Archive for the ‘Content’ Category

Moving Day!

I’m moving the blog! The new blog is going to be found at:

http://www.hackznstuff.com

The last month of news posts has been moved to the new site along with your comments. Most everything should be in tact there. I will be adding new features like polls to the new site for some more fun and goofyness. Keep an eye out over there!

Shameless lifenotebook.org plug

Every one knows the guy who does nothing but repeats the latest popular comedy sketch. Or the guy who always smells funky despite being a pretty cool guy. Or how about the guy who can’t get a date to save his life for one of any number of reasons. Point em’ over to the lifenotebook.org and for that matter take your self over there. You might learn a thing or two you can use to help that guy out.

Who are the faceless masses?

Ok so I’ve been doing this blog thing for a while now and I used to do it long before it had a name. Back then it was just writing for a personal website. Shoot I should have named it WFPW or something catchy like blogging. Ah well can’t win em’ all. One thing I have not had much luck in is really having contact with my audience. For some reason I rarely get comments and if I do it’s from some one I all ready have day to day contact with. So if you read this blog please,  please, leave me comments or shoot me an e-mail. Let me know what you want to see me write more about. Let me know what you think about some of my thoughts and ideas. And to all of you who keep coming back thank you for reading and I hope some of the writing has been either helpful or entertaining. Keep an eye out for more.

I’m in the process of moving in to a new apartment and making the transition in our work rotation as well as preparing for a command inspection at drill this weekend. So if I don’t write some time in the near future please keep coming back and checking I will write again soon.

Myspace = AOL

So I found today that after a long time of having had no new comments or posts on my Myspace page my friend from the Army sent me a message. Great! So of course I follow the link that Myspace sent me in the e-mail to my profile and then follow the link on my profile to the new comment. Simple enough. What I find in that message is really weird and kind of sad. It reminded me of a time when I joined a mass exodus from another similar service back in the day. Queue blurry wavy Waynes World effect. Dodalado, dodalado, dodalado dodalado…

So it was the early 90’s and AOL was king. All the cool kids were doing it and so was I. This is where the problem comes in. Something gets so popular that it can’t handle it’s popularity. AOL had this issue. Any one out there remember re-dialing for like half an hour just get an open line? Then some people decide to feed on the wealth of people online through various means like advertising, spamming and general crappyness like virus, worms and miss guided linking. That coupled with service issues drive the people away and destory the service that was so glitzy and cool. This my friends is the shambles that is now Myspace.

So what did I find in that message? Well the message read like this “..”. Yeah, thats it. Two periods. Those two periods were a link to a nasty piece of adware/spyware that does who knows what. It was sent from a legitimate account but I’m sure with out the knowledge of my friend. Crap like this has been going on at Myspace for the past several months and to be honest I’m pretty well done using the service. Facebook on the other hand seems to have gotten it right. Limitations on who can join and how the people on the service can access other peoples information.

I’m sure Facebook has had it’s fair share of technical issues dealing with such high jacking of its service but they have managed to control the influx of their users and allowed themselves time to cope and correct before letting more people in. Thus they have not become a victim of their own success. Let this be a lesson to any one trying to start a website/network focused on social interaction. Don’t be AOL or Myspace. Better yet don’t use either of them. You’ll just generate more crap that I have to deal with.
P.S.

Macworld must have read my blog. Check them posting dates. Booyah!

Content Control and Filtering

Ok so here is the skinny. I’ve got access to some computer hardware that is fairly cheap and I’ve got access to and the knowledge to use some really slick open source applications. Putting the two together I feel I can produce a pretty nice, very user friendly content control utility. A nice little box that you plug in to your home or office network in between your internet connection and your router/firewall/hub and voiala! You’ve got a nice web interface for controlling the content that comes in to your network over the web. That part is easy. Now I need to know how much I should be charging for such a contraption. That’s where you guys, the readers of this blog, come in. If you have children or if you can imagine that you have children or run a small buisness or would have a need to control the content coming in to the web browsers on multiple computers how much would you be willing to pay?

Give me feedback!

Thank you for letting me know what you think. If I do manage to put this product together and put it out there it’ll go up on the blog first before anything else.