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Archive for February, 2011

PHP CURLOPT_GET Does not Exist!

Sooner or later someone's going run into this notice error: Use of undefined constant CURLOPT_GET - assumed 'CURLOPT_GET'. Probably you downloaded a PHP class or a function written by someone else from the Web. Right? Well, no matter how you ended up with that notice, let's try to analyze the problem and the solution. Take a look at the example code: [php] curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_GET, true); [/php] We can safely as ...

Security Essentials detects mIRC as Adware:Win32/OpenCandy

Today as soon as I downloaded mIRC, Security Essentials popped up alerting me of  . I thought it might have been scanning in the background and detected something coincidently, but looks like it detected mIRC as Adware:Win32/OpenCandy! I am a long time mIRC user and am very much aware about the script support by the software and how else the IRC chat client can be used for malicious purposes. I trust mIRC ...

Interpretation of SERP Weight from Googlebot Activities

I was wondering if we would be able to interpret the SERP weight of a website from the activities of the Googlebot. By SERP weight I mean the likelihood of the contents from a website ranking well in Google search results, preferably in top positions. I have no ideas based what these things happen but here are a few queries to ponder. I'll be adding more as I make more observations. I am observing ...

Interesting Niche Search Engines

A niche search engine is a search engine which specializes in a particular niche. What purpose does it serve while we have Google and Bing to perform our searches? Well, they are targeted at a particular topic so the amount of irrelevant content is reduced and the context clearer. Here is a list of interesting niche search engines I discovered. Check them out. The Big Cartoon Database The BCD ...

Browsers and how I use them – A Comparison

I am a Windows user primarily and there are multiple web browser options available. I have four of them installed: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. It sounds strange that I use all of them right? Well, mostly they help to organize browsing themes, and in some cases I am forced to use them. Here's how I use all these browsers. I use Firefox for web development and gener ...