Dreamhost Invitations – Save $150 – $200 Sunday, Jun 15 2008 

Dreamhost has a new promotion going where they give some of their customers special invitation codes that save you much more money than the normal promo codes.

The catch is that there are only 5 of them and each can only be used once, so if you try one that doesn’t work, just try another.  They’re supposed to expire in 2 weeks, so I guess it’s a limited time offer.

Each code will save you either $150 on the 5-year plan or $200 on the 10-year plan. This means that that the 5-year plan works out to be $4.45/month and the 10-year plan is only $4.28/month.

There’s also a few other added benefits when you use an invitation code. Both the disk space and bandwidth are doubled.

Here are the codes – enjoy!

032707601460
176334010804
390687504305
647447898860
726985372953

If you prefer to just sign up with a standard promo code instead of going for one of the longterm plans, using MIKESEILER will save you $50 on any plan, even if you just pay monthly.

$1.99 Yahoo Domain Sale Friday, Aug 10 2007 

UPDATE:  Screw Yahoo.  The sale’s over, but any company that jacks their domain prices to $34.95/year doesn’t deserve a penny of your money anyway.

New Car – 2007 BMW 525i Friday, Aug 10 2007 

Just traded  in a 2003 BMW 325i…

2003 BMW 325i - Titanium Silver

…for an ’07 BMW 525i. It appears that I’m a fan of Titanium Silver.

2007 BMW 525i - Titanium Silver

The 3-series was a great car, but the step up in size & luxury is nice.

$50 Paint Job Friday, Aug 10 2007 

Does your brand new car have a crappy factory paint job with a ton of orange peel?  Well, just sand it down and grab a few rollers…  The $50 Paint Job.

Red Meat Rules Monday, Feb 19 2007 

Everyone should read Red Meat. Here’s one of my favorites:

Red Meat

Registerfly Thursday, Oct 26 2006 

Registerfly gives ICANN accreditation a bad name.

Halloween Special at BOTW (Best of the Web) Friday, Oct 6 2006 

Best of the Web, aka BOTW, is probably the best overall deal for a paid directory out there–and the deal is even better during their Halloween special. Enter SPOOKY as the promo code during the sign-up and you’ll save 15%. Plus, each submission that uses that promo code will enter you in a chance to win a 42″ Panasonic Plasma HDTV.

Bitacle.org – Content Scraping Scumbags Saturday, Sep 23 2006 

Bitacle.org gets my vote for the Dirtbag of the Year award. Scraping is bad enough, but Bitacle is stealing content, putting their own copyright on it, injecting it with their Adsense, adding comment forms that submit to their site and generally just doing whatever they can do to make it look like it’s theirs. They even added the buttons to Digg it as theirs.

They’re already making a lot of friends.

Yesterday, they were modifying the content and putting their Adsense in the middle of the stolen articles, but today it looks like they moved it to the top of the page, with two more ad units at the bottom.

The site: command shows 995,000 pages indexed in Google. Hopefully, they’ll handle this and change it to zero, as well as yank the Adsense account.

What to do if they steal your content? You probably won’t have much luck getting them to take it down… but you could probably send an email to adsense-abuse@google.com and let them know what’s going on, as well as fill out the Google spam complaint form.

Other ideas:

  • Block them (or mess with them) using .htaccess, redirects, etc.
  • Trash their version of your site with the comment form they added. Maybe start off by posting a message that it’s stolen content, advise readers to report it, then go ahead and give yourself a link to your site.
  • I believe they steal images, too. If they’re hotlinking your images, you could show something different when loaded from their site. I’d recommend something offensive that breaks Adsense’s TOS… then report that violation. 😉
  • I added some code to the header that checks to see if people are referred from there. If so, they get a message about the Bitacle dirtbags, advice to report them, then a link to this post.

I’ll probably update/edit this later–I just wanted to get something up, so I’d have something to redirect to.

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