Google +1 Button has a flaw

I was playing around with Google’s new +1 Button and while reading the documents about the API one thing interested me is the <link> attribute. According to the documentation you can tell the API to use the current URI or the main URL of the website. Then I was thinking, what if you mask the URL, let’s say use the google.com URL on your site? You guessed right, your site will show that it has been +1 around 4,000 times as of today.

Google +1 Button
Google +1 Button

Here’s the code for this,

<!– Place this tag in your head or just before your close body tag –><link rel=”canonical” href=”http://www.google.com”><script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js”></script><!– Place this tag where you want the +1 button to render –><g:plusone></g:plusone>

Here’s a live view of the code:

Note: When clicking it, you are still giving a +1 to Google.com, you’re only spoofing your site to look like it’s popular.

 

 

RackSpace Cloud Review

About 4 months ago I tried Amazon EC2 with Ubuntu image and found it somehow difficult to configure the server, especially if you are not familiar with cli. Making an ssh remote connection required downloading few encryption keys from amazon. Linux server images from amazon seem to not have root password, therefore private and I think public keys are created for you to connect with ssh, which make it more secure. It took me about 2 hours to figure out how to use those keys. I worked with Linux boxes before, in fact I never hosted a site on Windows machine, and never will, but I didn’t have to use a ssh connection to configure my server. Continue reading “RackSpace Cloud Review”

Bing travel advice, not a good one in my case

I was looking to buy a ticket from Baltimore to Chicago and I thought I’d give a try Bing’s Travel section of search. They claim to know when it’s the right time to purchase a ticket. So the first advice was to wait, and I signed up to get updates on my email and here is the first email I got after few hours:

Bing Advice on Aug 14
Bing Advice on Aug 14 – Click to see email snapshot

Then next day in the morning Bing changed its mind. At higher price it suggested I go ahead and buy the ticket: Continue reading “Bing travel advice, not a good one in my case”

Bing’s Search Results

Bing results for Facebook One tweet caught my eye and I had to take a look at it to see for myself. Benj Arriola over at Business OnLine posted that when you search “Microsoft” on Google you get more results than if you searched “Google” on Bing. While that is true I seriously don’t think that’s a negative thing, especially when Microsoft spent about $200 million in ads to send a message that Bing will find you the result you need and not get you lost in results, which it will happen with Google, Yahoo ore even Bing. Continue reading “Bing’s Search Results”

I need a plan to move away from 1and1

I have used 1and1 for a while now, I really don’t have a problem with their hosting plans, they’re cheap and reliable, a lot of space and bandwith, their MySQL limit to 100MB is not cool but it’s something you can live with if your site doesn’t have a lot of content.

Few days ago I registered this domain and it took good 4 hours before I could use it. Then as soon as the domain was availble I changed the DNS settings to use zoneedit.com name servers and that took almost 24 hours to change. That’s what my issue with 1and1 is. They are very slow to apply DNS changes. Continue reading “I need a plan to move away from 1and1”

Twitter is attacked with DOS

According to C-Net Twitter is down because of a denial of service attack and it has been down for almost 6 hours now.

First thing I wanted to do was to tweet about it, but then it hit me! Oh no how is the world gonna get the news??? What happened in Iran???