Archive for July, 2005
I set up a very nice computer in the spare bedroom at 19 Vine. It is sharing the neighbor’s wireless (with her permission). She needed internet access for a money making scheme that involves being paid to shop as a Mystery Shopper. I am skeptical, but she is over 21. I will talk to her about what to do and not do on the internet. The daughter of a friend of hers makes a few dollars every month being paid to buy stuff.
I did a search on ShopUntilYouDrop and other mystery shopper sites. They certainly seem like scams to me.
There is an online questionnaires that will help you determine if an opportunity is a scam. I suggest that you click on the link above take it before responding to any of these positions.
10 years ago I had a program that would go out and do queries against the internic whois database to find expiring domain names. In the course of running this program I registered AudioCD.com and CThreePO.com. Neither one has made any money for me.
CThreePO.com is a variation on the Star Wars robot character C3P0. I figured that someone would want to buy it and I’ve listed the domain for sale cheaply in several domain auction sites, to no avail.
I put a bunch of Science fiction resources on the site and this Blog lives there (probably a mistake).
Recently I mentioned in my blog that I was getting clicks from my Britney Spears Nude faux links, but that nobody was clicking the ads on the site. This upset my advertising service and they asked me to fix it. I deleted the two links about clicking ads. I will name no names here. I was never encouraging anyone to click ads, I was just lamenting that the Britney Spears surfers did not click ads.
I went back and cleaned up the CThreePO site, fixing a few broken links. I found a few spelling mistakes and typos and I changed over to using CSS on most of the page. I also put a comments script on the bottom of each page. If you look, though, you’ll see that the comments page has put the advertising links back into CThreePO.
Browse the tuned up Science Fiction Essays site and report problems, please.
89.1 FM is WFDU, a local college radio station out of Teaneck, NJ. I can usually hear this in southern Rockland County, NY and all the way across the Tappan Zee Bridge into White Plains. Reception depends on the weather. On Monday and Wednesdays, the station features Blues music in the mornings.
I pre-ordered the Harry Potter 6 tapes from Wal-Mart last May. I did not get them on the 16th and I did not get them Monday and I did not get them Tuesday. They guaranteed delivery on the 16th. I mailed off a nasty email and they are not going to do anything. Their attitude is â€œoh wellâ€�. Never buy anything from Wal-Mart. Leave it to the trailer park crowd.
Update: The tapes didn’t arrive by Wednesday 7/20 so I went out and bought them from a local discount store. I paid very nearly what wal-mart charged me because I didn’t have to pay shipping. Screw Wal-mart. If and when I receive the tapes they will be returned immediately.
Update: Received it Friday – 6 days late – I returned it Saturday morning unpened. Wal-mart makes you pay return postage.
There are issues with one of the games not loading correctly, so that game is not included. I have yet to play to the end of a game, so I donâ€™t know if Iâ€™ve translated everything correctly from the C code.
Log Spam is a fairly new penomenom. Starting a couple of years ago, every once in a while I would find occasional odd entry in the web server logs. I realized that these were spiders from spam sites. They drop an entry with an HTTP_REFERER header into the Apache logs with the hopes that alert web masters would check it out. It is probably more effective than email spam in that it is less likely to be blocked.
1 pokeXr-boulevard 604 12.71%
2 casinXo-startup 578 12.16%
3 allkinXds-pills 455 9.57%
4 pokXer-4all 442 9.30%
5 favoXrite-casino 413 8.69%
6 thesXmart-casino 308 6.48%
7 texasXholdemcenteral 298 6.27%
8 lizsXcottrawson 165 3.47%
9 strXega 158 3.32%
10 unitedinXchristchurch 158 3.32%
11 westXvalleyhigh 158 3.32%
12 wkelleyXlucas 155 3.26%
13 alwaysX-credit 146 3.07%
14 pokXer-24×7 142 2.99%
15 pokXer-24×7 141 2.97%
16 pokXer-places-4u 139 2.92%
And the list goes on. All of these URLs refer you to same site. (I took out the .coms, .nets. and .orgs and added an X here and there so as to confound, a little, some of their nefarious purposes.)
I am not angry. The traffic is small and doesn’t effect my operations technically or economically. I think it is an interesting idea and I am going to make a crawler that points to one of my sites to see how it works.
We’ll see what happens if I can find time to write one.
Deer and Canada Geese are the new vermin. The deer eat everything in my yard and the Canada Geese and their droppings are everywhere, so I seldom take pictures of them. When I was a boy, hunting was allowed in Rockland County and a deer or a goose would have been shot on site for dinner. I donâ€™t like animals to suffer from hunting, but these animals now suffer terribly from over population.
These photos were taken in the late afternoon with a telephoto lense. The shutter speed was very slow and I did not have a tripod, so they are a little blurred.