The blog formerly known as The Dobbs Method

Twitter, Facebook Downed by DDoS Attack… Simultaneously

Posted in Uncategorized by Taylor Dobbs on 08/06/2009

twitter update fail ddos august 2009On Thursday August 6th 2009 at 9:45 AM, some hackers somewhere claimed victory; Twitter and Facebook were down. At the same time. The victory was rare and short lived, as Facebook came back up (though showing some problems) within minutes. However, as of 11:35 AM, Twitter was still down. Those who gather news on Twitter (and send it out) are obviously paralyzed for a solution.

According to a PC Magazine article, Twitter confirms this outage in their status blog, updating that they “are defending against a denial-of-service attack.”

The site is likely to return to working status before the end of the day. It seems as though such a large and clearly coordinated attack on large social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter would have been noticed and prepared for. Clearly, Facebook was more ready than Twitter for this. They’ve been around longer, have more hardware and more staff to deal with such problems, and have likely faced them before.

Whatever the case, this has been a clear reminder to Twitter of its vulnerability (They shouldn’t need one – they get hacked almost weekly).

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The Truth About Facebook (video)

Posted in Internet by Taylor Dobbs on 07/10/2009

A video about Facebook’s extremely sketchy privacy policies and the legal rights they have over their users. I would say the fact that they have these powers isn’t as scary as what they might do with them.

These arguments along with the amount of twisted people who are on Facebook make it a dangerous place to put personal information. I’m not advocating against Facebook, but I do believe everyone should take extreme care in knowing where their photos and status updates end up. As much as we’d like it to be, Facebook will never be as safe as being in a room with a group of friends. There is still a company that claims to own every piece of information you put on their site.

Update carefully!

Social Media: What Did We Do Before?

Posted in media by Taylor Dobbs on 06/01/2009

I was working a long 9 hour shift today making pizzas, which isn’t exactly a career plan, but helps with the college savings. As I was going through the day, though, things kept happening that made me think “I should tweet that,” or “That’d be a funny Facebook status.”

Having these thoughts every little while made me realize how much social media has integrated not just into society but into our minds. Social media, at least for me, has eliminated much of the idle texting or IMing between two individuals and put it on a more mass level. Instead of texting someone to tell them that I just watched “the best movie ever,” I can post a tweet or a Facebook status commenting on the movie.


iPhone: 5 Cool Uses

Posted in Technology by Taylor Dobbs on 04/30/2009

So, it’s been a long while since my last post, and this is mostly to blame on Killzone 2 (review to come), end-of-the-year college madness, and my new iPhone. Yes, I have an iPhone. This thing is amazing! I’ve had it for about two weeks now and the thing is just about perfect. All the common complaints are there, of course: Not enough apps switch to landscape when you tilt the phone sideways, the keyboard can be hard to use, etc. But let’s not forget, I just posted a Twitter update from my phone. It’s easy to get caught up in what this technology can’t do, but did anybody complain that Michael Jordan couldn’t jump fifteen feet? No. So let me be wowed by the amazing abilities of my iPhone. This may be old for any of you iPhone users out there, but I still enjoy it.


5 Reasons Why You Should Get Twitter

Posted in Culture, Internet by Taylor Dobbs on 04/13/2009

The student newspaper at my college recently published a very funny and cynical piece on the pointlessness of Twitter as a social network. If that’s not enough, friends are constantly heckling me about it and asking what the point is. While Twitter does highlight some of modern society’s flaws (like the infinite ability we have to be impersonal), it also creates many benefits for its users.


My Top 6 Uses for the Internet

Posted in Internet by Taylor Dobbs on 04/07/2009

ScreenshotThe internet is a big place. Somehow, though, almost everyone who uses it stays confined to very few sites. Walking into any dorm room on campus, I am likely to see YouTube, Facebook, MySpace (for those same kids who just can’t let go), or the University webpage on a screen. Though my web-diet is slightly more diverse, I too am a creature of habit.

What do I do when the ethernet cable’s plugged in?