Black Viper
Black Viper
Dec 302003
 

I took the web server down for about 20 minutes while I scrambled to transfer the domain to a different computer. All should be functioning, again. The issue started at about 11:46 AM when one of my image directories became corrupted. The Windows XP Pro Install Guide thumbnails became inaccessible at that time. Unfortunately, I did not discover the issue until many hours later. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Dec 292003
 

I am beginning to sound like a broken record. Once again, I am way behind on E-Mails (several days worth). I will get back with as many people as I can.

Dec 292003
 

I have information about AdShield and the reason the particular software performs as it does (outlined in several news posts below). An explanation was forwarded to me by the particular reader this issue affected: Robots.txt files are used by web sites to control which of their pages are indexed by search engine spiders.  AdShield isn’t a search engine so it doesn’t conform to this standard even in version 3.  The caching option has always been disabled by default.  Version 3 does have an exclude list which could be used to [Continue Reading]

Dec 252003
 

I have been selected SETI@Home user of the day [link removed]. I think it could have something to do with my profile’s [link removed] picture involving Santa. Coincidence? The world may never know. 🙂 I have also been told that the person mentioned in the last couple of news updates may be using an "older" version of AdShield. Unfortunately, due to the Holiday season, they have not been able to get any answer from technical support as to the issues outlined below. If it does turn out that the older [Continue Reading]

Dec 232003
 

Well, the person outlined two updates below "is" using a plain version of IE6, that is, if you do not include using AdShield. AdShield blocks pop-ups and banner ads. Since I do not have any, it is rather pointless to have it running on my site. However, this is the intriguing thing. Cut and pasted from the home page is this "feature:" Improves performance using optional background downloading and caching of pages/images linked to the ones you’re viewing. Improves performance for "whom?" That completely explains the reason for the log [Continue Reading]

Dec 222003
 

In a totally unrelated matter, I usually post the “time” of my update. The previous post, I put the time as “10:03 PM.” The reality is that is the time I “started” posting the news update. The clock on my system now shows “11:02 PM.” Where am I going with this? All updates, no matter how small or what the content, takes time. I have tons of stuff I would love more than anything to post about. However, the information that I post, I try to make it as accurate [Continue Reading]

Dec 222003
 

In an attempt to give my readers a little insight as to "what goes on behind the scenes," I have posted the following news update. Time to start the latest Quick Rant. This is the longest news update I have had in awhile. The reason? I am banging my head up against the monitor. I, once again, fired up the automatic banning of IP addresses last night. This is due to my desire to stop "bad" robots from sucking too much bandwidth. More information on this practice is located in [Continue Reading]

Dec 172003
 

I have had several complains from readers about my web server automatically banning their IP address because of "abuse." This is due to my recently implemented configuration to stop "bad" robots from sucking too much bandwidth. More information on this practice is located in my Abuse Rant. I implemented a "hidden link" which all "good" robots, including all major search engines, would ignore. Some proxy servers, pre-fetchers and firewall’s chose to ignore the robots.txt standard. This is an issue to take up with the creators of those programs, not my [Continue Reading]

Dec 172003
 

Again, I wish to thank everyone at TechTV for making my appearance on The Screen Savers an enjoyable one. The whole staff made me feel right at home. Thanks to Erica K. and Joshua B. for their support. A special thanks goes out to Leo Laporte for calming my nerves enough to talk on camera. He makes it look really easy. Since the show from last night just repeated, access to the web site is slow, at best. Quick links to: Windows XP Services Configuration Windows 2000 Services Configuration More [Continue Reading]

Dec 162003
 

I wish to thank everyone at TechTV for making my appearance on The Screen Savers an enjoyable one. Everyone made me feel right at home. A special thanks goes out to Leo Laporte for calming my nerves enough to talk on camera. He makes it look really easy. Thanks again TechTV!