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About Dan Morrill

Dan Morrill runs Techwag, a site all about his views on social media, education, technology, and some of the more interesting things that happen on the internet. He works at CityU of Seattle as the Program Director for the Computer Science, Information Systems and Information Security educational programs.
Is Ad Blocking Legal?

With the continuing furor over the Firefox ad blocker extension just about everywhere on line, a new twist has developed in the argument that the whole idea might not be entirely legal. CNet breaks the news, with commentary from just about everyone else.

Google Reality Not Reality

The NYTimes is running an op-ed piece about how using SEO techniques they are dredging up information on people that is out of date, and also inaccurate, or was updated later on, but does not show up as a correction on the persons Google query.

Malware in Advertising

One of the more interesting attacks or hacks coming out the hacker’s world is the idea of malware embedded in advertising.

E Voting Machine Distrust

The big three voting machine folks need to start spinning some PR here, ever since 2000, with the election of George Bush by a decision of the Supreme Court; electronic voting machines have come under increasing scrutiny.

LinkedIn Active-x Control Zero Day

Researchers have released a zero day vulnerability in the LinkedIn active-x control that basically allows evil folks to own your computer.

Root Kit DRM Company Gets Sued

In an almost comical turn about, the company that provided Sony with one of the two horrific DRM systems in October of 2005 is now facing a lawsuit. MediaMax worked on controlling the number of copies that a person could make with a CD, and has cost Sony some 5.75 million dollars to settle the lawsuits that arose from the use of MediaMax.

Google eBay Spat Over

The spat between eBay and Google is now officially over, and is a great lesson on who can get away with what. The spat centers around Google check out that competes with Pay Pal that eBay uses, and has forbidden eBay users to use. Then there is the big eBay party in Boston, in that Google was going to throw an alternative party "let freedom ring" (tea anyone?) to show off their check out system to all the folks gathering for the big eBay bash.

Using Google History for Ads

This has not really been Google’s day when it comes to people jumping all over them for things they have or have not done. Adding to the complex mix of everyone going off on the Privacy International report is an underreported report on Google Adsense that is being fed by Distilled.co.uk on how they have also changed Adwords/Adsense.

The Unofficial Digg Guide

SEOPedia has a great summation or FAQ about how Digg works, and the influence of some of the algorithm changes that they have implemented in the last month. While there are a lot of folks who try to game Digg, and get spam to the front page, many of us smaller, single site posters like Ittoolbox, who have a great Google Page Rank overall, but lower page ranks for individual bloggers have gotten caught up in the changes.

Tired of Digg & Reddit?

One of the great things about Web 2.0 is that when you get tired for what ever reason of a site, it is usually simple to roll your own site to meet your needs, and probably the needs of many other people.

More Digg Fallout

As the fallout continues on the Digg and AACS key, probably the most cogent statement made in this whole process is civil disobedience as performance art.

Digg & DMCA Take downs

Digg over the last couple of days has found itself the center of controversy by complying with a DMCA sponsored take down notice and the posting of the AACS hex format key string (which we won’t post here as no one really wants a takedown notice).

Another Sony DRM Debacle Happening?

Amazon users have been reporting that newly acquired Sony Media disks are not playing in their DVD players, is this an outcome from the AACS key hacking, or did Sony forget to add the key updates to their media?

Combating Social Engineering Effects

Social Engineering that gets someone in a company to give out information that they should not give out is something common, so why don’t more companies doing anything about it?

Web 2.0 Information Security Booming

Information Security is booming, it is a large business, with software and technology that can be bought off the shelf and slapped onto a network. Policies, procedures, documented steps for everyone from service desk through to management responses to incidents are fairly well established. We have ISO standards from ISO 17799 and 24001; we have rules like HIPAA, SOX, and GLB.

Reviewing Joost Beta 9

Got done reviewing Joost Beta 9, and it just keeps on getting better, and this time it did not bring down the network.

Programming and Starting a Web 2.0 Company

If you do not have programming skills, but you have excellent business skills and a burning idea for a web 2.0 company? Outsourcing your code development might just be for you.

Funding and Starting a Web 2.0 Company

There are three basic brands of funding for your new shiny web 2.0 company. Bootstrap, Angel and Venture Capitol. Which one you use really relies on your personality (how well you tolerate risk) and how deep your pockets are.

Bootstrapping

Web 2.0: Broad Risk Categories

There are two main broad categories of risk with Web 2.0, social engineering and flaws in developer’s code. For people who are working web 2.0, having a risk table and mitigation standards for these two broad categories will help define policy and guidance when something bad happens.

Tracking Code in Spam

Looks like the spam folks are as worried about "hits" as any other person with an internet presence.

Before Becoming A-List Bloggers

This is not your typical rags to riches story, but an interesting rant from Jason Calacanis over at calacanis.com about what people did before they hit the A-List in blogging.

The Wrong Kind of Web 2.0 User

The Seattle Times this morning is running an unusual article about Web 2.0 start ups that have a problem, too many users not from the United States.

Month of MySpace Bugs Begins in April

The month of bug’s syndrome extends its reach into MySpace starting in April. The question is, will newscorp listen.

ELGG – Social Technology Software

If you want to build out your own DIY social network, then you need to check out ELGG.

ELGG is a new open source social network software package that is available on source forge. We spent the last day and a half installing the software and playing with some of the mods and other goodies that come with the software.

Good parts about this is that it is fairly easy to install, there are some mods we had to make to the SuSe Linux that we were installing it on.