In the past there have been several worms and viruses that block websites. Conficker is included in this list: it blocks access via the web to several major antivirus vendors' websites.
This means that there is a simple, web-based test to detect its presence:
If you see all the images, you're not infected :).
Might be useful if you're stuck without a phone and need to call one. Or for using those long-distance calling cards.
A few days ago, I got a letter from the 'Domain Registry of Canada' about a particular domain I'd registered (a .com) some time ago with a different registrar than I normally did. It was one of these:
Thinking 'oh, I meant to transfer this domain away from that registrar anyway' (because the registrar was expensive), I went to their website.
Michael Geist picked up a story about how Industry Canada staff are systematically trying to edit Wikipedia pages, deleting criticism of the new 'Canadian DMCA'. I say 'systematically' because certain text was deleted multiple times after being restored, and the edits come from the same IP range. And it's limited to a few specific points: criticism *of* the proposed act, and the fact that nobody in Canada wants it: only the US Big Media conglomerates.
In this day and age, everyone needs a presence on the 'net. Particularly small businesses.
There's no excuse. The Internet has been active for over 16 years, and has been mainstream for at least a decade. Broadband is near-ubiquitous, and web hosting for postcard-type websites is pennies a day.
- Very busy
- Always connected to the Internet
- Have very specific needs
- Expect to be able to communicate from anywhere, to anywhere
This leads me to conclude one thing:
I keep getting these annoying ads from time to time. You would think that facebook would know my 'Relationship Status' ("Engaged", for those of you who haven't Added me) since I set it.
The only way that Facebook would have a good reason to serve these ads is if they somehow profited from infidelity. I'll leave that to your imaginations.
C'mon facebook, I like Celtic music and I'm getting married: serve me that ad for Merimac.
I swear, if I get one more package in the mail from an eBay seller with an 7x shipping cost markup, I'm going to scream.
The last package I got shipped from Florida, in a letter-sized bubble mailer for two tiny specialty screwdriver bits. What was the shipping cost? $10.00. What was the postage on the bubble mailer? $1.00.
I know a bubble mailer doesn't cost that much (50 cents maybe?). Combine this with 30 seconds to fill out the customs form, and another minute to tape all the address info to the package. Two minutes of work for $8. I gotta get myself in on this racket...
There are a lot of complaints over the past few years about how startup sites are going with strange domain names: taking out vowels, coming up with original domain names.
In order to be memorable, there are two ways to approach getting a domain name: be original (e.g. 'strange') a la 'meebo', or have a common word or phrase. All the common dictionary words are gone, as are many common phrases. And where have they gone to? Domain squatters, mostly.
Every day, the forgot password? functionality on many different sites gets a workout. The symptom: people not being able to remember which of their 12 different usernames they used to register on a site. Reducing a user's memory load is an issue all too often ignored by developers. At the very least, it lets me pick the username I want if I can use the email address to log in.
When using a CMS, make sure that you understand what it is capable of. Or find someone who does. Or find someone who doesn't want to cheat you out of a boatload of money.
Otherwise, you'll end up like this person mentioned in this post and solicit $80k (or $25k) in donations to build a 'new system' because you demonstrate a serious deficiency of understanding how it works.
The source post I've linked to contains a lot of sarcasm, but here's the technical rundown.
$80k to do what?