So, let me get this straight:

 

  • Google sent cars driving around the world to gather data about the areas they pass through.
  • Amongst things they captured:

 

 

  1. 3D topographical data
  2. Panoramic photographs
  3. Wireless signals
  • They sniffed for any wifi signals that were being broadcast in the proximity and captured the raw signal.
  • Some people don’t have security enabled on their wireless networks
Thus, because Google sniffed whatever was about and because some people don’t use security on their networks their information was gathered. It was gathered in much the same way that anyone could and frankly these people who were snooped were broadcasting their details to anyone who could hear.
Last time I checked it wasn’t illegal to receive/record broadcasts, let alone those that are unencrypted! The entire process of prosecution of Google for this is a preposterous farce which the press can enjoy and which can give civil servants something to keep them occupied.

 

How odd, I was looking at the statistics for this web site and I see that I get absolutely hammered by the search engines:

Top Total User Agents
#HitsUser Agent
14450235.25%Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Yahoo! Slurp/3.0; http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/ysearch/slurp)
23257125.80%Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)
31419011.24%Mozilla/5.0 (Twiceler-0.9 http://www.cuil.com/twiceler/robot.html)
468885.46%Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; Vagabondo/4.0; webcrawler at wise-guys dot nl; http://webagent.wise-guys.nl/; http://www.wise-guys.
514811.17%Yandex/1.01.001 (compatible; Win16; I)
614431.14%Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; DotBot/1.1; http://www.dotnetdotcom.org/, crawler@dotnetdotcom.org)

So, this means that 101075 hits are from search engines out of the total 126256 hits or that search engines make up exactly 80% of the traffic to this site. Nice that Yahoo and Google love me so much but the 1GB of content they downloaded over 1GB of content. Would be nice if they could tone it down a bit. I’ve already adjusted my crawl rate on the engines but I seem to have missed Yahoo and now have made some efforts there to correct that.

In a fit of nostalgia today we were discusssing different children’s TV series we watched in the 80s.

Bob was recalling the work of Gerry Anderson and I was trying to remember series we saw in Greece.

So here is a list of TV themes of the programmes we have found in reverse order:

Paramithas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zk9YEDVWmw&NR=1

Tou Koutiou Ta Paramithia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMy2KN6hsI&feature=related

Froutopia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phRykHMbFPg&feature=related

Fraggle Rock: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aky72-gyLLI&feature=related

The Wombles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJFx7n9V3Xc

Banana Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNknWT-agT0&feature=related

Superted: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZg74STOfig&feature=related

Around the World in 80 Days: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nGrYEFG6Ho&feature=related

Dogtanian and the Muskerhounds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-xO72s5EBY&feature=related

Mysterious Cities of Gold: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcH_ZTF6smY&feature=related

Ulysses 31: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ4c1X5ene8&feature=related

Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1c1G24GWDg

Thundercats: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-sOaUAgbB4

Trap Door: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDs8VMz-cuc&feature=related

Count Duckula: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VthsQVsXwEg&feature=related

Dangermouse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw2TDna9NYg&feature=related

King Arthur: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62tsVCxOoO4&feature=related

Stingray: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E06cNv55jTs

Thunderbirds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDX5Mlz46Vg&feature=related

Captain Scarlett: http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=7881044728207551933&hl=en

Nils Holgersson: http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=2013668261524141026&hl=en

If that doesn’t make you feel nostalgic, I don’t know what will.

Not forgetting…

Candy Candy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IALbWtbqqlQ

Heidi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGyBpG3rbXA

 

 

It turns out that some of the new generation of energy saving lightbulbs may pose a small health risk according to the Health Protection Agency. The advice is to avoid spending more than 1hour in close proximity to a bulb (such as a desk-lamp) because you might receive as much exposure as a day of summer sunlight!

More from Google News here.

I encountered a rather annoying error message in this CMS when I wanted to add a Sitemap component called joomap to Mambo (to improve Google indexing ).

XML Parsing Error: junk after document element
Location: http://www.orbit.me.uk /index.php? option=com_joomap&view=google
Line Number 2, Column 1:<b>Warning</b>:  Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in <b>[snip] /administrator /components /com_joomap /plugins /content.plugin.php</b> on line <b>88</b><br />

This was a problem because it was stopping Google indexing the sitemap. So I decided to dust off my PHP and tackle the problem head on…

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