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HTMLfixIT Archive for December, 2004

Thursday, December 9th, 2004 by Don

This HP series of articles seeks to address WIFI Security. WIFI will grow increasingly popular and no doubt enable a whole new way of accessing information. Many are using wireless palms to get and send email on the fly already. Security should be part of any wireless users thought process at this point. This article makes some “beyond the basics” recommendations.

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2004 by Franki

In what tentatively appears to be a win for the good guys, the European Union has delayed voting on software patents until sometime in 2005. The reasons for the delay are many and varied, but the most significant reason is that they no longer have the majority, and a vote could well kill off the proposal. So they probably put it off until such time as they can work out a way to push it though without opposition. My guess is that there is a good many dollars behind this proposal, big software companies desperately want software patents in place as it’s a very effective weapon to use against your competition. (Look at the situation in the US if you don’t believe me.)

With many European countries eager to distance themselves from reliance on US big business, they are not too keen to vote in laws that are likely to cement their reliance on Microsoft for desktop and server software. Countries in which OSS (Open Source Software) is growing in popularity are showing a growing desire to remove software patents from the table, and rightly so because software patents are just an excuse for frivolous litigation used by big guys to kill off little guys. Software is copyright, you don’t patent a book, you copyright it, software is exactly the same. We don’t need to hand big monopolies any more tools with which they can oppress the competition.


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Tuesday, December 7th, 2004 by Franki

For the millions of people changing to the Firefox web browser, today marks the day that the E-mail component has reached a stable 1.0 release.

Thunderbird looks much like Outlook Express, but has been designed with Security, Spam filtering and advanced features in mind. I’ve been using pre-release versions for over a year now and I’ve been very impressed. It’s small, fast and feature filled, just like Firefox. Some advanced features are E-mail cleaning, where spam E-mails are stripped of web bugs and remote images, so the spammers can’t use them to validate your E-mail address, virtual folders for search terms, a learning spam filter, an RSS reader and a heap of other stuff. You don’t see that complexity unless you want to though, so it’s a very easy program to get along with. Thunderbird will also import your Outlook Express mail, address book and settings, so you won’t even have to manually configure it.

Get your free copy of Thunderbird 1.0 today and experience the difference a secure E-mail client can make.


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Monday, December 6th, 2004 by Don

There is great pressure from local governments to tax internet connection services. Several states already tax broadband and/or DSL connection services. A prior ban on such taxes lapsed at the end of November, but President Bush last Friday signed a bill to extent that exemption from local taxation. They allowed states already charging a broadband tax to continue that for two more years however.

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Monday, December 6th, 2004 by Franki

One of the things that constantly amazes me, is that people are so quick to blame Internet banking and E-commerce systems for any small issue that comes out, but these same people will install just about anything with flashy banners that appears in a web page add, and they will run anything that arrives in an e-mail, and many of them have never heard of Windows Update and don’t run an anti-virus program.

The last such item that appeared on the TV news here, was about a guy that had $6000 taken from his bank account. When it was looked into, they found a Trojan horse program installed on his machine, and that malicious program was the reason his banking details were stolen. What amazed me even more, was that the bank actually gave him back the money, even though it was his own ignorance that caused the problem in the first place. It had nothing to do with the bank at all.

If you use your computer for Online banking or E-commerce, and you run Windows without anti-virus, all patches and a anti-spyware program (or two), then you WILL eventually have your details stolen, and probably money as well. And it will be your fault. (And arguably Microsoft’s, and the malicious programmers writing this stuff.)


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Monday, December 6th, 2004 by Franki

Wired has an interesting story, the premise of which is that the blogging boom is starting to cost people their jobs. In the past 10 years, being caught with an e-mail you wrote which commented unfavourably on your boss or the company was probably the equivalent of this new problem. The companies in the story, primarily Delta and Microsoft, both fired employee’s based on images posted to their personal blogs.

So folks, if you plan on posting work related images on your blog, you might want to rethink it, or spend lots of time writing a .htaccess file that blocks your works IP’s from viewing your site, and probably stop search engines from spidering it as well.


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Monday, December 6th, 2004 by Franki

This tool enables network admins to roll out Firefox across a network of machines, just like you can with Microsoft’s stuff. Very handy.
The reasons for continuing to use IE are quickly running out.
See for more.


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