Archive for July, 2004

RSS Feeds on the Wall Stree Journal.

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

Wall Street Journal RSS Feed Information is available. RSS isn’t just for the little guys any more. First exploding (in my opinion) in blogs and smaller places, the big boys are now coming on board with RSS feeds, further validating the concept has long term viability. This page also is good because it explains in […]

More cool Firefox extensions.

Wednesday, July 21st, 2004

Up until recently, I never really thought that I had very extensive browser needs, but I’ve now loaded most of a dozen Firefox extensions into my browser. The reason is pretty simple, I didn’t know what I was missing till I tried them. My current four favourites are BugMeNot, User agent switcher, Super Drag&Go and […]

J.K.Rowling Official Site – Harry Potter and more

Wednesday, July 21st, 2004

J.K.Rowling Official Site – Harry Potter is now up and running. I read all the Potter books for some light entertainment when my kids had them around. They are entertaining, although they get repetitive about now. I am not much of a flash fan, and yet, this is a very neat site. It requires that […]

First Windows “PocketPC” virus surfaces.

Monday, July 19th, 2004

Well, now this is an interesting one. Microsoft claim that they get more virus’s not because they are less secure, but because they have more market share. It appears they were at least partially wrong. (Actually, they are totally wrong, they have nowhere near the market share of web servers as does the open source […]

Microsoft reveals new seach site beta.

Friday, July 16th, 2004

In an effort to compete on a more even footing with Yahoo and Google, Microsoft is developing their own search engine, one that relies on their own search and spidering algorithms, (rather then using the results from other engines as MSN search does now.) You can test the results now at MSN Tech preview. The […]

Do the sight impaired like your website?

Friday, July 16th, 2004

The world has millions of sight impaired people, Australia has at least 300,000, and other countries have an order of magnitude more. Should they be discriminated against by web designers? Most countries have laws that give an emphatic NO! In fact, there have been court cases where companies have been sued for not providing for […]

Spell check text in HTML form fields.

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

Tonight I came across Spellbound which is a full spell checking extension for Firefox.
It installed flawlessly, I simply selected all the components by ticking the relevant boxes on the spellbound page, and then did the same for a dictionary (choosing Australian in my case.).

PHP5 officially released.

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004

It’s official,
PHP5 is now a stable release.

Sued for Blogging?

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004

While doing my daily rounds of the various tech news sites that provide the source for most of the articles you see here, I came across this blogging article on TheRegister. The fact that 8000 new bloggers appear every day isn’t really news to my mind, neither is most of the other accompanying data. What […]

Is MicroSoft behind the Linux attacks?

Sunday, July 11th, 2004

Even if you’re not a Linux fan, you should have a look at this because it makes for fascinating reading. People that know me, know that I am no fan of Microsoft, I make no secret of it. I do admit however, that they played a significant part in making computers the commodity they are […]

Iraq gets a taste of Linux.

Saturday, July 10th, 2004

Iraq is still in upheaval, with problems popping up all over the place, but in the shadow of all that, they have started their first Linux Users Group. (LUG)
with the idea of showing people (particularly those in government) how to setup an IT infrastructure that doesn’t rely on the software or services of big multinational companies which always results in huge amounts of money heading offshore.

Humour: M$ takes over the net?

Friday, July 9th, 2004

If your experience is anything like mine was, Micro$ofts web page will open in your browser.
Its also the first result that shows up in Google..

Security flaw, multiple browsers.

Friday, July 9th, 2004

Here is a pretty rare item, a security flaw that effects multiple browsers, in fact nearly all the popular ones in use today. The affected browsers affected are: Internet Explorer, Pre 0.9 Firebird Pre 1.6 Mozilla Pre 7.51 Opera. Safari 1.2.2 Konqueror 3.1

Not always just IE.

Friday, July 9th, 2004

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, […]

How Stuff Works

Friday, July 9th, 2004

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

Busted for owning an MP3 player.

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

Both patents, and in this case laws, must be totally explicit to avoid them being abused, so a law on inducement must NOT be permitted to be vague as it opens nearly every service provider or device manufacturer to litigation, and even if the cases are thrown out, it still amounts to millions of dollars wasted, and the only people happy about that are the lawyers, since they end up pocketing most of it.

Scintilla and SciTE

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

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

Injuries from Fireworks – NCIPC

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

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. […]

It is now legal to snoop on peoples email.

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

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.

It’s happened again!!

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

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 […]

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