East of the Sun, West of the Moon

2006/8/31

Linkage on 2006-08-30

Filed under: Linkage — Erwin @ 2:00 am

mozdev.org – flashblock: index
Aside from trimming down the list of extensions I use in the first place, this extension sounds like a helpful one in keeping Firefox memory and CPU usage down a bit.
(tags: firefox flash software)

2006/8/30

Threading and subscribing

Filed under: Site — Erwin @ 2:41 am

Hmm, finally got a Round Tuit ™ and reinstalled the two relevant plugins. Will be using this post for some testing, feel free to participate. 🙂

Linkage on 2006-08-29

Filed under: Linkage — Erwin @ 2:00 am

Guitar instruction sites shut down by music industry
This sounds like a bad case of shooting yourself in the foot. Stop people from enjoying playing music, stop playing cover songs. Are there any musicians out there who didn’t start by playing covers, copying the music of their idols?
(tags: copyright music fair-use)

2006/8/29

Tiny urls

Filed under: Projects,Software — Erwin @ 2:08 am

Ah, the story of the internet.

  • Boy writes piece of software.
  • Boy has some fun with it, and provides it freely on a website.
  • Boy nearly forgets it’s there, and just lets it run for a few years.
  • Spammers/scammers find it and decide to abuse it.
  • Boy finds out and has to decide whether to pull it entirely, or to put in measures to prevent future abuse.

In this case the boy is me, and the software/website is it.is-here.com, a tiny-url service that I wrote purely for the sake of figuring out how to do such a thing at all.

Today, during a routine check, I noticed there had been more traffic than usual on the website and investigated. I found that a few dozen codes/URLs had been added that redirected to sites in the make money fast and generate ad-clicks categories, in an apparent attempt to obfuscate their target/purpose.

After first adding a delete option to my administrative interface, which I had never needed before, and adding a disclaimer to the page, I decided to give them a piece of their own medicine, and redirect attempts to use non-existing codes towards a page with some Google ads. Hey, if I get a few clicks on it, great. In the time that I did use them it never got me enough clicks to even warrant a single payout (there’s a $100 threshold and I never even got near it), maybe these tricksters can help me out!

All non-tricksters are still invited to use it, of course. 😉

Linkage on 2006-08-28

Filed under: Linkage — Erwin @ 2:00 am

Microsoft’s Windows Media DRM 10 Cracked
Waiting for someone to do the same for Apple’s DRM, since JHymn has now been lagging behind for about a year. Not complaining, since JHymn isn’t something I purchased or so.
(tags: drm software windows)

Hizbullah leader: we regret the two kidnappings that led to war with Israel
Oh. My. That title just says it all. If anyone needs me, I’ll be banging my head against on my keyboard.
(tags: politics)

2006/8/28

Snakes on a plane

Filed under: Movies — Erwin @ 8:51 pm

This tune has been stuck in my head since Friday evening when we watched the credits after the movie, so it seems only reasonable that I would share that joy with you:

Enjoy!

2006/8/25

Linkage on 2006-08-24

Filed under: Linkage — Erwin @ 2:00 am

US Department of Education ‘overlooks’ evolution
If it was an accident, that was dumb. If it was on purpose, that was equally dumb. Come on, people.
(tags: science education)

Pluto Stripped of Planet Status
It’s now in the category of babydwarf planets.
(tags: space news)

2006/8/24

You lose

Filed under: Humo(u)r,News — Erwin @ 6:37 pm

Looks to me like Britney is playing copy-cat here:

August 1991 August 2006
Demi Moore Britney Spears

But I don’t think she could ever get close to the original, do you?

2006/8/23

Linkage on 2006-08-22

Filed under: Linkage — Erwin @ 2:00 am

Ryanair adopts nude passenger security regime | The Register
Ahem. NSFW image on that page, by the way. 🙂
(tags: humour security)

2006/8/22

Linkage on 2006-08-21

Filed under: Linkage — Erwin @ 2:00 am

Wired News: Perpetual Motion Claim Probed
Can’t wait for the outcome on this one. Of course chances are we’ll never hear anything about this ever again.
(tags: technology news)

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