May 06, 2005

How To Block Google’s Web Accelerator

How To Block Google’s Web Accelerator
Note: We have published an update to this article here:
↗ fantomTip:
How To Block Google’s Web Accelerator – Update
Please make sure you adjust your existing .htaccess code for optimum protection!

(bro) A very fast and efficacious method of denying Google Web Accelerator (GWA) funneled traffic access to
your web site is blocking the IPs it is calling your pages from.

The current GWA IPs are allocated to the following IP range: –

The best procedure for Linux/Unix systems is working with the .htaccess file and Apache’s module mod_rewrite.

For this to work, the following server configuration is required:

Apache web server with module mod_rewrite installed.
.htaccess functionality enabled.

If you don’t know whether these requirements are fulfilled please ask your system administrator – provided he or she
knows. They really should, but unfortunately some plain do not …

All the information you require to block evil Google, click here

March 29, 2005

Apache 1.3 URL Rewriting Guide

Apache 1.3 URL Rewriting Guide

This document supplements the mod_rewrite reference documentation. It describes how one can use Apache's mod_rewrite to solve typical URL-based problems with which webmasters are often confronted. We give detailed descriptions on how to solve each problem by configuring URL rewriting rulesets.

March 26, 2005


Cookies are a technology which can be easily and simply used by a Webmaster to achieve a great many very useful tasks when creating websites. Although cookies are well known to users, many people are not really sure what they are used for, and a large amount of webmasters don't realise the possibilities open to them when they use cookies.
Read more in this Cookies Tutorial

This site has a wealth of tutorials on a range of webmastery-type subjects. Well worth a look if you haven't already done so ...

Web Tool Central - .htaccess generator and other goodies

Check out this tidy .htaccess generator

You can also find a huge range of useful webmaster tools such as a Privacy Policy Generator, a load of Apache and Linux tools for example, the http header viewer and more. Worth exploring.

February 04, 2005

Web Pages That Suck

biggest web design mistakes in 2004

The Biggest Web Design Mistakes of 2004 (Part 1 of 2)

February 01, 2005

htmlArea - WYSIWYG editor for textarea

htmlArea - WYSIWYG editor for textarea

Ok, I'm not quite sure what this is but all the same, it does look pretty interesting. Something to do with htmlArea, an open source development.

January 08, 2005

Website Design - Color Crazy

Cre8asite forums. Website Design - Color Crazy

Some really cool color information from Cre8asite, started by Kim Krause, with plenty of contributors.

Some excellent resources, including;

December 21, 2004

Press Release Base

Press Release Base

Free press releases!

December 06, 2004 - Anti Robotic Registration Flood - Anti Robotic Registration Flood

This hack will add a piece of graphical-text on the registration form and user will have to copy into a text field (it is very similar to many free web hosting signup forms).

This hack will give your forum an added level of security.

November 29, 2004

Copernic Desktop Search - The Search Engine for Your PC

Copernic Desktop Search - The Search Engine for Your PC

Having tried Google Desktop Search, which I tried to make the best of, but uninstalled when I realised it was merely a useless, RAM-hungry desktop ornament; I have now just installed Copernic Desktop Search v1.1 and it kicks Google's butt, hands down!

November 26, 2004

An Exceptionally "EEVL" Search Resource

An Exceptionally "EEVL" Search Resource

One of the most respected engineering gateways on the web has just released four new databases providing free access to hundreds of online scientific and technical journals.

Gary Price of SEW comments on, and gives a great listing of, non-commercial, searchable databases on the internet.

November 25, 2004

'Filter-Proofing' the Email You Send

Cost effective results based advertising to increase occupancy

Just as each of us wants to spam proof the e-mail we receive, so do the thousands of other people that we want to communicate our message to on a daily basis. So, how do you make sure that the e-mail you ‘send’ does not end up on the junk pile of your intended recipients?

Unfortunately some spam filters are so tough these days that perfectly legitimate emails can wind up in someone’s “spam” folder.

There are a variety of ways in which spam filters decide what is spam and what is not. Some use a “one strike” system where if the “bad content” occurs even once, then the email is spam. Others which are becoming more popular score emails based on certain features or elements and then the user can decide how high a level they are prepared to accept before the email is classed as spam.

While you cannot guarantee that the emails you send won't be filtered out
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Google Web Search Features

Google Web Search Features

In addition to providing easy access to more than 8 billion web pages, Google has many special features to help you to find exactly what you're looking for. Click the title of a specific feature to learn more about it.

November 24, 2004

TrackBack Explanation : TrackBack Explanation

A Beginner's Guide to TrackBack
What Is TrackBack?

In a nutshell, TrackBack was designed to provide a method of notification between websites: it is a method of person A saying to person B, "This is something you may be interested in." To do that, person A sends a TrackBack ping to person B.

November 23, 2004

Three Must Have Firefox Extensions for Blog Readers and Writers

Three Must Have Firefox Extensions for Blog Readers and Writers

The Firefox browser is an amazing product in its own right that's packed with great features like tabbed browsing, but it's even more powerful when you install optional extensions. Here are three that are well worth the install for both busy blog readers and writers...

Most avid blog readers and writers fill out online forms - lots of them. This is especially true for avid commenters. But when you're writing in such a public forum and your name is attached to it, spelling counts...a lot! That's why I use SpellBound. It adds a customizable spell check function to Firefox. I run it everytime I am filling out an online form.

If you haven't discovered Bloglines, make it a point to do so. Bloglines is a powerful Web-based RSS news reader/aggregator. It's one of my favorite online tools. One of the site's great features is that it can alert you whenever one or more of your favorite blogs has been updated. The Bloglines Toolkit puts these alerts right in your Firefox status bar. It also enables you to check to see who's blogging about any Web page you're visiting. This feature alone comes in handy again and again. It lets me know if I am blogging about something before anyone else has!

Last but not least is ScrapBook. This incredible extension lets you save all or even just a tiny part of a Web page to your hard drive for offline viewing/searching...with all of the formatting intact.

I use this to cache all of my Bloglines feeds to my hard drive for offline-viewing when I am traveling and away from a live connection.

These three are just a sampling. Other productivity enhancers that are worthy of a look are the Google PageRank Status and SearchKeys.

by Steve Rubel, Micropersuasion Weblog

November 21, 2004

Copyright Website

Copyright Website

Welcome to the Copyright Website! The Internet's first and premiere Copyright Registration and Information Resource. Launched in 1995, the Copyright Website strives to lubricate the machinations of information delivery. As spice is to Dune, information is to the Web; the spice must flow. Or, if you prefer another metaphor, take the red pill and I'll show you just how deep the rabbit hole goes...

Customized 404 messages, especially on Apache

Customized 404 messages, especially on Apache

A Web author may wish to "customize" error messages that are sent to the browser (or other client) when a requested resource is not found. Normally the server in such cases just sends a general HTTP error code 404 (conventionally called and displayed as "Not Found"), and the browser then takes a general action that it applies in all such cases. So there is nothing site-specific. And there might be a reason why an author wishes to make something site-specific to happen.

Fablis : Free Online Encyclopedia

Fablis : Free Online Encyclopedia

Really cool, easy to use, resource

November 16, 2004

Robots.txt Generator - McAnerin Networks Inc.

Robots.txt Generator

Robots.txt Generator -- cool tool from Ian McAnerin

November 01, 2004

Learning Movable Type: Concerning Spam

Learning Movable Type: Concerning Spam

Spammers have discovered bloggers and sooner or later if you allow comments, trackback pings, or the Movable Type send-entry form on your weblog you will get spammed.

Weblog spam appears in many flavors:

1) Basic comment spam. The spammer leaves a short uneventful message in a comment field in one of your entries. The spam comes from the URL placed in the comments URL field. These URLs link back to every conceivable scam. The spammers leave URLs here to create a link from your site to theirs, thus increasing their Google ranking. Spammers are also now linking to legitimate sites that have not cleared their pages of comment spam, thus increasing the Google rank of those spam links. This all goes to show you that you really do need to check the links of anyone who leaves a comment on your site.

2) Trackback Spam. Spammers have discovered how to take advantage of Trackback. TrackBack spam is very similar to comment spam. The spammer sends TrackBack pings to your site that direct viewers to a totally unrelated URL.

3) Comment flooding. The spammer uses an automated computer bot to flood your blog with spam messages, up to hundreds in an hour. The spammer doesn't necessarily leave a URL, but leaves garbage messages, almost like a graffiti artist.

4) Referral spam. The spammer links to your site from their site, and then pings your site through their link, thus creating a reference and link to their site on the statistics referral log of your website. When you are reviewing your stats and see the reference to an odd site (ex. Paris Hilton), clicking on the link takes you to their site. Many people list "referrals" on their site publicly, so by spamming referral logs, not only does the spammer get a link on your referral log (which is picked up by Google) but may even get a link on your main page.

5) Send-mail spam. If you are using MT's "send entry" — a form to send an email of your entry to a friend — the spammer uses your mt_send_entry.cgi script to send spam or viruses to others using your email address in the return field. You can tell that this might be happening if you start getting rejected emails bounced back to you that you never sent in the first place. There was a vulnerability in earlier versions of MT that allowed this to happen.

How do you fight spam on your blog?

MT3 offers Typekey authentication that ...

October 31, 2004



A design consultancy based in San Francisco, California, Stopdesign specializes in a simple, beautiful aesthetic, balance of form and function, and highly flexible design.

Douglas Bowman

October 30, 2004

PC Assembly Language

PC Assembly Language

I taught Computer Science at the University of Central Oklahoma for 10 years. During this time I taught an introductory course in PC Assembly Language programming. I grew frustrated at teaching 16-bit real mode programming and decided to change to 32-bit protected mode. However, I soon ran into a problem. I could not find a textbook that covered 32-bit protected mode assembly programming! So, I decided to write my own.

I also did not want students to have to go out and buy expensive software for the course. I decided to base the course on the free NASM (Netwide Assembler) and the free GNU gcc compiler (however, any 32-bit C compiler would work). Another advantage of these choices was that students could use Windows, Linux or FreeBSD to develop on. (In fact, I use Linux for my main development platform.)

Dr Paul Carter

Visual C Developer Center: Microsoft Visual C Toolkit 2003

Visual C Developer Center: Microsoft Visual C Toolkit 2003

Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003

The Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003 includes the core tools developers need to compile and link C++-based applications for Windows and the .NET Common Language Runtime:

* Microsoft C/C++ Optimizing Compiler and Linker. These are the same compiler and linker that ship with Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional!
* C Runtime Library and the C++ Standard Library, including the Standard Template Library. These are the same static-link libraries included with Visual Studio.
* Microsoft .NET Framework Common Language Runtime. Visual C++ can optionally build applications that target the Common Language Runtime (CLR).
* Sample code. The toolkit includes four samples designed to showcase the powerful new features of the 2003 version, including new optimization capabilities, features to improve code-security and robustness, enhanced ISO C++ standards support, and the ability to use the .NET Framework library and target the CLR.

Free Programming and Computer Science Books

Free Programming and Computer Science Books

Free books

Google Web Search Features

Google Web Search Features
Google calculator

Google Help Central

Google Cheat Sheet

Google cheat sheet showing the advanced operators that are available for searching.

October 28, 2004

Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley - Institute - Research Reports

Morgan Stanley financial and research reports, including IT, computing and internet trends and analysis.

A Screen Ruler For You

A Screen Ruler For You

Microfox - Screen Ruler: excellent for designing web pages

October 27, 2004 - ZVON has a large repository of downloadable documents relating to HTML, CSS, XML and more.

October 25, 2004

IAB Resources and Research - Privacy Resources

IAB Resources and Research - Privacy Resources

Links to privacy resources