now unhacked

by Dave Mozealous on February 29, 2012

Many months ago my website was hacked by the Pharma hack that has hit many wordpress blogs. Essentially this caused my Google Search results to get all funky and point to various prescription drugs (see screenshot).

I spent several hours trying to clear the hack myself, and followed the advice of many people, but unfortunately the hack kept coming back. So I would spend a couple more hours trying to unhack it. Anyway, it was all just a gigantic waste of time, and eventually I contacted to do the cleanup on my site because I really didn’t want to spend 10 hours trying to unhack it.

Sucuri was able to unhack my website and provide monitoring and unhacking for a yearly fee of $89 for my site, which is a pretty sweet deal. Yeah, I could have spent the time, and done all the unhacking myself, but if you assume it would have taken me about 10 hours to do (which it likely would have), and Sucuri could do all that work for just $89 and I figure my time is worth more than $8.90 per hour.

For a free scan from Sucuri, or to sign up for service, click the gigantic affiliate ad below.

For more info on the Pharma hack and how you can clear it click here. (note: That blog post helped me, but the hack returned about 6 hours later, because the hacked files appeared outside of my wordpress directories).


I’m speaking at mLearnCon 2011

by Dave Mozealous on May 16, 2011

Seriously a long time since I posted last, but wanted to let you all know that I’m speaking at mLearnCon and it would be awesome if you attended my session or just said hello to me.

I am presenting on Creating Video Podcasts from Screencasts and Other eLearning Videos.

Here is a brief description of my session:

Would you like to take your screencasts and eLearning videos and make video Podcasts for easy deployment and viewing on mobile devices?

Participants in this session will learn how to create video Podcasts of screencasts and videos, and how to submit them to popular vodcasting services like iTunes. This session is not focused on a particular tool, but on how to format your eLearning content so it is readily available for mobile users.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to create a video Podcast feed
  • How to format your video to play back on most mobile devices
  • How to submit your Podcast to iTunes
  • Things to watch out for

Audience: Novice and intermediate participants with basic familiarity with mobile devices and video

Technology: Screenr, videos from other sources, and emulators for the iOS (iPhone simulator) and Android devices

I hope to run into some of you, so feel free to make sure to say hello if you see me.


Litmos shows Quizmaker on an #Android Nexus One

by Dave Mozealous on May 24, 2010

Over the past week or so I have sent over some content to Litmos so they can show off the beta of their new mobile app that can play and track Articulate content on mobile devices that support the Flash Player.  Well last night Litmos founder @richchetwynd posted the video below showing Articulate Quizmaker working on his Google Nexus One.

This is awesome and is making me want to get a Nexus One :-)  Check it out:

Mobile SCORM tracking of Flash based content on the Google NexusOne phone from Litmos Team on Vimeo.


And the winner of the #WinDavesiPad contest is…

May 5, 2010

Many thanks to everyone who voted for me in the MyDomain Brand .ME contest.  Because of your votes I won the Best Personal Brand in the Subject Expert category of the contest. As I mentioned in this post, if I won the contest I was going to give away my iPad. And the winner of […]

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You don’t have to be the first if you are the best

April 28, 2010

Just something to think about when you are deciding to build that new product. Bill Gates unveiled the Tablet PC in 2000 at COMDEX (10 years before the iPad) Audio Highway announced their Listen Up MP3 player in 1996 (5 years before the first iPod) The GUI (Graphical User Interface) was actually first developed by Xerox, not […]

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Vote for me in the MyDomain Brand .ME Contest and win an iPad

April 21, 2010

I was recently picked as a finalist for the MyDomain Brand .ME contest for having the best personal brand in the Subject Expert category.  The cool thing is if I win, I get $1,000 in Apple gift cards.  This is obviously cool for me, and I encourage everyone to vote (for me), but really, other […]

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I built a Twitter based search for #Screenr on

April 12, 2010

If you have ever tried to use the Twitter search you have probably noticed it doesn’t feel much like a search.  It is more of a live filter or live pulse for a specific word, showing you a stream of live tweets containing that word.  Try using the Twitter search at and search for […]

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My #iPad Release Diary

April 5, 2010

Over the past week I have Tweeted about the iPad excessively (over 120 tweets in 4 days) and many were completely absurd. I have posted them in a diary format so I could see my impressions/feelings/thoughts about the release as time progressed. I also added some context to Tweets that might have seemed random. As […]

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How I created a custom #Articulate Presenter skin in less than an hour

March 5, 2010

Have you ever wanted to develop your own custom Articulate Presenter player to give your eLearning courses that extra bit of customization?  Have you ever been tasked with developing eLearning content for a client who didn’t want you to use the Articulate Presenter player?  Did you know it IS currently possible to develop your own […]

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When life gives you creamy peanut butter, buy peanuts and make it chunky

February 12, 2010

Way back in middle school my friend Ethan faced a really challenging problem.  See Ethan’s mom had a membership to Sam’s Club, and always did the shopping for the family.  Well, one day his mom went to Sam’s club and purchased a huge 1 gallon jug of peanut butter for the family.  The problem was it […]

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