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phishing test quality - Mozilla-Google vs. Microsoft - where are Lijit and Netcraft

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Pathauto and URLify

There are a couple of points in this article which are either inaccurate, incomplete, or out of date. Hopefully I can clear them up a little.

Inaccuracies about Pathauto

Pathauto is not the cause of performance issues - the source of the problem is in the path module which is easily seen if you look at the project and component in the issue to fix that performance problem. While Pathauto isn't the source of the problem, it does a good job of highlighting it. Urlify, if it existed when 4.6 was popular, or an aggressive user who entered aliases for every node would cause the same performance problem.

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The Following is an Unbiased Paid Review

I previously wrote about this idea in Paid blogging - Review of ReviewMe, PayPerPost, Blogsvertise (not a sponsored post) and at that time I was NOT paid for the post. Well, the time has come and ReviewMe is now live and kicking. So, does my earlier review hold true? So far it seems to and that's not terribly surprising based upon the initial work they've done on the site. Use of the site is logical and simple. There are plenty of usability enhancements I found that I want to integrate into my own sites.

ReviewMe has several requirements for their service. First, all blogs submitted must pass their quality test. It's not terribly complicated how it works (nor how to game the system) but it does a decent job of keeping out the junk sites. Next, you must mention that it is a paid post which is certainly above the line in terms of the ethics and clarity of what's going on. Third, write a balanced review - no need for it to be extremely positive OR negative. Fourth, make money. So far, that seems to be it!

What's notably missing: onerous requirements such as required linking and/or link text that you MUST include in each post. Requirements to insert tracking bullets, requirements for a certain slant on the issue. Requirements about frequency of posts. It's really about the best situation I know for publishers and that's a great idea. If it works out right, they'll get the best group of publishers which will in turn draw in advertisers to the group.

This is a system built by and for people who understand the cluetrain manifesto: open and honest conversations with your consumers and in front of your consumers can only help your business. If your business can't stand up to that, time to change or close up shop.

I'm a little sad they don't have an affiliate program.

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Xcel Energy - Windsource Colorado Opens up to new subscribers

Well, after complaining about Colorado wind power so much I have to give them credit and point out that Xcel Energy is now accepting more subscribers into Windsource.

Bonus #1: They have an Online Signup form though it doesn't do a very good job of recognizing and remembering where you live.

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Finding color tags and their element - the hard way

Al wants to know - how can I get the color tags and the elements they apply to from a css file. I like the lazyweb so here's my idea, al:


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$ cat file.css
.tabbrowser-strip {
padding-bottom: 0px;
background-color: #C8C8C8;
background-image: url("chrome://browser/skin/pb-1px-hor-gray-line.gif");
background-repeat: repeat-x;
background-position: top left;
border-bottom: 4px solid;
-moz-border-bottom-colors: #535353 #A1A1A1 #BDBDBD #D9D9D9;
}

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$ touch empty.css

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$ grep -v color file.css > empty.css

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$ diff -up empty.css file.css | grep [{}+] | grep -v +++ | grep -v @@ | sed 's/+ / /'
.tabbrowser-strip {
+ background-color: #C8C8C8;
+ -moz-border-bottom-colors: #535353 #A1A1A1 #BDBDBD #D9D9D9;
}

Step one is your example. Step two creates an empty file. Step 3 takes everything BUT the color lines and outputs them into the empty. Step 4 does a diff in universal format with -p to "Show which C function each change is in.". Well, it's not a C-function but close enough. Then I did three extra greps and a sed on the end one to remove all of the lines BUT the function and "added" lines, two to get rid of the header lines, and the sed will take the plusses that were added by the diff and replace them with nothing.

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If you have plusses followed by two spaces in your css then they'll get silently removed. If you have a element named color like a <div class="colored"> then that would suck (but you can easily find those before hand...).

Making it run through directories and do this is a fun exercise with find ./ -exec (stuff) {} \;

Biggest drawback

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sb-ssl.google.com security domain name mismatch

If you're one of the folks who is testing out (or using the now released) new Firefox then you've probably seen an error message saying something like "Security Error: Domain Name Mismatch" and then it says a bunch of jargony stuff and then you see that the domain is for "sb-ssl.google.com error 12263... however the security certificate presented belongs to www.google.com...If you suspect the certificate shown does not belong to sb-ssl.google.com please cancel the connection and notify the site administrator". What the heck is that?

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