I’m a google fan, I admit it fully. I use lots of their services, I like their stuff and I am at peace with their devling into my personal space. It’s gonna happen, unless you choose to live your life 100% offline, you are trading personal privacy for access to services.
Their latest creation (which has been around for a while, just not public) is their very own URL shortener called goo.gl. It does some of the usual things, it tracks metrics and it does one other things I think is really cool. It creates a QR code for your url.
Here is one I created earlier (ha, sounds like a cooking show).
http://goo.gl/YgTu.qr for the url http://goo.gl/YgTu
Very cool. I like QR codes. For those of us with smart phones, a simple scan of the code and you can open the site.
I do wish the service had an easy way to copy the new urls to the clipboard though.
So what else can it do? Well #1, I want it to tie in with their safe browsing serivce (http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=google.com) so that I can’t create a URL to a known bad site. I’d also like them to regularly scan the urls and disable those that link to malware. There are lots of URL shorteners and they definately pose a security risk and it’s about time someone took the step of removing bad URL’s.
Posted in Security, Technology and tagged access, Auto, code, cooking show, Draft, google, privacy, qr code, site, site google, url shortener by Zate with no comments yet.
On a page I havent showed to anyone, havent linked to from any where. That’s sweet.
I am guessing it’s just a case of searching for blog.* on domains, and if it’s got a wordpress, hit it up. Still, kinda cool.
So, working hard on Drupal. I like Drupal, but boy is there a major steep learning curve to go beyond simple site. I’m working with Organic Groups. I figure a “Cause” on HFC can be a Group, and a “Need” be a response. Thing is, when I think about a fully working HFC, I kind of see hackers browsing through a catalog of “Needs” looking for ones that meet their skills.
So that to me speaks of Taxonomoy. I think I can go one further. What if there was a shared taxonomy between Needs and Hackers? A Hacker selects from a set of skills that they have, or things they are interested in. When a Cause posts a Need, it fills out the same skills. We can then match up hackers to needs in many ways. Show a “New Needs” box to Hackers browsing that only show them Needs that require their skills. All kinds of possabilities become available. (more…)
Posted in Stuff, Things and tagged drupal, havent, organic group, person, site, steep learning curve, test site, umbrella concept, vm, XAMPP by Zate with no comments yet.
We desperately need a server upgrade. We currently have 2 dedicated boxes, and it’s certainly starting to show it’s age. Major problem is space. I need more space to be able to upgrade TR and TF.
So I am putting the pressure on Aharon to buy us something new. Looking at this — http://knownhost.com/dedicated-servers.html
It’s what a site I frequent quite often (tankspot.com) uses, and they have many times our current users, so if it works for them, should work for us.
We can get a nicely configured quadcore i970 box, 12gb ram, 2x500gb drives, for about $300 a month. Only caveate is bandwidth, it comes with 2.5TB. Not sure how much we are currently using. I should look that up.
Biggest issue with that is backups. The drives are not mirrored (ouch!). so what happens if we have a disk failure? (more…)
Posted in Stuff, Things and tagged aharon, com, disk failure, knownhost, organic group, pressure, quadcore, site, thin ice, work by Zate with no comments yet.