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Question about blog sites

 
 
Sunrock
 
Reply Fri 23 Feb, 2007 01:49 pm
Here's my question: When I go to a personal blog site can they see that I was actually there? I asked because my former boyrfirend has a blog site and I like to read it, but I don't want him to know I'm reading his stuff. (Even though it's for the public, you know what I mean).
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jespah
 
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Reply Sat 24 Feb, 2007 09:02 am
Do you know the name of the site or anything like that? I imagine there are differences so that would help.
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fishin
 
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Reply Sat 24 Feb, 2007 10:38 am
As Jes said, it totally depends on the site. Some have tools let let the blog owner see the IP address of any visitors. Some show them the referring links. Other site may not have any tools but the blog owner can imbed code that allows them to see the IP addresses anyway.

But all of these are only going to give info like your IP address. There are huge steps between having that info and having your actual name.
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Sunrock
 
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Reply Sat 24 Feb, 2007 06:14 pm
Thanks to the both of you for responding.

I am a member of the Opensource forum (this is the Christopher Lydon radio show). They asked me to write something for Wikipedia politics before the election and I went in there to edit what I had written just recently. Shortly after registering in Wiki and editing the stuff I recieved an email from the chief wanting me to confirm I'd entered and registered. He provided some information that was strictly numbers, as information as to where the posting came from, there was no IP address.
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timberlandko
 
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Reply Sat 24 Feb, 2007 07:23 pm
Without seeing the strings to which you refer, I can't say they are or aren't, but URLs and IPs (which are, after all, URLs - the addresses of computers) can be represented strictly as numeric strings without alpha characters, punctuation characters, or special characters - and, in some technical settings commonly are so rendered. In fact, the strings can be decimal, octal, hexadecimal, alphanumeric, or binary - whichever, the computer converts them to binary - the only "language" it really understands - before doing anything with them, coming or going - in the end, its all bits, "Ones" and "Zeros".

Given the appropriate (and quite common) software, a webmaster can determine not only the IP of a visiting computer, but the browser that computer used to access the website, certain of that browser's settings, whether the website was accessed directly (ie - the address was typed into the address bar) or via a redirect (the browser was sent to the website from another website, either by by clicking on a link or through some other action performed by the originating website), as well as info pertaining to the pages viewed, time-on-site, number of visits, that sorta thing.

For an eye-opening look at some of what your computer says about you, click HERE
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Sunrock
 
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Reply Sun 25 Feb, 2007 11:17 am
Thanks Timberlandko, after what you've posted then I am sure he knows I am going to his site. Oh well, so much for remaining hidden. What got me asking the question in the first place was he'd posted something on the site that had to do with me. When I returned to the site the next time he'd removed the message.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 25 Feb, 2007 11:19 am
A friend from another forum also has a blog. When I visited her site from my blog, she was able to deduce that I had been there. I was surprised to get a message mentioning the fact.
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eoe
 
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Reply Sun 25 Feb, 2007 11:21 am
I'm so grateful the internet wasn't around in my days of dating. Just one more miserable temptation to avoid, like calling and hanging up or parking across the street and spying on them. Rolling Eyes
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Gala
 
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Reply Sun 25 Feb, 2007 11:32 am
eoe wrote:
I'm so grateful the internet wasn't around in my days of dating. Just one more miserable temptation to avoid, like calling and hanging up or parking across the street and spying on them. Rolling Eyes


Ha. How true. I remember those simple days when driving by their house/apartment was the safe thing to do if you didn't want them to know.
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timberlandko
 
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Reply Sun 25 Feb, 2007 11:37 am
Gala wrote:
Ha. How true. I remember those simple days when driving by their house/apartment was the safe thing to do if you didn't want them to know.


'Less you were a gearhead - bike or car, the thunder of your pipes let everybody on the block know you were in the neighborhood.
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Gala
 
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Reply Sun 25 Feb, 2007 05:39 pm
timberlandko wrote:
'Less you were a gearhead - bike or car, the thunder of your pipes let everybody on the block know you were in the neighborhood.


Goodness no. The objective in looking at the dwelling of the "loved one" was always carried out discreetly. A mere glimpse of his home brought both comfort and agitation.
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Sunrock
 
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Reply Sun 25 Feb, 2007 07:47 pm
This isn't good news, but I suppose it could be a lot worse. It explains a few things about his postings. When he started the blog about 4-5 years ago I don't think the technology was in place to find who was visiting the site.

Blue-eyed truth, I don't think I will ever speak to him again, or see him, for that matter. I moved far away a few years ago. He's kind of rat, nonetheless, a rat I'm having trouble forgetting.
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timberlandko
 
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Reply Sun 25 Feb, 2007 08:52 pm
Sunrock wrote:
When he started the blog about 4-5 years ago I don't think the technology was in place to find who was visiting the site.

Oh, yes it was. That technology is how and why the web works the way it has from day one of The Web; look up Tim Berners-Lee.
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Sunrock
 
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Reply Mon 26 Feb, 2007 08:16 am
timberlandko wrote:
Oh, yes it was. That technology is how and why the web works the way it has from day one of The Web; look up Tim Berners-Lee.


#@!!&.
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eoe
 
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Reply Mon 26 Feb, 2007 02:58 pm
Damn. I feel your pain.
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