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PHP Malware Problem

While working with the WePay API, I needed to get some clarification with a PHP function and decided to reference the PHP documentation at php.net. Little did I know that Chrome had some different ideas for me this morning:
PHP Malware error

This seemed very odd to me. I mean, I understand that php.net has some malware-type code on it if it is classifying PHP code as malware. Even the URI that I referenced was directly to php.net/print_r, so there wasn't any URI misdirection or rewriting or anything like that, so I am very confused.

I looked into the problem that Google provided:
PHP Malware description

That wasn't very helpful, but it did provide an insight to the issue.

I don't know why Google decided that php.net contained malware since over 100 million sites use the language, with at least 3x the amount of developers on a per-day basis?

Has anybody else experienced this kind of issue? Was my version of Chrome just derping up?

Update (2013-10-25 09:13 AM): Slashdot covered this error in particular in a discussion forum on their website. Apparently, it was a bit of compromised and altered Javascript that caused Google to flag the site.


Tags:#php #google #chrome #problem

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I FOUND THE TARDIS!

(Well, a bunch of other people found it before me, but I thought it was a neat trick)

After browsing around Facebook for a bit, I noticed an odd item in my news feed:
What could this be?

So I decided to check it out. After fiddling around with a newer version of the Google Maps images (and some more recent images), I decided to go incognito (according to the comments), and by using the Classic version of Google Maps on this link (bit.ly/14K4bWn), I was able to.....you guessed it: GO INTO THE TARDIS!
Yay! We are in the TARDIS! The console! In detail! More console! In detail! It is more than just cardboard cutouts We can go under and mess with the wires! Viewing from afar What? Time to leave?

....and (even though I know it was just a recreation of the actual TARDIS, and I wish it was Tennant's TARDIS instead of Smith 2.0, as first seen in "The Snowmen") it was fun to view. I can't wait to go to the the experience and view it myself with more interaction!


Tags:#doctorwho #tardis #google #maps

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Get a Webpage Screenshot with GIMP

I was browsing around GIMP trying to get a screenshot when I stumbled upon this neat little trick:
GIMP Get Webpage

In GIMP (this edition is in Windows 7), you can go to "File > Create > From Webpage" to get a screenshot of a webpage! This is especially helpful on super-long pages (like Parallax websites) in addition when the browser Screenshot extensions/addons/plugins do a bad job.

(I have the Screen Capture extension in Chrome, and it works most of the time, but sometimes it gets the screenshot and misses/overlaps sections, so I have to repeat the Screen Capture process multiple times in order to get it right).

Anyway, after you click "From Webpage" in GIMP, type in your URL
GIMP Get Webpage

And click "OK".

In a few seconds, you'll have a full screenshot of the website in GIMP ready to edit/export/compress/etc!
GIMP got Shadow Dev!


I hope this helps some people out. I know it will save me a few headaches.


Tags:#gimp #screenshot #google #chrome #shadowdev

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Viewing Recent Purchases via Google

I was browsing for the voltage requirements for an item I recently purchased through Amazon when I found this neat little trick with Google:

I was browsing for HDE, the seller of a nice little camera I bought, when this box on the right popped up.
Searching for HDE with Google

I thought it was kind of cool, so I clicked on "1 item from Amazon.com" (which took me to https://google.com/search?&q=my+purchases) and I saw this:
My Purchases with Google

Google used my Gmail information and told me (very concisely) what the recent orders were, their expected delivery dates, and a tracking link for each (if it can find a relevant one).

I didn't expect to find this, but hey, one more way that Google is making my life easier.

(PS: You will need an active Gmail account for this to work)

(PPS: You can also just Google "my purchases" and the search result page will come up as well - you don't have to go through these steps to find that page)


Tags:#google #gmail #amazon #purchase #search #tracking

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Monday Rollercoaster

Since I seem to droll on with my previous catch-up posts, I promise to keep this one short and sweet:

Today:
  • Came in today, worked with Janet to get her new menu ready
  • Recorded/processed payments/invoices for 3 clients
  • Added rewards to said clients
  • Signed up for Basecamp, explored it a bit
  • responded to emails, including Tom, Kat (+debugging), client (previous system), client (current checkout system), client (invoice followup), Amazon Spoofing
  • Checked my backlogged Reader
  • Ordered mini-squishies
  • Scanned for Health Insurance quotes - couldn't find anything usable under $90/mthCompany insurance survey
  • reconciled accounts (both)
  • split insurance declarations into one document
  • updated SD's G+ page
  • added G+ to Blog and site (for Author Verification program)
  • updated Janet's site with new roll
  • explored IdeaPaint some more
  • worked on the Team Operating Manual a bit

Previous to today:
  • Rewatching the reboot of Doctor Who, got Keat hooked
  • Signed SD up for Pintrest, flickr
  • made some major progress on the SD Portal
  • became Google Engage partner
  • talked with White Fox Studios
  • went to family gathering, had fun
  • started going to N-Scale meetings
  • PiLam volunteer meetings
  • Interviewed two people
  • Southern Atlantian Archery Day (SAAD):, rain, bow broke, stayed a night at Keat's parent's place, got refund for busted bow
  • JapanFest!
  • Sacred Stone Baronial Birthday: fun, shot some, went and stayed the night at friends house b/c it was so humid
  • met with SMDC, we are moving! (videos)
  • SD now insured
  • Got award from Powder Creek Traditional Archery


See? Told you it would be short and sweet.

And here's a short and sweet comic to sum up what Niko has been doing when I'm not in the chair:
Kitty in Chair


Tags:#doctorwho #janet #invoices #basecamp #squishies #insurance #googleplus #ideapaint #pilambdaphi #saad #japanfest #trains

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Google meets SimCity

Google ceases to amaze me. I was trying to find the quickest way to my local polling place today, and I saw a new button on Google Maps that said 3D. Couldn't help but click it.

Not to change subjects, but this marks my 100th Blog Entry! Yay!

Anyway, after a few minutes of processing, I was surprised! Google merged Maps with Earth and added 3D effects to the browser-based directional application. It seems like Google took a trick from Maxis' gamebook and created a realistic SimCity.

Before proceeding, take a look at what SimCity can produce (as of SC4):
SimCity


Here are a few samples I thought I'd try:

Raleigh, NC


Raleigh, NC


Charlotte, NC


Charlotte, NC


San Fran


San Francisco, CA


Washington DC


Hey look! 3D Trees and 3D Fountain!
Washington, DC


Hey look! A CG person in DC!


A Person in DC!


My fellow Con-goers should recognize this structure


Can you guess the con?


If you get a chance, try it out yourself. It's only in Metro areas for the time being, but other places (like Waynesville) have a topographical 3D layout instead of buildings (yet).


Tags:#google #maps #earth #simcity #maxis

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Busy Monday

Zits


Whoa, it's Monday already. What a busy day/week/month so far.

Here's the rundown:
Today:

  • I received 2 calls 15 minutes before my alarm this morning from 2 clients. Way for a Monday to start.

  • Stopped by Post Office to pick up package that wouldn't fit in the mailbox on Saturday

  • I got to the office and got ready to make some calls that I was supposed to make. Had the first client come in. Nice lady, but seemed like she just wanted to vent. No biggie - but did find out that her husband has some Pro Photography experience and could take pro photos of us on Wednesday for the Ad

  • Tom came in as I was finishing up with the 1st client. I finished things up and went to him. He and I started talking about some personal stuff.

  • 5 minutes into that meeting, client #2 walks in, talks for 5 minutes, leaves. I go back to Tom and discuss options for him

  • Spend an hour or so deciphering odd Paypal code. Tom makes packets.

  • I did some budget analyzing and found out that it costs us (figuratively) $13 to make an info packet. Whoa.

  • Tom left; I called/contacted most of the people on my list today

  • Responded to some emails, cleared up confusion in a contract, and graded an email

  • Ordered more ink for the business - $50 for each other, 2 standard blacks, and 1 XL black - not bad.

  • updated and re-printed a sign for the office (with hours and updated QR code)


All in all, it doesn't seem like a lot, but I've been going non-stop since I got here at 10:15.

And not to bore you with the finer details, here's the quick-and-dirty summary from last week:

  • My old phone was sick. I got a new one! YAY!

  • Kat, Keat and I played WhiteWolf on Saturday and Sunday

  • Had meeting with Shadow Dev staff on Monday, hired Kat on

  • Planned Developer Training for Shadow Dev

  • Working out the finer details of our Movie Night

  • Had to deal with the Copier missing the Scanning function - had a meeting with Allan and going to figure it out

  • Fixed a client's login/check issue - that took a while

  • Finally got ST:TNG Season 1 and 7 back on Netflix - now I can finish Season 1

  • My 2nd oldest sister and Dad stopped by on Friday - she is now in TN

  • Met wit 2 potential clients. Wish I was more professional

  • Finally got a response back from the Fox Carolina guys about the relationship. I was told to call another person. Here we go again

  • Had a major server outage on Friday for about an hour. I can honestly say IT WASN'T MY FAULT! Apparently, the server company had an issue with their main operations server and had to force a shutdown/restart. All details are at the Shadow Dev Blog

  • Fixed some issues with another client's site. Should be getting the final check soon

  • Watched the 4th Bleach Movie. It was really good.

  • Created a Site Reporter using Google's API. Now, I get daily reports telling me where Shadow Dev is in non-biased Google Rankings for our area

  • And of course, the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. Still can't believe I was a freshmen in High School when that happened. My support goes to those in need.


That wraps up last week. And now for something completely different (but TOTALLY worth it):
Blade!



Tags:#blade #twilight #foxcarolina #server #outage #google #sttng #training #developer #shadowdev #phone #ink #sign #calls #postoffice #zits

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Nuggets!

Wow, it's been over a week (almost 2) since I last posted. Does that give you any idea on how busy I have been?
Working Daze


PS: I'm calling this "Nuggets" because we are making home-made chicken nuggets for CJ tonight! YAY!

I won't go into too many finer details, but here's the rundown of the past few weeks:
Personal:

  • Best News: I'm on Google+! I've been waiting forever for a friend to send me an invite, and I finally got one! YAY!(?)

  • 2nd Best News: Netflix has all of the Star Trek Series on Instant Play! I can now watch every episode of TNG, DS9, and Voyager back to back and in chronological order! YAY!!! YAY!!! YAYAYAYAYAY!!!!! (did I say "Yay?") NYAN!

  • Keat an d I got a used PS3. It's good and all, but we think the main laser went out and we have to get it replaced. TBD

  • CJ is here for the weekend. Is there a word for "insane insanity to the insane max?" If so, that's what we (me, Keat, and CJ) are together. I don't think there is ever a dull or boring moment.

  • On the same topic, CJ watched "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" yesterday. Let's just say that he almost died laughing. Finally! A Mel Brooks comedy he likes!

  • On a similar topic, I've become a big Cary Elwes fan. I don't know what it is, but he is a natural actor and damn good at it! I mean, Psych, Twister, Men in Tights, Glory, and of course, The Princess Bride, he has a good line-up of fimography credits. And.....

  • I'm not one for Cosplay I used to not be into Cosplay, but after seeing The Princess Bride a few weeks ago, I'm determined to make Cary's The Dread Pirate Roberts outfit. Basically, it'll be double duty: SCA and Conventions. After that's done, I'm going to make/buy Squall's outfit

  • The house is coming along nicely. We just mowed the lawn twice. It takes about an hour, depending on how fast you go. We're almost totally unpacked, and having an attic is nice too



Business:

  • We have a new contract - but I don't know how much things will progress on it since the main contact people aren't being very communicative

  • We hired a new developer! Yay!

  • I'm interviewing a Sales person on tuesday, and with our current relationship with him, it should be nice.

  • We may be hiring another developer. I'm negotiating details now.

  • I'm dealing with a client's security policy that they had to make for one of their clients. It's not looking pretty right now. We have a conference call in a few weeks, and hopefully I don't get my head bitten off. We'll find out.

  • Our office has been a little rearranged. We removed the couch (put it in our house), added a futon sofa (works better), moved my desk to the window, and took down the table. It's certainly more open now.

  • I'm trying to figure out a fiasco about some office keys that were misplaced. Basically, I've contacted two previous employees from '08, and it's been crazy trying to figure out where some missing keys went.

  • I've lost my faith and respect in Parallels. Put it this way: I upgraded my Plesk Control Panel from 7 to 10 (first mistake). I then had to go through all of the configuration files to re-configure the server to work properly. Apparently, instead of editing the main server configuration file, it creates a new one for each edit you make, and they are all titled something like "1300625830.75118100_httpd.include", so trying to find which one was the latest is extremely hard, especially when you are dealing with edits made within seconds of each other instead of minutes. Anyway, I went through Plesk 10 and tried to order a new domain for a client. This sent me to shop.marketplace.parallels.com and told me to login. I logged in with the credentials I had, and it charged me for the domain. I then waited about 24 hours for the global nameservers to catch up, and it turns out that the domain was mis-registered! Apparently, it was registered under my name at Parallels, not my standard domain registrar. So I couldn't go into any control panel and change any of the settings because (after contacting Parallels, Plesk support, my domain registrar/manager, and the reseller's reseller, I can't find $%#@ control panel to correct the nameservers to point to the right server! AAAHHHHHGGGGG!!!!!! [insert Charlie Brown scream here] I'm still talking with the people to try and find a straight answer. So far, it's not going well.



Enough boring details. I'll save the rest for later.

Update: [2011-07-08 07:09pm] After sending a kinda frustrating email to the MyPlesk support, I finally received a straight answer:
 
Hello Kyle,
 

 
Thank you for your email!
 

 
Kyle, that is absolutely right, please use [support management link] to manage 
 
your domain [domain in question].
 

 
I am sending you the login credentials for the domain management panel:
 

 
Login   ######
 
Passwd  ######
 

 
Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to email me back.
 

 
Have a wonderful weekend!
 

 
Thanks,
 
[Support Person]
 

I logged in, updated the nameservers, and the switchover happened within hours. Why couldn't I have received this from the beginning.

I especially like the part when it says "...that is absolutely right,...". I feel a little happy inside.


Tags:#startrek #nuggets #cj #workingdaze #ps3 #caryelwes #cosplay #newemployee #google+ #office #domain #registration