Archive for August, 2007

an evil jump to the Google’s first page

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

For my goals, the query “phpbb spam” should return Textual Confirmation and Links Rejector tools on the first page. No luck so far, but I managed a nice trick to get there indirectly:


putting advertisement blocks on a blog

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Earlier, my AdSense ads were hardcoded into my WP template files. But now I want to experiment with other ads. I need to rotate the ads often, and the old solution isn’t satisfactory. Here is a short list of the requirements:


python, re-encoding incorrected encoded string

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Python has a quite decent internal support of unicode. But sometimes it’s hard to find how to exploit the support.

I’ve lost some time solving a simple problem:

* A program reads a file, which is in the iso-8859-1 encoding.
* The text is converted to Unicode
* At some moment, program detects that some strings are actually were in windows-1251 encoding
* The task: how to re-interpret the string?

The only solution I found is hacky:


downloading log files

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

The best place to analyze log files is the local computer, not the server:
1) Log files grow fast, taking all the server space
2) Queries might be CPU-intensite
If you like me, you prefer that the log files appear on the local computer automatically.


tracking site visitors

Monday, August 13th, 2007

There might be a delay between the first visit and the desired action (subscirbing to RSS, purchasing software, etc). An usual web site log often isn’t enough to match the former and the latter. The webmaster needs cookies.


web site statistics is a myth

Monday, August 13th, 2007

There is a lot of software to display statistics of a web site. But all that tables and graphics are of no use for me. I just don’t know what to do with this data. After some thinking, I realized what I really need:


towards monetarization

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

I’ve decided to get money from my sites. No, I don’t desperately need money. Actually, what I want to fix is the following. I see that my resources can bring some wealth, but currently they are wasted. Too bad.

The main source of income are


spambots and captchas

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

I’d like to announce a new blog: Spam Bots and CAPTCHAs. Updated twice a week. RSS.