Month: March 2006

Gmail Chat Blocked

Portfolioso March 28, 2006 1 Comment Rants

I logged into Gmail in school yesterday and was shocked. Apparently, the admins updated the 8e3 blocklist, which happened to block out gmail’s chat feature. How retarded is that?

 

Things our admins should not be worried about: blocking useless websites, NetSupport (the retarded program that is used to take over your computers/ spy on you), retarded restrictions like blocking view source, etc.

Things they should be worried about: nonexistent security (I’m just not going to get into that), viruses and broken computers.

Have fun…

More Site Maintenance

Portfolioso March 25, 2006 1 Comment Useless Update

I spent some time fixing up my internal links page (to all cool stuff on this site). It was very boring and old looking, so I replaced it with a nicer looking layout and regrouped the links by relevance. I also fixed some php code that the user does not see, but it’s all good because it made some files smaller and will decrease load time and save bandwidth by eliminating useless code. I also fixed some titles that were wrong. Anyway, I know you people don’t care, but I do so whatever 😛

Proxy Fixed

Portfolioso March 15, 2006 3 Comments Website Related

Good news to all of those who enjoy using my proxy bypass utility. It is now fixed. It has been broken for the past few days and it works again, even better than the old one.

I have nothing more to say (short post tonight because I have a lot of work to do).

Image Gallery Layout Fix

Portfolioso March 13, 2006 No Comments Website Related

I had to do something about my image gallery because it looked like ass in Internet Explorer. Even though the CSS (which is a stylesheet that customizes the page layout) validated and followed browser compliancy standards, IE still made a mess of the page. In Firefox, the gallery displayed nicely, but since most fools use Internet Explorer, I had to fix it. You don’t know how many extra hours of coding Internet Explorer has caused me over the past few years. When things looked good in Firefox, I checked in IE and they were messed up. If you search this blog for IE, you will see other posts of me complaining about how IE messed up my pages. Anyway, enough ranting.

Some of the things that were messed up included: Menu image buttons not aligning, ugly and misaligned webbed graphic showing up that didn’t belong, repeating top menu graphic (only one was needed) and some random text that did not belong there.

I also got rid of that @ menu mouseover thing because it confused people. You would have to mouseover the @ to make a submenu show up. The login link was on that submenu login. This was too hard of a concept for most people and I got flooded with email and asked 20 times how to log in. So instead of mousing over the retarded @, I got rid of the @ and made the submenu display at all times. Much easier..

So now that the gallery is more user friendly, I hope you all like it better. (It still looks a bit better in Firefox, but at least it’s decent in IE)

Peer Guardian

Portfolioso March 3, 2006 No Comments Computer/ Tech Related

This is a Portfolioso endorsed advertisement for an awesome program that no one should be without.

PeerGuardian 2 is Phoenixlabs’ premier IP blocker for Windows. PeerGuardian 2 integrates support for multiple lists, list editing, automatic updates, and blocking all of IPv4 (TCP, UDP, ICMP, etc), making it the safest and easiest way to protect your privacy while using P2P applications. What does this mean in English? It just blocks IP addresses from bad ranges. The default IP list that comes with the program is a P2P (peer to peer) list.

So why block P2P? If you download music or other files on the internet, there are a lot of servers with fake data on them. Sometimes you’ll get scrambled music files. As for the bittorrent community, the RIAA and MPAA are hiring tracing companies such as MediaSentry to collect IP addresses so legal action can be taken against those who download illegally.

Note: I am not endorsing the use of P2P for illegal purposes. It is wrong to break copyright laws. I’m just informing why people should use this program. There are a lot of legitimate torrents (such as videos licensed under Creative Commons, for instance, Revision3) and the bad servers can mess around with these legitimate, legal torrents – so it’s good to stay protected. Even if you are downloading legal content, your IP can be confused by tracing companies like Mediasentry (since the other people you’re downloading from may also share illegal stuff, you connect to those peers to download the legal content. If the peer you’re connected to gets traced, you may be pointed the blame even if you are 100% innocent).

If you don’t download illegal stuff to begin with, you will never get caught – keep that in mind. PeerGuardian helps, but nothing is perfect and EVERYTHING you do on the internet is traceable.

Download it here: http://phoenixlabs.org/pg2/

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