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Day March 26, 2010

The Internet in 1969

(via Kottke)

Mixed Messages

Regular readers of this blog know that a few weeks ago, I was alerted by google that my site had been hacked and there had been some obfuscated scripts added. I tracked them down and deleted them. Upgraded all software on my server and changed all passwords and a few other things. Google gave me a thumbs up and we were good to go.

A few readers who use Opera as a browser have reported that they’re still getting warnings that look like this:

A bit concerned, I clicked on the ‘more information’ link to see what Opera was objecting to and got this:

Wait, what does that say in the fine print:

Haute Secure has checked this site out and didn’t find anything which might be suspicious or dangerous.

WTF Haute Secure (just bought by Truste)?? You splash a giant red screen with FRAUD WARNING at the top when people try to get to my site and then when you go to more info you get a barely visible note saying that there’s nothing suspicious or dangerous on it? Mixed messages much?

There’s also no clear way for me to dispute it. I’ve just spent the last hour poking around trying to find a way to contact anybody to get an explanation why this site is still being blacklisted and have come up empty.

I’ve also spent another hour going through my server checking to see if there was anything suspicious and failed to find anything. So at this point I give up. I take internet security very seriously but Truste certainly isn’t doing anything to reach out to the site administrators that they’re so eager to blacklist even when their software can’t agree whether a site is malicious or safe.

‘Babies’ Trailer

(via Kottke)

I Went to a Fight and a Whataburger Broke Out

(NSFW)

Road Rage, Accident Centers on Obama Bumper Sticker

Or, why I refuse to put any bumper sticker on my car.

Mark Duren told News 2 the incident happened around 4:30p.m., while he was driving on Blair Boulevard, not far from Belmont University.

He said Harry Weisiger gave him the bird and rammed into his vehicle, after noticing an Obama-Biden sticker on his car bumper.

Duren had just picked up his 10-year-old daughter from school and had her in the car with him.

“He pointed at the back of my car,” Duren said, “the bumper, flipped me off, one finger salute.”

But it didn’t end there.

Duren told News 2 that Weisiger honked his horn at him for awhile, as Duren stopped at a stop sign.

Once he started driving again, down Blair Boulevard, towards his home, he said, “I looked in the rear view mirror again, and this same SUV was speeding, flying up behind me, bumped me.”

(via J-Walk where I get all my road rage information)

Question of the Day

What’s your favorite car that you’ve owned?

I had a Jeep Wrangler several years ago that I loved. It had no a/c so it was a bit rough in the summer and Mrs. C needed a small ladder to get into it.

Health-Reform Rally Heckler Says He’s Sorry and Scared

From Dispatch.com:

The man who berated and tossed dollar bills at a man with Parkinson’s disease during a health care protest last week says he is remorseful and scared.

“I snapped. I absolutely snapped and I can’t explain it any other way,” said Chris Reichert of Victorian Village, in a Dispatch interview.

In his first comments on an incident that went viral across the Internet and was repeatedly played on cable television news shows, Reichert said he is sorry about his confrontation with Robert A. Letcher, 60, of the North Side. Letcher, a former nuclear engineer who suffers from Parkinson’s, was verbally attacked as he sat before anti-health care demonstrators in front of Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy’s district office last week.

“He’s got every right to do what he did and some may say I did too, but what I did was shameful,” Reichert said. “I haven’t slept since that day.”

“I made a donation (to a local Parkinson’s disease group) and that starts the healing process.”

Here’s the video:


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