Chase Online Gets Back Online, With An Apology

No Explanation Offered for 30-Plus Hours of Down Time Chase online banking had been out from Monday evening, September 13, through early Wednesday, September 15. The down time marked one of the more protracted periods of online banking to go dark, and there has been no explanation offered for the online banking snag. There have been plenty of websites, pro-Chase and anti-Chase, proffering users’ notions of what went wrong, but the short story is this:…

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Chase Online Banking Snags Reveal Web Vulnerabilities

Online Banking Remains Offline After More Than 24 Hours, No Clear Reasons Chase Bank may be the nation’s second largest bank, just slightly smaller than Bank of America, but the company is no less vulnerable to going offline for a protracted period than a regular home computer. Chase online banking has been offline for the better part of 24 hours, and there is no indication of the cause. Worse, there is no word from Chase…

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Why Windows Continues To Suck: Part II

Viruses, Trojans, Worms, and Other Malware Define a Dangerous PC World Recently, during our rant about Microcrap, all centered around the OS’ inability to correctly read available data space on an external device, I made reference to my days as a PC-lover, builder, schmoozer, and so forth. The obvious implication is that I have an archive of files that are PC-based or were created and save on PC. The plethora of archive data, for an…

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Why Windows Continues To Suck

A Thoroughly Anti-Windows Rant From A Former Loyalist Turned Mac Lover It has taken me a few hours to calm down from my latest bout with Windows. When I consider this engagement (it feels like war every time) was with Windows XP, arguably the most stable (*snicker*) operating system ever produced by the boys in Seattle, a reality becomes painfully apparent. That reality is the fact Windows, while bringing computers to the masses in an…

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The Facebook Face Off In Open Markets Puts Solid Challenge to Google

Facebook “Places” Bet On New Breed of Social Media Marketing ABC Clothing has signed a deal with Facebook, and Facebook has a googol of users who have opted-in to the Places app, which tracks where users are and where they are visiting. As users who have opted-in visit ABC Clothing, the store’s advertising module shows up on friends’ pages with a little note: “Your friend, George Smith, was just here. Visit ABC Clothing on Main…

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How Long Does SEO Really Take?

You Can Pay A Premium, But Lacking a Budget, Good SEO Requires Work, Patience, and Time The Internet has generated plenty of new industries. By linking computers together, increasing the processing power of the PC, by developing better software and compression algorithms, by simply being creative, the Internet has change the world we live in. Examine your life in 1990, and compare that life to today. In 20 years, the entire planet has changed. But…

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Serve Self or Document Root

One of Those Noob PHP Issues That Is Easier to Resolve Than You Think It’s well after midnight, and it’s time to go to bed. We’ve put a new site online today, making for a total of three websites deployed in the past week. So, this wonderful little PHP issue comes up rather frequently because it’s a common bug we create, that we then have to fix. We are not infallible. The issue at hand…

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A Required Moment to Rip A Registrar To Shreds

There So Little Time, But GoDaddy Just Pissed Me Off I have little time for shenanigans, bullshit and what-nots, obfuscation, dilatory games, and fuckwads. I have even less time to to write about them. But this time the exchange with GoDaddy over Incident ID 9463164 just finally pissed me off to the point it must be shared. Let’s start with the reCaptcha API. I have used it across multiple websites for over a year, and…

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CSS Cheat Sheet

With The Approach of New CSS Standards, Some Help For the Transition We’re heading to CSS 3.0, which is already here but not widely supported by every browser. Standards-based browsers, like Firefox and Safari, support most of the new CSS tags, of course. Among them, the ability to finally apply drop-shadows or rounded corners to your divisions (think the ) . Of course, if you’re still using tables for layout (as we do on many…

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Can A DDOS Cause A 950 Penalty?

How Does An Online Attack Impact Your Search Ranking? Our friend and business partner, Howard Neu, had referred the owner of a category-killer domain name to us about three weeks ago. For this illustration, we will change our client’s name to Joe Smith, and we will change the real domain name to example.com. Joe and Rodan have been discussing all the usual stuff: domains, hosting, rankings, Google, code, shopping carts, and civil litigation. What’s that?…

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