I would like to recomend this site www.thewarriorempires.proboards.com It was created by my friend. It is an appropriate site that is progressing to a role playing game based on the story we are writting. If you have any sugestions or coments please say so and contact us. I hope you enjoy it allthough theres not much there.

Hannah aka Kioshi

  • images
  • January 28, 2009

Hi! I’m terribly sorry that I can’t post the codes for my levels in the Mario level editor, but I do have a level website: http://smfforum.phpbb88.com/forum.html

Hi! A few years ago, I found an interesting game. It’s basically a sledder that slides over any line you write. It’s really simple and doesn’t take too long to have fun with. Here it is: http://linerider.com/play-line-rider-online

Hi everyone! I’m new at this, but I have to start someday, so here goes.

A while back, I was trying to find a level designer for New Super Mario Bros. for DS. I didn’t find it, but I did find a sweet Mario and Luigi game and level editor.

It has a pretty good 1-player story mode, but the best part is the level editor. The fun part about it is the near-unlimited different levels you can make, but it’s also cool because of the drag-and-drop level designing process. I’ve made two interesting levels, and dozens are being shared on the Internet. Please try it! ‘Bye!

I recently received and e-mail that was part of a phishing scam asking me to login to my Paypal account. Of course the link provided actually went to a webpage (probably stolen) of a DSL customer of SBCGlobal. So I forwarded the email to SBCGlobal so they could investigate and I received the email below back from them this morning. As I read through it, I was really impressed at how much useful information they had assembled and provided in one place. So I am posting here and publicly giving them one big thumbs up!

—–Original Message—–
From: AT&T Internet Customer Care Security Team [mailto:abuse@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2007 5:31 AM
To: Sean Kelly
Subject: AT&T Internet Service Security Department

Hello,

AT&T Internet Services wants you and your family to enjoy the time you spend online. Unfortunately, these scams occur every day and the forgers may choose a variety of different businesses to impersonate. Fake emails have been discovered from banks, mortgage companies and even Internet service providers. Ultimately, you are in the best position to safeguard your personal information from these types of attacks.

How to Protect Yourself

1. Never provide your personal information in response to an unsolicited request, whether it is over the phone or over the Internet. E-mails and Internet pages created by phishers may look exactly like the real thing. They may even have a fake padlock icon that ordinarily is used to denote a secure site. If you did not initiate the communication, you should not provide any information.

2. If you believe the contact may be legitimate, contact the financial institution yourself. You can find phone numbers and Web sites on the monthly statements you
receive from your financial institution, or you can look the company up in a phone book or on the Internet. The key is that you should be the one to initiate the contact, using contact information that you have verified yourself.

3. Never provide your password over the phone or in response to an unsolicited Internet request. A financial institution would never ask you to verify your account information online. Thieves armed with this information and your account number can help themselves to your savings.

4. Review account statements regularly to ensure all charges are correct. If your account statement is late in arriving, call your financial institution to find out why. If your financial institution offers electronic account access, periodically review activity online to catch suspicious activity.

You Can Fight Identity Theft:

Never provide personal financial information, including your Social Security number, account numbers or passwords, over the phone or the Internet if you did not initiate the contact.

Never click on the link provided in an e-mail you believe is fraudulent. It may contain a virus that can contaminate your computer.

Do not be intimidated by an e-mail or caller who suggests dire consequences if you do not immediately provide or verify financial information.

If you believe the contact is legitimate, go to the companies Web site by typing in the site address directly or using a page you have previously book marked, instead of a link provided in the e-mail.

If you fall victim to an attack, act immediately to protect yourself. Alert your financial institution. Place fraud alerts on your credit files. Monitor your credit files and account statements closely.

Report suspicious e-mails or calls to the Federal Trade Commission through the Internet at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/, or by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT.

What to do if you fall victim:

1) Contact your financial institution immediately and alert it to the situation.
2) If you have disclosed sensitive information in a phishing attack, you should also contact one of the three major credit bureaus and discuss whether you need to place a fraud alert on your file, which will help prevent thieves from opening a new account in your name. Here is the contact information for each bureau’s fraud division:

Equifax
800-525-6285
P.O. Box 740250
Atlanta, GA 30374

Experian
888-397-3742
P.O. Box 1017
Allen, TX 75013

TransUnion
800-680-7289
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92634

3) Please contact your local police department.
How to report if you have been a victim of an online shopping fraud:

If you have problems during a transaction, try to work them out directly with the seller, buyer or site operator. If that doesn’t work, file a complaint with the Attorney General’s office in your state. You can find your state Attorney General’s contact information on the website of the National Association of Attorneys General. www.naag.org

Online Shopping Tips:

Know who you’re dealing with. Anyone can set up shop online under almost any name. Confirm the online sellers physical address and phone number in case you have questions or problems. If you get an email or pop-up message while you’re browsing that asks for financial information, don’t reply or click on the link in the message. Legitimate companies don’t ask for this information via email.
Do not send cash, checks or money orders under any circumstances:

Pay by credit or charge card. If you pay by credit or charge card online, your transaction will be protected by the Fair Credit Billing Act. Under this law, you have the right to dispute charges under certain circumstances and temporarily withhold payment while the creditor is investigating them. In the event of unauthorized use of your credit or charge card, you generally would be held liable only for the first $50 in charges. Some companies offer an online shopping guarantee that ensures you will not be held responsible for any unauthorized charges made online, and some cards may provide additional warranty, return, and/or purchase protection benefits.

How to report if you have been a victim of an online shopping fraud:
If you have problems during a transaction, try to work them out directly with the seller, buyer or site operator. If that doesn’t work, file a complaint with the

Attorney General’s office in your state. You can find your state Attorney General’s contact information on the website of the National Association of Attorneys

General. your county or state consumer protection agency. http://www.naag.org/

Most answers to your questions can be found at http://helpme.att.net/.

Security viewlets, Firewalls, Phishing Alerts and Spyware removal tools are some ways AT&T Internet Services is making your Internet safer.

  • images
  • June 28, 2007

What American accent do you have?

Your Result: The West

Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you’re a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

What American accent do you have?


I agree with the conclusion, I just don’t like the way they worded it. I guess I don’t stand out in a crowd.

  • images
  • December 19, 2006

I received a call earlier this month from Hillary, a motivated young entrepreneur. She had already started a small business with her brother and sister and they wanted to create a website. Like most small businesses, they could not afford to hire a professional web designer to author, host and maintain their web properties. Consequently, they were researching how they can learn to do it themselves. After Hillary called me with her query, I composed an email with the first steps to getting started. I realized others out there might be facing the same kind of questions and so I decided to start a multi-part post to share the ideas and strategies that Hillary and I discussed.

Step 1 – Learn HTML

First off, you need to learn HTML (stand for Hyperext Markup Language). You don’t have to buy anything to start learning how to create web pages with HTML. Just open notepad and enter the following:

<html>
<head>
<title>The webpage title goes here</title>
</head>
<body>
<h1>This is a big heading</h1>
<h2>This is a slightly smaller heading</h2>
<p>Paragraphs are generally marked like this one. Within paragraphs you can have <b>bold</b> and <i>italic</i> text.</p>
</body>
</html>

Save this file on your desktop with any name. Click on the file on the desktop and change it’s extension from .txt to .htm (If you don’t see a .txt behind the filename, you need to unhide extensions. Do the following:)

  • Go to Start | My Computer
  • Select “Folder Options…” From the Tools menu
  • Select the View tab,
  • Uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types”
  • Click OK

Once you’ve renamed the file, double-click it and it should open in your default web browser (most likely IE7 or Firefox)

HTML is really pretty simple. It’s just text with some tags. Tags typically surround the text that you want to do something special to. For example to bold some text you surround it with a ‘b’ tag (b stands for bold) like so:

<b>some bold text</b>

Opening tags have <>s around them and closing tags add an extra / between the < and the first letter of the tag name. The only tags that must be in a webpage are the HTML, HEAD and BODY tags. The HTML tag should be the first tag in a webpage, and consequently its closing tag should be the last tag in a webpage. The first tag inside a HTML tag is the HEAD tag. Within the HEAD tags you describe the features of the webpage. Most commonly you use a TITLE tag to specify the title of the webpage. You can use other page wide tags within the HEAD tag. Once you have closed the HEAD section using a closing HEAD tag, you should begin the BODY section using an opening BODY tag. The majority of the contents should go in the BODY section. (within the BODY tags) Don’t worry if you forget one. Most browsers are very forgiving and will try to guess what you meant. However, computers that guess often guess wrong so if something doesn’t look the way you expect it to you should check your tags to see if any were missing or forgotten.

Some tags stand on their own and don’t need to surround text, as in the ‘hr’ tag. In which case you use just use a single opening tag <hr>. Recently people have decided this is ambiguous since you can’t tell if the author expected not to close the tag or just forgot to close it. So instead, they want you to do it like this <hr/> indicating that you intended to use the tag with no closing counterpart. Most browsers will graciously handle both in case you are old school or new school in your HTML usage.

Some tags have attributes. For example if you want to create one of those underlines (called a link) where you click on it and it goes to another page you use an ‘a’ tag (a stands for anchor, I don’t know why they call it anchor) with a ‘href’ attribute indicating the url you want to go to when the user clicks the link. For example:

<a href=”http://www.seank.com”>Click here to go to my website</a>

The best place to learn what all the different tags are and what each of the possible attributes do is at the Microsoft Developer Network website. To find the page that lists all the HTML tags do the following:

  • Goto http://msdn.microsoft.com/
  • Click on Library on the topic bar across the top.
  • Click the + in front of Web Development in the tree on the left
  • Click the + in front of HTML and CSS in the tree on the left
  • Click on HTML and DHTML Reference in the tree on the left
  • Click the HTML Elements link about half way down in the page on the right.

Here you will find the exhaustive list of all HTML tags. Try them out and see what you get.

From here I would recommend browsing web pages on the Internet. When you find something that looks interesting and you’d like to know how they did it, select Source from the View menu. (IE7 hides the menu bar. You can see it by pressing Alt-v)

Step 2 – Find a domain name

Once you have a handle on HTML and have a webpage created that you’d like to put on the Internet, the next thing you will want to do is reserve a domain name.

Go to http://www.godaddy.com/ and do a domain search. Type your desired domain name. It can have letters, numbers and hyphens. No spaces or anything else. Then select your TLD (Top Level Domain) .com .net and .org are the most popular. Originally .com was supposed to be for commercial websites, .net for networking infrastructure websites and .org for non-profit organizations but for a while the official website for the Seattle Mariners was seattlemariners.org which is a pretty good indication that no one knows or cares what they stand for. Personally, I’d recommend reserving all three if they are available. I did this with a few of my websites.

That way, you can go to http://www.somesite.com, http://www.somesite.net, or http://www.somesite.org and they will all take you to the same place. I didn’t do this back when I registered http://www.seank.com and so if you go to http://www.seank.net or http://www.seank.org you’ll get someone elses site. Of course back when I registered seank.com it cost $50/year and not $9/year so I had a good excuse. You probably don’t need private domain registration if you already have a PO box for your business, otherwise it might be a good idea since you must provide a mailing address and an email address and this information will be public. To see the difference do a domain search on google.com You’ll see a message that the domain is taken. To the right of that is a link that says (click here for info) You’ll see Google’s address and email address. Now do a domain search on seank.com when you click the (click here for info) You’ll see some address in Arizona and a cryptic email address. I paid extra to make seank.com a private registration. Unless you choose a private registration, the email address that you provide will get a considerable amount of SPAM. Before I had private registration, I had my public email addresses setup to automatically delete anything that doesn’t come directly from godaddy.com. You can do this easily with the email package from your webhost, so when you register you could give the webmaster@whateveryouendupregistering.com as the email address. This is a good one since a lot of spammers will send email to the webmaster address anyway even if you don’t use it. Once you’ve found the domain name you want, just follow the steps to register it. Don’t sign up for free email or anything and just parking the domain for now.

Finally, go to http://www.webhost4life.com/default.asp?refid=seank and pick a webhosting plan. You can probably get by with the Basic Plan unless you think you will need more than 8 unique email addresses (They say 10 but one of them is postmaster and you’ll need another one to be webmaster), or you know for certain you’ll want ASP.Net or MSSQL instead of MySQL. I’m sure you can upgrade later if you find you need one or more of those so don’t feel like you have to over-buy now. When you sign up for webhosting they will ask you your domain name and then provide instructions on what domain name servers (DNS) to point to. You’ll need to then login to your godaddy.com account and unpark/update your DNS entries. Once you do this it typically takes anywhere from an hour to 24 hours for the new name server information to propagate its way around the internet and there you go.

From here you’ll want to upload your web pages and so forth, but we’ll have to cover that in part 2, you are probably already feeling overwhelmed. Feel free to comment if any of this is confusing. I’m more than happy to explain it. What is outlined here is a great start to hosting your own website. No matter how big or small your web requirements. GoDaddy and Webhost4Life are both outstanding services that scale well. You won’t be painting yourself into a corner with either of them.

  • images
  • September 23, 2006

I just spent some time learning that a nifty little feature in WordPress will make your blog show up as a blank page on some versions of Internet Explorer 6.0. I say some because I have 3 computers at home, 2 with IE 6.0 and one with IE 7.0 beta. I could only produce this on one of my machines with IE 6.0 and so I immediately suspected a virus of some sort. After running a virus scan with eTrust and then running Spybot Search and Destroy, everything came up clean. So next I logged into the control panel of my webhost and started editing files. First I changed index.php in my root to see if I was evening getting to my webpage. I thought the problem might be a redirector incompatibility with my host and so I wanted to rule that out. When I saw that my index.php was actually get executed, I started hacking WordPress.

The first file that WordPress loads is wp-blog-header.php which does a little sanity check at the top followed by the following bit of code:

require_once( dirname(__FILE__) . ‘/wp-config.php’);

wp();
gzip_compression();

require_once(ABSPATH . WPINC . ‘/template-loader.php’);

endif;

I made the following changes trying to narrow down the problem.

require_once( dirname(__FILE__) . ‘/wp-config.php’);

echo "Got Here";

#wp();
#gzip_compression();

#require_once(ABSPATH . WPINC . ‘/template-loader.php’);

endif;

When I saved and pressed refresh in the browse I saw "Got Here". Next I made the following changes.

require_once( dirname(__FILE__) . ‘/wp-config.php’);

wp();

echo "Got Here";

#gzip_compression();

#require_once(ABSPATH . WPINC . ‘/template-loader.php’);

endif;

That worked to. So finally on a hunch I tried this.

require_once( dirname(__FILE__) . ‘/wp-config.php’);

wp();
#gzip_compression();

require_once(ABSPATH . WPINC . ‘/template-loader.php’);

endif;

And it worked. Turns out I had enabled the "WordPress should compress articles (gzip) if browsers ask for them" option and apparently IE 6.0 asks for compressed articles and then fails reading them or something. When I unchecked this option I was able to uncomment out the line above and everything was good to go.

  • images
  • May 31, 2006

RSS Feeds

While enjoying the Memorial Day weekend on the Oregon coast, I came across this scene and just started laughing.

  • images
  • April 23, 2006

SecondLife EvolutionI’ve been spending a lot of my free time these last few week playing in Second Life. Micah has been teasing me whenever he sees me just checking email or browsing the web he says, “Dad, why aren’t you living?”Anyway, while wandering around Second Life looking around and copying everything that wasn’t tied down (i’m a pack rat, digital or otherwise), I came across this evolution display in The Forest of Kahruvel, Cowell (182, 73, 26). And it struck me that this illustrates perfectly the pointlessness I see in the Evolution/Creation debate. Both sides are trying to explain the world in terms of what they know, arrogantly asserting that what they know is indeed correct. And therefore over confident that they can build on it to create theories about things they know nothing (or very little) about.

It’s just as silly as someone in Second Life asserting that the Second Life world is built out of geometric primitives and that the Avatars share these same characteristics and therefore must have “evolved” from these simple primatives into complex sets of geomteric primatives. That’s just silly. Any graphic developer would tell you that this would be very ineffecient and that the Avatars are more likely spline based freeform surface models. Anyway, my hat goes off to whoever created the display, it made me think and reflect. That’s what good art does!