Archive for October, 2005

CSS Reboot 2005 launching tonight – new design to be launched here Oct 31 2005

At 12:00 am or so tonight (or sometimes thereabouts) the new design for this site will go live. This is a screenshot of how the site looks right now:

Gabriel - 20051031

Look for the new design tomorrow, and let me know what you think. I’ll update this post with the new, after screenshot once it goes live.

Here’s a screenshot of the new design:


Time for invoices. πŸ™‚

Developer’s Top 10 replies when code doesn’t work… Oct 31 2005

Good funny… πŸ™‚
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moody sky Oct 27 2005

DSC04573.JPG, originally uploaded by gserafini.

Working with Tomcat, apache, mod_jk, mod_rewrite, .htaccess, httpd.conf today leaves me feeling like this.

Hello from plogit again Oct 24 2005

Another test post from the i330. Apparently after Sept. 22 they discontinued Blazer 2 web browser service. Got a prompt to register for new one. I’m hoping that it is a free upgrade.

Another test post from Flock, some mossy rocks. Oct 24 2005

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This is another test post from Flock.
  So far it seems pretty cool.  Just tried the drag photo from your own Flickr account and it’s pretty sweet, I have to say.  So, with that, why don’t you start your day with some mossy rocks… πŸ™‚

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Outfoxed | Personalize your internet. Oct 22 2005

Hmm, sounds like almost EXACTLY what I was envisioning for Repuserve.

Outfoxed | Personalize your internet.
Outfoxed uses your network of trusted friends and experts to help you find the good stuff and avoid the bad.

Number 1 Gabriel in the world? (Probably not any time soon) Oct 21 2005

Here’s my current ranking as of right now on the major search engines:
Current ranking for Gabriel

Graph from WebRanxPro, a sweet freeware OS X rank-checking tool.

Well, after meeting the #1 Matt in the world of course I had to try for #1 Gabriel. Might take a bit. If you want to help, just link to my site ( with Gabriel as the linking text.

Here’s the code to add to your site if you want to help out.

<a href="" title="Gabriel">Gabriel</a>

Some of the other Gabriel’s I’ll have to catch up with: Peter Gabriel, Gabriel shocks, Gabriel – European giant library thing, Gabriel the angel, blah blah blah… πŸ™‚

YouSendIt | Email large files quickly, securely, and easily! Oct 21 2005

I just used this free service to send 2 large-ish files to my sister-in-law (she’s the editor of the Northwestern University Medill Integrated Marketing Communications Journal) (files were cover + internal layout for the 2006 Journal).

Seems to work like a charm. Great free service to send up to 1GB files.

YouSendIt | Email large files quickly, securely, and easily!

Testing posting from flock Oct 20 2005

Just testing posting from within flock.  Developer preview, w00t.

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Confessions of a reformed WordPress mesothelioma blog spammer Oct 20 2005

Just to be explicitly clear, I am not now, and have never been, an email spammer, a blog comment spammer, or any other kind of spammer other than what I describe in this post. I originally created the site described here as an experiment in trying to auto-populate a supposed high-value keyword website with posts to see if it would make any money. That experiement worked, but the resulting site (which I would describe as a spam blog or splog or whatever you want to call it) was not very interesting, and I realized that it was a BAD THING to keep it around, even if it did make a whole $10.00. I appologize, I’m sorry, I don’t want the kittens to die.

This is the abbreviated version of my attempted and somewhat misguided career as a blog spammer. NOT a blog comment spammer, no way. This was all about creating a WordPress site, then filling it with content that didn’t add really any value to the Internet.

But tonight, I shut the blog down and made this page instead:
All About Mesothelioma – Information about mesothelioma and possible treatment options.

Isn’t this still spam? Well, yes, and yes/no. I would say it is reformed spam. Maybe. It is really just aggregating entries from around the blogosphere (much like Technorati and a bunch of other sites do).

The story:
I had WordPress auto feeding on a number of feeds. Over the course of a little over a year, the site collected over 66k posts all based on the keyword mesothelioma. This really offered nothing interesting or good to the internet, just basically your typical spam blog I guess. Then, after feeling guilty after reading about the ping server problem with spamming blogs, I turned off the ping notification. It was never my intention to harm anyone or anything. More like, see if I could make a quick buck.

Finally tonight I killed the WordPress part of the site. It was hammering the server (although the hardware problem we had yesterday was a different issue) but churning through 66k of posts was killing mysql on our VPS. So, I made this page to go there instead. Doesn’t hit the database, just sits there, feeding on Google’s news feed and displaying Google ads.

Why mesothelioma, you ask? Just Google for “mesothelioma high value keyword” and you’ll see why. If you think you’d want to give it shot for yourself, though, you might not want to waste your time.

This is approximately what I actually made between February 12, 2004 – October 20, 2005: ~$10.00 total, based on around a total of 760 impressions and ~18 clicks. Being a little vague to try to comply with Google’s TOS for Adsense.

So. I would say, in addition to feeling much better about not having the sites up, I feel like I can say that overall, my wordpress spamming blog career did not actually amount to anything worth trying again. Will I leave this site up as-is now (basically 1 index.php page with some RSS feeds dumping into it)? Yes, mostly to see if it makes any difference now.

Anyways, the lesson that I learned and you should too: don’t spam.

God kills a kitten every time you do.

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