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Google Chrome UA007 Detection

Posted 2 September 2008 in by Sam Brown -

Update madness a-hoy! Shaun has just updated the User Agent 007 Pepper to v2.05 which now includes Google Chrome browser detection.

Best get all those Mint installs updated post-haste.

MSN Live Search Referrer SPAM

Posted 13 July 2008 in by Sam Brown -

Recently Microsoft’s Live Search has been causing some unnecessary and unwanted referrer SPAM in several of my Mint installs, this was confirmed recently by others in this Mint Forum thread.

I’m not 100% sure when it started, but I have been seeing referrers from for some strange and very generic keywords, things like “article”, “design”, and “sites”. Visiting the referring URL returned no link back to any of my sites.

There is a solution

Visiting the Advanced Preferences in Mint (/mint/?preferences&advanced) allows you to stop recording activity from specified IP ranges, I have added the following to the list (that already includes an IP range that Shaun previously identified as a problem with MSN Search):

  • 65.55.109.*
  • 65.55.110.*
  • 65.55.232.*

I have to say I would love to know how and why MSN Live Search is doing this, I have hundreds of these records across my Mint installs. If you are worried about this problem yourself be sure to keep an eye on the Most Recent Searches tab and I would definitely recommend installing Secret Crush which will help you identify the referring IP.

Do let me know if you notice this problem yourself and if your IP ranges include anything different.

A Mint Updating Spree Awaits

Posted 7 May 2008 in by Sam Brown -

Hold on tight, this is a big one! Mr Inman has released a monster update to the Peppermill that includes Mint and a bunch of his Pepper, so clear a space in your schedule and get updating.


Some Notes:

The Mint update includes changes to the default Vanilla and Chocolate styles, so this update will require not only the new app folder to uploaded but the styles folder as well.

A new command was created in v2.16. /mint/?recover will repair Pepper data that was previously said to be beyond repair.

Also be sure to remove all of your old Pepper folders from your server (peppername_old) to avoid any further issues.

Roll on automatic updating ala Till’s Sergeant Pepper! I just spent the last 45 minutes updating 10 Mint installs and 33 Pepper. :/

Pepper Developers new and old, Notifications needs a new home

Posted 27 February 2008 in by Sam Brown -

Tony Gumbel creator of the Notifications Pepper is looking for a seasoned or aspiring Pepper Developer with the right knowledge to continue development of his Pepper!

I am the developer of the Notification pepper. I would like to see this pepper updated and receive new features, unfortunately I lack time and coding knowledge.

Over the past few months I have received numerous requests to add additional features, even requests willing to donate which I don’t accept. From the Mint Forum Thread

If anyone is interested in taking over development of the Pepper, you can find Tony’s contact details at his site

Mint Survey - Your IE Stats?

Posted 29 January 2008 in by Sam Brown -

I can only assume everyone has a copy of the fantastic User Agent 007 Pepper installed in their copy of Mint. How are those Internet Explorer percentages looking for you these days? I have several copies of Mint on several different genre of site and wonder how everyones stats compare. Out with them then.. log into Mint, open the Browser tab of UA007 and let us know!

At Peppermint Tea they look like so:

IE Stats