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HTMLfixIT Archive for July, 2004

Friday, July 9th, 2004 by Franki

Just for a change of pace, here is a security flaw that effects a browser other then IE, In this case it’s Mozilla and Firefox.

This is not a critical flaw as such, and in some quarters it’s viewed as a feature.
Its not a flaw that will compromise your machine, or steal your data, but what it can do, is start any application on your computer if you visit a page that uses a link with shell: instead of http:


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Friday, July 9th, 2004 by Don

This is a neat site that explains in very simple terms many common things, including many computer concepts.

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Thursday, July 8th, 2004 by Franki

This is not exactly “new” news, the story came out around the 25th of June, but it’s important enough to warrant a mention here.

This story revolves around a proposed amendment to the copyright laws, one that has far reaching implications.
In short, the idea is that any service or device that can be seen to “induce” copyright violation, can have the manufacturers or providers be held accountable.
That doesn’t sound too bad in theory, but consider the implications, there are many things that can be considered inducements to copyright infringement. Here are some examples:
– Ipod, or any storage based MP3 player.
– All P2P file sharing applications.
– Removable hard drives.
– CD and DVD burners and burning programs.
– Instant Chat and IRC programs.
– Web hosting.
– Internet connection.


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Tuesday, July 6th, 2004 by Don

SciTE Text Editor is a very nice text editor for syntax highlighting in many languages.



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Thursday, July 1st, 2004 by Don

Just a quick note to wish all in the US a happy 4th of July, but remember, celebrate safely! Injuries from Fireworks – NCIPC Tells about injuries from fireworks. As a “survivor” of a pretty good hand blow up in my youth, I can tell you it ain’t pretty. So have fun, but be safe.



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Thursday, July 1st, 2004 by Franki

Have you ever read the EULA (End User Licence Agreement) that you agreed to when you signed up for a Hotmail Passport? If you haven’t you should as it makes fascinating reading. You would be surprised (and most likely angry) at what rights to your own information you actually have, or more importantly you’ll be surprised at what rights Micro$oft has over your data. (There was a uproar not that long ago, when Microsoft in their licensing agreement for Passport, basically claimed the right to do anything with any data that passed though a Passport server. That means MSN, Hotmail, MSN Messenger and others. They made some adjustments to the EULA, but its still an outrageously tight license from a users perspective.)

Even more fascinating is the new court of appeals ruling that has declared that it is not illegal to read other peoples e-mails, if they happen to be in the ram of your computer at the time. Apparently a gentleman by the name of Bradford C. Councilman decided to spy on his customers by reading their e-mail from free e-mail accounts he had given them, he used this information to gain a leg up on Amazon by finding out what books people wanted.


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Thursday, July 1st, 2004 by Franki

For the second time in as many weeks, Internet Explorer has yet another security flaw that is being actively used to compromise users, and the sole purpose of this one is to steal your banking details.
For the love of god people, why are you still using IE? How many virus’s must you be infected with, and how much spy and malware must your computer get before people come to their senses? IE has only one real purpose now days, and that is to install updates from Windows update. For anything other then that you are asking for trouble and its only a matter of time before you get caught. Get Opera or Firefox or Mozilla, just get something and stop this nonsense please.

Remember people, these particular virus/trojan infections have one purpose, to take money from your pocket, and put it into theirs, and the easiest way to stop that happening, is to NOT use IE.


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