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Finding a good Classifieds Script

What's the latest-n-greatest spiderable classifieds script out there? Here's my friend's specs (trailers/caravans):

The finished product would be a db searchable/sortable by any number of fields; year, make, model, length, weight, price, value, and it should include two to six photos and as much text as someone wants to write.

Losing Referrer Info - Stripped Referers Skewing Tracking Stats

Thread Title: Losing Referrer Info Thread Url: http://forums.searchenginewatch.com/showthread.php?t=3796 Thread Description:

Interesting thread over at SEW started by Black_Knight

Referral tracking is becoming an ever harder game with the growing obsession about (and misidentification of) spyware. A growing number of applications and plug-ins strip referrer info from HTTP headers sent by browsers, making the HTTP referrer less accurate by the day.

Using JavaScript to read the last entry in the browser history for the session would work, but of course, even this is sometimes blocked, and JavaScript is more often turned off than ever. It's less reliable than HTTP referrer info.

We might all decide that we'd use a refID=somevalue; query string parameter, which the engines can then look at to see if they'd teach the spider to automatically strip out that one variable, or perhaps even change the value - refID=Google; or refID=Yahoo for instance.

So, what is the solution?

Countering Microsoft FUD - Linux Kernel to be Re-Written

Thread Title: Linux Kernel To Be Re-Written To Counter Microsoft FUD Thread Url: http://www.linuxbusinessweek.com/story/47771.htm Thread Description:

Stick that in yer pipe and smoke it Billy boy!

IBM, Intel, the Open Source Development Labs, and other industry lights are planning to announce that a consortium has been created that will rewrite the components in the Linux kernel that have been alleged tread on other people's IP - or at least the 27 Microsoft patents that Linux is supposed to infringe. The aim? To rob Microsoft of the ability to scare customers off of Linux by saying that the operating system is a patent infringer, informed sources say. "Operation Open Gates" as they are calling it is reportedly going to be unveiled on January 25.

Is Opera finally seeing the Light?

Thread Title: Universities get free ticket to Opera Thread Url: http://news.com.com/Opera+free+for+universities/2100-1032_3-5533666.html?part=rss&tag=5533666&subj=news.1032.20 Thread Description:

Opera who recently launched a new version of their browser with voice capabilities have always, imo, had a great browser technology. There are just so many nice things one can say about Opera, i gave up using it when the UI changed in 7.0 (i think) because i just couldnt get my head around the new layout and way it worked, but, it's still a top grade bit of kit.

However, they have also had, probably the stupidest basic biz plan for a browser know to geek. To want to charge me $50 to get rid of the ads is, again IMO, bloody outrageous. I wouldnt pay for it on general principle, but then when Firefox started getting just a bit dangerous i switched and have never looked back.

The University Play

So, now we have Opera giving their browser away free to universities (they used to charge $1 a license) in a bid to keep up with the awesome growth of Firefox seen in recent months following their now infamous open source ad in NYT.

Is it too little too late?

Maybe not. MIT, Harvard and Oxford have, according to the press release, opened their arms to the norwegian underdog. With tech savvy soap dodgers using Opera they may yet having something significant to say in the ongoing browser wars.

Hello, anybody home....?

Now all Opera have to do is to look at the success (and im sure it'll be a smash) of this little move and work out a way to drop the stupid ads and give their lovely tool away for free. - There has to be another, if not several dozen ways to make Opera profitable without resorting to embedded ads surely...

Yahoo! Finance RSS

Thread Title: Yahoo! Finance RSS Feeds Return Thread Url: http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog/archives/003924.html Thread Description:

Jeremy Z points out the return (he tried to do this 2yrs ago) of Yahoo! Finance RSS

You can do some interesting stuff, check this one out:

http://finance.yahoo.com/rss/headline?s=yhoo,goog,msn,askj

You know what's even better than that? It creates the link as you type! How cool is that? Worthless, but cool....

Spamming Google Made Easy - Thankyou Daniel Brandt

Thread Title: Google Scraper Download [ZIP FILE] Thread Url: http://www.scroogle.org/zipdir/nbbw.zip Thread Description:

As most search marketers know, you can do some very useful things with a good scraping script - from simple stuff to check out your competitors in bulk without alerting the search engines to well, just about anything.

Mostly scrapers are used for decidedly dark seo tactics, and thanks to Daniel Brandt who is currently in bed with Andrew Orlowski in a parnoid frenzy over at the Register you can be a search spammer too!

Way to go daniel, that's a really bright idea mate....

Steve Jobs' Keynote in Quicktime

Thread Title: MacWorld San Francisco 2005 Expo Keynote Thread Url: http://stream.apple.akadns.net/ Thread Description:

Well, im gonna watch it as soon as i've made a cup of tea :-) thanks to MacMinute for the link...

The Mac Mini - $500 Mini Mac - Web Round Up

Thread Title: The Mac Mini Thread Url: http://www.apple.com/macmini/ Thread Description:

It's finally here, after weeks of Speculation, law suits, condemnation, analysis and user backlash....

The Mac Mini is Finally Here!

From the Mac Mini hompage:

Live the digital life in stylish simplicity. Just 6.5 inches wide and 2 inches tall, Mac mini provides what you need to have more fun with your music, photos and movies — right out of the box. And it boasts a miniscule price to match: Mac mini starts at $499.

and from the technical specs:

Introducing the Mac mini. Everything you need — and not an ounce more — to enjoy digital photos, music and movies. Get a fast G4 processor, slot-loading CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive and a reliable operating system in a body just 6.5-inches square and 2-inches tall. Simply add monitor, keyboard and mouse. You’ll be organizing music and photos, composing tunes and editing movies with iLife ’05 in no time. Surf the Internet with the peace of mind of the secure and stable UNIX-based Mac OS X operating system. And since Mac mini can do wireless, you don’t even have to put it near a phone jack. Configure your Mac mini with an AirPort Extreme Card, hook up an AirPort Express to your DSL connection or cable modem, and start surfing and printing wirelessly. Using AirPort Express and AirTunes, you can even listen to tunes from your Mac mini on speakers in a different room. Starting at just $499. Configurations

YDS - Yahoo! Desktop Search out now in BETA

Thread Title: Yahoo! Desktop Search Beta Thread Url: http://www.ysearchblog.com/archives/000067.html Thread Description:

Y! finally weighs in with it's long awaited desktop search product. You can download the beta here. From the Yahoo! blog post threadlinked above:

Features:

Speed. YDS is really fast. Instant Feedback. YDS provides incremental search, much like you find in Firefox. As you type each character of your search, the results are updated instantly. Not only does this mean less typing, but you'll catch spelling mistakes a lot faster too. Comprehensiveness. YDS indexes a lot of file types. Over 200. Built in Preview: YDS renders a preview view for most of the 200+ file types and enables you to page through the preview, so you don't need to launch the full-blown application just to see if you've found the right document. You can page through a PowerPoint, Word or PDF doc, examine individual cells in Excel, or even play an mp3 file--right there in YDS. Actions. If you right click on a result, YDS provides a context-specific menu that allows you to do things with the email or document: reply, forward, print, open, etc. Cost. YDS is free.

and a note on future direction:

We don't think you should have to think about where your stuff is stored in order to find it. That's where this is all headed. And as YDS evolves, you'll see that becoming more and more clear.

So, has anyone tried it yet? If so, what do you think?

Time Shifting Explained

Thread Title: Year of the Time Shift, 2005 Thread Url: http://www.flynnmobile.com/fm_archives/2005/01/10/19/53/year-of-the-time-shift-2005/ Thread Description:

Threadwatch member Earle Flynn posts an uncharacteristically prophetic piece at his blog, threadlinked above that explains the concept of time shifting and predicts that 2005 will be it's year.

He's not alone of course, there are some good links in the post to the CES 2005 press and coverage that echo's his statements. Im just glad someone finally put it into words a simple chap like me can understand, thanks Earle :)

This year will be all about time shifting, or for those who find the term time shifting too sci-fi, Multi-task 2.0. Time shifting is the idea that you can be in one location while another process is running on your behalf in another location performing a task that will benefit you, like save time, keep you informed, or both at the same time.

If you have telephone voice mail at your home residence then you have experienced time shifting but may have not realized that you had time shifted. Consider this common scenario, you leave your home. Your home phone receives a phone call. Since you are not home to receive the call your voice mail picks up the call on your behalf. A pre-recorded message is played to the caller and the caller leaves their voice message. When you return home, you are alerted to a waiting voice message by a flashing red light, at which point you listen to your voice message, presto, time shifting.

Corker of an IE vulnerability

Thread Title: Extremely High-Level IE6 Vulnerability Found. Thread Url: http://www.jmcardle.com/?postid=77 Thread Description:

Check out this IE vulnerability allowing you to run commands on the victims PC

Some people have said their AV catches this, it worked on my machine even though I am running NAV

Your Mobile as Credit Card?

Thread Title: Momentum Is Gaining for Cellphones as Credit Cards Thread Url: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/10/technology/10cellphone.html Thread Description:

The NYT have an good piece about the technology behind using cellphones as credit cards this morning:

In Asia, phone makers are already selling phones that users can swipe against credit or debit card readers, in much the same way they would swipe plastic MasterCard or Visa cards. Trials are now under way to bring the technology to America, industry executives said.

The marriage of cellphone and charge card poses some significant challenges, including security problems. To reduce fraud from stolen phones, consumers may be required to punch an authorization code into their phone each time a charge is made.

For more than a year, phone makers, software companies and computer chip manufacturers have been working to develop secure and reliable payment technology for cellphones. After the phone's chip is recognized by the electronic reader, the credit card account number will be verified, as it is now, and the price of the purchase will be added to the consumer's credit card bill.

The new phones may also be capable of being programmed for a prepaid sum from which payments could be deducted.

Sounds like a sensible idea to me, if you can overcome security issues and genuinely make it more convenient than a regular credit card I can't immediately see anything but benefits.

I do wonder how that would translate to purchases online though?

M$ Playing Chess with Apple - Apple to lose again....

Thread Title: Microsoft's Consumer Electronics Endgame Thread Url: http://www.russellbeattie.com/notebook/1008231.html Thread Description:

Some enlightening analysis of Microsofts consumer electronics and DRM strategic moves in the context of a rerun of the PC market battle Apple and M$ fought so long ago.

From Russell Beattie, threadlinked above.

Well, I've been watching Microsoft's moves over the past few weeks and I can pretty much say that it's game over for a lot of Microsoft competitors, though they may not realize it yet. To me the decisive move was their MSN Video announcement which included deals with MTV as well as TiVo to make sure that TiVo To Go recordings play on Microsoft Mobile devices. That's when I saw the big picture: Microsoft's DRM strategy and Windows Media WMA codec are going to allow them to have a massive advantage in the consumer electronics market, which includes everything from MP3 players, to mobile phones to your set-top box, to a host of other converged devices.

and..

What's important is that Microsoft *owns* the alternative to Apple and is already branching out to areas like movies and home-recorded content. It's amazing to see history repeating itself, no? Apple lost the PC desktop because it refused to license its Graphical User Interface and now they're going to lose the Consumer Electronics market because they've failed to license their FairPlay DRM technology.

and...

Everyone was laughing at Bill Gates' gaffs this week at the CES. The bluescreen of death, etc. But did you *see* what they were showing off? They have set top boxes, mobile phones, PDAs, portable video players, game consoles and more all running Microsoft software, and most importantly, all supporting the same Windows Media codec and DRM. The final piece of the puzzle was the TiVo To Go announcement. Now it's not just content you buy, it's your personal content as well.

There's a fair bit more to read and it's a great post, check it out and tell us what you think.

Why is it that Apple are so great on one hand, the GUI, the COOL, and so utterly blind on the other? What is it about Apple that seems to doom them to ultimate failure despite fantastic kit like the iPod?

HP Preaching Digital Democracy - Power to the People!

Thread Title: More power to the people says HP Thread Url: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4155383.stm Thread Description:

It's been interesting to watch Hewlett Packard move into the digital lifestyle area, they seem to be taking to it well and im impressed with the fact that their new media hub is based on Linux! :)

The BBC has a nice summary of Carly Fiorina's, HP's top dog of tech, speech at CES this year. Here are some of the more notable quotes:

"The digital revolution is about the democratisation of technology and the experiences it makes possible, Revolution has always been about giving power to the people."

Part of giving people more control has been about the freeing up of content, such as images, video and music.

Crucial to this has been the effort to make devices that speak to each other better so that content can be more easily transferred from one device, such as a digital camera, to others, such as portable media players.

There's a whole bunch of good stuff in there so do check it out. Could HP be an exciting company? - I've always thought of them as rather stuffy, but some of the things they have coming out now are really quite cool...

New iPod Rivals Still Not Enough - Piper Jaffray

Thread Title: Piper Jaffray: New iPod rivals still aren't enough Thread Url: http://www.macminute.com/2005/01/07/piper-jaffray/ Thread Description:

Looks like the Creative Zen Micro is the nearest serious rival to the iPod so far - this quote from the MacMinute post threadlinked above:

In a research note to clients Friday, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said the iPod still has no equal, despite a number of new entries coming from CES this week. "After the introduction of a handful of new portable audio devices yesterday at CES, we believe that the iPod is still in position to dominate this market," Munster said. "Of the other players looking to chip away at Apple's market share, Creative is gaining the most traction with its Creative Zen Micro. We believe that Creative may have had the most crowded booth at CES.

~ Piper Jaffray

Do Girls Really Like Pink? - X2 Pink Laptop

Thread Title: X2 - Ladies love pink laptops (with matching bags!) Thread Url: http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000330026459/ Thread Description:

Other than my sister i cant say that i know any girls that like pink, but then maybe i just dont know the right girls eh? - Check out the X2 pink laptop at the engadget post threadlinked above...

Mozilla and Firefox Security Flaws

Thread Title: Mozilla and Firefox flaws exposed Thread Url: http://www.securityfocus.com/news/10248 Thread Description:

Here's something that's been buzzing around for the last week: A bunch of security holes in both Mozilla and Firefox browsers. Mozilla users have the most to worry about it seems as the Firefox ones are relatively minor:

The most serious flaw involves a buffer overflow bug in the way Mozilla processes the NNTP (news) protocol. The bug creates a means for hackers inject hostile code into vulnerable systems, providing they trick users into executing maliciously constructed news server links. All versions of Mozilla prior to 1.7.5 are affected. Firefox users are advised to make sure they are running version 1.0 to minimise any risk. The flaw was discovered by Maurycy Prodeus of Polish firm iSEC Security Research.

There are two other minor flaws involving the download dialogue box being vulnerable to spoofing and problems with the email client - see the threadlinked securityfocus post for details...

Flickr Photos Tagged as CES2005 - Nice Shots....

Thread Title: CES 2005 - Photos Thread Url: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdk/sets/76676/ Thread Description:

Staci at paidcontent has started a ces2005 tag set over at flickr threadlinked above - some very cool cameraphone shots from inside the 2005 Consumer Electronics Show

If you're at the show and snapping tech, tag them with ces2005 and add to the fun :-)

Videos from 2005 CES

Thread Title: Videos from 2005 CES Thread Url: http://calacanis.weblogsinc.com/entry/1234000287026295/ Thread Description:

Courtesy of Jason Calacanis in the threadlinked blog post above - enjoy...

Fossil Ship Palm OS PDA Wristwatch

Thread Title: Fossil finally ships Palm OS PDA wristwatch Thread Url: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/01/06/fossil_ships_wrist_pda_2/ Thread Description:

If you're in your early/mid thirties like me, you'll remember the first "calculater watches" right? Well here's the upgraded version for the 2000's lol...

CES 2005 Watch maker Fossil has formally revived its previously ill-fated Palm OS-based PDA wristwatch project - a year after it appeared to kill off the product before it even shipped.

Fossil Wrist PDA - the next generationFeaturing a redesigned casing, the Wrist PDA launched this week nevertheless remains true to the previous version's spec. Once again, there's Palm OS 4.1 on board; a 160 x 160 touchscreen LCD; 8MB of memory, 7.7MB of which is available to the user, and double the amount in the previous version; infrared and USB connectivity; 4MB of Flash storage; a 66MHz Motorola Dragonball processor, double the clock speed of the original Wrist PDA; and a battery sufficiently capacious to offer 3-4 days' usage.