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The Big Move

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Some of my hosting packages are coming up on their renewal dates. I decided a few weeks ago that I would buy a VPS (Virtual Private Server) from my hosting company and move my sites on to that. I consider myself a little above the curve as far as technology goes, but I’m far from a super-hacker network nerd. This is only day one of trying to get it all set up, so I’m not too worried yet, but I fear I might have gotten myself in over my head.

I own three hosted accounts through iPower that I administer through their vDeck program, including this one. I’m not going to mess with those just yet until I successfully set up a less important site.

This is my first attempt at moving a site onto my new VPS:

  1. “Unlock” the domain (, an owned but not hosted domain, empty)
  2. Add Name Servers to that domain ( &
  3. Update the domain to use those new Name Servers
  4. “Lock” the domain
  5. Set up the domain in Plesk (a program that administers my VPS)
  6. Cross fingers that the domain will now resolve to the correct place on my new server
  7. Wait impatiently
  8. If it works, then hopefully FTP will resolve to the same place and I’ll be able to log in and upload my files.

I understand that I can use those same name servers for all of my sites. I’m not sure how that works but that’s what I heard. If anyone out there has experience with this type of thing and has any input, or would be willing to answer some questions, contact me through the email link below. I’m a bit concerned that this is a stupid security risk, that is, telling people what sites I own, on what hosting company, running what software, and where my name servers are. Is it?

Knowing From Search

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

I started to write a post today about search. I wanted to emphasize that it is not only important how you search but where. I ended up going on and on and the results were way too scattered and rambling. I’m going to try to explain this simple concept more clearly here.

<h3>What you are searching for and where to do it:</h3>


    <li><em>A Definition or Explanation.</em><br /><br />
        Use <a href="">Wikipedia</a> or the <a href="">Dictionary</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>The Buzz.</em></strong><br /><br />
                     Check the blogs with <a href="">Sphere</a> or <a href="">Technorati</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>A Product or Review.</em></strong><br /><br />
                      Use one of <a href="">The</a> <a href="">Big</a> <a href="">Dogs</a>, or<a href="">one of</a> <a href="">the</a> <a href="">competitors</a>. Read the <a href="">consumer report</a>, check the <a href="">blogs</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>The Basics.</em></strong><br /><br />
                      Just need an address or phone number? Try the <a href="">Yellow Pages</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>The Scoop.</em></strong><br /><br />
                       Searching for news? Try <a href="">Newsvine</a> or <a href="">The</a> <a href="">Big</a> <a href="">Dogs</a>. Technology Specific? Search <a href="">Slashdot</a> or <a href="">Digg</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>Like-minded People.</em></strong><br /><br />
                       <a href="">Search</a> <a href="">through the</a> <a href="">newsgroups</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>An Image.</em></strong><br /><br />
                       <a href="">Google images</a> might turn up something you can use, but <a href="">Flickr</a> is king for finding tons of great images.</li>
  • Anything movie related.

    Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb are probably all you’ll ever need.

  • The Web’s Big Dogs

    Monday, May 15th, 2006

    The Washington Post has posted a table showing the biggest 50 websites, as judged by total unique visitors, compared from February 2005 to February 2006. I hear fairly often that MySpace is the most visited site on the internet, well, it’s not, yet anyway. It has shown the craziest jump in the one-year span, showing over 300% growth in one year. Topping the list, Yahoo! at 115 million visitors on Feb. 06, with a full 25% lead over Google, the nearest competitor.

    The Web’s 10 Biggest Sites:

    1. Yahoo!
    2. Google
    3. MSN
    4. AOL
    5. eBay
    6. Microsoft
    7. Passport
    8. MapQuest
    9. Hotmail
    10. MySpace

    Most Surprising Sites (To Me) on the Top 50:

    1. Wikipedia
    2. Blogger
    3. Tripod
    4. CheapTickets
    5. BizRate
    6. Real

    Cities Egosurfing

    Thursday, May 11th, 2006

    Google Trends launched this week, giving average folks the chance to explore what people have been Googleing for the past few years. Along the timeline, there are markers with significant news events that may (or may not) explain spikes in traffic.

    Cities that don’t search for themselves:

    1. Most “Portland” Searches: Beaverton
    2. Most “Green Bay” Searches: De Pere
    3. Most “San Francisco” Searches: Pleasanton
    4. Most “South Park” Searches: Budapest
    5. Most “Dallas” Searches: Richardson
    6. Most “Los Angeles” Searches: Van Nuys

    Of course, New York searches for itself more than any other place.

    Scratched DVD

    Thursday, May 11th, 2006

    Reasons that DVD is scratched:

    1. Were trying to wipe off the grease
    2. Lent it to Edward Scissorhands
    3. Push Pin and DVD closer than pen and paper
    4. Did a tour of your car’s passenger side floor
    5. The last person who Netflix’d it was a sadistic bastard
    6. Used it as emergency ice-scraper
    7. It scratched your back, so you scratched it’s
    8. Research paper on DVD archiveablility too broad, were just trying to scratch the surface

    You Think You Know Me, Google?

    Saturday, April 29th, 2006

    Text from Google Ads in my open gmail window right now:

        <li>Learn the "Secret Psychology" To Getting A Man Hooked For Good</li>
        <li>Howard Stern is giving away free Sirius radios. Limited Supply.</li>
        <li>Get a powerful plan for restoring your relationship with your ex. $24</li>
        <li>Get Your Ex Back With Four Simple Secrets Which Always Work!</li>

    B4BY N4M35

    Friday, April 28th, 2006

    Awesome Baby Names For Tech Nerds:

    1. Metadata
    2. Prson
    3. 4d4m
    4. Dell
    5. subpage.php
    6. Darth
    7. Gary

    All Seeing Screen

    Thursday, April 27th, 2006

    I read in a Slashdot article yesterday that Apple has patented the concept of a display that is capable of taking pictures as well as displaying them.

    The clever idea is to insert thousands of microscopic image sensors in-between the liquid crystal display cells in the screen. Each sensor captures its own small image, but software stitches these together to create a single, larger picture.

    I think that sounds like a pretty neat idea, but the only applications of its use I have heard is for teleconferencing and to save space in cellphones / PDAs. Sure seems like a lot of trouble just to avoid a tiny little camera at the top of your screen.

    How else might this technology be used?

    1. To spy on employees
    2. Those screens embedded in the floor at Red Robin are, uh, dangerously placed
    3. To sell at an insane markup and make mad profitz
    4. To allow Apple to record everything you ever do andΒ sell it back to you for $1.99


    Friday, April 14th, 2006

    As of today, I am writing for a website I have enjoyed since its launch late last year: FreshArrival (“One Amazingly Cool Thing, Every Weekday.”) I am very excited to be a part of it.

    Don’t worry I’ll still be comin’ at you live from here.

    Here are some super cool things that have been featured on FreshArrival:

    1. The iPod Belt Buckle
    2. Riya
    3. Lumen
    4. Rasterbator
    5. Grobag Egg

    Screendoor on a Battleship

    Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

    Associated Press:

    Apple Computer Inc. unveiled software Wednesday to help owners of its new Intel-based Macs run Microsoft Corp.’s rival Windows XP operating system, despite the computer maker’s insistence it won’t assist such efforts.

    I feel like I should be shocked, but at this point, if Apple says they absolutely aren’t going to do something, it pretty much means they are absolutely doing it.

    <h3>Here are some other things Apple is probably working on:</h3>
        <li>the iPlasma HDTV</li>
        <li>the Mac Mini Home Media Edition with DVR</li>
        <li>the iGo (Apple-centric replacement for your eGo)</li>


    Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

    I got a forwarded email from a friend today:

    Take 60 seconds and give this a shot! All you do is simply say the following small prayer for the person who sent you this….Then send it on to five other people, including the one who sent it to you. Within hours five people have prayed for you, and you will have caused a multitude of people to pray for other people. Then sit back and watch the power of God work in your life.

    Reasons why this is the best email ever:

    1. One of four animated .GIFs is of Jesus leaning up against the world “Welcome” and sparkling intensely
    2. Christianity is resorting to pyramid schemes to get people to pray
    3. The last line of the email is “P. S. Five is good, but more is better.” which reminds me of Bukkake
    4. The font in the email is “Comic Sans”
    5. One of the emails it was forwarded to was: [email protected]

    Super Terrorist Sisters

    Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

    A couple of girls from Portage county in Ohio are facing criminal charges for making super mario brothers question-mark cubes out of cardboard and printed wrapping paper and hanging them around town. These super-cute ornaments “scared the dickins” out of the community, who thought them to be bombs. Even police chief Randall McCoy said they “could be deadly”. I guess these girls might need to use one of their extra lives.

    Here are some other things we should criminalize children for:

    1. Making popcorn streamers
    2. Playing Capture the Flag
    3. Helping old ladies cross the street
    4. Rollerskating to school
    5. Breathing

    More info and pictures:

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