A blog and website by Peter Bengtsson
Every week I get an email via this website from someone who wants me to help them hack something. I've written things about the subject "hacking" but that doesn't make me a hacker. I'm not a hacker. Here's this week's nutter email I got:
im suraj from India.
Actually i want to b a computer expert.There must b nothin wth the coputer tht i cant do.so i think it can b done only wth a hacker.So can u plz help me wth this.pPleae tel me wht i hav to learn.
Does that make any sense?
Yesterday I got another one of these:
dear sir, yesterday some body stolen my cell cell number 9848133384 please search for the same and freeze my account so that no body can use it thank you yours faithfully kgdeekshitulu
It seems that a lot of people in India lose their mobile phones these days and that a lot of people in India think that by emailing me about it that I can do something about it.
I'm just a blogger. I don't have a machine that can cancel mobile SIMs.
I've recently registered now set up a new domain name for this website. It's peterbe.mobi and is there to the be mobile version of the pages.
I've also made some of these slight improvements to the css for mobile and removed the category images on the blog items. There is so much more that I can do but I just haven't had time. For example, there's no search on the mobile version.
The screenshot here to the right is from a Firefox extension I have called "Small Screen Rendering" which is useful if you want to get a guessimate look of how your page might appear in browser with a very small screen. Immediate conclusion: there's a hell of a lot of scrolling :)
I've now finally uploaded all my photos from the trip to China.
From 1,000 huge jpegs (at 1.6Gb) down to 300 resized ones (at 43Mb) it took quite a long time to rotate, chose, colour modify and title. To do it I had to use digikam which is the best photo album organiser program available on Linux. Even though it's the best I've found so far it still sucks. It's frustrating when you have lots to do but it's free and works better than nothing and I haven't donated any money to it.
As you might have noticed I have had to reduce the image quality quite a bit especially of the thumbnails. Sorry about this but I see thumbnails as navigation, not the real content. If you want higher resolution images I might be able to get you the original JPG if you ask kindly for it.
At the time of writing, if you do any of these searches on google:
...you'll notice two patterns:
I noticed this because these are referals from my logs that I've backtracked and listed. In all cases it's unintentional misspellings either by myself or people commenting within the pages. If it wasn't for these "double misstakes" certain people who never have reached my site. You can't control how bad people spell (especially when it comes to names) but you can control your own content.
In the case of 7 wounders of the world I could have delberately included a spelling misstake of "wounders" to catch both those who can spell and those who can't, thus increasing your reach via Google.
Personally I think you should, as a web master/content developer, avoid as many misspellings as possible and not try any cheap tricks but perhaps in some extreme cases, this phenomena can turn to your own advantage. Interesting.
We'll see what effect this might have and if it's worth. I guess 99% of all visitors on this site get it right but this tightens the "fool-proofness" even more. Google have one such alias set up on ww.google.com but not wwww.google.com