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    IE8 - first 41 days

    Internet Explorer 8, the finished release version, has been out over a month now. I'm not seeing many reports of problems, and that worries me. What gives?
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    The Politics of Housing Prices

    I ran across an interesting article. This was written in 2006:
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    Networking For Dummies

    I was about to go to to place my order for Networking For Dummies, when I decided to wait until my local bookstore opened and see if they had it - probably do - but they won't be open for a couple of hours, so I decided to post this. Basically, I have two simple questions (if I...
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    IE7 Tabbed Browsing Problem

    This is more an annoyance than a problem. This past week, I've been reading up on it and trying various things, none of which have worked. Much of what I have read is in user groups and forums, and the most common thing is for people to misunderstand the question, or to offer suggestions they...
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    Web's Dark Side

    Front page news on, this story wasn't found on Yahoo, MSN: "Google searches web's dark side" "One in 10 web pages scrutinised by search giant Google contained malicious code that could infect a user's PC." "It found that the code was often contained in those parts of the...
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    Duplicate Content Experiment

    As some may have noticed, I was once a more of a regular here, but have been away (from posting) for a while. Part of the reason was the time it took to produce my GrandpaHoward CD. I have also been conducting an experiment in duplicate content, which I would like to share. The experiment...
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    Besides being a handy package for spam, it's annoying. For the last two weeks, I have been getting an increasing number of spam emails where the spammy information is contained in an image, rather than in the text of the message. For that reason, the email is not tagged as spam by Spam...
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    Hotlink No - Download Yes

    Hello Statsters! It's been a long time since I have posted, although you might have felt me lurking. I have been busy, as you will see if you follow the link in my signature. I have a question on on hotlink protection. I know how to do it using .htaccess the standard way, but I have...
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    Ten Questions on Site Security

    Thanks again to all who replied to an earlier post ( ). The group I mentioned before is moving ahead with their website. They have a member who has created a 3-page information site. They have a regular hosting account with features...
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    What Constitutes Proper Site Testing/Maintenance?

    I am helping a community organization with their website. They have asked me several questions. I told them I would get back to them with answers. Here are the questions: 1. How often should the site be checked, tested, maintained, reported on, etc.? 2. What things do you test when you...
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    Spamware Plays Hide and Seek

    Spamware Plays Hide and Seek: For the past month, the Intenet Storm Center (ISC) has been issuing a warning about very long registry key values which malware can hide on your system, making detection difficult, even for AdAware and HijackThis. The ISC is now offering a free registry search...
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    Mail Form Hacking

    I am still working on finding a very secure form-to-email php script. The issue is validation of input data. Cross-Site-Scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities are more dangerous than spam attacks. I have come across a number of articles describing the problem and explaining possible...
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    To Blog or Not to Blog: That is the question...

    In a post somewhere, I probably said my advice on improving one's website's search engine results was to create a blog and put links to your site on the blog. It seems blogs get spidered more often than static pages. I once read that this is because of the constant content updates -...
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    Offer expired - Opera Users: Get Free Registration Code

    TOO LATE! THE OFFER HAS EXPIRED I know the Subject of this topic makes it seem like spam. It's not. See the sticky on Terms Of Use - oh, forgot, there's no sticky - yet. This is a long post, so bear with me. Today, someone at webmasterworld posted a thread about the tenth anniversay...
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    Shared vs. VPS/VDS Hosting?

    I am helping with the design of a new website. It will be 4 or 5 static html pages, an information site. Updates to info monthly, or quarterly. I am recommending the use of a hosting company which offers shared hosting (about $5/mo), however someone suggested VPS/VDS hosting (about $10/mo)...
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    Adobe Acrobat Reader - problems solved

    Hello to all, I have been lurking this forum since last year, when I first started using StatCounter on my sites. Many fine posts by chrisooc, jonra01, hiwayracer, Sharron, JWJ, motorwatchercounter, webtoolman, faze3, arne, and others. Thank you for helping me solve many questions on...