April 05, 2007

Hello from Denny's

I'm posting this blog entry from the Denny's at Burnet and Anderson—simply because I can. Isn't free wifi great? I haven't been here in a long time. I was surprised... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:58 PM to: Austin, The Net
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December 02, 2006

Fighting Web Scraping with Apache Rewrite

The Austin Bloggers web site recently was attacked by a scraper site. The scraper was grabbing our RSS feed and republishing it on their own web site, pretending it was... (read more)

October 03, 2006

Earthlink DNS Hijack

Remember that terrible, awful time three years ago when Verisign broke the Internet? Well, looks like Earthlink has gone and done the same thing. Earthlink has started intercepting Internet host... (read more)

Posted by chip at 07:33 PM to: The Net
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December 17, 2005

Blogger Finds its 404

I'm pleased to report that Blogger has finally figured out how to say, "Ooops!" When you request a web page from a server and the web server cannot provide that... (read more)

December 10, 2005

Stupidity-Induced Internet Outages in Austin

The two biggest broadband Internet providers in Austin have had major, stupidity-induced service outages this week. First, SBC changed their DNS servers (for user client queries) without telling anybody. They... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:57 PM to: Austin, Tech Policy, The Net
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August 24, 2005

Is Bloglines Busted?

Has anybody noticed problems with Bloglines not updating feeds? I haven't seen anything from Burnt Orange Report in over a week. Cinematical (where Austin-area blogger jette has just started posting)... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:30 PM to: The Net
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August 23, 2005

Jabber Me

Google has gone live with their new chat service. If you have a Gmail account, then you've got IM. If you've got Google IM, here is why you want to... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:55 PM to: The Net
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February 28, 2005

Journalism Protocols

I wrote a letter to the Austin American-Statesman decrying the Texas HB 789 provisions to outlaw public Internet. You can read the letter in an entry I blogged over at... (read more)

Posted by chip at 06:52 PM to: Blogging 'bout Blogging, The Net
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January 23, 2005

MPAA Says "Never Mind"

I recently posted news of a DMCA takedown notice I received. The notice claimed illegal file sharing was occuring on a network that doesn't exist. I never got around to... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:40 AM to: Tech Policy, The Net
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January 18, 2005

PSA: Lock Your Domains

The panix.com domain, operated by one of the oldest ISPs in the nation, was recently hijacked. The hijacking demonstrates that the system designed by ICANN is working exactly as designed.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:04 PM to: The Net
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January 12, 2005

Hollywood is Chasing Ghosts

This morning I received email from Hollywood. I wish I could report they want to turn my spam fighting adventures into a major motion picture. Alas, I was the recipient... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:07 AM to: Tech Policy, The Net
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April 01, 2004

Wiki Experiment

Today, a fascinating experiment is happening over at MetaFilter. As an April Fool's joke, the site has been replaced with a wiki. People are already scribbling all over the home... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:29 AM to: The Net
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March 15, 2004

Recall Verisign

I've written several articles about the damage Verisign caused with their Site Finder product rollout. The current Verisign controversy is over a scam called "Wait List Service." Fed up yet?... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:13 PM to: The Net
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March 14, 2004

SXSW: RSS Solutions

I spent the morning doing the "search" track at SXSW. First was Don Turnbull's panel on Revolutionary Search Technologies, followed by Marissa Meyer talking about Google. I asked a question... (read more)

Posted by chip at 04:04 PM to: Blogging 'bout Blogging, The Net
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November 19, 2003

Searching for a Domain Registrar

Google Keywords: domain registrar, Dotster, spam, stupid gits. Although not the cheapest, I've been satisfied with Dotster as a domain registrar. Then, they decided to spam the tech contact of... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:13 PM to: Spam, The Net
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September 30, 2003

Verisign: Documenting the Damage

Link: Consequences of Putting Wildcards in .NET and .COM. Why are so many people pissed that Verisign broke the DNS? The initial anger was that a fundamental assumption of Internet... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:00 PM to: The Net
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September 28, 2003

Restrain Verisign

I wrote previously how Verisign broke the Internet by boinking up the Domain Name System (DNS). The move has been met by universal opposition. ICANN, the organization that oversees the... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:36 PM to: The Net
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September 25, 2003

NAT Breaks the Net

I'm currently sitting on the back porch of the Bouldin Creek Coffee House (motto: South Austin-style service without the sense of urgency), catching up on some email and work. Using... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:08 PM to: The Net
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September 18, 2003

Earthlink to Verisign: Piss Off

It's been 48 hours since Verisign broke the Internet, and only a day since ISC released a workaround. The next step is to see whether the major providers deploy a... (read more)

Posted by chip at 05:44 PM to: The Net
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September 17, 2003

Verisign Greed Breaks the Internet

Link: Verisign redirects error pages. Verisign, the operator of the largest databases for Internet domains, has taken greed to a new level. This week, they implemented a new service to... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:49 AM to: Spam, The Net
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August 22, 2003

Top Sobig Morons: Pace Enterprises

I previously ranted about moronware virus scanners. Now I shall rant about the morons who run them. I thought I'd look at some of the Sobig.F bounce messages I'm getting... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:51 PM to: The Net
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August 20, 2003

Continuing Adventures in the Land of Software Morons

I'm not seeing so much of the Sobig.F worm. What I am seeing, however, is dozens and dozens of reports generated by virus scanners written by morons. Most every email... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:45 PM to: The Net
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August 15, 2003

Emusic.com Hits a Sour Note

This was supposed to be a glowing review of a wonderful music download service. That was a great plan, until I actually tried to use it. I had high hopes... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:47 PM to: The Net
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August 07, 2003

Just Ignore the GWF

I was reading a mailing list yesterday, where ISP abuse desk personnel were complaining about the morons who run crummy firewall software on their home computers and call support with... (read more)

Posted by chip at 04:51 PM to: The Net
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June 21, 2003

Cyveillance Dirty Tricks

Has your web site been visited by Cyveillance recently? It's quite possible, but you probably wouldn't know it. Cyveillance crawls the net spying on web sites. If you say something... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:47 PM to: The Net
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June 16, 2003

Desolate Landscape

Happy broadband to me! It was over a year ago that I lost my broadband Internet connection. The cost of a business-class service became beyond my budget. Plus, my old... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:26 AM to: My Happy Life, The Net
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May 11, 2003

I Love it When You Slashdot Me, Baby

They've been slashdotting the hell out of us this week. Two of the three major EFF-Austin legislative initiatives recently have appeared on the Slashdot front page. Last Monday, they posted... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:24 PM to: Austin, The Net
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March 24, 2003

Reasons why Microsoft Internet Explorer Sucks (number 46,841)

If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer as your web browser and were encountering problems with this web site earlier, I want you to know we were not experiencing technical... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:40 PM to: The Net
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March 13, 2003

Wi-Fi for Austin

Link: Wi-Fi is Right for Austin. I got a few minutes at last night's City of Austin Telecommunications Commission meeting to advocate for Wi-Fi wireless networks deployment. I feel like... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:14 PM to: Austin, The Net
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March 11, 2003

SXSW Debriefing

SXSW Interactive is nearly over. Officially it's done, but it really doesn't end until the fat lady is singing on Bruce Sterling's front doorstep. Before I crawl into the corner... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:08 PM to: Austin, The Net
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February 20, 2003

Collaborative Filtering at Amazon.com

Link: Amazon.com Recommendations: Item-to-Item Collaborative Filtering (link to abstract) The Jan/Feb issue of IEEE Internet Computing magazine has an interesting article on the collaborative filtering algorithm used at Amazon.com. This... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:26 PM to: The Net
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January 26, 2003

Worm Header of the Week

Due to numerous design flaws in Microsoft software, email worms are an Internet pandemic. While the situation is mostly aggravating, it has its moments of amusement. The current generation of... (read more)

Posted by chip at 07:54 PM to: The Net
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