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Archive: Smart Guys

Want Free Webhosting?

If any of you guys are interested, Jason over at The University Kid is giving away free blog hosting packages.  Apparently he bought a reseller hosting account and is feeling generous.

If you’ve ever wanted to start your own blog but didn’t want to pay for hosting (still have to buy a domain though), you should check it out.

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A Creative Prize

I usually don’t write about blog contests, but this one caught my eye.

Would you like to win a box full of dollars?  If so, just follow this guy on twitter, or write an entry about the contest on your blog.  I just think that’s cool.  A box full of dollars.  That’s pretty original.  Normally you only see lame prizes like blog themes or iPods, but a box full of dollars?  That’s unique.

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Pagerank At-a-Glance

I noticed that there’s around a billion sites out there that show you your site’s page rank, but I’ve never found one that lets you create a list to show a bunch of sites at once. I also decided that I needed to learn PHP, so I killed two birds with one stone and created this script.

PR At-a-Glance, in addition to being the first thing I’ve ever written in PHP, is a self-hosted script that lets you add and remove domains from a list that shows the domain names and a pretty PR button next to them. That’s about it so far. It’s my first script, shut up.

Anyway, if you have a bunch of domains and want to see all of their PRs on a simple list, then you can download the script here. You can also see a live version here. Username is cgr, password is password.

I plan on adding a few things to this script in the future, like basic security against SQL injection attacks, and maybe a nicer looking theme along with the ability to pull other information like Alexa and Technorati rank. Feel free to suggest any features you’d like to see.

EDIT: To anybody who has already downloaded the script: I found a bug in the code that made it so you couldn’t delete the first site on your list. I have fixed this bug and uploaded the corrected files. Just download the zip file again and then upload the new admin.php file to your server.

More edit: Someone reported an XSS exploit in the script, which I have fixed. New version is available to download (I’m going to put up a dedicated page for this script eventually). Thanks David!

Final edit: PR At-a-Glance now has it’s own page.  Major updates will be announced on the front page, but everything else will be listed on the dedicated page.

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News on teh Interwebs

Here’s a few interesting tidbits from the MMO niche you may have missed recently:

  • Jon, the founder of Wickedfire, is calling it quits .  Guess he’s sick of all the drama.  Goodnight sweet prince.
  • Ubercamp is now free .  Some of you may remember my thoughts on Paul’s project back when he started it.  I’d say that this is a good move, and should hopefully stimulate the growth of his forum.
  • Nickycakes’ ads are no longer free .  I just thought this was funny.
  • Shoemoney admits to being a former MMORPG addict . I know exactly what Shoe is talking about. My freshman year roommate got hooked on World of Warcraft, and it was like watching a building fall down in slow motion. Before WoW came out, he played a lot of video games, but he still went out to parties, went to class, etc. After WoW, he stopped going out with friends, never went to class (he played from 2 PM til 8 AM. Sleep a bit, repeat), and eventually he only left the room twice a day (to shower and run across the street for Subway). Tuesdays (when the servers were down), he’d just sit in front of his computer refreshing the server list (for hours), waiting for his server to come back up.  It was the most pathetic thing I’d ever seen.  Props to Shoe for overcomming his addiction.
  • I lost my ‘PHP and MySQL for Dummies’ book.  PR At-a-Glance is on hold until I find it.

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Get Indexed Faster

I’ve acutally got a legitimate SEO tip for you guys today. Do this: In Wordpress, click on your ‘Settings’ tab (or ‘Options’ if you’re running an older version). Click on ‘Writing’, and then scroll down to the bottom of the page. See that list of sites? If you’re like me, there’s only one there (probably because you didn’t know what that list was for). Well, that’s a list of update services that your blog pings every time you write a new post. If you want to get your new content indexed faster, it would make sense to alert more services, right? Here’s the new list that I’m using:

http://rpc.pingomatic.com/
http://api.feedster.com/ping
http://api.moreover.com/ping
http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping
http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2
http://ping.amagle.com/
http://ping.bitacoras.com
http://ping.blo.gs/
http://ping.feedburner.com
http://ping.rootblog.com/rpc.php
http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php
http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php
http://rcs.datashed.net/RPC2/
http://rpc.blogbuzzmachine.com/RPC2
http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/
http://rpc.icerocket.com:10080/
http://services.newsgator.com/ngws/xmlrpcping.aspx
http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
http://topicexchange.com/RPC2
http://www.blogdigger.com/RPC2
http://www.blogoole.com/ping/
http://www.blogoon.net/ping/
http://www.blogsnow.com/ping
http://www.blogstreet.com/xrbin/xmlrpc.cgi
http://www.lasermemory.com/lsrpc/
http://www.newsisfree.com/RPCCloud
http://www.popdex.com/addsite.php
http://www.snipsnap.org/RPC2
http://www.wasalive.com/ping/
http://www.weblogues.com/RPC/

Hopefully I’m the only one out there who was ignorant to the function of that list, but if not, someone should be able to put this to good use.

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