Posts Tagged ‘web’

Top 10 search queries bring people to my blog

Friday, December 30th, 2005

1. w32codec related for debian/ubuntu — 4720
I’m not able to play DVDs and WMVs using xine. A better resource is

2. gideon taylor — 2095

Back in 2003, I purchased his 1857 family bible on ebay, it is
nice that it is back in the family again. Seems to also be the
name mentioned in an anti-semitic tract on the internet.

3. ipodder on debian/ubuntu related — 1012

I wrote about getting early iPodder versions working on
debian/sarge and Ubuntu. It as since been packaged up and in the
debian/ubuntu repositories.

4. xinerama support on debian/ubuntu — 234

X11 dual head support — I had it working on Ubuntu/Dapper but an X
upgrade last month broke it. It seems the xorg.conf I was using
isn’t quite right…

5. installing ubuntu — 219

I’m kind of surprised of that many hits. I’m currently running
Ubuntu/Dapper on my corporate hp nc6000 laptop.

6. ive seen things ive seen them with my eyes — 217

Who doesn’t love that flash video?

7. grub related — 185

The hp/compaq ProLiant servers include the SmartArray RAID whose
cciss driver uses /dev/cciss/c0d0p0 for the first partition which
still confuses grub. There is a simple work around.

8. hollie vise — 176

Hollie Vise was at Gymnastics Village where Trevor is on the boys
team. I took a couple crappy photos.

9. gymnastics videos — 156

I had some short videos of Trevor (Level 5 Boys), but took them
down when I started running out of web space.

10. flickr uploadr — 132
I hacked a quick nautilus wrapper around an existing perl-based
Flickr::Uploadr and made it available. Lately I’ve been using

And some random searches…

166 people look for words that rhyme with something (bacteria rhymes, what rhymes with becoming)

51+ hits for people looking for maggot or larvae infested breast

Guatemalan sex pictures — 2

2004 Lisa Directory — 2

donating blood blogs — 1

People stealing my bandwidth (and no credit to me!)

Saturday, February 19th, 2005

I was looking through my web logs recently and found a number of people were displaying my images
on their websites. Sure it is a bit flattering that someone liked my photo of our rug was perfect for the background of their blog or thought that embedding a 1M photo I took of John Kerry and Howard Dean in a high traffic web forums [1 | 2] was a good idea. However they sucked up nearly 200M of my monthly bandwidth quota and didn’t even give me credit for the photos. You know, I think that may be the worst part.

So this evening I googled around for the magic Apache configuration commands that would prevent
JPG/GIF images from being embedded in someone else’s web page. (ie: one not hosted on

For the record, just pop this in a file named “.htaccess” in the same directory as were the images
are located and it will refuse to let GIF/JPG images to be loaded from other sites.

SetEnvIfNoCase Referer "^http://.*" local_ref=1

<filesmatch ".(gif|jpg)">

Order Allow,Deny

Allow from env=local_ref


Read Ken Coar’s Preventing Image ‘Theft’ tutorial for complete details.

Crucial Firefox extensions

Monday, January 24th, 2005

+ plugin — Add/remove/edit bookmarks from a right mouse click.

* Foxylicious — grabs your bookmarks and adds them to your local Firefox bookmarks.

* sitebar plugin — An alternative to I started running a copy of the SiteBar server on my home Linux box, but it is just simpler to use and for private bookmarks to just keep it locally (internal corporate links, etc)

* webdeveloper plugin — I don’t use it much, but it is handy to find any links within a webpage.

* SwitchProxy tool — switch proxies as needed. Useful when if you connect to various networks with different proxies settings.

Gross! Gross! Gross!

Friday, January 14th, 2005

So this afternoon I saw BoingBoing‘s article about Larval therapy and just had to blog about my own personal gross-out — maggots!

Months ago there was a picture of an allegedly maggot infested breast, but that was debunked on Snopes. To exorcise my personal demons, I started hunting for the real thing and found this — ‘Furuncular myiasis of the breast caused by the larvae of the Tumbu fly (Cordylobia anthropophaga)’.

And just what does that mean? Well, here is a better description:

We report a 70 year old woman who presented with a week history of itchy multiple discharging sinuses of the right breast. The sinuses contained wriggling larvae of C. anthropophaga. Fourteen larvae were extracted from the breast and the sinuses healed quite well after the extraction.

Head on over for the photos, but stay for the video.

Man, that is freaking gross! Check out how those suckers wiggle around! Ugh! Unclean! Unclean!

comment spam

Friday, November 26th, 2004

The daily comment spam is getting worse and worse — easily 100+ per day. It never makes it to the website because WordPress is setup so I need to approve all postings, but it is a PITA to weed
through the spam to find the occasionally real comments.

I’ve seen on Jeremy Zawodny’s blog that in order to post, you need to type *his* first name in one of the forms. Not rocket science if a human is making the posting, but perhaps just difficult enough for the spammer’s script to fail. The other nice thing is you can always change the question to something equally as trival. Say, “what the the color of the sky?” or “3141592 is my favorite number, what is my favorite number?”

Jeff Barr posted an entry on exactly how to do that in WordPress. The only thing that was a little tricky was the change to wp-comments-post.php was on line 22 in my copy of the file. The difference because the file is a DOS format and emacs displayed it with ^M^M at the end of each line (essentially halving the
number of line Jeff saw.

The changes work for me…

IT Conversations and other interesting listening

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

Yesterday I listened to [Adam Curry's]( Daily Source Code and the Dave Winer collaboration, [Trade Secrets](

Last night poked around with []( and downloaded all the ‘stock’ content that came with the []( script.

IT Conversations audio is a gold mine! The only problem is not having enough time to listen to everything that interests me.

I don’t have an ipod (or an [Apple ipod + HP](, but the car does have a CD player, so get_enclosures may need to be hacked to burn a daily CD.

Yet Another DailyDelicious hack for WordPress

Friday, September 17th, 2004

I wanted a nice simple way to mirror my daily bookmarks that I’ve added to []( into [WordPress](

Stephen Eyre’s [dailydelicious]( was close, but
not exactly they way I wanted it. He used the RSS feed, but that doesn’t give a good daily cutoff.

So, I present Yet Another Daily Delicious php script: [yadd.php](

It asks for just today’s bookmarks using the published api, parses the XML, generates nicely formatted HTML and creates a WordPress entry.

Here is the writeup from the code:
- – -

This is yadd.php V1.0 by Marc Nozell ( based on
Stephen Eyre's dailydelicious

See for the latest version of
'yet another daily delicious' (yadd.php)


1) Edit the section below. At the very least use your
username and password ($del_user/$del_password)

2) Put there file somewhere on the server where you run WordPress.

3) Arrange for this page to be hit once a day, say 11:30ish your
local time. seems to track UTC so depending on which
timezone you live in, some bookmarks from your yesterday may show
up. Consider using a simple cronjob that looks like this:

30 23 * * * $HOME/bin/

where looks like this:


4) In the morning edit the entry if you wish. I've tried to generate
pretty HTML so it will be simple to edit the entry.


Anyone that hits the URL for this script will cause your current
bookmarks to be dumped into WordPress. Clearly this is not

You have some options. The easiest is to keep this URL 'secret'.
Name it something unusual and put it in a non-obvious place.
Remember that if you display your web hit stats, the url will be
exposed. A better solution to use .htaccess to limit access. If
you do that remember to update the url wget uses to include the
username/password, something like this:



HOWTO migrate from blosxom to wordpress

Tuesday, July 13th, 2004

For my piece of mind, please backup your wordpress database before proceeding. I don’t want my instructions to cause you to lose data.

  • Grab my mt blosxom flavor files and add to your $datadir. Right-click to save these files:, ,,
  • Edit and change the line “AUTHOR: marc” to whatever
    username you will be using.
  • If you are using the blosxom clicktrack plugin (00clicktrack),
    disable it.
  • Visit your blosxom site using the mt flavor:
    http://yoursite.local/cgi-bin/blosxom?flav=mt and save it into a
    file named import in your wp-admin directory. You may want to try
    this: lynx -dump http://yoursite.local/cgi-bin/blosxom?flav=mt >
  • Take a look at the import.txt file you just created. There are some
    things you may want to fix now rather than after the import.

    • Lines are wrapped at 79 characters, so long URLs or entry titles may be broken.
    • If you have a habit of using a bunch of dashes to separate text, the importer
      may get confused and think it is the beginning of a new entry. Consider replacing
      – with =
    • All the categories will be something like /nh (based on the pathname). You may want
      to remove the leading slash. You can fix this after import and well as build up
      a category hierarchy, so it isn’t a big deal.
  • Follow the standard WordPress instructions for import-mt.php.
  • If you don’t like your categories named with a leading slash (eg:
    /nh), then edit your new WordPress categories.
  • Start going through your posts and clean up any messes…

Cool — Wireless at Ford dealership

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

I’m waiting for my car being serviced at the local “Best” Ford dealership and they provide wireless access! Well, I don’t see any signs around in the service area, there is a small wireless network.

Real sweet folks responding to a Reagan critic

Friday, June 11th, 2004

Ted Rall, a left-leaning political cartoonist made a comment about Reagan “turning crispy brown” in his blog and gets a ton of poorly spelled, homophobic and just generally venomous hate mail thanks to FOX-TV viewers and Limbaugh listeners. I bet that most of those people consider themselves good christians. Sheeh.

A couple (,,, are even dumb enough to send from their work email addresses! Here is the list of delightful people culled from Ted Rall’s blog. | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |

I’m just giving these nice folks some google juice if any friends or coworkers are looking for them.