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daily link  Wednesday, May 26, 2004



2RSS.com: "RSSlib - this library allows you to add RSS content to your site (PHP or ASP)." From a site with yet another directory of RSS feeds.  8:27:13 AM  permalink  


daily link  Sunday, May 23, 2004




daily link  Monday, May 17, 2004


SMTP SPF: Sender Policy Framework:  Considerable progress on this anti-spam protocol:  software available for many MTAs; a wizard for generating new DNS records; supported so far by 14,000 domains.  "SMTP has a security hole: any connecting client can assert any sender address. This flaw has been exploited by spammers to forge mail. The result: your mailbox fills up with bounces to messages that you didn't send. Close the hole, and we can easily block spammers by sender domain."  2:57:51 PM  permalink  


daily link  Saturday, May 15, 2004


Google Groups 2: Usenet Atom Feeds: "Hey, just noticed that the Google Groups 2 BETA offers Atom feeds for each group. To see feeds for a specific group, use this format: http://groups-beta.google.com/group/NAME-OF-GROUP/feeds, [eg] http://groups-beta.google.com/group/alt.www.webmaster/feeds "  8:54:16 AM  permalink  

Smarty: Programmable presentation templates for PHP developers.   8:51:43 AM  permalink  

Bradbury Software - Creators of TopStyle and FeedDemon: "FeedDemon makes RSS newsfeeds as easy to access as your email."  30-use trial, $30 lisence.  Also, TopStyle manages creation and update of CSS stylesheets, with XHTML cleanup, automatic conversion to CSS, some adaptation to programmed pages, etc.  2:05:05 AM  permalink  

Chami.com FavIcon from Pics: make web icons from pictures.  1:46:47 AM  permalink  

WebFX code samples: "On this page you'll be able to find Dynamic HTML samples that you can use on your own pages, all the samples may be used freely for personal use or you may change the source code for your own applications"  1:44:22 AM  permalink  


daily link  Friday, May 14, 2004


ZPhotoSlides Project: "ZPhotoSlides is a web photo gallery for the dynamic web-based server Zope. ZPhotoSlides will [show] photos in a nice environment, to thumbnailize them, modify them (Apply filters, rotate, resize...) within your browser and access wherever you are. "  4:03:30 PM  permalink  

NewsGator and X1 aggregate and search files, email, and RSS: " X1 and NewsGator Partner to Provide Instant Search Capabilities of Aggregated RSS News and Information.. 'Integrated solution provides instant access to news and information as fast as users can type' ".  I wish it could also produce RSS automatically...  9:54:04 AM  permalink  

.Text weblog tool: ".Text is a powerful blogging engine that is used to host hundreds of blogs. The application is an example of an N-tiered application. It can be used to host 1 to X number of blogs using a single IIS application. The application is written entirely in C#/ASP.NET and was built using VS.NET 1.1."  Also, there's a .NET wiki tool around, and a free .NET browser editing tool.  9:49:40 AM  permalink  


daily link  Thursday, May 13, 2004


Software Coop formed: Avalanche: "Avalanche is a legally constituted intellectual-property cooperative. Companies pay $30,000 a year to become members. They can then donate any in-house software they choose to the Avalanche library, with the project becoming the legal owner of the code. Project members get to use, free of charge, any of the other programs in the library.

While just a few weeks out of the chute, Avalanche already has some impressive sponsors, including tier-one names like Best Buy, Cargill and Medtronic. The group has a board of directors and full-time CEO, Jay Hansen, a former IT consultant. "

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Why RSS Will Kill E-mail Publishing:  Good summary of advantages of RSS over email publishing.  I think Bloglet-type services supply a bridge.  A publisher can work strictly in an RSS world, aggregators get what they want, and people who use email but not aggregators can listen in.  2:19:37 PM  permalink  

Phatbot arrest throws open trade in zombie PCs: "The arrest of the suspected author of the Phatbot Trojan could lead to valuable clues about the illicit trade in zombie PCs. .. This expanding network of infected, zombie PCs can be used either for spam distribution or as platforms for DDoS attacks, such as those that many online bookies have suffered in recent months. By using compromised machines - instead of open mail relays or unscrupulous hosts - spammers can bypass IP address blacklists.  Phatbot was been used to spam, steal information or perform DDoS attacks..

Networks of compromised hosts (BotNets) are commonly traded between virus writers, spammers and middlemen over IRC networks.  The price of these BotNets (DoSNets) was roughly $500 for 10,000 hosts last Summer when the MyDoom and Blaster first appeared on the scene. "I have no doubt it's doubled since then as hosts are cleaned and secured," Andrew Kirch, a security admin at the Abusive Hosts Blocking List told El Reg. By his reckoning, non-exclusive access to compromised PCs sells for about 10 cents a throw. "

More background from April 30 2004: "MessageLabs reckons two thirds of the spam it blocks originates from computers infected by viruses such as Sobig-F or Bagle. Spam volumes are growing. More than two thirds of the email passing through MessageLabs systems so far this month was spam compared to 53 per cent for March as a whole."

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Spam protocol changes: Intro to Sender Policy Framework, email CallerID (from Microsoft), and DomainKeys (from Yahoo).  1:40:33 PM  permalink  


daily link  Wednesday, May 12, 2004


Spammer wins restraining order against Spamcop: "mass e-mailing firm OptInRealBig.com was successful in the first phase of his lawsuit against anti-spam group Spamcop: The organization for now is barred from sending complaints to ISPs other than its own as well as removing email addresses from such complaints.  The temporary restraining order is critical for Richter's business and will be in effect until May 20. Spamcop's complaints often resulted in the cancellation of Richter's contracts with ISP's and limited his bandwidth and connectivity to send out his campaigns.

OptInRealBig.com claims that its emailings stays within the law and are sent out only to people in the US who sign up for the service. According to Richter, more than 100 million emails are sent every day from his servers which are all located the US.  Representatives from Ironport, which operates Spamcop, will appear before the United States District Court  .. Ironport as well as other email marketers were surprsied by the judge's decision. If upheld, it would be first case of a spammer barring an anti-spam group from reporting unwanted commercial emails. "

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daily link  Monday, May 10, 2004


Poetic spam:  Anti-Bayes spam starts to resemble AI.  4:13:05 PM  permalink  


daily link  Saturday, May 08, 2004


And behold, there came the time of Refactored Overloaded Objects: "If you're a Perl coder who hasn't been keeping a close eye on CPAN then you may have missed the latest chunk of code making quite a stir, namely Brian "Ingy" Ingerson's marvellous IO::All. And it is marvellous: if Perl is the Swiss Army Chainsaw then this is the new light saber attachment - can't do anything you couldn't do previously but it slices through most IO jobs in one or two lines, from file slurping (one line, obviously) to creating a forking server (er, two lines). This Perl.com piece would be a great introduction if another burst of coding from Ingy hadn't rendered it half-obsolete a mere three days later. But, dammit, that's what we like to see!

IO::All's design could be described, for want of a decent OO education, as "overload one class with a billion different uses" and in this case it seems to work well. The vast majority of the code revolves around grabbing code from other modules and wrapping them up in several big contextualising switches so that this single class is almost all you need for your to-ing and fro-ing with the outside filesystem. "

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VIPS image processing library: "It's a free image processing system. It aims to be about half way between Excel and Photoshop." Claims to be good with large image files.  Has a scripting interface.  9:35:33 AM  permalink  


daily link  Friday, May 07, 2004


Color scheme generator  11:12:38 PM  permalink  

PayPal Announces ''PayPal Web Services'': "PayPal Announces ''PayPal Web Services'' .. Suite of New PayPal APIs Enables Merchants and Developers to Automate Interaction with the PayPal eCommerce Platform."  Extends the PayPal Developers Network.  11:06:10 PM  permalink  

pygoogle: "This module is a wrapper for the Google Web APIs. It allows you to do Google searches, retrieve pages from the Google cache, and ask Google for spelling suggestions."  11:03:00 PM  permalink  

MIDlog: "MIDlog, a J2ME client for all blogging systems that support the Blogger API. MIDlog is open-source and GPL software,"  10:34:31 PM  permalink  

MRTG: The Multi Router Traffic Grapher has been revised with new docs in Jan 2004.  Includes doc/mrtg-logfile a description of the mrtg-2 logfile format, and an optional facelift.  3:57:58 PM  permalink  


daily link  Tuesday, May 04, 2004


Diskless, Low-Form-Factor OpenBSD Systems: "In a previous article we built a tiny OpenBSD system out of a Soekris miniature PC, a bootstrap workstation, and a Compact Flash (CF) card. While this combination works nicely for many purposes, once you have Soekrii scattered all around your network, managing the CF cards can be annoying. Replacing the CF cards with a diskless boot system eases management problems. "  5:39:48 PM  permalink  


daily link  Sunday, May 02, 2004


coLinux: Linux for Windows Without Rebooting:  Yet another virtualization layer, for running Linux on top of Windows.  Also mentions user mode Linux for Linux-on-Linux.  6:48:12 PM  permalink  

Top 21 PHP progamming mistakes.  6:18:39 PM  permalink  

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