- Introductions: We welcomed H.J. Schmidt and Debbie Slee who in
their off hours have built a small business using PHP to produce online polls
They got a leg up in this business by underbidding another company that used proprietary software to make similar polls.
Bugnosis is a tool that you can install to work with your browser (IE >= 5.0 on windows) and see web bugs. Web bugs insert a 1 x 1 "image" from another URL on the page you are using. Then, the other URL can use its cookie to say something like, "This also visited a site pertaining to pest control so we can try to sell him extermination services."
Web bugs have other uses and can be used to figure out where a user clicked an ad,to call a hit counter as (J.'s PHPGEEK.com does), and simply for for internet advertising.
Bugnosis can't shut these down, but it can alert you with an analysis of each page you visit.
It is kind of annoying to keep seeing this stuff so I eventually shut the service down.