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Opera Hack: Hacking, Mining, and Modifying the Favicons

I'm sure many of you have noticed as you click from web site to web site that some of them have a bit more identity then others. Like my site for instance has a greek key as the logo or Googles new multi-color g. Opera holds all of these icons in a special area so it doesn't have to spend time downloading it later. What does this mean for us? Well it means we are normally holding anywhere from a few hundred to a few hundred thousand icons. Icons that we can change or use in other websites or to change the icon of a shortcut we have on our computer. Let's get started. First we need to find this cache of icons. For a windows machine they are located in "C:\Program Files\Opera\profile\images" or "C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Application Data\Opera\Opera\profile\images". With that out of the way we can now get creative. One thing that is for sure is that this stuff can be used as a kind of history of were you have been. So the easy first option is

1and1 Has a Massive Server Failure

Every so often as I'm sure many web developers do I tried to pop into my site just to see how thing were doing. To my dismay I was unable to hit the site, I figured it was something I did wrong so I cleared internet cache, checked that I was connected and tried again. Nothing still happened. Passed a quick e-mail to my provider, 1&1, to let them know I had noticed and wanted to know what was going on. They sent me a response. Thank you for contacting us. Due to some technical issues, the server where your websites are hosted is still offline at the moment. We sincerely apologize for this very unfortunate event, although unforeseen but which might already be causing you a lot of inconvenience. We also understand the frustration you might be feeling right now about this whole issue and how anxious you are to see your website(s) online again. Unfortunately, we still do not have an estimated time frame for a resolution however rest assured that our administrators are working as