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Getting more views on Flickr

January 24th, 2011

Not serious, but there seems to be a bug in the view count which can be exploited:

  1. Go to Google translate 
  2. Set source language to the language you use on a photo page on Flickr
  3. Set target language to something different
  4. Paste the URL of your photo page in the into the input field
  5. Clicke Translate
  6. Click refresh as many times you want - each click seems to be counted as two views

I discovered this in my stats where a completely boring shot appeared with 30+ views

I haven’t looked very closely, but if anyone know how to report this to flickr, please let me know.

Geld verdienen mit P2P, Dank an IPRED und HADOPI

April 4th, 2009

Wieviel Millionen MP3s und Filme “getauscht” werden ist unerheblich, man kann auch darüber streiten, ob kostenlose Downloads gar den Konsum von Bezahlmedien stimulieren.

Dennoch, Regierungen - wohl auch unter dem Druck der Lobbiesten der Medienindustrie versuchen Gesetze wie IPRED und Hadopi zu installieren, die in ihren Auswirkungen auf die Meinungs- und Informationsfreiheit mehr als fragwürdig sind.

Hadopi geht noch etwas weiter als IPRED: Wer dreimal beim downloaden erwischt wird bekommt eine Internetsperre (Hausarrest). Dabei gilt die Verfolgung der IP-Adresse, also ist jeder für die Sicherung seines WiFi-Routers verantwortlich, oder er akzeptiert eine Schnüffelprogramm der französischen Regierung zu installieren! Das Gesetz heisst übrigens “Gesetz zum Schutz des Internets und der Kreativität” und pikanterweise wird die Überwachung privaten Organisation der Medienindustrie überlassen. Niemand hat das Recht zu erfahren welche Daten an diese Organisationen übermittelt werden und aufgrund welchen “illegalen Aktes” eine Sperre ausgesprochen wird.

Fairerweise muss man sagen, dass das Gesetz auch gewisse Verpflichtungen für die Medienindustrie im Bezug auf digitale Veröffentlichungen beinhaltet (DVD in 4 Monaten nach Filmstart, etc.), allerdings ohne Sanktionen zu definieren…

Nun werden viele nicht davon ab lassen wollen ihre amerikanischen Soaps im Original sehen zu wollen ohne auf die grauslich synchronisierte (ich lebe in Frankreich) Fernsehausstrahlungen zu warten (isch habe gar keine Fernseher, Madame) oder gar 70€ für ein paar DVDs zu bezahlen die ein Jahr später erscheint. Desweiteren mag man sich kaum noch im Internet bewegen, wenn man nicht weiss wer alles mitliest.

Die Macher von PirateBay haben daher IPREDator ersonnen, ein VPN-service der es unmöglich macht einen Download einer realen IP zuzuordnen. Verfolgende Behörden/Organisationen können dann nur noch mit einem blossem Verdacht eine Hausdurchsuchung mit Beschlagnahme der Computer beantragen - was wohl in den meisten Fällen als unverhältnismässig abgelehnt werden wird.

Ironie der Geschichte: IPREDator is kostenpflichting (5€/Monat), schliesslich muss die Infrastruktur und Bandbreite irgendwie bezahlt werden, also wird jemand an diesen Gesetzen verdienen und mit Sicherheit wird ein guter Teil der Kunden Urheberrechtsverletzer sein. Also kreieren IPRED & Co ein Geschäftsmodell auf der Basis von “illegalen Downloads”.

Man schätzt 7-60 Millionen Euro die als Kosten für die frz. Internetprovider entstehen, wieviel die Hadopi-Behörde verschlingen wird, die bis zu 3000 Warnungen und 1000 Sperren täglich aussprechen soll staht noch in den Sternen

Acid2

December 25th, 2007

A week ago Microsoft’s IE8 team announced that they passed the ACID2 test. Now - nice present for Xmas - Safari for Windows Beta 4 renders it correctly as well.I checked with Firefox 2.0.0.11 and it is all but OK:acid2.PNGAnyone tried it with other browsers?

Social Stalking

December 7th, 2007

Social networks allow a new way of spamming. Today I got followed by a “network” on twitter. I don’t really use twitter at all, luckily there is a block function on followers. I wouldn’t mind (and I really don’t) if someone is folling me, but doing so just to make me click his website. This is pathetic.  The name of the site is

E x p a t a c u l a r

Sorry for the horrible layout, but I want to avoid that this page will show up even on position 85  in a Google search. Yes, these jerks are horribly successful, 84 hits in Google - and perhaps 3-4 related to the site…

The clever thing thought is that they chose a name that is distinguishable from ordinary expressions. For example: You write a great Webframework and name it lift - googling for it is difficult, because there are so many stories and services about elevators.

Spam salad

December 6th, 2007

Spam belongs in the kitchen…
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Social (music) networks

December 3rd, 2007

One of the few sites I check every other day is Ehrensenf (an anagram of “Fernsehen” = TV, where “Ehrensenf” is something like “Mustard of Honor” - “mustard” is also used in some expression “seinen Senf dazu geben”: to make an irrelevant contribution). There I learned about Jango and immediately became a big fan.

Ehrensenf is feature on the website of the German news magazin Der Spiegel, which also hosts the german edition of Last.fm.  To close the list, also found by Ehrensenf Social.fm. This is how the web works - the good old web 1.0. It simply works.

Let me compare these. Last.fm is for me important as the broadcast as well German music - I swear it got better in the last years; now where thay stopped copying the style of british/US music and use rhytms that fit the German language  some really good bands pop out (Wagner knew this more than a hundred years ago)

Social.fm

Well, I would say it is file-sharing via streaming. Hard to find any social component in it. Yes, you share you playlists with friends, but besides that you don’t get anything back. Their player for Windows looks nice though. The use of the site - simple incomprehensible. I ask myself if they actually have any users besides me. Only mainstream music can be found, if you enter anything not yet streamed by a user the website gets a bit confused - or is it justme?

 Last.fm

Very broad choice of music. Social component virtually zero. But good music anyway. But barely customizable. You can’t specify what you want to hear 80% of the music played would be considered as spam if sent as email. No wonder that the buy-button is always well exposed, especially if you are looking for something specific. Good point Wikis for the bios.

Jango.com

No fm-domain, these guys have no clue… But their site is the best. Some rough edges in the handling of the back buttons, but atleast they are honest enough to say that they’re still beta. You can create many “stations” which are fuzzy playlists, nice visualization of your likes(by a tag-cloud - as here in the sidebar). For each song you play you see other user that play the same at the very moment, a click and you see what else the like, this gives youone or the other idea - I discovered “We are Scientists” by that

Conclusion Jango gets the cake, despite them having the smallest repetoire of all. But they know toleverage the social graph by creating it. It is more interesting to learn something new on the net than just re-reading what you already know about your friends & family.

Social.fm has even an application for facebook. YAFA (Yet Another Facebook Application). I think this kind of social networking serves only the owner of the site for targeting advertisment - I haven’t seen any facebook app that could make any use of the great social graph - at best the social graph is used to invited friends of your to use the same stupid app you are using at the moment.

Passwords

November 20th, 2007

Joe Walker had some ideas on how you may manage your passwords. I am not really covinced:

The idea of using a password core and a mangle procedure with the site name is dangerous. You assume that this PWD is compromized, thus the attacker might get behind your mangle style and can guess other site’s passwords.

The counter for password versions defies even the reason for frequent password changes: You want to know at least approximately when the passwort had been stolen.

IMHO a pretty stupid idea, because to have meaningful data from a theft, the expire period must be rather short. This in turns requires the user to change that often that they will use the simplest password possible.

My advice: No I won’t even tell you how I think passwords should be created - Be paranoid!

Wordpress now on 2.2.1

June 24th, 2007

Ich hatte ein paar Probleme mit WP in Firefox und Safari - vornehmlich mit dem Editor, der langsam wurde und/oder nur noch HTML angezeit hatte.Der Upgrade war nicht so schwierig, einige API-funktionen hatten sich geändert, aber das konnte ich in ein paar Minuten fixen.Es geht nicht über ein gute API - ausser einer gut dokumentierte API.

Naja, das geänderte Verhalten für home.php hat mir etwas Kopfzerbrechen bereitet.

Safari

June 24th, 2007

Der Safari Browser ist nun - in einer Beta Version - auch für Windows verfügbar. Schnell ist das Biest wirklich - Kompatibilität ist OK.

Ich habe einen neuen Lieblingsbrowser.

Die Beta ist noch nicht lokalisiert - was mich weniger stört.

Hoffentlich wird die WebKit API bald auch für Windows verfügbar sein. Idealerweise auch als API für Java, wie es Apple schon mit Quicktime gezeigt hat.

When your employer thinks you communicate too much

September 13th, 2006

Many companies have a policy in place on the use of internet, phone etc. Normally a limited private use is tolerated, because it is not a real probelm in terms of volume (and cost).

If there are serious concerns about the non-professional use (and even the professional use!) there are two possiblities:

  1. The communication need is excessive.
  2. The responsible manager is simply an idiot who wants to be known as cost-aware

Reason 1. has to distiguish professional use and private use:

  • If the professional use cost serious amount of money there is something wrong with the structure or the training of the employees
  • Excessive private use simply says that the employees seek distraction from their job (that is then likely to suck)
  • If the private use is small, but still outnumbers professional use you surely have internal communication problems

So if it is not reason 2. (a reason I recommend to simply ignore as this will simply go away), the message should go only to the managers whose job it is to enable and motivate people.