Sunday, March 19, 2006

Technorati Issues?

I posted early today about problems I've had with Technorati. Several people, including members of SIC, said that they also have had issues with them too.

Lena offered in the comments of my post to say something to her top-secret Technorati contact, whom she has evidently won over with her feminine wiles.

If you leave a message here or email me, I'll pass along a list of those of us who have Technorati issues, ok?

And will someone please invite Lena to SIC?

Thank you!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Firefox: Set Master Password

Setting your Master Password in Firefox is the perfect option for anyone who wants to keep the username and passwords of where they go on the Web, but don't want other people who use that computer to access that information. Here's how you do it.

For Firefox: "Tools -> Options -> Privacy -> Saved Passwords -> Set Master Password".

Make sure that you remember your Master Password. If you forget it for some reason, you won't be able to get in to change it or any other passwords and usernames.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Securing Your Intellectual Property

There have been many cases of post theft brought to my attention as of late. It is a sad thing when someone steals other’s intellectual property. It means that someone didn’t secure their data, and someone saw fit to steal it.

There are several ways to display data on the web; some are more secure than others. I am going to discuss Plain Text, and my preferred method, PDF.

HTML/Plain Text

No matter what threats, copyrights, or other means by which you attempt to secure your intellectual property when displaying it in plain text or HTML, someone is going to ignore or defeat your methods.

A friend of mine managed to secure her writings in HTML from IE users, only to have the same code NOT work in Firefox.

I’m sure that someone who is far more savvy than me can tell you about the code that is available to secure your data in HTML.

The only way (that I know of) to truly secure your data in HTML is to make it a private site, requiring a username and password. However, that really defeats the purpose when you’re trying to advertise your work freely.

Adobe Acrobat

I’m a big fan of PDF documents. You can secure them against printing, copy and paste, and digitally sign the document to claim it as your own. PDF is also has a small footprint, and doesn’t eat up a lot of space on your website.


You could put up a small snippet of your document, or a overview of your story in HTML, and then have the end users use the free acrobat reader to read your full story.

This may be a bit anal, but if the data is important to you, it’s just a matter of deciding how far you want to go to secure it.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

New Feedburner stats to combat spam blogs

from Blog Herald:

Feedburner are set to roll out a new stats package that they claim will help combat spam blogs.

The new features will help bloggers track those people who are republishing RSS feeds automatically, including both those who might be doing it legitimately with your permission - but also those who are not and who are writing spam blogs and infringing copyright. (more...)