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Thursday, August 27, 2009

thanks Google i am enjoying my free 90$ adwords credit!

this is the second in a series

Carter Cole on the Google serp

So after i got an email from google about $100 free adwords i added the coupon and paid the $10 to get the account activated so im only counting it as $90 but its still way cool and i like having my name all over the first page of the serp so this is like to say thanks to google

Exerpt from my email from google (and the reason i love google)

Try Google AdWords

with a $100 coupon

Dear Google Analytics user,

You already know that Google™ Analytics helps you gain rich insights from your website. When you combine Google Analytics with Google AdWords™, you can get even more from your website: more traffic, more conversions, more business.

Flickr - Carter's Photo Stream

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

(not that interesting but hey what can you do)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

how to link your hulu history to twitter

i wanted a way to tweet my hulu activity and i came across this way i could post to twitter from a rss feed from my blog so i was thinking to myself, self i could use the rss history feed from my hulu account to post my hulu history to my twitter account

this is the solution i came up with


Login to Hulu and go to your profile then the history tab and get the link for your hulu history as rss

the url looks something like this:



This is the website that does all the work for you
Twitter Feed

Its called twitter feed all you have to do is use oauth to link twitter feed to your twitter account and paste in the rss link and your pretty much done you can change the settings to add a prefix see mine below

and an example of how it shows up in my twitter
automatic post on Twitter

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Math captcha dont work... why textual captcha are FAIL

there are tons of captcha solvers and sites that break images like here but i have been seeing a rise in math captchas so i wanted to real quick discuss something that i thought was kinda funny. its the idea that simple math problems are difficult for bots to solve. i found math captcha or a text based captcha that i thought would be really easy to solve so i decided i would break the captcha real quick.

basically an image captcha had a "textual riddle" version of the code in its alt tag.

one of the most difficult lines it returned was
(((((??? - 1) - 7) - 8) * 8) - 4) = -76
but i knew it had to be a number from 0 to 9 so i wrote a function to spit this out

computers are really good at math this takes no time to create and execute this simple vb

so now this captcha whose images are actually kind of hard to segment and classify is broken because of 4 lines of vb code

im working on cracking my second image captcha this time the letters aren't fixed with and have a rotation. i plan to use a feed forward back propagation learning neural net so ill let you know how that goes and hopefully get to post again about another captcha ive cracked

you may also find my breaking of image captcha article interesting too...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

follow me on twitter ! im @cartercole

Im on twitter now! well ive been there but i want to start ranking for the words follow me on twitter so im going to go ahead and make an entire post about it but its not all twitter spam i found this really cool little twitter bar maker they look sleek and i like mine here are a few of the choices

Edit: i should prolly put the url up

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Compare the results of Google and the new Google Caffeine

Update II : we got the ip of data center that will respond about 50% of time with caffeine

based on this post from search engine land we now know that the ip of the caffeine data center is

. ive updated my tool to compare the two flavors of search so it will use this new ip and it should return caffine results about half of the time. and again the release data is sometime after the holidays... Google has also been testing a new layout and i have speculated that it may be released when caffeine rolls out...

UPDATE: Google has finished its preview of caffeine and the tool no longer works...

our friend Matt Cutts has stated in his blog that caffeine wont be released until after the holidays and that they will be continuing to test the new version of caffeine transparently at one datacenter and that he will probably be releasing the ip of that data center (at some point) because the dev preview has been closed
(see above we got new ip and updated comparison tool)
sorry if anybody missed it but they closed the preview and it just has a little message:

We appreciate all the feedback from people who searched on our Caffeine sandbox.

Based on the success we've seen, we believe Caffeine is ready for a larger audience. Soon we will activate Caffeine more widely, beginning with one data center. This sandbox is no longer necessary and has been retired, but we appreciate the testing and positive input that webmasters and publishers have given.

this is old article text you can still read it if you like but caffine release date is quickly approaching and will soon be the standard google search...

so i just saw a update from the Google blog about Google caffeine its basically a different back end for their searches that should allow faster better and smarter indexing and updates. But what has really changed its hard to tell the difference so i created Google vs Google caffeine it lets you look at the different results side by side so you can see for yourself its here at
so check it out and give me feedback

i thought id give some more info on what Google caffeine is and here it came from so here are some other sources:
Search Engine Land about new Caffeine Google

The official Google blog asking for some help and announcing the dev preview

not sure on when the release date of Google caffeine is but should be soon based on them releasing the test site for public review

my analytics on google vs. google caffine is


Edit 2:

Sunday, August 2, 2009

carter as a kid in south park | watch southpark online

Hi im carter a geek from houton... southpark has a contest going on right now for you to join southpark as a cartoon but they also offer this way cool avatar creator that lets you make south park charecters...
this is me as a southpark dude its way easy to make and ive done a few of them

and if you were not aware they give all the episodes of southpark away for free at

so mosy you way on over there and check it out and if you like making custom avatars you will probably also like the Simpsons avatar creator they got i also make some avatars on it (they are in flash with backgrounds and walk around its also kinda cool)