Spying on Chat Programs

I’m sure you’ve seen the spy programs out there, you know, the ones that say Spy on Your Wife, Spy on You Children.  Spy on anything used on your computer. Well you don’t have to actually buy those things if you only want to see what is going on with chat sessions.

Now I don’t think it is a good idea to spy on chat sessions, but spying on chat sessions to recover lost information is a good thing.  If you are not sure what I mean then here is a better description.  Technically it is not spying if you are looking at stuff you’ve typed. 

So why spy on chat sessions?  Well, a situation occurred when I had a very detailed chat session with a potential customer which actually contained a few conversations about specific items such as timeframe of project, phone numbers and emails.  Well, I accidentally closed out the chat session before I could save all of that important information.

Like many things on the Internet chat sessions are usually logged in some form.  Especially the chat program clients such as AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger and my favorite, Trillian.  I’ll show you what you can do to get started with “spying” or logging your favorite chat program.

You need to make sure you have chat logging turned on.  If you are using Trillian, go to the Trillian Preferences Menu:

Next click Activity History.  This will allow you to select what to log. 

From the preference setting, you can select what items you would like to log. If these items are already selected then you have already been logging your chat sessions.

To make things easy on yourself, you should select an easy to remember folder location to save the history of the chat sessions. 

By default Trillian stores its chat sessions to c:\Program Files\Trillian\users\default\logs.  Save your preferences and then you are ready to go!

Now to check things out and to “spy” on the chat sessions, open your Windows Explorer to this path:

C:\Program Files\Trillian\users\default\logs

If you use Trillian as your main chat client for the big-three chat services, then you will see a folder for MSN, AOL and Yahoo:

I would like to see what I typed to an old buddy of mine through AOL.  Under the AOL directory is another directory called Query.  It is under this directory where you will find all of the related chat sessions with specific users in XML and LOG (which can be read in a text editor).

Go ahead and plop those .log files into a text editor and enjoy your past.  You will be surprised as what you or your chat buddies have said before.

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The BEST Version of The Final Countdown

I’ve been in a few bands before and yes they were all terrible.  However, I don’t think we were ever this bad.  Wow.  They do a rendition of Europe’s The Final Countdown and it actually gives me post-traumatic stress syndrome from living as a teenager in the 80’s.

Turn up the volume on this and invite your friends over for a good laugh.


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TonyRocks.com Has Moved

I’ve just moved TonyRocks.com over to HostGator.  The fees at the last webhosting place caused me to move.  Also, with HostGator I can host an unlimited amount of domains. 

So far I’m pretty pleased with the move, although I’m a little bummed that I’m losing my ASP.net hosting.  But what can you do.  You can’t have everything.

In the meantime I’ve been very busy with other things, not just with moving from place to place.  I’ll write more later.  I’m anxious to talk to you about my American Idol viral campaign conspiracy theory.

Content Irrelevancy Experiment Yields Awesome MSN Listing

content experiment Well, my last ten posts about moving companies are making an impact in the search engines.  In particular, MSN.  I was hoping to see some indexing from Google, but MSN is a start.  So, for the search term moving back to Chicago, I am currently #5 in MSN.  Take a peek here.

I’m sure this will change but for now I’m pretty pleased.  My website has nothing to do with anything related to moving companies, so getting listed in the search engines for something like this tells me that content relevancy means nothing to MSN.  Google is on the ball it seems.

So to give you an idea what I did, check this out:

  1. I went into Google Adwords and selected the Keyword tool from the Tools menu.  I hear word that moving company keywords were going for a pretty penny per click.  I typed in moving companies in the Keyword Variations tab and then clicked Get More Keywords. 
  2. I then added all of those return Moving Company keywords into a CSV file.
  3. Next I jumped over to the Traffic Estimator Tool and pasted the list of keywords into the Enter Keywords text area. 
  4. My only criteria was to get data from USA and Canada.
  5. I then clicked Continue to get a list of traffic/cost estimates, sorted the list and just took the top 4 keywords.  (Caution:  This data is totally estimated and not a true mirror of actual values)
  6. I added a top-level category to the Tony Rocks blog called Moving Companies and Sub Categories title the same name as the top 4 keywords that I’ve found.
  7. I added a post each day (ten in total) related to those keywords and filed them under their relevant categories.
  8. I then would PING using Pingoat, Stumbled and built my site map using GSiteCrawler.

That’s about it, so within a week I have been listed in MSN.  Now to get in Google, where traffic is greater… and hopefully I’ll make out with high-paying Adsense clicks.

Tips for Picking a Moving Company

moving companyIt doesn’t matter if you live in NYC, San Diego, Chicago, or Dallas, you should always practice caution when picking a moving company. You personal stuff is priceless and the last thing you want is a moving company misplacing, breaking or losing any of your belongings.  Heck, I’ve even heard of moving trucks with major leaks in the cargo bay which resulted in water damage.

So I’ve decided to put together a few tips for picking a moving company.

  • Make sure you get a written and signed estimate. Don’t rely on a verbal contract.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for reviews and and complaint records.  Some movers may seem nice on the outside, but seeing a ton of complaints should hint to you something.
  • Check for the DOT license number.
  • Make sure you get previous customer references.
  • Make sure they accept your preferred payment method.
  • Make sure they are insured.

This tip list should be printed out and stuck on your refrigerator for reference.  Trust me, some moving companies are good and some probably should not be trusted to even move their bowels, so do your research.