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Spammer-Powered Distributed Denial of Service


Don't stuff beans up your nose, and I definitely do not condone anyone trying anything like this, but it seems like you could use the

Y Combinator Interview Result


Dev interviewed for us at Y Combinator today, but they declined to invest. It sounded like they wanted us to reposition more toward technology, which makes sense because they invest in a lot of technology solutions for technology users -- that's where their expertise is. I'm glad we got the (binary) feedback that our story could still use work, but my internal jury is still out on their particular suggestion.

tinyurl command line tool

Create an executable file called "tinyurl" in your executable path which contains something like:
wget -q -O - \
-U "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20071008 Firefox/" \
--header="Accept: text/xml,application/xml,application/xhtml+xml,text/html;q=0.9,text/plain;q=0.8,video/x-mng,image/png,image/jpeg,image/gif;q=0.2,*/*;q=0.1" \
--header="Accept-Language: en" \
--header="Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.7" \

Ego Baiting

  1. Post inflamatory comment about someone egotistical enough to have their own "blog", and include link to their "blog".
  2. Since they are egotistical, they will be checking their preferred blog indexing and serching services for links to and mentions of themself.
  3. They will link back to the post of yours that mentioned them with probability 0 < p < 1
  4. ?
  5. Profit!

And I am ashamed that I've had so much exposure to the circle-jerk-osphere that this idea would even occur to me in the first place.

Bonferroni's Principle


The U.S. Terrorist Watch List appears to be growing in some kind of automated fashion. Given the current size, it seems to have run into Bonferroni's Principle.

How to post to metaweblog with Drupal's xmlrpc()


Example code showing how to use Drupal API's support for xml rpc to post an item to a blog which supports the metaweblog XML-RPC api:

xmlrpc('http://blogs.www.friendster.com/t/api', 'metaWeblog.newPost', '31337', 'example@example.com', 'sample password', array('title' => 'drupal xmlrpc and metaweblog.newpost tutorial', 'link' => 'http://wtanaka.com/node/7746', 'description' => 'sample code for using xmlrpc and metaweblog.newpost in drupal'));

Emergency Brake vs. Parking Brake vs. Hand Brake


Someone should make a more general purpose version of pop vs. soda that accepts user-submitted polls. They should make it worldwide, for the non-U.S. english speakers. Then that person should add the poll "Emergency Brake vs Parking Brake vs Hand Brake". Then they should get a lot of people to take that poll. Then they should tell me when they have some results.

And if more people called it "Parking Brake" (which is the correct term, by the way), they wouldn't forget to set it when they parked.

Google to focus on mobile Internet in China


Interesting observation:

"China has a large mobile opportunity, with so many mobile users who will become mobile Internet users in the next few years as 3G and other technologies become pervasive," Lee said in an interview.

"These mobile users have very different usage patterns from the American users. Most Chinese users who touch mobile Internet will have no PC at all.

And this

Software Swoopers versus Software Bashers


Kurt Vonnegut famously divided writers into two groups: swoopers and bashers. A swooping writer writes one long word-belch chunk of text all at once, and then revises it repeatedly. A bashing writer will spend a long time on a single sentence, rewriting it until it's perfect, and then move on to the next sentence. I'm a swooper.  I've already revised this post several times, and I'm not yet happy with it, so I may still revise some more.

You got 4 seconds


Old BBC article

Websites face four-second cut-off

Shoppers are likely to abandon a website if it takes longer than four seconds to load, a survey suggests.

The research by Akamai revealed users' dwindling patience with websites that take time to show up.

It found 75% of the 1,058 people asked would not return to websites that took longer than four seconds to load.

The time it took a site to appear on screen came second to high prices and shipping costs in the list of shoppers' pet-hates, the research revealed.

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by Wesley Tanaka