Contest – Free Copy Of Half Life 2!

13 Dec 2009
Author: Joel The Great  |  Category: Site News  |  Comments (15)  |  Add Comment

Many Years ago I bought Half-Life 2 when it came out.  Then some years passed and I bought the Orange Box during a sale, which also came with a copy of Half-Life 2.  So here I am years later, and I still have 1 (one) copy of Half-Life 2 that I can give away as a ‘gift.’  *(If you do not know what Half-Life 2 is, please see the bottom of this page)*

I thought of selling it, or trying to trade it, but I though it’d be better to give it away.  And what’s the best way to get rid of crap stuff you don’t want?  A CONTEST! Read more…

Happy Belated B-Day? And delays…

20 Oct 2009
Author: Joel The Great  |  Category: Site News  |  Comment (1)  |  Add Comment

Well, I just remembered my stupid site went from a simple static page to a WordPress Blog in September of 2008, last year!  It’s been over a year!  Go site!  So yeah, happy belated b-day to my blog and what not.  I’ve had over 15,000 unique visitors and such since it’s launch, which isn’t to shabby.

On other site news:

Server is still being hit by spammers/proxy attempts.  Less frequently than before, but still annoying.

I work full time, I go to college full time, and have recently been partially ill, so site updates are slow to come around.  So be it.  I am working on a story about some assholes at a online store that can die in a fire…but I want to wait a bit while some things play out.  This will prevent me from writing a billion UPDATE posts.

Maybe I’ll get some other posts in here in the mean time.

So yeah, thanks to all who have visited, and please let me know what you think in the comments section below.  Feedback would be very helpful.

Reddit, My Server, and Spam

29 Sep 2009
Author: Joel The Great  |  Category: Site News  |  Comments disabled  |  Add Comment

Well, Karma being the funny bitch she is, decided to show up in weird ways.

Firstly, this site, JoelTheGreat.com, apparently has been ‘blacklisted’ on Reddit.com.  I believe I was accused of what was referred to as ‘blog-spamming.’  I didn’t mean to do it, I apparently missed some etiquette rules they had up.   I emailed them, got no response.  Threw up a question in their “Ask Reddit” section.  Got one snarky remark, and one person trying to help, but no true answer.  I don’t know if I am actually blacklisted, or what I can do to fix the situation.

Here is a link to the Ask Reddit post: REDDIT

In the Karma turn of events, my server was attacked?  I don’t know what happened, but there was all kinds of weirdness in the logs and the 40 unique IP’s to hit this server yesterday generated over 1300 page views. That is not normal.

A little fiddling with the iptables and all seems good now.

Migration: Successfull + More!

05 Aug 2009
Author: Joel The Great  |  Category: Site News  |  Comments disabled  |  Add Comment

JoelTheGreat.com (and lookacyb.org) have been migrated from the old server to the new place in the cloud.  With that I have updated the ‘About/Contact Us’ page with more info on that.

Also, sorry about the lack of updating this site with my normal crap.  I’ve been busy migrating the server and such.  So give me some time, I’ll find something to bitch about.

The Great Migration

31 Jul 2009
Author: Joel The Great  |  Category: Site News  |  Comments disabled  |  Add Comment

Good day loyal readers (and people who stumbled here on accident).

Bit of news regarding the server I am hosting this on.  Due to issues I probably cannot discuss here, I am moving from an actual physical server to a virtual (cloud?) server.  I will be running this off of slice host (www.slicehost.com) which is a Rackspace (www.rackspace.com) owned company.  The size of the slice I will be receiving is yet to be determined.

This will result in faster page loading and the such, and shall be good for everyone.

Unfortunately this will require a migration of files, databases and the site.  Also I use my server to host www.lookacyb.org, so it will also be migrated.

There will be some downtime, no one will notice due to the fact that I get maybe 20 unique hits a day.

I will announce the status’ of the maintenance via twitter (www.twitter.com/joelthegreat)

This will happen within the next 2 weeks, whenever I find the time to get my slice set up and move all the files.

If you click my ads, or the ‘Make A donation’ button I can get a nicer slice. 🙂

That is all.

Site Update – I’m using Twitter, who cares?

12 May 2009
Author: Joel The Great  |  Category: Site News  |  Comments disabled  |  Add Comment

Well, I signed up for Twitter some odd months ago (September 2008?), and it just sort of sat there.  Well I’ve decided to give it a shot for various reasons… Read more…

Ad’s, Digg, Reddit, etc

08 May 2009
Author: Joel The Great  |  Category: Site News  |  Comment (1)  |  Add Comment

I’ve made a few updates to the site you may or may have not noticed… Read more…

Fake ID’s are popular!

26 Feb 2009
Author: Joel The Great  |  Category: Site News  |  Comment (1)  |  Add Comment

I installed a nifty stat plugin about a month ago…and an odd pattern emerged…

A load of my traffic comes from Google Image searches of terms such as:

  • fake id
  • fake college id
  • student id
  • fake student id

There are more, but you get the idea.  A lot of people from all over the place google fake id type pictures and magically end up on my site.  All because of my Free Windows Server 2008 post.

Amazing thing the internet.

New Name! Same great place!

16 Feb 2009
Author: Joel The Great  |  Category: Rants, Site News  |  Comments disabled  |  Add Comment

Google searching for ‘Blog of Doom’ reveals that it is a very unoriginal name for a blog. I vowed to change it but was having trouble coming up with a new name.  But finally, finally I thought of a name that is not commonly used, and fits a point I want to get across.

Welcome to Joel The Great’s Blog of Imminent Stabbing!
Why did I choose this name? Read more…

I need a new title…

19 Jan 2009
Author: Joel The Great  |  Category: Site News  |  Comments disabled  |  Add Comment

Well a google search for “Blog of Doom” shows that apparently it is not a very original idea.   So I think I need a new name for my blog, unfortunately I am drawing a complete blank on this.  Got any idea? email: webmaster [at] joelthegreat [dot ] com

The Great Blog?

JoelTheBlog?