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  • NegBox 4:03 am on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Datafeed, Digital Quill, , ,   

    DigitalQuill Has Best Datafeed Plugin for WordPress 

    Digital Quill seems to have the best and pretty inexpensive (around $40 – unlimited) plugin for using datafeeds on a WordPress site – Or importing from Excel or CSV file into WordPress. Read the tutorials and seems really good for what I need… It even updates posts when you change the source file! Nice, real nice.

    I have a ton of data I need to make available – I am really good with Excel, so I can create and update Excel really easy. SQL commands – its been six years since I’ve done any serious SQL stuff, and even then it wasn’t that serious. This is a match made in heaven.

    Update: Theres a problem with this plug-in: PHP timeout. If you are trying to import a lot of records, depending on your host and your setup the plugin may time out and it has no provisions for recovery – it’s a manual and frustrating task. Backup your database before proceeding. I hear that WP Review plugin comes with “Importman” plugin – it seems to do pretty much everything this one does – I’m wondering if that works better.


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  • NegBox 7:39 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Site Building   

    Drop-In Pack 

    Created myself a little “drop-in” package with the stuff I use most frequently in sites… This should make creation of future sites way easier – In the last two I reused like 80% of components!

    I’m typing this as it uploads to my latest Machiavellian machination… The machination I talked about earlier (the one where the end of the world happens) –

    This should have been done by now several days ago… I’m freaking sloooow and that pisses me off to no end. There’s this thing that gets in the way called a day job… Oh and a family, but I rather enjoy that, and I’m quite attached to them.


    I think I’ll post the list of contents of my drop-in pack for all of the two fellow readers to see (Jonathan and Mike – LoL) and the eleven  bots that visit my feed… I’ll do that in a bit… Its freaking Friday afternoon!


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  • NegBox 12:09 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Airlines, Mile High Club, Sex   

    Bang in the Sky for $1K – Sex Partner not Included – But That Can Be Arranged Too 

    I wonder if anyone would object to me booking my next trip with this airline:


    I hear rave reviews.


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  • NegBox 3:55 am on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Backlinks, PDF,   

    Backlinks inside PDF PPT etc? 

    I’m wondering weather backlinks inside PDF or PPT files might be easier to disseminate and how they affect ranking… Hmm… Interesting idea.


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  • NegBox 6:34 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Fan, Like   

    Smooth Move for Facebook – Liking is the new Lovin’ 

    Nice move!


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  • NegBox 8:33 pm on April 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    WTF Facebook Ads – Idea for a Site 

    Here’s a free idea for the taking:

    Photo sharing site that focuses on botched online ads. Like this one from Facebook:

    My initial thoughts when I saw this ad:

    They give me the wallets of 16 seniors?
    No, its an offer for wallets for seniors, they sell me 16 of them.
    What’s the long-legged girl have to do with wallets?
    Wait, it says below to book my senior session and get free wallets. WTF is a senior session, and why would I want free wallets?

    I decided to go ahead and click to see who the advertiser was.. A Photographer from another town. I gather that “Senior session” means High-school senior, and not “65 and older”. Pretty mis-targeted ad to boot – I’m nowhere near being a High School senior, and if my daughter were going to be a senior, you ain’t gonna convince me to get her into a photo shoot with a picture of a skank – What kind of father tells themselves the story that their daughter would look good like that pciture? Hellooooo!!!


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  • NegBox 4:20 pm on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Emergency, , Java, Patch,   

    Update JAVA or get pwned – Sun Releases Emergency Java Patch 


    Nice one with my morning coffee: Sun Releases Emergency Java Patch

    A week ago, Oracle claimed the vulnerability that had been discovered in Java was not a big deal at all. Apparently, they’ve changed their minds on that.

    Yesterday afternoon, Oracle pushed an update to Java that fixes a vulnerability that exposed Windows users to drive-by attacks. While Sun had claimed that the issue wasn’t serious enough for them to release a patch prior to the next scheduled version’s release, once Google’s Travis Ormandy released details of how the attack could be used, Sun relented and released a fix.

    The vulnerability was independently discovered by Ruben Sanamarta as well, and occurs because ofthe Java-Plugin Browser which runs “javaws.exe” withough validating command-line parameters.

    The new version, Sun Java 1.6.0_20 is available at the Java web site, or you can wait until it’s automatically pushed to you version.  Which will happen within 30 days.  Which you probably shouldn’t wait for.

    You can also read the full release notes on Oracle’s site.

    Don’t walk, run to update your Java… This affects ALL YOUR BROWSERS.

    Personally after getting pwned two weeks ago I’m running all browsers inside Sandboxie – See here for other ideas.



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  • NegBox 7:52 pm on April 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Offshore   

    How to Find a Good International / Offshore Hosting Company 

    After much searching I found a good host. I was exploring the maze trying to do a bee-line to the answer (Why do they call it a Bee line when bees do not fly straight at all?). In the end the way I managed to find them was by going into a hosting directory like hostsearch and NOT going with the companies they list. The process is simple:

    1) Go to HostSearch

    2) Pick your country and scroll to the middle/bottom of the list (avoiding the sponsored listings)

    3) Pick a random host

    4) Go here: Who Is Hosting This and figure out who hosts the hosting company. You’ll get their company name and IP. Check out the company and the IP on a geolocation tool. If the parent company is where you want it to be – geographically speaking – Go forth, young man!

    5) If not, repeat with next hosting company on the list

    This little process gets though the barrier of Crapellers – My new term for Crap Resellers. Sometimes the parent company offers only high-end stuff, but sometimes it offers the usual fare. You can go for a reseller account yourself!

    Have fun!

    • Mike Chiasson 8:52 pm on April 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ld still like to know what diabolical deed you are up to in the oversees market.
      My recent post Dear Facebook, Fuck You

    • negbox 3:06 am on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Its not THAT diabolical. It isn't porn – I get too carried away to do that – it isn't warez or virii. Its just grey area and I prefer to stay on this side of trouble..

      There are just too many jerks with too much time on their hands and not enough Viagra hand cream… So it makes sense to take a little caution.

      Plus the folks I'm hoping to take over on SEO might not like it. But hey, its all fun and games… 🙂

      BTW, I finally found a host… I'm paying about 5x what I would be paying stateside – so this shit better work. Now! LOL!

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  • NegBox 5:31 pm on April 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Will Mein Fuehrer Host Mein Blitzkrieg Website? 

    There you go, that’s the extent of my German.

    I’ve spent around five solid hours combined searching for good international hosting. Good as in: More than 15GB, more than 10x the bandwidth, a reasonable price tag for an experiment and dealing with a hosting company and not a reseller.

    Challenge #1) Try typing Hosting anything in your favorite search engine and its a zoo. Mostly resellers. And msotly totally GARBAAAAGE.

    Challenge #2) You find a company – Do the plans match what you need or do they have 250MB for $50?

    Challenge 3#) Are they REALLY located where they say they are? – The company may be, but check their customers and their datacenter if you can. I’ve used Discover Who Hosts Any Website | Who Is Hosting This to successfully sniff out companies in India reselling a server around the corner from me – all you need to do is nab the name of one of their clients and put them though that site. That and nice IP geolocation tool like http://www.ip2location.com

    Challenge #4) Are they for real? Or is it fly-by-night hosting on Grandma’s PC? This is a combination between a judgment call and the info you’re able to gather.

    This doesn’t sound like much of a challenge until you try. The US market is dead simple – Great offers and easy to tell apart the good from the crap. The international market – not so easy my friend.

    I tried the Warrior Forum, Digital point and some others – People are not talking much about this so came up really empty.

    The single most useful resource I found in this hunt was Hostsearch.com – The decision isn’t final on where I’m plunking this stuff down but I’m taking the plunge in the next few minutes… I’m just going to spin the wheel of fortune here. If you have recommendations, I’d love to hear them.


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