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Google De-Listed Some of My Sites
Tuesday, 07 August 2007
I have a few sites which are considered to be content aggregators by myself. They pull content from varioius RSS feeds, and apparently Google has started hating them. I went from having 12,500 pages indexed collectively to none overnight.

I removed the Text Link Ads from those sites, since Google apparently doesn't like them, and submitted a reinclusion request for each. Although the content may seem to be duplicate, my aggregators serve a purpose, especially Freebies From Across the Internet, which grabs freebies from all over the internet and puts them into one convienient, searchable (used to be searchable through Google custom search) place. Go ahead and check that one out.

While I will admit that a couple of them were somewhat spammy due to some of the sources they pulled from, I really feel it was unfair that G pulled these pages. When I set some of them up, I had the intention of doing Blackhat SEO, but instead they all were a shade of grey, except for the freebies site which was legit and good (I got a free HD Audio fiber cable from it recently)...What am I going to do? One or more of the following:

  • Beg you for inlinks to Freebies From Across the Internet (You would have my eternal thanks)
  • Try to get these sites pages' more indexed by MSN and Yahoo (they already are in there, just not many)
  • Try to get G to relist at least one of these sites (Working on it, will tell you how that goes)
  • Mirror the content on a different domain
  • Any combo of the above
Oh well...whatever the case I have to work now. I have a funny - the control arm broke on the service truck, and I held a floor jack as we carefully backed the thing out of the shop...what a sight!
 
Certegy Emplyoyee Sells My Personal Information
Thursday, 02 August 2007
I got a letter in the mail today from a credit card (or some type of payment processing) company named Certegy. Apparently, they do online businesses in the game industry (among other things?). Anyway, the letter gave the last 4 digits of an account number (off of a credit card) that was in the mix of stuff this ex-employee stole and sold to a "data firm." They say that they don't think the information is being used nefariously, although the information of 99,000 of the 2.3 million users included credit card data. The scumbag that did this is named William G. Sullivan, and investigation is pending.

The company has issued letters to affected users, and has also set up ways to combat any theft that may occur. In my case, I am totally safe, and the joke is on the scammer, because the card information they got for me was an American Express giftcard, which was spent dry long ago.

Keep an eye out for a nondescript white envelope arriving at your house via First Class mail.

More sources of information:
Certegy Employee Steals & Sells Consumer Data
Employee Sells Personal Information
 
Vista Users: Get Your Leaked Patches
Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Thanks to information to the InsideMicrosoft blog, I have managed to find these patches which are destined to be released on a Patch Tuesday in the future, so that you can try them. I do have Vista dual booting on my laptop..I prefer Kubuntu (but I digress). These patches have improved my Vista installation significantly. I can't believe I'm saying this, but kudos to Microsoft for fixing a lot of what made Vista feel like ME 2.0.

 The full features of these fixes (both x86 and 64 bit) are below. Download links are below, please pick the archive with the patches for your architecture. (Disclaimer: If these break your computer it isn't my fault.)


For the full specs, see below:

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Internet Archaeology Article
Monday, 30 July 2007
Welcome interested people, 2600 Readers, and everyone else! I couldn't wait, so here is the article!

Published in 2600 - The Hacker Quarterly, Summer 2007

By ilikenwf (A.K.A. Matt Parnell) 

     Archaeology is a term that describes unearthing an artifact that is old, long lost, or forgotten. The internet is no different from the real world in the sense that it too has artifacts of media from days gone by. You just have to know where to look. The best place to start is the Internet Archive "Wayback Marchine," which houses
over 8 Petabytes of old information gleaned from the earliest days of the Internet up to now. Just put in an address, and you can view a site, provided it was indexed, all the way back to 1996.
               
Beginning Methodology

     I had wanted to find as much "lost" TechTV and ZDTV media as possible, for nostalgia's sake. Starting out, I just was viewing the sites by individual archive dates. This was way too tedious and time consuming to be worth while, and it didn't really give me much to work with. Digging around on the archive's information pages, I discovered that searching sites with wildcards (*) is supported. To give it a shot, I typed in "http://www.techtv.com/*", as well as "http://www.zdtv.com/*". These searches yielded long lists (45,000+) of pages from the two domains. At first it was really slow to sift through the information, until I found a way to speed it up - go to the bottom of the search page, and set the number of results displayed to 30. Then, when the page reloads, the url will look like this: "http://web.archive.org/web/*sr_1nr_30/http://url.com/*". Just change the 30 to a reasonable number that won't cause your browser to crash and load the page from your edited url. The list will be much larger, therefore you don't have to click "next" over and over again. Then, scroll/pagedown through the content looking for interestingly named files, and files with uncommon extensions, like pdf, psd, zip, etc. Find one, click the link, and if there is only one copy of that file in the archive, it will pop right up unless it was indexed incorrectly. Otherwise, you will get a choice of dates the file was archived on. Choose the first one. Keep working through the dates until you find a good uncorrupted copy of the file (see tips and tricks section for expanation).

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Power Rangers, Life, Custom Kernels...
Monday, 23 July 2007
Well, I have been really busy lately and haven't posted anything interesting. So, I guess this will have to do, although I plan on releasing some neat media tomorrow, time permitting.

What has happened recently:

My Article has come out in 2600. I will post that next week.

There was recently a Woot-off, in which I bought nothing as none of it appealed to me.

I have successfully compiled my first custom Linux kernel (from the Vanilla source), and am running fast. Besides some tweaks I performed in the config, I used the ck1 patch for even more performance. Check it out!

The Power Rangers 15th Anniversary Special aired today on Disney. It was pretty good. You can see the various opinions at Rangerboard. Once somebody posts an encode of it up there, I promise I will put a link up for everybody here.

Besides that, I have college registration coming up, and am trying to get my fianancial junk figured out. I am also restoring a classic car, working, and experimenting with blackhat SEO.

I guess those justify the long time since my last post. Don't despair, because I hope to post frequently once more.

 
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