Stolen Blog Content

By StrangeWork.com: There is nothing in this world more frustrating then someone stealing your blog content. Even worse is when the site stealing your content also steals your search engine placement and you, the original author, gets bumped off the SERPs for duplicate content.

This happened to me recently for my post Free Motorola Q USB Device Drivers. This post was stolen by a site who has now bumped be off of Google for the search term “Motorola Q drivers”. Now instead of a user finding my article with the correct drivers they are looking for, they are taken to an adsense whored out site with no drivers on it.

Google and the other major search engines need to put a stop to this now! I was pulling in around 60 uniques a day from that post and now nothing. I have also received great feedback from people who really needed these drivers, but of course now they won’t be able to find them. This is where Mahalo.com has the right idea. User created results will always be more accurate then computer created results.

As a result I will now begin every blog post with “By StrangeWork.com”. I HATE thieves!

Gleamd.com: Find Interesting People

Welcome to Gleamd.com, a quick and efficient way of finding and tracking interesting people.
Gleamd.com logoGleamd allows users to add interesting people to their database and then rank people based on how interesting they are with a “Digg” style voting button. This is what sets Gleamd apart from sites like Wink or Spock.

Gleamd also gives members the ability to post comments about specific people on their profile. This feature might not fair well for people with a few enemies, but only time will tell.

Gleamd was developed by Matt McInerney, who I have been following for a few months now on Twitter.

Overall Gleamd is a pretty entertaining site. It is still in a very early stage of life, but I’m sure Gleamd will have a bright future ahead of it.

Halloween by Rob Zombie

Friday, August 31st marks the date the new Halloween movie reaches theaters. Halloween is easily my favorite movie series of all time, so you can image the excitement I have about the new film.
Halloween movie poster
I also happen to be a pretty big Rob Zombie fan as well! I’ve seen Rob perform twice live and enjoyed both of the horror films he has released to date.

I’m really anxious to see a horror classic like Halloween get the Rob Zombie treatment in a remake. I’m sure it will live up to the hype and my expectations. Michael Myers started this genre of horror film and he is still going stronger than ever. Freddy and Jason take notes, this is how it’s done.

I highly recommend everyone see this movie over the long Labor Day weekend! I’m sure you will not be disappointed. I know I won’t be!

SimpleSpark.com: Find and Share Web Applications

Finding new web applications online can be a tricky task. With hundreds launching daily how is it possible to keep up? SimpleSpark.com has the answer. With over 5000 web applications in their catalog, SimpleSpark.com aims to make finding new cool web applications easier than ever!
SimpleSpark.com logo
SimpleSpark takes the catalog idea and wraps in some nice web 2.0 features, such as the ability to share web applications with friends. Apps are organized by their respective categories including New web apps, iPhone apps, and even Wii apps!

SimpleSpark is a great promotional tool for startups looking to spread the buzz about their new site. What’s not to love about a site that helps us developers promote our products?

How To: Update your Twitter status with ASP

Here is a simple script I wrote in classic ASP to update your Twitter status via the Twitter API. This script handles basic HTTP authentication to validate your Twitter account and URL Encoding to send over friendly status updates.

<%
Response.Buffer = True
Dim xml
Set xml = Server.CreateObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP")

twitter_username = "username"	'change to your twitter username
twitter_password = "password"	'change to your twitter password

new_status = "visit strangework.com!"		'change to your new status

xml.Open "POST", "http://" & twitter_username & ":" & twitter_password & "@twitter.com/statuses/update.xml?status=" & server.URLencode(new_status), False
xml.setRequestHeader "Content-Type", "content=text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"
xml.Send

Response.Write xml.responseText		'view Twitter's response

Set xml = Nothing
%>

How To: Keep iTunes video window “always on top”

One small annoyance I’ve had for some time with iTunes is the fact you can’t keep the video window “always on top” of other windows. This is really annoying if you are trying to work and watch your favorite podcasts or movies.

Currently there is no way to accomplish this with iTunes. However I found a nice small program, for Windows and Apple, that allows you to designate any window you want to always stay on top!

For Windows: PowerMenu
Description: PowerMenu is a small application that adds some extra menu items to the windows control menu: Always On Top, Transparency and Minimize To Tray.

For Apple: Afloat
Description: Afloat is a small Cocoa plug-in that adds “Keep Floating”, “Always on Top” and “Make Transparent” commands to the Window menu of many Mac applications.

Once installed simply right-click your iTunes video window and select “Always on Top” from the menu. Now you can easily enjoy your favorite videos while working away!

Xbox 360 repaired and returned

My Xbox 360 repair journey has come to an end. I received my Xbox 360 back from Microsoft support last Friday. It took a total of 19 days from the initial call to receiving my Xbox back and working. Xbox 360 logo

It was very apparent that Microsoft has spent a lot of money on the repair process. The entire process was very streamlined and efficient.

Overall I have to give Microsoft props. I don’t think they could have made this process any easier. I’ve spoke with gamers who sent there system in back in June and had a horrible experience, but it appears they have worked out all of the bugs in their system.

If your Xbox is busted I suggest you get the repair process started ASAP. Halo 3 will be here before you know it and then there might just be a line to get your Xbox repaired.

BTK Killer works at UHAUL

I rented a truck from UHAUL the other day to move a new TV I just purchased. While filling out the paperwork I happened to notice the General Manager’s business card on the counter. I was shocked when I looked at his picture! It’s the BTK Killer!

BTK works at UHAUL image

Dennis Rader BTK Killer

With a new haircut and a different style of moustache, Dennis Rader has been living among us all along!

Backpage.com: Free Online Classifieds

Welcome to the world of FREE online classifieds! Backpage.com is just that, a free online classifieds site in the style of craigslist.org.

Backpage.com logo I first learned of Backpage.com when they partnered with the local NBC affiliate here in Indianapolis.

What makes Backpage.com differ from craigslist.org you ask? Simple. They focus on one function: Classified ads. Users are allowed to post a classified ad for free and even upload pictures for free!

Yesterday I made my first big purchase from Backpage.com, a 57″ Toshiba HD TV!

Toshiba HD TV image

Backpage.com was a very valuable resource in finding such a great deal!

BuiltWith.com: Web Page Technology Profiler

Have you ever been a little curious as to what technologies are used to develop a certain web site? BuiltWith.com answers just that!
BuiltWith.com logo
Simply enter a URL and BuiltWith will provide information on Analytics and Tracking, Framework, Widgets, Encoding, and anything else they can determine.

BuiltWith.com seems to be fairly accurate, however it stumbles on Classic ASP. Testing Batteries.com proved this.

Overall BuiltWith.com is a fun tool for exploring a little deeper into your favorite sites!