Hitting it big time: aka content scrapers

Welcome to the internet…

I don’t do advertising, as I know I don’t get that much in the way of traffic.  If anyone cared it’s just over 1.7 million hits a year (break it down, it’s not much!  Were only talking about slightly more than three hits every minute!).  But I saw that my Apache on Windows NT 3.1 is averaging 100 hits a day, and I saw that I’d been scraped and mirrored on 126kr.com ..Oddly enough they didn’t scrape the Apache site.

content-theftVery odd.

First I was pissed, but you know as they say you can’t keep anything original on the internet, so just embrace it.  Inadvertently they do link back to the NT Apache, which then links back to me.  I guess I only care that there may be other things that readers may find interesting that 126kr hasn’t mirrored yet.

Oh well.

Adding some SSL via Let’s Encrypt

Maybe this will work, maybe it won’t.

I know one thing right off is that the quake server status is ‘mixed content’ aka it’s retrieved over http.

The new version of Chrome is going to start alerting to non HTTPS sites, so it’s only a matter of time before everyone else starts to require it.. Sigh.

Humble Bundle has Game Maker on sale for $15 (or higher)

Game Maker 1.4 for $15!

Game Maker 1.4 for $15!

The bundle includes:

  • GameMaker: Studio Pro
  • HTML5 Module
  • Android Module
  • iOS Module
  • Windows UWP Module

At the $15 level plus some games + source code.  Over at reddit they have it as approximately $1,800 worth of software.

Click here for more info:

Of course the chatter is that 2.0 is around the corner, but for $15 this seems too good to pass up.

Plus they have Tropico 4 for free..



URL shortners & short domains

I needed to get some business cards, and the usual thing is to use QR codes that have a tiny URL name, that then redirect to your real web site.  Easy, right?

Well most people use ‘public’ servers like bit.ly & friends.  In china many people I do business with use 1688.com .  But this got me thinking, 1688 is a FOUR letter domain, unlike any of the three letter ones that seem to be more common.  I know all the one, two and three letter domains are all gone, but are there any four letter domains?

Turns, out YES there are.

I used this site:

Domain Name Soup .com

And I was able to hammer though their UI, and find one, and register it with my usual registrar.

*This isn’t an AD, I’m not being paid to say any of this.  I was more so surprised that I could not only find a four letter domain, but it’s the initials of my wife’s business.

The best part is that I could use YOURLS, a free PHP+Mysql app to quickly and easily manage the redirects.

Moving hosts again!

Well ChicagoVPS was bought out, and then they kind of downgraded me from a Xeon to an Atom.. And now they are creeping up the rates.  So I saw a special on lowendbox.com for Joe’s Datacentre.  I’ll be moving onto a dual proc Xeon L5420 CPU.  Maybe not the highest end of boxes, but better than some atom.

I don’t think it’ll mean anything for anyone, other than a blip of an outage when I shut down KVM, and transfer over the blog VM, and update DNS.

I’ve already moved over my BBS and it’s running just fine.  Not that it matters but I moved out the ‘vpsland‘ share to another low end cheapo dedicated box at Joe’s for well over a month now, making my decision to move justified.

The new hosting is in Kansas City MO, which is still geographically central in the United States of America.  Id love to host it in Hong Kong, but I’ve only received absolutely insane prices out here.  And even though I do have a commercial grade internet connection, getting more IP addresses has been an impossibility.

Oh well, it’s just me rambling.