PSA: Spam emails are currently spoofing my domain

If you happen to be visiting to investigate why spam is coming from this domain, please don’t be angry with me! This domain was unluckily selected by some shady spammers to be used to send spam. No actual spam is coming from this webserver nor the servers that my MX records point to.

The only reason I know about this is because I have a catchall email that receives all of the failure bouncebacks. The emails look to be randomly formulated with realistic names. So for example, I’ve seen Shannon1AA2637@fantikerz.com and Ariel90BEC5@fantikerz.com bounce back today.

Hopefully the spam will end soon and they’ll use someone else. I sure feel bad since there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do to stop it. SMTP headers are extremely easy to spoof for nefarious purposes. Always be weary when you notice an unusual email from a party trying to get you to do something.

RyanHamilton.me Relaunched!

Hello! This is just a quick note to tell you that I have moved all “professional” stuff over to RyanHamilton.me and will be re-purposing this site to serve as my personal blog.

This has been something I’ve been passively working on for a long time and it’s great to finally have it ready to show off. Technically this is version 2, but I went though about 5 design comps before I was happy. I wanted to keep it clean and professional basically. The back-end is my own, and while it’s not the next WordPress, it should be much easier for me to do things like update projects.

It’s quite heavy in HTML5 and CSS3 stuff, so I may need to still hammer out some kinks in inferior browsers. You know the ones.

Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think!

Edit: Turns out the site works fabulously in IE7, 8, and 9! I love it when that happens!

V14: “Clouds” a.k.a. Make it LIGHTER!

I know that I’ve had this design iteration of my blog up for quite some time, but I never really considered it complete. In fact, I still don’t think it’s optimal, but it’s about time I post about it anyway.

Unlike the last design, the colour scheme here is dominantly white and cyan. This time around I really wanted to show that I wasn’t all dark and suicidal. That scares people away. What the lighter colours do here is invite people to come in and read (hence the dark text on white background). If you’re complaining that it makes your eyes bleed, then that’s your fault. Turn on some [more] lights and sit farther away from the monitor – you’re mutilating your eyes (glasses/contact user, here) by not doing so. Continue reading “V14: “Clouds” a.k.a. Make it LIGHTER!”

Version 13

Woop, new site design. How exciting. The only reason why I’m writing this is so that I can test the said design to the fullest extent. I might as well Very Important Codeelaborate on some things in the process. As you may know, this is based upon the wonderful WordPress application and a heavily modified P2 theme. I was reluctant to move over to WordPress, but I’m now way over that and am itching to make some of my own plugins and other extensions like that.

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Why EvilChicken Failed

evilchickenIt began as a good idea, and a month later the ball was rolling. Max, Alec, Cameron, and I were going to collaborate on combining their majorly active sites into one large one. Several hundred thousands of visits a month was the plan, and we actually reached those numbers it in the month of  May. This would be a big venture for all of us, but soon things went sour and 3 months later the site was announced to be closing until further notice. Why, you ask?…

If you’re not aware of what EvilChicken is, you should go ahead and skip this entry. Things are going to get in-depth and it’ll be hard to understand at points if you weren’t there from the beginning.

Before I go on, I’d just like to preface this by saying that I’m not trying to shift any blame around, but instead outline the shortcomings and faults that led to the site’s demise. This should also serve as good reference material for anyone that wishes to start a large, community oriented site.

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