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FREE Website Uptime Monitoring

There is a LOT that can be done with free online services — sometimes things that probably go way beyond what the service creators envisioned.

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Choose Your Fucking Words Carefully

NOTE: This isn’t about choosing one political side or the other. Any idiot could have said the following quote. Apparently some idiot did.

Mitt Romney ‘Shellshocked’ After Lost Election, Adviser Says

from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/08/mitt-romney-lost-election_n_2095013.html

OK — so let me get this straight. This dude thought he was capable of being THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and yet losing an election leaves him “Shellshocked” ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

I don’t even know how many “?!” that actually requires at the end of the sentence. It might need more.

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Google Adsense: Your ads have recently appeared on websites you haven’t authorized.

Yikes! What an icky message for a Monday morning! I log into my adsense account and see this message:

Your ads have recently appeared on websites you haven’t authorized. To avoid lost revenue, make sure to authorize any sites where you display ads by visiting your account settings.

Only is looks like this – with the bright yellow to let me know it’s a warning I ought to be frightened about:

Your ads have recently appeared on websites you haven't authorized. To avoid lost revenue, make sure to authorize any sites where you display ads by visiting your account settings.

OK. So I look at my account settings page and see under: Sites authorized to show ads

I have Only allow certain sites to show ads for my account selected and it tells me the unauthorized site translate.googleusercontent.com has been showing my ads.

Unauthorized sites : translate.googleusercontent.com

What to do? What to do?

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Privacy is Dead, but seriously Atari.com WTF???

I have long felt that privacy is dead and I have started to put together a 30+ part series on privacy is dead because it pops up everywhere, but this just takes the cake and eats it too.

Atari is:

  1. apparently in business – who knew?
  2. has Nolan Bushnell speaking for it (I have no idea what his level of involvement is)
  3. releasing some neat HTML5 code to make it easier to make games in javascript called the Atari Arcade SDK and CreateJS

http://www.atari.com/arcade/developers/

http://createjs.com/#!/CreateJS

and you can currently play these remakes of classic Atari games
(the technology is cool, the gameplay is like the programmers had no idea what was fun about the original games)

http://www.atari.com/arcade#!/arcade/atari-promo

Now, I’ve thought javascript was a crappy idea since forever and it used to run REALLY slow, but I guess everyone is all hopped up on it for all sorts of modern stuff and hopefully it is being made to run better and faster. Although my gmail still annoyingly crashes every once in a while.

I guess anything is better than flash.

Anyway, it seemed like it was useful to create an account on atari.com. First name, last name, and birthday are all required fields. OK fine. I expect that. But I didn’t expect them to PUBLISH that info. WTF???

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Problem accessing secure pages and other web pages on amazon newegg and more

For a week or two (I’m pretty sure this started before Hurricane Irene) I’ve been having trouble accessing secure pages on amazon.com. I can’t see my past orders, reach my Amazon Cloud Drive, or now even place a new order. I discovered today that I can’t get the newegg.com site to work either — so I’ve got no way to order computer stuff I need.

At first I thought it was something corrupted on my main computer.

I’ve tried Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari browsers. Then I tried my older computer that’s running Linux. I’ve tried my laptop.

Nothing works. On amazon and newegg I can’t access any page that’s secure.

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Amazon’s New Look

Amazon showed me a new clean look today… Nice design with lots of white.

Amazon new home page
here’s a product page:Amazon's New LookUpdate: September 4, 2011

Now amazon has gone back to looking how it used to. (But I still can’t access my amazon account!!!).

I did find this interesting article on the evolution of the amazon add to shopping cart button.

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How To Include Amazon Text and Image (Enhanced Display) Affiliate Links In WordPress – Part 2

Feh. As per my previous post on inserting iframe tags in the TinyMCE editor in WordPress for amazon affiliate links and youtube videos, this is something a user needs to be able to do without having the editor delete them as soon as you switch into WYSIWYG mode.

This plugin — Amazon Widgets Shortcodesalmost does what I’d want with amazon affiliate links. It’s nice that it makes them stand out in the editor with a little amazon logo. It seems to work in the WYSIWYG editor, but there are some issues with trying to move the cursor before or after it that make it necessary to switch to HTML mode to insert a placeholder character and then go back to WYSIWYG and move the cursor to the placeholder. Icky.

This comment regarding the TinyMCE Unfilter plugin points out the problem with inadequate care in coding. Otherwise the TSL TinyMCE Unfilter plugin seems to do what is actually needed. Unfortunately, the author hasn’t updated it in 6 months. And if you go in and edit it yourself, you run the risk of the author someday updating it and WordPress allowing you to overwrite your edited version with the author’s update — whether or not he addressed this issue.

That’s a problem with WordPress plugins – you can’t tell which ones will be abandoned or when or what the effects of that will be.

It looks to me like the TinyMCE Unfilter plugin will work if you aren’t making any other modifications via plugin to the TinyMCE. I think.

I couldn’t find anything else in the WordPress plugin repository that would do this kind of thing — which surprises me. Might just be an issue of not searching for the right keyword. Or results being buried under plugins that only work in version 2 of WordPress. Or whatever.

But there’s two other possible solutions — which both beat messing with the functions.php file and losing your stuff when you change themes.

 

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