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Old 03-22-2010, 08:24 PM   #1
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SereneScreen Google search hacked?

A google search for the Serenescreen web site currently shows "Viagra for Sale". Is Jim diversifying his product line?
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:31 AM   #2
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Big Grin

Perhaps he's simply investigating aquarium remedies for people who live in "soft water" locales?

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Old 03-23-2010, 09:37 AM   #3
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Prolific is looking into it.
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:34 PM   #4
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The link goes to the right place... the description is a bit off though
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:59 PM   #5
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At some time in the future, the "situation" will undoubtedly be corrected. So, I thought it would be useful to post what this discussion is all about.

Googling "serenescreen" produces the following as the "top" hit, which normally means that serenescreen is paying for the privilege of being at the top of the list.

Originally posted by google:
Viagra for sale. Buy Viagra/Sildenafil in our Online Pharmacy and save your Time and Money. The best price and Quality only at $1.15 per pill. No RX!
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Googling "prolific" gets essentially the same result.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:54 PM   #6
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I doubt Prolific is shelling out money to get to the top of the list.. so this could be considered a good thing.. sort of.
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:06 PM   #7
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The problem has been found and fixed by Prolific, but it will take a few days to filter through the system so that it shows up properly in Google. We don't pay anything to be at the top of the list. We've been there for 10 years.
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:49 AM   #8
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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
The problem has been found and fixed by Prolific, but it will take a few days to filter through the system so that it shows up properly in Google.  
::chuckle::

Looks like Prolific's web server may have gotten broken into. If you do a Google search for prolific, lifeglobe or serenescreen, then select the cached version of the Viagra result page, you'll get to see a text only version of what used to be there. Please be aware that I would be VERY careful about following any of the links at the bottom of that page though! At the very least, I recommend you run a sandboxed browser for that.

If I had to guess, I'd say their server got broken into but they caught it and fixed it in a relatively short period of time. Unfortunately, a Google spider got there and crawled it before they were able to do so. Until Google recrawls the server and updates its database, Google searches for prolific, serenescreen and lifeglobe will all show the viagra link.
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:10 AM   #9
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Not too surprising - maintenance doesn't seem to be a giant priority. If you go to http://www.prolific.com/ and click on the "Now Hiring" box at the lower left, you get to

http://www.prolific.com/Jobs/

Positions available

* MIS Assistant - 4/20/2007
* Web Designer - 4/17/2007
* UI Web Expert - 1/29/2007

On the other hand, I would never have known about the "Funnyfish" product without going to http://www.prolific.com/product/index.php?tid=6
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:26 AM   #10
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I mentioned "Funnyfish"

http://www.lifeglobe.com/product/

Funnyfish - Beta - Windows

It's been "Beta" since at least 2007. So, obviously, we shouldn't be concerned that MA3 has been "Beta" for a bit over a year.
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:33 AM   #11
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From my point of view all software is Beta, all the time.
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Old 03-24-2010, 12:53 PM   #12
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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
From my point of view all software is Beta, all the time.  
From a programmers point of view that may be true (though I know some programmers who might not agree). From a marketing viewpoint, IMHO, that isn't very smart at all. There are a lot of consumers out there who know enough about "beta" products to not want to bother with them. Volunteering to be a guinea pig is just not something they have the time for, or want to do.


Just my $0.02 worth....
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Old 03-24-2010, 12:56 PM   #13
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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
From my point of view all software is Beta, all the time.  
I understand and agree. No complex software is ever finished, perfect, or bug-free. And underlying operating system changes can require changes to application software.

However: Funnyfish is still being actively sold as "Funnyfish - Beta", and the .scr file is dated 3 years ago.

The point is that Funnyfish has been "called Beta - without any changes, updates, or bug-fixes" for 3 years.

There's no evidence of development or support. No "forum", except that patscarr noticed it in December 2007 https://www.feldoncentral.com/forums...ead.php?t=4218
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:06 PM   #14
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Sorry - don't know anything about Funnyfish.
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:21 PM   #15
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Originally posted by Dale:
I understand and agree. No complex software is ever finished, perfect, or bug-free. And underlying operating system changes can require changes to application software.  
But does removal of the Beta tag indicate the software is "finished, perfect, or bug-free"? Not in my experience. It merely indicates the product has received sufficient testing to be reliable and "major" bug free with the vast majority of systems.
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:40 PM   #16
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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
Sorry - don't know anything about Funnyfish.  
I don't think we expected you to.

My point was that Prolific's Funnyfish has been "called Beta - without any changes, updates, or bug-fixes" for 3 years.

Prolific's MA3 Beta.....

....has a forum.
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Originally posted by Dale:
....has a forum.  
which is not in beta.





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Old 03-25-2010, 05:20 AM   #18
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It shows just how the relationship between this forum and Prolific has deteriorated that they never even told me about Funnyfish. The price for me trying to hold them accountable.
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:35 AM   #19
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Originally posted by Dale:
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3 years? Web designers are hard to find?
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Old 03-25-2010, 11:21 AM   #20
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Prolific's fix has filtered through the searchbots, and a Google search for SereneScreen now comes up with the proper text.
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