Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Landing Page Design Toolbox: 100 Tools, Tips and Resources | Virtual Hosting Blog

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10 Principles of the CSS Masters

When it comes to CSS, there are lots of resources and supposed "expert tips" on the web. These are from unproven, self-proclaimed "gurus" who have no street cred in the design world. While they may have valid points, how is one to know whether a CSS tip is a valid resource or just an untested hack?

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30 Free High-Quality Wordpress Themes

In this article we present over 30 fresh free high-quality WordPress themes. All themes can be downloaded, customized and used for free — in personal or/and commercial projects. Please read license disclaimers carefully before using the theme in commercial projects — they can change from time to time.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

vSNAX: Free App, Good Videos





Download it from our site, vSNAX Videos.

Thanks.

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vSNAX Videos Features on Mac Rumors Forum

Users are discussing vSNAX Videos on the Mac Rumors Forum. We've been talking about adding a forum to the vSNAX website. The hope is that it will allow some communication between us and our users.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

ServerTweak Domains

Doing some digging around looking closely at ServerTweak's business. Here's a bunch of other domains I've been able to tie back to him through whois records, DNS server assignments, and other investigative techniques:

1rq.net
dns-stn.com
dvdforge.com
coolyou.us
dns-stn.com
dvdforge.com
calishop.com
nocroom.com
skinnydevil.com
1firetech.com
kr-architects.com
shoptnm.com
shotnq.com
calishop.com
niksblog.com
nikisblog.com
gillean.com
servertweak.net
askewfamily.net

Upstream:

xeex.net
nrsoftware.com

Clients:

mochabomb.com
mtrot.com
gtreker.com
sshcontrol.com
hostingstar.com.au
cementhorizon.com
freprt.com

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Robtext Swiss Army Knife Tool

Robtex provides

swiss army knife internet tool
in the searchbox above you can search for:

* RBL checks multible RBL:s if a specific is listed (24.6.175.133)
* DNS checks detailed dns information for a hostname (c-24-6-175-133.hsd1.ca.comcast.net) or a domain (hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
* IP-number checks ip number information such as dns reverse and forwards (24.6.175.133)
* C-net checks an entire c-network (24.6.175)
* whois lookup checks whois information for a domain (hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
* route checks a specific routed prefix ()
* AS numbers checks information on an AS-number (AS ())
* BGP announcements checks prefixes origined from a specific AS-number (AS)
* AS macros checks who belongs to an AS-macro (example: as-ams-ix-peers)
* RFC documents Request For Comments (rfc2822)

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Tip: Hiding Files Inside An Image in Linux

An image file like JPG is read from the beginning of the file and terminated with an ‘End of Image’ marker. An archive file like ZIP has their metadata stored at the end of the file. Put them together and the image will be read as a valid image file and the appended ZIP file will be read as an archive. Here is how to do it in Linux...

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Netflix Glitch

On Thursday, I received a notice from Netflix apologizing for a delay in shipping me DVDs from my movie queue.

Here's the email:


We're Sorry DVD Shipments Are Delayed Netflix
Netflix
Netflix Dear Demetri,

Our shipping system is unexpectedly down. We received a DVD back from you and should have shipped you a DVD, but we likely have not. Our goal is to ship DVDs as soon as possible, and we will keep you posted on the status of your DVD shipments.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. If your DVD shipment is delayed, we will be issuing a credit to your account in the next few days. You don't need to do anything. The credit will be automatically applied to your next billing statement.

Again, we apologize for the delay and thank you for your understanding. If you need further assistance, please call us at 1-888-638-3549.

-The Netflix Team


On Friday, Forbes reported Netflix resumed normal operations.

I'm off to the mailbox to check for the Wire, Season Five.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Cast of Characters in ServerTweak Saga

This whole ServerTweak situation came a head over the past 48 hours. It's time to spell out the whole cast of characters that had to get involved in this unfortunate mess.

1. Ivan Gonzalez ServerTweak
2. Ramesh, E-Unibus
3. Demetri (me)
4. CRG West (colo facility)
5. Jameson Agraz, CRG West
6. Leslie Cook, CRG West
7. Sgt Max Nobida, Milpitas Police
8. Officer A. French, Milpitas Police
9. Officer Mark Doyle, Milpitas Police
10. Niki Gonzalez ServerTweak
11. Melissa Harrison, Accounts Receivable, Hurricane Electric Internet Services

I want to capture this post from Ivan in case he gets smart and deletes it.

Ok, this thread is getting out of hand a bit. But a few things i have to say. I'm not going to say any names but below is the cause then action we take, normal practice to any colocation provider

Quote:
All colo clients are under contract, if a client wants to leave all invoices needs to be clear and/or cancellation fee's plus release form all needs to be faxed in. If client fails to sign and/or clear his/her invoices/cancellation fee then we hold the right to remove your access.
Officer made a mistake, Chief of Milpitas knows and called me after the fact and is taking care of this mistake forcing Valley Exchange to remove servers that was under contract, this where lawyers and court system comes into play not the officers.

Quote:
In this case, that's what happen. client had 7 months left and he/she open a ticket letting us know he like to remove servers and not come back. We agreed but only to pay the fee and sign the release form. Client did not like the facts, and try to bully us and Valley Exchange. Next thing i know Officers showing up at Valley Exchange demanding to remove servers. I was clear to the Officers that client is under contract and left it as is.
Make a long story short, Chief (Stevenson) Officer boss called and told me that the officers made a mistake and can not be between a business to business contract and will be calling back to get the resolve correctly.

The move from Fremont to Milpitas was done months ago not weeks or days, we did not know or the client reported that he did not want to move. Mass emails 1-2months then weeks and days *before* the move even happen, this was a plan move. If client had a problem with the move then it should of been reported sooner. Client was with us for 17 months never reported any problems until few days ago. We are sorry to see him go, but we follow the company rules and contracts.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

ServerTweak Choses Levanta (Who then Fails)

Dan Kusnetzky, writing for ZDNet, interviewed Ivan Gonzales of ServerTweak.com.

One month later, Levanta Failed, and 4 months after that I beat ServerTweak.

Demetri 1, ServerTweak 0

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How I Beat a ServerTweak, a Colo Provider Trying to Hold Systems Hostage

How I beat ServerTweak

Original Post

Hi All,

Here's a tip for all of you suffering under the new ServerTweak colo at Valley Exchange, Milpitas. It goes out to any other unfortunate souls who have been bullied by this incompetent and unethical company. I want to reach out specially to anyone whose servers were moved from HE in Fremont to this Milpitas facility without their consent. It happened to a lot of us, I'm sure.

1. File a ticket servertweak. com. Ask Ivan to put you on the list for physical access to your servers. He will specify "no removal" because he thinks he is smart.

2. Wait for the confirmation to come back from him, permitting access. This shouldn't take too long.

3. Show up to the facility, sign up, and get your badge. Make sure you have a copy of your contract with Ivan from the HE Fremont location, your initial quote and a list of all your equipment with original receipts.

4. Have security escort you to his rack where he stored your equipment.

5. Remove the equipment and put it in the wheelbarrow right there

6. Call the Milpitas Police (408) 586-2400. Speak Sgt Nobida, Ofcr Doyle, or Officer French. Tell them you are at Valley Exchange, Milpitas, 1656 McCarthy Blvd and that you need a "civil standby."

7. Take the equipment outside and wait for the Police. They should be there shortly.

8. If you all do this now, you can get out of your contract with Ivan. You see, he broke his contracts with each of you by moving your equipment from HE to Valley Exchange. If you want out, now is the chance.

Any questions just ask.

And oh yea, webhostingtalk.com is in possession of all the documentation for the above.

Thanks.

ServerTweak2

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Monday, August 11, 2008

vSNAX Videos Live One Month, Here's What Our Users Say About the Service

vSNAX Videos, the free video player app for your iPhone of iPod Touch has been live for one month.

What better way to give a glimpse to just how good this service is than straight from our users.

love it! when can I search for videos?

Porn


Very cool app you have put together. I love all of the up to date videos that are come in, and right after they actually happen. I just watched the news on the Obama cartoon and I got on here five minutes later to see find the news reel I'd just watched. Again very cool.

However I have a complaint. The volume ajuster is very weird be buggy. If u could take a look at that I would very apprecite the improvements to this awesome program.

Thanks


First class job on this app. I and many will love the ability to scroll for video wile watching. This is a chanell surfer's dream come true.
Ed: Name Redacted



really cool channels but the videos always stop playing and then won't play. also can't wait for G4 tv but I hope I'll be able to view it cause of the video stopping


Email address: withheld

Hey I wanna see more music vids on here:) thank for the app



Email address: withheld
Great, great, great! Love ur app!!
Maybe a Cnet tv, maybe Comedy central adds would my you dominate!


Email address:

Spike tv is a tease.... You should have an adult channel



Hop on over to our site and download vSNAX Vidoes for yourself
. It's free, and as you can see, we read your feedback so you'll have an opportunity to help us shape this service.

What videos would you like to see for free on your iPhone?

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iPhone 2.0 Jailbreak Apps You Can't Find in the iTunes Store

Now that jailbreak developers have had a full month to work on applications for jailbroken iPhone 2.0 users, there's a bigger selection than ever of jailbreak iPhone 2.0 software that lets you do things App Store offerings don't. Let's look at a few of the good ones.

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Game developer wants to learn from pirates, asks them "why"

One independent PC game developer is inviting pirates to tell him why they pirate his (and other) games.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Insights Peek into the Minds of Google Searchers



I've been writing about Analytics, the App Store, and SEO, so here's another post in the same vein. This time I cover the new tool from Google called Google Insights.

Head over to Google Insights for Search and search for iphone apps over the past 90 days.

The graph shows a spike around the time of the launch of iPhone 3G and the App Store.

A search for vsnax turned up no results. I guess we'll just have to wait and see on that one.

Update, Andrew Chen has put up some pretty pictures showing state-by-state adoption for some well-known sites. Or, are these sites just known by Silicon Valley nerds?

Wait, does the fact that these sites are well known to me make me a Silicon Valley nerd?

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

How do You Move 1 Million iPhones



Previously I wrote about how Medialets App Store Metrics provided a valuable tool for measuring App Store success. Medialets has once again provided the industry with some useful information, this time showing graphically how you move 1 Million iPhones.

Noone would be surprised to learn the the US dominated the global uptake of 3G iPhones.

Where do you think the next 1 million iPhones will go?

Check the Techcrunch post and Medialets as well for more information.

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Great Reviews of iPhone Apps on TUAW

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) has some great reviews of iPhone Apps. Check out their review for Bubble Level which they call "surprisingly useful."

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Monday, August 04, 2008

The New iPhone 2.0.1 Firmware Update Is Out Now

iPhone 2.0.1

Plug your iPhone into iTunes and upgrade. Not sure what all it fixes yet, but hopefully quite a bit.

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App Store Statistics and vSNAX Videos

Previously, I wrote about How Startups Should Look at Analytics.

We've been tracking the downloads for vSNAX Videos closely over the past few weeks. Our ranking got as high as 32 but has since dropped back down due to placement on the App Store page. Its great to see the App Store bringing in strong revenue for some iPhone devs.

Because vSNAX Videos is a free app, this does not really apply to us. However, we are concerned with daily download totals, if not daily revenue totals. At least we don't have to share 30% of our revenues with Apple.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

50 Greatest MCs of the Last 20 Years

In his book, The Art of Emceeing, Stic.man writes, "A rapper is to an emcee what an average street fighter is to a trained martial artist. They are both fighters but the degree and depth of their skill is very different." This list represents those MCs who managed to sustain our faith in hip-hop over the years. Here are the Top 50 MCs of Our Time.

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Suspect in 2001 anthrax attacks kills himself - LA Times

The Justice Department was preparing to file criminal charges against Bruce E. Ivins in the anthrax mailing assaults of 2001 that killed five.

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