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The Danger of Link Shortening

Bit.ly, tinyurl.com, and many other places have started up link shortening which is usefull for Twitter, telling people over the phone, etc. But what it makes difficult is the fact that you have no idea where that link is really pointing to. As we can see from this post here, there are dangers with the way that Mozilla handles URI's. You could exploit those dangerous problems with a shortened link, and nobody would ever be the wiser.

Writing durable KRL (Kynetx Rule Language)

When writing my Kynetx rules, I like to duplicate as little work as I possibly can. In fact, where possible, I use the same exact rule with a template which pulls from a data structure based on site. Here's an example as to what I mean.



global {

dataStructure = { "www.foo.com": { "location": "http://www.usbchainsaw.com/" }, "www.bar.com": { "location": "http://www.xkcd.com/"} };


rule template is active {

A Knowledge Engine

Old Technology

I was browsing the Classifieds section on http://www.ksl.com (the local classifieds these days in UT) when I stumbled across a funny ad. I'm not sure if it was a joke or not. The way it was written made it seem serious, but I just can't believe somebody would be that stupid. To help you guys know what I'm talking about, here's a screenshot.


ksl.com screenshot


Removing gorilla glue...

I am not responsible for any damages occuring from following these instructions, whether those damages occur to property, pets, or people. DO AT YOUR OWN RISK.


Gorilla glue, one of the greatest substances known to man. That stuff rocks! It's like a mixture of spray foam and super glue. What I don't like about it is when it gets on my hands. The stuff is nearly impossible to get off. I have found a solution that works, and works quite well, might I add.

D'oh, I Forgot My Keys

I recently got back from IIW, a conference in Mountain View California. On Monday on my way there, I left my keys in the plastic box at the securtiy checkpoint in Salt Lake. While on the plane I realized my mistake and promptly called the airport. They said that they had them in the lost and found and that they would put my name on them. Last night I finally got back and went to the lost and found. It was 8:00PM and the office was closed. Luckily, there was a number to call. I called the lost and found office and asked if they still had my keys.

IIW 2009

I'm Jessie Morris, aka JAM. This was my first year at IIW and man was it a blast! I was here with Phil Windley. I actually work for him. But that's topic for another story.

IIW stands for Internet Identity Workshop. Here, people talk about, discuss and decide what the standards for identity on the internet will be. Since this is my first year, I have a lot of catching up to do. The fact that I'm only 17 years old also leaves me slightly thin in this regard. But I learned a lot.

Android Win

Google Android. Some people love it, other people hate it. Some are terrified that Google's collecting their data. Either way, I think that Google's Android OS is going to overall, "succeed". Here's why:

A thought on becoming "popular"

Blogs are a serious business. They may not be a brick and mortar business, but they are a way to make money. Obviously a lot of people really want their blogs to become popular. Over the weekend Jesse, a tech blogger from here in Utah, mentioned how a lot of tech bloggers got left out in a specific meeting here. That's not what I want to talk about, however. What I want to talk about is how to promote your blog.

The mark of an era

I went and saw a movie last night. As usual, I got there early and there were ads playing, some for other movies, some for realtors, and several for cars. The one that stuck out most to me was the Honda commercial, not because it was well done, but because of the website they put at the end.