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  1. I've got this directory on my site: http://www.kantor.com/usatoday.

    In the directory is an index.shtml file.


    Problem: If you try to go to the page without specifying "/index.shtml," you get an error, "Unable to read database or username."


    I have similar setups throughout my site, but no problems. Only there. There are no "competing" index files (e.g., index.html or .php or whatever), and the page is static -- it's not built dynamically.


    It's not a huge deal; I just code my links with the full path. But the OCD sufferer in me is driven crazy.


    Any suggestions? I bet it's something small that I'm missing.





  2. Madmanmcp --


    Yeah, yeah -- good point. Mr. Murphy can rear his ugly head. If her name is Britney Speers or something and she registers britneyspeers.com, Ms. Spears might have a problem.


    But I doubt that anyone's going to fight over "bedumb.com." :goof:

  3. My wife suddenly had her e-mail start to bounce. One of those bounces said that her IP address was blocked thanks to Spamhaus.


    But Spamhaus listed not her IP address, but one of TCH's. Here's the message:

  is listed on the Spamhaus Block List (SBL)


    20-Aug-2005 15:52 GMT | SR03




    www.pain-relief-meds.info. 14400 IN CNAME pain-relief-meds.info.

    pain-relief-meds.info. 14400 IN A

    pain-relief-meds.info. 86400 IN NS ns2.totalchoicehosting.com.

    pain-relief-meds.info. 86400 IN NS ns1.totalchoicehosting.com.

    ns2.totalchoicehosting.com. 116418 IN A

    ns1.totalchoicehosting.com. 112940 IN A


    (Remainder snipped.)


    We've changed out outgoing mail server to the SMTP server from our ISP, but I figured this was something worth mentioning. My guess is that either a spammer briefly routed through that server, or was briefly hosted on TCH -- long enough to get on the SBL.



  4. It doesn't look like there's a single source coming in (either a single link out there, or a single IP address hitting it over and over). There are all those AOL people, but that's it.


    But I may be reading my stats wrong, or missing something important. My main concern is that there's nothing outgoing from penguinbooks.com.


    Help ticket seems the right idea. Thanks!

  5. As the owner of penguinbooks.com ("Books About Penguins!") I get a few hundred page views every month -- mostly folks looking for penguin.com.


    All of a sudden, though, my page views have skyrocketed and I'm getting messages about bandwidth being exceeded. As far as I can see there isn't a link to the page from someplace major (e.g., BoingBoing).


    I do see a lot of page views from xxxx.proxy.aol.com people, which is funny because the site consists of a single page.


    If anyone can shed any light on this, I'd appreciate it. I'm concerned that maybe something is going *out* via the penguinbooks.com server.


    Thanks for any help!



  6. I made some minor tweaks to a section of my site (www.kantor.com/blog), which sports a server-side include. Specifically, it includes a file called "nav.html" that sits in my root (public_html) directory. This way I can have the same navigation links on every page.


    Now something weird is going on. My main blog page -- http://www.kantor.com/blog -- has that nav.html file show up just fine.


    But the monthly archive pages, e.g., http://www.kantor.com/blog/2004/12/index.shtml, will NOT show that nav.html file. I get the infamous "[an error occurred while processing this directive]" message.


    I use the same code on both pages:

    <!--#include virtual="http://www.kantor.com/nav.html" -->


    I believe the permissions are OK (it works some of the time, after all), and I tried using 'include file' as well. But it just won't appear on the other pages.


    Any suggestions about this? I figure I'm missing something obvious, but can't figure out what.



  7. See it in the Tech section online. Scroll to or search for "TotalChoice."


    The important part:

    Here's a shameless plug for the Web host I use: It's called TotalChoice Hosting (TCH; based, I think, in Michigan), and it's great. Four bucks a month gives you a site with unlimited e-mail addresses, unlimited FTP accounts, and almost-one-click access to things like shopping carts, message boards, chat rooms, Web-site stats, and on and on.

  8. My niece has a page on Xanga that includes this sidebar thing -- you can enter your name and a quick comment and it appears as sort of an ongoing chat room. (See it at

    http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=honoring_him on the right side.


    It seems I could mimic this using a simple guestbook: Instead of opening a separate page, the guestbook would create a simple HTML file that I could 'include' on my home page using a server-side include.


    Is this possible? Can I configure one of the CPanel guestbooks to generate a simple HTML file that I can then "include" in my index.shtml?


    Any thoughts much appreciated!

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