Introduction As with any of my various Rants, this will contain randomly generated thoughts that have been swimming around in my head for days, weeks and even months. As a side effect, it may seem fragmented to the casual reader but understand this: This document is drafted with passion and feeling for the subject at hand. I, by any stretch of the imagination, am not a lawyer. What is contained in this document are my feelings and opinions on a touchy subject based on extensively pouring over what is deemed [Continue Reading]
Round Three of my domain optimization efforts is complete. Long time readers may remember that the domain started out as "blkviper.com." This was due to, at the time, "blackviper.com" being taken. After several months, I was able to get the "full" blackviper.com domain name. Unfortunately, I have always resolved each domain to the exact same content. Another problem is that I configured each domain to be accessible with or without the "www." in the address bar at the server level. This resulted in search engines indexing and people linking to [Continue Reading]
This is another round of warnings that I feel compelled to inform people. My previous page instructed people how to deal with the MSBlast worm. This one, however, deals with yet another mass mailing worm with its purpose in life to steal PayPal account information. This discovery was prompted by one E-Mail that fits the Symantec description perfectly: The subject line contains "YOUR PAYPAL.COM ACCOUNT EXPIRES" and comes from the address of "Do_Not_Reply@paypal.com." It arrived at my inbox at 11:41 AM today. This information was posted November 14, 2003 by [Continue Reading]
One of the many E-Mails I received lately tipped me off to yet another Cut and Paste [link removed] job. That makes Number 11. Of course, this is only counting the people that I bother to post on my Cut and Paste Rant [link removed] . However, many others have wandered in front of my eyes. Each and every time I see someone blatantly ripping my hard work and calling it their own, I must ask myself: Is it worth it? So far, the answer has been "yes," but I [Continue Reading]
I have fallen way behind on E-Mails. With over 300 to sift through, it will take some time for me to catch up.
Connectivity to the domain has been pretty good today. Hopefully, it will last. I also did some major changes to the server which could have denied access temporarily on several occasions in the last 2 hours. Everything should be up and running as normal. As always, I tend to miss things that are rather obvious. Please contact me about any problems that you may encounter with the domain and I will look into the issue.
My ISP and I are working on a solution to my connectivity issues. We discovered an extreme amount of interference hitting the Access Point in my immediate area and are currently working a solution around the problem. I also found out that my wireless telephone has the capability of totally locking up the Access Point. Needless to say, connectivity to the domain will be sporadic at best. Last night, the connection went down from around 11 PM until around 10 AM this morning and even though the connection is back [Continue Reading]
I must thank all spammers that attempt to confuse E-Mail filters by adding random characters to the end of a subject line. When this pathetic attempt at getting through to E-Mail users started, it annoyed me. However, after it became a "wide spread practice," I expanded my subject line column way out and scan only the end of the line. If it contains gibberish, it is gone. It has reduced the time I take to filter E-Mails considerably. More tips are located in my E-Mail Filtering Guide.
Warning: Highly opinionated Quick Rant to follow. I am one of the 50+ million users of the newly implemented "do not call registry" that the FCC has placed online. Even though "political organizations and charities" are excluded from such a list, I wish they were not. I can take abuse from those people attempting to make a buck, mainly because I can yell right back and not fear retaliation, but not from those "allowed" to harass me unregulated and are "providing a service to the community" like law enforcement. I [Continue Reading]
In round two of my domain optimization efforts, I cleaned up all of the CSS by deleting redundant or no longer required information. I also reduced the size of both images located on every page. Each time I modify my CSS, I tend to miss something. Sometimes, it is rather obvious. If you come across anything on the domain that "just does not look right," contact me and I will look into the issue. I initially changed the PayPal image source back to PayPal.com to reduce outbound traffic. However, when [Continue Reading]