Author Archives: John

About John

The the tech guy here at BonzoBox. Also, I write in the blog & manage @bonzobox

Enhancing Link Security

Today Google informed us that some sites stored in people’s BonzoBoxes were are infected with Malware. Because we use a redirection script to track which sites are the most popular on BonzoBox this warning would have appeared when visiting a redirection address on BonzoBox.com, (for example, bonzobox.com/out?u=badsite.com). Even though these warnings appeared there, as far as we are aware BonzoBox.com itself is malware-free.

The number of links affected was very, very, small, (there were five), and they have been removed from BonzoBox.

We have requested that Google review our BonzoBox and expect to be declared clean shortly, (follow @bonzobox on Twitter for more frequent updates).

Lemons to Lemonade

Of course we’ve taken this day of red warning screens and pulled some good out of the bad. All of our links from BonzoBox to other websites are now signed, and they won’t work unless they’re properly signed. This means that it would be extremely difficult for a hacker to create a BonzoBox.com URL that redirects visitors to a nasty website, (the hacker would have to figure out how our signature works, and guess some very long, complicated, secrets, among other things).

Update (May 18): Sometime during the night Google has reviewed BonzoBox and declared us malware-free. No warnings should be displayed.

Another Year

It seems that I post in November each year. I was going to post on Saturday to make it exactly a year since I last posted, but things have been crazy at my house, so Monday it is!

This year we’ve been slowly making improvements to BonzoBox, (here’s the list). The one we’re most excited about has been the elimination of the sidebar on the site and larger screenshots with always-visible site names. You wouldn’t think it makes much of a difference but it makes things so much cleaner and easier to use.

We’ve also been experimenting with different advertising providers, but for the moment have removed almost all advertising from BonzoBox. We thing that no ads are better than spammy ads, although at some point some sort of advertising will probably come back. We’ll try to keep it classy.

That’s it for the moment. I mostly wanted to post because it’s been a year. Here’s to less than a year next time!

Better Screenshots, a New Commitment

Almost exactly a year ago I posted that we had come back to life, then promptly disappeared. We didn’t disappear entirely, though, and are now back with a revamped team, new focus, and even some site updates.

Our goal is to make BonzoBox fast & easy to understand and use, and we’d like your help in making that happen. Leave comments on our blog posts, E-mail us, make suggestions in our UserVoice Forum, and say hi @bonzobox on Twitter. I’ll do my best to write back and together we can make BonzoBox great, (yes, there’s a little cheese there).

So, what have we been working on over the past year? The system that makes the thumbnails has been completely rewritten from the ground up. Screenshots should now come in much faster and look better. We’re still ironing out the kinks but it’s already a big improvement on our old system.

Will it be another year before we post? No. We’re not going to write unless we have something to write, but we’re going to make sure that we have things worth sharing here.

Now, head on over to BonzoBox and see what we’ve done!

 

 

We’re Alive: The New BonzoBox

It’s been over a year since we posted here, and today we finally revealed what we’ve been working on – the next generation of BonzoBox.  We got some strong critiques when we first launched and we listened.  Today we are bringing the new, simpler, BonzoBox to the entire BonzoBox community.

The new BonzoBox gets rid of most of those tabs we used to have, increases the size of the thumbnails by almost half, and is designed with speed in mind, (although, admittedly, we’re having some server speed issues – they will be addressed shortly).

We’ve focused even more on communication with this release.  We’re not done yet and we want to make BonzoBox into the best tool possible.  We realize that we’re not there yet and that’s where you come in.  Tell us what you want and need, on our New Uservoice Forum, by E-mail at feedback [at] bonzobox [dot] com, or by clicking on one of the feedback or contact links on the site.  We’re listening. Hard.

We’ve posted a full introduction to the new BonzoBox as part of BonzoBox itself, so check it out for the nitty-gritty details, and let us know what we can do even better.

What’s this Bonzo Daily thing?

You may have noticed that Ryan, one of our co-founders, has been posting cool and interesting sites for the past couple of weeks in the new Blog category Bonzo Daily.

Ryan is really great at finding interesting or funny things on the internet, so we want to share some of his finds with you.  For now, we’re posting his Bonzo Daily articles both in the Bonzo Daily category and in the Latest News category so that they appear directly on BonzoBox.com, but we don’t plan on pushing them to BonzoBox.com forever, so subscribe to our RSS feed or follow @bonzobox on twitter to keep getting the latest Bonzo Daily sites from Ryan.

PS. You can check out Ryan’s BonzoBox here.

Welcome Back from the Long Weekend

Well, it’s Tuesday and I hope that all of you BonzoBoxers in the US had a great long weekend, maybe fired up the grill, and honored the memory of the brave men and women that gave their lives to keep the country strong and free. 

We saw that you were not spending your time on BonzoBox this weekend, and while you were away we did a bunch of small upgrades.  Most of them were small and make things a little faster or work a little better.  The thing you will most likely notice that when you look at a buddy’s websites, (like mine at bonzobox.com/johnbeales), you shouldn’t see which providers your buddy was using in his E-mail tab.

There are a bunch more small updates scheduled to roll out throughout the week to help improve your experience on BonzoBox.  We won’t be blogging about them all, but we will try to post most of them on Twitter so if you’re not already doing it, follow us at twitter.com/bonzobox.  

Have a great week.

Announcing Facebook Connect on BonzoBox

A few minutes ago we pushed a major update that adds Facebook Connect to BonzoBox.  We’re pretty excited about this and hope that you will be too!

Facebook Connect allows you to sign in to BonzoBox by authenticating with Facebook instead of creating a username and password on BonzoBox.  If you already have a BonzoBox account you can add Facebook authentication to your account by going to Settings, (by your name in the top right), then choosing Account Linking. If you don’t already have a BonzoBox account simply click the Facebook Connect button in the Sign Up screen.  To sign in using Facebook Connect click the Facebook Connect button in the BonzoBox Sign In screen.

This is only our first step with the Facebook platform here on BonzoBox. We are planning even deeper integration with the Facebook platform and there is more to come.

Summer Interns Wanted.

For the past few weeks we’ve been quietly looking for interns to join our team for the summer, and possibly longer.  We have found some excellent people, (look for an introduction later on), but there are a few key internships that we would like to fill.

Starting today we are looking for a Graphic & Web Design intern. If you are self-motivated, collaborative in nature, can wear many hats, and will thrive in a start-up environment, we want you to apply.  See more on the BonzoBox Recruiting Page.

While we’re at it, we are looking for commission-based salespeople.  We’re offering a healthy commission, so if you’re good at sales, head to the Recruiting Page for more info.