Category Archives: Internet

Personal Torrent Protection

Sorry, this has moved to my new site.

This new article is expanded and worth the trip.

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Green Web Hosting

If your business is already environmentally friendly or working to get there, consider moving your website over to a host that shares the same values. Green web hosts rely on sustainable renewable energy sources to power their servers. Typically they also have a backup generator or are connected to the grid in the event something happens. That way you get the same reliability with a green host as you would any other.

Other hosts can’t always work well off of renewable energy. Often they are in regions incompatible with wind power or solar panels. However, they offset their usage by purchasing carbon credits.

Also be sure to choose a server that runs Linux or FreeBSD. Open Source tends to be more reliable than its closed source counter parts and is often free.

  • AISO.net relies completely on solar power. They run Windows and Linux servers. Plans start at $10/month.
  • ThinkHost uses solar and wind power. Their employees telecommute to further cut any potential emissions. They use a FreeBSD (think Unix) server. Hosting starts at $7.95 per month.
  • RackSpace doesn’t push the green aspect of their business like the others do. I’m not sure they even use green power. However, they do plant a tree for every server sold and that’s worth mentioning.
  • Sustainable Websites uses 100% wind power. They utilize Red Hat Linux and CentOS to power their servers. Plans start at $10/month.

If you’re a green web host seeking a little free advertising, let me know.  This site gets around 30 hits a day so its reasonable advertising.  I know that there must be more than four green hosts on the Internet, I just can’t find them.


Filtering StupidFilter

The guys behind StupidFilter hope to somehow clean up the Internet and do away with poorly made user content (like this site but without the quality found here). Sounds like the Nazis are back.

Seriously, the whole point of this grand Internet is so that we can put whatever the Hell we want to on it. No, its not always great content. Often it is terrible but its sometimes funny or thought provoking or heart wrenching. The quality content makes it to the top through a rather democratic process. People often give high fives to what they like and then more people see it, pushing it higher. Of course you don’t always find the best work at the top of the list but I frequently have.


Verify Your E-mail Addresses

Not so sure this is a good idea to plop your own e-mail address in but this script contacts the mail server, verifies the e-mail, and shoots back an “Ok” or “bad.”  Why not?  I worry about feeding a spammer but you can take your chances.

Check it out at the easy URL to remember: Verify-Email.org.


E-mail Link Encryption

If you’re like me, you probably don’t like putting your e-mail address out on the Internet due to spam. I have a good spam blocker but it still slips occasionally. Dynamic Drive has a web based encryption tool to lock down the identity of your e-mail so that spammers don’t get it. Of course, this only works when you’re posting your address on a website like this one.

Your code looks something like what’s below.

/*<![CDATA[*/

/***********************************************
* Encrypt Email script- Please keep notice intact
* Tool URL: http://www.dynamicdrive.com/emailriddler/
* **********************************************/

var emailriddlerarray=[99,104,114,105,115,116,111,112,104,101,114,46,109,97,114,116,115,64,103,109,97,105,108,46,99,111,109]
var encryptedemail_id12=” //variable to contain encrypted email
for (var i=0; i<iailriddlerarray.length; i++)
encryptedemail_id12+=String.fromCharCode(emailriddlerarray[i])

document.write(‘Here’s Your Text‘)

/*]]>*/


Speeding up Firefox – Part 1 of ?

Firefox has been my browser of choice before it was really Firefox (anyone remember those Phoenix and Firebird days?). Its been great. But I like to tweak stuff a lot. A whole lot. So here’s the first in a many for Firefox.

Money Saving Articles actually reports speeding up Firefox by using the about:config command. Its certainly worth a shot and does work.