Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-24

Last updated on July 5th, 2015 at 04:38 pm

  • Again repeat after me “My birthday is not a financial secret” Institutions Cause Identity Theft #
  • @SimonHampel thanks for the RT, I am (irrationally?) steamed by this issue. #
  • I’m one of the first in line for the “One Page Twitter Dashboard” from #TwitSprout via @TwitSprout I’ll let you know #
  • What a day of busy-ness, but not a lot achieved. Hopefully tomorrow will be better #

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Free Google Plus Invite

Last updated on July 5th, 2015 at 04:12 pm

Update: 5 July 2015 This post received 217 comments before I migrated servers and a corruption lost my posts and comments. That means I sent out more than 200 invitations to the Field Trial! I don’t see much point in manually recreating the comments on this thread. So I’ll just post this…

217 responses to Free Google Plus Invite

Update: 21 September 2011?Google is out of Field Trial and now in Beta, therefore you no longer need an invitation to join. Thanks for stopping by.

I?ve got Google Plus Invites here for free. You do not need to have a gmail address to use Google Plus, but you will need to create a Google account for the email address you use.

To get an invitation, just comment below with the email address you want the invitation for and I?ll invite you. In the comment tell me how you found this page ? if via a search, what were the search terms?

I?d appreciate a like, +1 or tweet to the home page afterwards. Extra karma for googling? and clicking the +1 there too.

Update 12 September 2011: Visits to this post have vanished, so I?ll keep sending invitations if you ask, but I?ll not be monitoring this post as closely.

Update 6 August 2011: Google has introduced URL invites but they have 150 invite limit. I?m sending out email invites which currently have no limits.

Update 1 August 2011: Please remember to like this page on Facebook as well.

Update 19 July 2011: I will edit this section if I ever stop sending invitations. If this is still here, I?m still sending them out.

Update 15 July 2011: You don?t have to put your addresss in the body of the comment. Just use the Email field, it will be hidden from spam lists. Put your name or nick in the Name field too.

What is Google Plus?

Google Plus launched last week and is Google?s third and most complete go at social media. They are making it easy to share with your circle, it?s designed that way from the ground up. Plus people are talking about it being Google?s version of Facebook. But I think it?s better.

WordPress Bad Behavior Plugin Conflicts

Last updated on July 5th, 2015 at 04:06 pm

The Bad Behavior plugin for WordPress is great, it denies spambots even seeing your blog before they try to spam you. But there are four specific issues to be aware of with Bad Behavior 2.0.43.

4 conflicts when using the Bad Behavior plugin

1) On WordPress with WP-Super Cache plugin

Bad Behavior must be enabled in WP-Super Cache?s configuration in order to protect PHP Cached or Legacy Cached pages. Bad Behavior cannot protect mod_rewrite cached (Super Cached) pages.

mod-rewrite is the fastest and most efficient way to cache the pages. So if you Super Cache your pages make sure you?ve configured everything correctly or don?t bother using BB. Alternatively if you want both WPSC and BB you must select Advanced options to use PHP or Legacy caching. Then you must configure the WP Super Cache plugins options too.

2) On WordPress with Spam Karma 2 plugin

From the readme When using Bad Behavior in conjunction with SK2, you may see PHP warnings when Spam Karma 2 displays its internally generated CAPTCHA. This is a design problem in Spam Karma 2.

SK2 is old but will updated ?real soon now? by people who?ve taken over its development. The new version is called Spam Karma but ignore this advice if the new SK is not in by Sep 2011. SK2 is still the #1 spam killer I?ve found. If I have to chose between SK and BB, SK2 wins.


Whitelisting is done in a bad-behavios/ file that gets overwritten on upgrades. Whitelists should be either in the database or in an upgrade-proof config file. So if you need to whitelist something, copy the file to a backup like immediately.

4) Commission Junction users

I?ve read Commission Junction still needs to be white listed. The bot is failing the header test that?s trying to verify advertising banners.

400 Header ?Referer? is corrupt (45b35e30)

Bad Behavior?s Developer Michael Hampton?s response is ?that?s a problem with CJ?s bot; you need to report it to them? which I agree with. But if you have choose between CJ and BB, CJ wins. Hopefully CJ has fixed their bot

Google Plus Launches

Last updated on July 5th, 2015 at 04:02 pm

Well Google Plus (or Google+) launched.

Without me.

None of my ?friends? fixed me up with an invite.

I am unloved and unworthy of love.

Google+ humor is breaking out everywhere, and my favorite is:

Welcome to Plus Club
#1 ? The first rule of Plus Club is, you do not talk about Plus Club.
#2 ? The second rule of Plus Club is, you DO NOT talk about Plus Club.
#3 ? If someone +mentions you, invites you to hang out, shares a Spark with you, you +1 them.
#4 ? Put people in relevant Circles.
#5 ? As many Circles as you like.
#6 ? No Facebookers, no Buzz commoners.
#7 ? Plus threads will go on as long as they have to.
#8 ? If this is your first night at Plus Club, you have to post.

Not that I?d know. I?m not ?in?. C?mon interwebs, hook me up already.
I?m in! Thanks to my online friend Vera for fixing me up.

How to remove double newline in text files

Last updated on July 5th, 2015 at 04:03 pm

As part of the hosting migration, I had some text files that had an extra empty line in them. This was caused by a newline followed by another newline.

On my pc I can search and replace for these using a good text editor. But it?s a bit harder to do on a linux command line.

The fix if it is just an empty new line is to use sed

sed '/^$/d'

as in

sed '/^$/d' < textfile.txt > newtextfile.txt

If the new lines have whitespace (a space or a tab) then use

sed '/^[ \t]*$/d'

You can also get information about the file with the file command

file textfile.txt
textfile.txt: ASCII English text

Beware if the output is

textfile.txt: ISO-8859 text, with CRLF, LF line terminators

as you?ll need to use

dos2unix textfile.txt

to convert it to a unix text file.

For people searching for the cause, most of these double new lines occured because a PHP script included another PHP script with require_once. The included PHP file had a whitespace at the end of the file after the