Vastari’s Tech Rants

The insane recommendations of a maniac.

SlashmySearch

Well, I found this handy little item called SlashMySearch. Basically, it’s a search engine as good as Google (really, it is). And what makes it even better is the fact that you get paid for it too! That’s right, you actually get paid for your searches and any searches your referrals make! That’s right. You have a two level downline of referrals, and you earn money for their searches too. So if someone signs up under you, and someone under them, you earn money from both.

That’s where the real power of this thing is. I’ve seen proof of payment and have decided to try it out for a month to see how much I can earn. I’m not expecting riches, but it’d be nice to see just how much. If you’d like to see just how much you can earn, take a look at this: Referral Map

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September 29, 2007 Posted by | My Websites | , , | Leave a comment

New Website design

Well, my personal website Vastari’s Domain has had a complete makover. I prefer this new layout and design for several reasons, though the main one is that it gives me more room. Also, a new tutorial is up. Part I of the “Create Your Own Website Tutorial”. Go ahead and read it if you want.

One thing that does bug me. You may have noticed that my Alexa Rank is far from ideal at over 8 million. Why is this? Two reasons really. One is that I don’t have a lot of visitors, which is a shame. The second reason is due to the rather stupid way Alexa ranks a page. You see, it only counts views from people who have the Alexa toolbar installed on their browser. If a viewer doesn’t have it, then their view isn’t counted. This means that websites geared towards webmasters are most likely to get high rankings, as it’s mainly webmasters and website owners who have the Alexa toolbar in the first place.

So if you’d like to help me out (which’d be nice, given that my tutorials help you out), download the Alexa toolbar via the link on my homepage and install it. It helps you too, as the toolbar allows you to search Amazon for products you want to buy from any webpage. So go on, download it.

September 23, 2007 Posted by | My Websites | , , | Leave a comment

The Time Fountain

I have just found the COOLEST invention ever. A way of controlling water drops in real time. I’m not joking either.

Click Here to see it. You can purchase it fully constructed for $200, or in parts to assemble yourself for cheaper. It really is cool, don’t ya think. Plus, this guy has a bunch of other inventions for sale, so take a look around and see what you like.

September 22, 2007 Posted by | Reviews, Technology | Leave a comment

Yuwie – Get paid to MySpace

Hey, I ain’t kidding around. This is a genuine opportunity to make money by doing whatever you’re doing on myspace or Bebo or Facebook. Well, it looks genuine enough so I’m recommending it thoroughly. Basically, you create a profile just like you do on any other social networking website. Then, depending on how many page views you get, you earn a small amount of money. I mean really small, like a fraction of a cent. However, the true power of Yuwie comes from the referral system. Basically for every view your referrals get, you ALSO earn money. And not just your direct referrals either. Anybody they refer, and anybody they refer and so on, for ten levels! That’s a lot of money making opportunites. So go on, check it out. Now.

September 19, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The Last Question – Isaac Asimov

A short story written by Isaac Asimov, detailing the life of a computer and its descendants as they struggle to answer one question asked by Man. And the answer it comes up with is rather….enlightening.

The Last Question

September 15, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Weekly Review : I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?

Review Type : Website

I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?

This is just one of those sites you’d look at four hours on end. I certainly did, much to my detriment (set me back about an hour on stuff I had to do). It’s not particularly informative, it’s just funny. And I suppose cute, but I lack a soul, so I wouldn’t notice that.

Basically, it’s a blog with all those pictures you see online called ‘lolcats’. You know the ones. Pictures of cats in funny poses with some badly spelled, grammatically incorrect writing on the picture. They can give you a good old laugh, and if you’re bored with nothing to do, just go browsing through the posts and it’ll perk you right up.

RATING : 7/10 – Good for you spare time.

September 14, 2007 Posted by | Reviews | Leave a comment

Wikipedia Scandals!

One American student sent major corporations, governments and even the Vatican on the defensive after coming up with Wikipedia Scanner, a software program that reveals who changed Wikipedia entries.

Wikipedia.com is an online encyclopedia edited by general users, who write articles on every imaginable subject. Since it is written by users, anyone can edit, delete and arrange the articles on Wikipedia.

What Virgil Griffith did was come up with a program that reveals who edits these articles, via a system where it scans the I.P address and cross-references it with the I.P. directory.

As soon as the software was launched on the internet, chaos erupted.

Among many revelations, Wikipedia Scanner reported that:

Microsoft tried to cover up the XBOX 360 failure rate

Apple edit Microsoft entries, adding more negative comments about its rival

Bill Gates revenge? Microsoft edits Apple entries, adding more negative comments about its rival

The Vatican edits Irish Catholic politician Gerry Adams page

In the 9/11 Wikipedia article, the NRA added that “Iraq was involved in 9/11”

Exxon Mobil edits spillages and eco-system destruction from oil spillages article

FBI edits Guantanamo Bay, removing numerous pictures

Oil company ChevronTexaco removes informative biodiesel article and deletes a paragraph regarding fines against the company

Scientology removes criticism and negatives article from Scientology page

Al Jazeera TV station adds that the foundation of Iraq was just as bad as the Holocaust

Amnesty International removes negative comments

Dell Computers deletes negative comments on customer services and removes a passage how the company outsources work to third world countries

MySpace removes paragraph when their website was hacked

EA Games deletes whole paragraphs of criticism about employment practices and business methods

Dog breeding association deletes whole paragraphs about fatal attacks by dogs on humans

US Republican Party changes the “Post-Saddam” section of the Baath Party article to a different account of the war, changing the language from “US-led occupation” to “US-led liberation”

Fox News removes all controversial topics against the network from the Fox News page

News of the World deletes a number of criticism against the paper

Nestle removes negative comments on its business practices from its page

UN address calls journalist Oriana Fallaci a racist ‘prostitute’

Portuguese government removes entries about Prime Minister’s scandals

DieBold, the company that controversially supplied computerised polling stations in the US elections, removes numerous paragraphs with negative comments

Walmart removes criticism of outsourcing work. The retailer also changes negative paragraphs of underpaid workforce

Sony removes harmful paragraphs against blu-ray systems

Someone at Reuters calls Bush “a mass murderer”

Coca Cola removes negative content about its effects

British Conservative Party removes negative references of its MPs and deletes paragraph of the party’s old policies

US University adds the “prestigious” adjective to its page

Boeing edits from “Boeing is a leading American aircraft and aerospace manufacturer” to “Boeing is the leading American aircraft and aerospace manufacturer”

MSN Search is “a major competitor to Google”. That’s what MSN added to their page

BBC changes Blair’s drink from coffee to vodka and his workout from the gym to the bedroom. Someone from the BBC also changes Bush’s page, changing the name from ”George Walker Bush” to “George Wan*** Bush”

Someone from The Guardian edits the Wikipedia page of rival newspaper The Times. Originally in the article it is said that The Times sells more than The Guardian. After the edit, The Guardian sells more.

Griffith created the tool to “create minor public relations disasters for companies and organizations I dislike,” he said on his web site. He admitted that it’s impossible to be sure if the edits were made by someone working at one of the organizations, although the I.P. address reveals that they were made by someone with access to their network, he says.

Griffith came up with the idea when he “heard about Congressmen being caught for white-washing their Wikipedia pages,” he said.

“If the edit occurred during working hours, then we can reasonably assume that the person is either an agent of that company or a guest that was allowed access to their network,” he wrote.He said he believes that anonymous speech is important for open projects like Wikipedia. The online encyclopedia works fine today for “noncontroversial topics,” he said, but tools like Wikipedia Scanner can help make the site more reliable for controversial topics, he said.

September 10, 2007 Posted by | World News | Leave a comment

Creative Zen VPlus problems

I’m having great difficulty with my Creative Zen VPlus. It served me well for a few months, but has lately started freezing. I can find no reason why it keeps freezing as it does, and continuous Re-Formatting and resetting does not seem to help.

So, until further notice, I have reverted back to the old, yet trusty, Rio Sports Player (which I highly recommend).

If anyone at all can help me, and hence make sure the Zen was not a waste of money, I’d be delighted to here from you.

September 9, 2007 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

John Hurt’s not Irish!

Gasp! Actually, I saw this one coming. But when I read the news article, I kinda felt bad for the guy. He so fervently believed he was Irish and loved Ireland so much (can’t say I blame him. We kick ass). Ah well. He’s a great actor (I especially loved him in Alien, though he did die quite soon into it), and I used to be friends with his son. Not that I’m bragging or anything.

The one time I met him, he did seem a genuinely nice guy, and my friend was a great laugh too. Don’t worry John, you’ll always have me as a fan!

September 9, 2007 Posted by | World News | Leave a comment

The Game

Hello good readers. Welcome to my monthly “THE GAME!” Post. Posted on the first Sunday of every month, at precisely 12:01 in the morning (that’s one minute after midnight).

CONGRATULATIONS! You are now playing “THE GAME!” If you weren’t already. The Rules:

  1. You are in THE GAME! for life, there is no quitting.
  2. You cannot win THE GAME! You can only lose.
  3. You lose whenever you remember the game.
  4. When you lose, you are out for 30 minutes. During these 30 minutes, you can remember the game without losing. (Note:If you are already in THE GAME! You may have heard a different time for which you are out. Follow that one.)
  5. When you lose, you must shout out “I LOST THE GAME!”
  6. As soon as you mention THE GAME! to anybody, and explain the rules to them, they are in THE GAME! as well.
  7. The objective of THE GAME!? To have everybody on Earth playing it.

P.S. You have now lost THE GAME!

The Rules 

September 9, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment