June 15th, 2007
I personally do not use google’s blogger service; however, I always appreciate thatÂ they open up their upcoming services early for testing.Â Google BlogoscopedÂ reports that http://draft.blogger.com/Â will get a blogger user early access to a ton of new features.Â How to use these new features would be excellent fodder for new tech-recipes…
September 3rd, 2006
Did you hear ofÂ browzar this week?Â The less than 300K download was suddenly the answer to completely safe browsing!Â
Ummm, no.Â Â It’s a wrapper for Internet Explorer that tries to delete your privacy informationÂ asÂ you surf.Â Â Scott HanselmanÂ discovered very quickly that it does not even do that very well.Â
It also redirects all a user’s searches to overture.Â Wow, that’s like spyware 101.
A few people bought it hook, line and sinker:
- China Martens, InfoWorld
- Martin McKeay, ComputerWorld
- Jordan Running, Download Squad
- Michael Pick, RobinGood
- Sam Sethi, TechCrunch UK
- Rafe Needleman, cnet
- DiggÂ promoted it to the front page; however, users were quick to start commenting on its true nature.
- Slashdot posted about it as well.Â Users there started discussing its status quickly as well.
So what started this wave of browzar pain?Â A press release!Â Yes, many of these high-profile bloggers saw the press release and posted about it as soon as possible.Â
So who is more to blame: Ajaz Ahmed for releasing this junk or the bloggers who repeated his propoganda?
February 26th, 2006
My favorite new read-for-pure-pleasure blog is FastAndLoud. The author, FFF, approached me a few months ago with the idea. He wanted to express his politically-incorrect views on our modern culture in a freeform, blogish format.
(Of course, doesn’t everybody?)
However, we gave him a little piece of server space and he has never looked back. His articles were quickly burning up digg and shoutwire. Here’s a few that you’ve probably heard about already:
- The Definitive Myspace Whore Collective
- View blocked sites from work or school
- Record labels continue to sucker punch music consumers
Now, he’s selling a ton of his wit-based swag. No fair! We are not even selling tech-recipes swag yet!
Check out his site and subscribe to his feed–you’ll either be amused or offended on a routine basis. Isn’t that all that we can really ask for?