Lottery Post Journal

Episode III Trailer

Star Wars fans: do not miss the final Epsiode III trailer.  It is .... perfect.

Important: Everyone using SmileyCentral should read this

I have noticed a lot of "extraneous" activity in the LP server's logs, so I did some investigation.  It turns out that a lot of traffic is coming through with designation of "FunWebProducts" in the browser User Agent string.  Well, doing some further investigation on that string turned up some interesting information.

I know that a lot of people are using a service called "Smiley Central", which allows them to insert smileys into messages and e-mails.  That service uses software that hooks into your Internet Browser.  There is another similar product calles My Web Search, which also connects to your browser.

As great as that is, nothing is free, and it turns out that people who are using that service are installing spy-ware on their computers.  Your business is your own, but you may want to consider using all possible means to get rid of it ASAP.

Here's an article that talks about the issue:

Here's some other relevant links:

Substantial Performance Increases

Wow, today I implemented substantial performance increases throughout the web site.  The main page, which typically took about a second to generate, now generates in about a tenth of a second.  Each forum page takes less than two-tenths of a second to create.  And so on.

This came about when I discovered a database programming technique, and implemented it in all the places where any substantial database transaction activity take place.

Cat Survives 10-Mile Trip on Top of Car

INKOM, Idaho (AP) - Torri Hutchinson's cat might just have one less life to live. Hutchison was driving along Interstate 15 one day recently when a motorist kept trying to get her attention and pointing to the roof of her car.

She said she was wary of the man, but wondered if perhaps her ski rack might have come loose.

She pulled over to the side, but kept her doors locked and the motor running.

The man pulled up behind her. Hutchinson rolled down her window to hear the man frantically shouting, "Your cat! Your cat!"

He reached for the roof of her car and handed the shocked Hutchinson her orange tabby.

She had driven about 10 miles with the cat on top of the car, and didn't even notice the feline when she stopped for gas.

Hutchinson said Cuddle Bug, or C.B. for short, had climbed into the back of her car as she was getting ready to leave. She put him out, but he must have jumped on the roof while she wasn't looking, she said.