New Google Adwords spammer

24. 11. 2008 at 11:31

Just a word of warning for Google Adword users. There’s a new email going around trying to catch you out.

The mail will look something like this

Dear Advertiser,
We were unable to process your payment.
Your ads will be suspended soon unless we can process your payment.
To prevent your ads from being suspended, please update your payment information.
Please sign in
to your account at,
and update your payment information.
No matter what size business you run
Advertise your business with Google Adwords

Before going to any site from an email link hover over the link to see where it’s directing you, because even though the landing page will look “real” the actual site may be a hoax (like this one is), and looking to get your username and password.


Google take searches to the next level

21. 11. 2008 at 13:26

The Google search has become so widely used that the phrase used “Just Google it” has become the common way to suggesting an internet web page search, so Google joins the like of Hoover and Sellotape. Yesterday Google took the search to the next level. They have added a feature that allows logged in Google users to move useful searched items to the top of the search results. So, for example, If I am always looking at black & white photography. When I search I may get two pages of spammy sites who’ve mastered their SEO. I then find the interesting stuff half way down page three. Now I can click an arrow to the right and it promotes that site to the top of page one, and remembers my preference. It’s like having a Digg system (see there I go) social bookmarking system for Searches.
The more you use it the better the results will be for you. And unlike other SEO techniques the affect of people upgrading sites to top wont affect others. You only see what you’ve done, and only when you’re logged in.  You can view how the community has collectively edited the search results but this does not affect your usual Google search.
As well as promoting sites you can also remove sites from the search too so you can get rid of spammy ones you can also make notes. This is a great move forward and it will be interesting to see if at any point Google starts to take not of quality filtered results and applies that data to their system so everyone benefits.

Finally wrote some music

21. 11. 2008 at 12:17

I’ve finally got around to creating some music, inspired by litening to some stuff I did many years ago while building a web site dedicated to mein glasfabrik. The first is a very short piece but I find it quite soothing. I’ve added it to my about me page on the site.
And then there’s a longer piece here: TempleWood
Hope you enjoy

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