make it happen.

There are a bunch of questions I have seen out there which I would like to start answering, so this blog will now focus on the aspects of Windows Live which I am helping to solve.

What did we learn today kids? Leave your posts up, unless you want some extra coverage. ;)

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - August 17, 2006 at 10:00 am

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