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How to Use Twitter Without Being Annoying

Here are a few tips on how to use Twitter without being annoying.


Drupal Trademark Issues

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Dries is asking that people not use the word "Drupal" in domain names. I've started moving all content from DrupalTutorials.com and Drupalzilla.com over to this site. It seems like that is easier than applying for a license because those sites are "not for profit" and I don't want to spend money developing them. It's easier to move the content here.


Drupal Security - the CHANGELOG.txt file

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I've been having a lot of problems lately with WordPress sites getting hacked. So far no one has hacked any of my Drupal sites.


10 Top Drupal Sites

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Here are 10 examples of top-notch, high profile Drupal Web sites. This post is intended to give a quick example of what is possible with Drupal.


How to Find Your php.ini File

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When overriding your php.ini file, it helps to know where your server's current php.ini file is. Just run the following command in the terminal to locate your php.ini file:


Ascii Art Aquarium Screensaver for Linux: Asciiquarium!

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I found an interesting ascii aquarium screensaver for Linux terminals called Asciiquarium.


How Flash Cookies Threaten Your Privacy

Web sites are embedding bugs into your computer that track you even after you have cleared your browser's privacy settings.

These bugs are called Flash Cookies, or Local Shared Objects. Web sites use them to track you because they know that most people don't know about them and that they can track you even after you have cleared your privacy settings.

Web sites that use Flash cookies to bypass users' cookie privacy settings should be publicly flogged.


Why VistaPrint Is Creepy

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UPDATE: It looks like might be done with Flash cookies - a technique of bypassing a browser user's "clear cookies" preferences. More about Flash cookies here:
"Bypassing user intent like this is scummy, plain & simple."

I agree with that statement.

I followed up this post with a page about Flash cookies.

(For a complete list of updates and comments, please scroll down.)

I went to buy some business cards on Visatprint.com and noticed very weird behavior from the site.

Even though I had logged out, cleared cookies since my last visit to Vistaprint, my name would appear on the home page of the site whenever I visited it.

Here is a screenshot of the home page, with a key to the numbers:


Get Clicky: Free Web Stats

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Clicky is a great free Web stats program that you can use to get detailed information about your Web site's visitors.


Why You Should Never Use 1and1.com Hosting

UPDATE: I'm now going through another 1and1.com incident where my server has been down for over 36 hours. I don't host large sites there, but still have a few mini sites there that I didn't move yet. I highly recommend avoiding 1and1 hosting.

I have a so-called "1&1 Premier Professional Package" hosting package on 1and1.com hosting. It's supposed to be equivalent to their so-called "Developer" hosting package.

Tonight's experience was the last straw and I'm going to give you a few reasons why you should never use 1and1.com for hosting.