5 things you may not know about PHP

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PHP is one of the dominant web languages in use today. If you do any web design work you probably have at least a passing knowledge of PHP. Heck, even if you don’t do any web design you’ve probably noticed web pages ending in .php. But here are 5 things you may not have known… Read more »

Goggles Flight Sim

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In what may be the coolest, albeit not quite as useful as others, use of Google Maps data yet Mark Caswell-Daniels has created a flight simulator where you can fly around several cities using satellite imagery from Google. With a little work you can even fly around your own city.

robots.txt for SimpleMachines forum

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Wanting to keep pages out of the SERPS that I felt shouldn’t be there I started using the following robots.txt file on a SimpleMachines forum site of mine.

SEO company sending me spam

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You know, I’ve pretty well accepted that I’m going to have email spam get through to my inbox. Even with Thunderbird’s spam filtering, it still gets through. But today I got a spam message from an SEO company called The Search Doctors and it just hit the wrong nerve.

Blocking AdSense ads on your own site

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One of the fears of AdSense users is that they will accidentally click on an ad on their own site and get banned by Google. I’ve always assumed that these fears are a little over-hyped. I just can’t see one accidental click causing you to get dropped. Of course you certainly don’t want to make… Read more »

GoDaddy and disabled PHP functions

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During a support issue with a user of one of my web applications I made a fairly important discovery about GoDaddy.com and how they have PHP installed on their servers. Many functions – 44 last time I looked – are disabled. Now, this may just be with their economy package and they have them enabled… Read more »

eBay offering search results as RSS

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Monday eBay announced that you can now get search results via RSS. This will allow you to keep track of what you’re interested in without actually having to search – the results will be delivered to your aggregator. Sadly, this will also probably start an entire new wave of eBay spam and scraper sites.

PayPal returning with ?=Return+To+Merchant

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Just a quick post since I had a really tough time finding an answer to a problem I was having. I’m working on an open source eCommerce site where photographers can upload image galleries and have their clients view (and order) them. For now, I’m going to be using PayPal as the payment gateway. It… Read more »