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May 16, 2007

mater

I finally bit the bullet and installed WinXP on my old Win98 desktop that's serving as Kendra's MSN and Facebook computer. While I was at it I also dug out the old 233Mhz PentiumMMX machine in the basement to set it up as a samba server for the house. My idea is to put all of our music into one large library on the server so that we don't each have duplicate copies of songs on several user accounts on the desktop and laptop Windows boxes. It will take me a while to figure out the best way to do that, but step one was to put linux on the old machine to become the server.

Since Ubuntu just released a new version I thought it would be a good opportunity to try it out. I downloaded the alternate install CD since I won't bother trying to run anything graphical on that old machine. The alternate CD has the option for a command-line only installation, which I assume will be reasonably slim for a modern linux distribution.

I have to admit, the WinXP install wasn't as complicated as older win installs I've done, but I still had quite a few reboot cycles getting the OS up to the latest security patches, installing drivers for the webcam, onboard audio, TV tuner card, not to mention manually installing just the basic applications: MSN messenger, Open Office, Firefox, Gimp Thunderbird.

In contrast, the hardest thing about the linux install was choosing the computer's name. Thus, mater was born.

Once the system was up and running, I had to read up a little on the net to refamiliarize myself with the locations of the configuration files for a command-line only system, but most of the services I wanted were already installed. The couple of things that weren't installed by default in the minimal setup I chose were easily installed by "apt-get install smbclient". That's it. No thinking, no searching the net. It all just works.

To test the system I tried tunnelling SMB over SSH to mount a share on my WinXP64 system at work. The hardest thing about that was setting up PuTTY, Windows Firewall and a loopback network interface on the windows end. The linux side, again, just worked. I now have encrypted access my server at home as a normal windows share on my office PC, even though both ends are behind firewalls. Yay for samba and linux.

February 09, 2005

Trackback Spam

Grr. Comment spam was bad enough, but I could deal with it with the MT-Blacklist plugin and diligent updating of my blocklist. Now I'm starting to see more trackback spam attempted on this, which is really irritating. Spammers are people too, I know, but sometimes I get a little bit of anger inside me and I almost wish somebody would do violence to those people so intentionally and obnoxiously being rude to the rest of us.

Ok, perspective. It's just bits on a computer hard drive somewhere... breath... relax...

November 11, 2004

Eastlink Rocks

I've blogged about this before, but I was reminded again today by a friend moving to town who is also planning to get phone and high-speed internet service through the local cable company Eastlink.

Eastlink service just rocks. These days the internet is feeling more and more like an extension of my LAN, since I routinely download multi-megabyte files from fast servers across the continent and around the world in 10 or 20 seconds. Sustained transfer rates of 400+ kB/s are normal now.

July 27, 2004

Downside to MP3

When a client comes to me with a burned CDR of music to play when I'm doing sound, I don't judge them. I have lots of my music collection in compressed formats (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis) on my computer, and I've lost some original CDs and had to burn new copies on CDR. When I get a CD player for my car that can play CDRs I may even stop using my original CDs so that I don't lose any more.

However, if you're going to hand me a CDR to play at a public function, on an expensive, high quality sound system that I've spent all day setting up and making sound as good as I can, please, PLEASE don't burn that CDR from highly compressed MP3 files!

Last night I did sound for a wedding reception (which was very beautiful). The one thing that marred the evening for me was when the groom handed me a CDR with the song Someone (Bryan Adams and Barbara Streisand) on it for the first dance of the newlyweds. It had obviously been burnt from a 64 or 92 kbps MP3, and it sounded like TRASH. It sounded all swishy and flangy, like over-compressed MP3s do -- it pained me to have to play that for their special moment. Times like that make me wish I had an extensive library of music on the shop's laptop, so that I could have replaced the cruddy version with something that sounded crisp and clean, like I'm sure the original production of that tune was.

July 08, 2004

Promote mozilla

I know that a few of the folks who occasionally read my blog are mozilla fans, so I thought you'd all like to know about the new grassroots marketing campaign started by Asa and Blake. Head over to download.com and add your review for Firefox. The goal is 1,000 reviews in the next 6 or 7 days. The mozilla foundation is not trying to suggest any specific points for the reviews, nor even if you rate it positively or negatively, however, in my review I aimed to keep it short and simple, and to mention some of the great benefits of firefox that any PC user could understand.

What are you waiting for? Go to download.com's Firefox page and submit your review!

June 05, 2004

Ain't the web great?

I've been collecting a small number of Air Miles reward points for a while, with a card for shopping at Sobey's (one of the local grocery chains). Today I decided to see what those point could get me. Of course, I want to know which "reward" is the best value, so I head over to froogle and search for a couple of items on the air miles reward site. With a good idea of what an item costs, it's easy to see that one dollar is worth about 15 to 20 Air Miles (at retail prices). In other words, if a CD player costs $100, and I could get it for 2500 Air Miles, I'm better off buying the CD player with cash, and using the Air Miles for something else.

What's cool was that I could so easily put brand and model numbers into froogle and get realistic prices for the items on the air miles site. Yay for technology.

April 30, 2004

GRR MSIE GRR

I mostly ignore any sites that don't work in Firefox. Actually, I hardly ever notice any. However, I simply had to be able to update my address information with Canada Customs and Revenue Agency before today's tax filing deadline. I ended up installing Netscape 4.8 to do that, but first I actually tried MSIE 6.

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April 27, 2004

Fast cars and beautiful gearboxes

Just now I read the HowStuffWorks article on the Bugatti Veyron works. That lead me to the article on sequential gearboxes, and then, just to get some background, the articles on clutches and manual transmissions. Maybe I'm a geek (or maybe I just don't want to do my taxes).

Aside: I probably should feel like more of a dork than I do for continually reposting stories I see on slashdot.

April 20, 2004

Mozilla madness

I haven't done much for the mozilla project lately except read the blogs of those involved and generally spectate. So, today I decided to install the chatzilla IRC client for mozilla/firefox (took about 10 seconds) and join bugday.

I've only been at it for a few minutes, and I've already resolved three old bugs (they described problems that no longer exist).

April 13, 2004

Personal email storage

I've always wanted to be able to organize all of my archived email in a more flexible system than the hierarchical folders that most mail clients use by default. A few days ago I mentioned a system called EVM, which is a potential solution. I may make the effort to try it out, but in the meantime, I'm finally looking around to see if other similar solutions are already out there.

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December 05, 2003

Blog stats

I never really took the time to look at my web site stats before, but since I was poking around to fix the MT send-entry spam vulnerability, I got curious.

First of all, I was quite shocked to see that there have been over 12000 individual http requests on my domain over the last three months. Secondly, the top browser is MSIE at 30%, but the second browser is mozilla, at 21%. Of course, not far behind is googlebot, at 19%, which probably explains why there have been over 700 hits on my humor pages alone (which are lame, badly out of date, and in serious need of revision).

September 17, 2003

The future of mass storage

An interesting interview with a veteran CS researcher, in which he discusses lots of interesting things, including the future directions of disk storage, databases, and computer architectures. Recommended. (via slashdot)

August 16, 2003

Firebird Bookmark Keywords

I just made my first firebird quick search bookmark. Firebird comes with several built in, and lots of people have written about this mozilla feature before. I think it's been in mozilla for years. Still it feels like a nice, tiny accomplishment, since I came up with one I think will be really useful to me.

Here it is: to search imdb from the firebird or mozilla address bar, simply create a bookmark to http://imdb.com/find?q=%s, name it whatever you like, and then use the bookmark manager to set the keyword to imdb, or whatever you like. Then typing "imdb shanghai knights" in the address bar will bring you right to the imdb page for the movie.

August 13, 2003

Diamonds and such

Another slashdot article today caught my eye. It tipped me to the Wired magazine article about new breakthroughs in synthetic diamonds. Two US companies are hoping to break into the gem market in order to recoup their R&D and lower their production costs so that they can eventually make diamond semiconductors for the electronics industry. Of course, the other side of this story is that cheap synthetic diamonds have the potential to upset the diamond monopoly run by the DeBeer's cartel.

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August 12, 2003

Thunderbird Mailbox Format

Silly me, Thunderbird uses the same mbox format as the mutt and pine files I've got saved for the last 8 years. So all I have to do some day is concatenate the archive files for each date range for each saved mail folder, and then I'll have all of my saved mail accessible in one place! Should be easy to consolidate all the big emails with attachments that I have in various mozilla profiles, too. That's a job for another day, though.

A brief first experience with RSS feeds

I also tried out some RSS feed readers that Asa mentioned yesterday. I've never used aggregators before, and I guess I was sort of hoping for something that would combine feeds into one list of recent entries. Perhaps this exists and I'm just missing it?

From what I can tell each reader simply gives you a list of feeds that you have to manually select to see if there are new articles. It doesn't seem much more convenient than a good set of bookmark tab groups, like I've been using for the last few months. In any case, RSS Reader Panel seems to be the simplest and most useful of the list Asa gave. We'll see if I actually find it useful.

Thunderbirds are go!

I found Jamie's Thunderbird review via Asa's blog which motivated me to finally install Thunderbird 0.1 that's been sitting on my hard drive for a few weeks now. Looks good so far...

A few things are still missing for me. The reason I've waited so long to switch from mutt is that I can run mutt on my university shell account and access all my mail as well as my saved mail folders via putty and ssh from just about any computer, anywhere. As a result, I have a few big emails in my old mozilla mail profile, but I also have years and years of email in the old plain text mailbox format that I would like to import. I'm sure there's some way to get around it, and one of these weeks or months I'll sit down with google and scour the web for the tools and info I need. However, Thunderbird would be really compelling for me if it offered easy import of mail from my old plain text mail folders as well as from my mozilla profile.

Then I'd just have to set up some kind of remote desktop access so I could access the mail on my home PC remotely....

Incidentally, I wonder what ever happened to the idea of virtual folders in mozilla mail? Or am I misremembering?

August 11, 2003

Help with Canon ELPH Repairs?

So, does anybody out there know of a friendly, competent and economical camera repair shop in Halifax?

A few years ago, my parents gave me a Canon ELPH as a birthday gift. It was a complete surprise, and I have loved it ever since. It takes great pictures (as far APS goes), is well built and especially great for travelling.

Last month, I was in California for a job interview. On the way home, I unfortunately packed my camera face up in the front pocket of my carry on, which the desk attendant in LA strongly urged me to check. I don't like checking bags, but I thought we weren't on a particularly tight itinerary, and baggage claims in Halifax is usually pretty convenient. So I checked my bag.

The camera has a soft case, and it can be accidentally turned on so that the lens extends out of the camera body, while in the case. This happened somewhere between our rental car in LA and picking up the bag in Toronto. Then, the bag must have been either dropped, or packed beneath some heavier bags, because the zoom lens was forced out of alignment. It's now jammed, and the camera can't turn on or off.

Air Canada explicity disclaims any liability for electronic items packed in checked bags, including cameras, so I expect my only recourse is a (costly) repair. Just in case there was some way the problem could be fixed from the inside, I took the camera apart tonight. It was a very interesting exercise. I'm not to only one who's disassembled an ELPH, although I went farther than that guy did. I didn't desolder the LCD to get at the viewfinder optics. Rather, I removed the 4 screws that hold down the circuit board on the back of the fil compartment so that I could see the back of the lens. I tried to force the lens back into place, both pushing from the inside and pulling from the outside, but it won't budge.

Just in case anybody else out there wants to take apart their ELPH, here are some of my notes.

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If you invest in SCOX...

you should read the article entitled Let's Put SCO Behind Bars. Basically the SCO Group, which bought the IP and name of the former Santa Cruz Operation, is now suing IBM because they claim IBM leaked proprietary SCO technology into the Linux 2.4 kernel. Most tech people around the world regard this as complete and utter bunk. Consider that before this quarter, the SCO Group had never reported a profit, and now their stock has inflated on this lawsuit. Several websites will list SEC filings of recent insider stock trades by SCOX execs, which seems to indicate that they're getting their money while the getting's good. A word to the wise...

Open Proxies

Came across this article on Open Proxy abuse through some article on slashdot. I found it interesting, and it might be interesting to system admins or other computer geek types out there...

June 11, 2003

Extension extension

Since I haven't yet got my blog set up with trackback, asa may not notice that I stole my post title from his post today that pointed me to the Extension extension for Firebird. Briefly, firebird is probably the best web browser around, and the extension extension gives you the ability to browse extensions for firebird and install them from a item on the menu, rather than checking a website to hunt down new or interesting extensions. Cool.

April 23, 2003

Browser Bashing

People that know me know that I have a not-so-secret bias against things Microsoft. In my defense, this has grown up over years of experience with computers, and is rooted in real issues such as buggy, insecure software, annoying interfaces, and exhorbitant prices - not to mention questionable corporate ethics. I probably am too polemic about it, but whatever. To back up my claims just a little, Hixie writes about the sad state of IE6's non-standards compliance. He should know, he's on the W3C's CSS working group.

March 12, 2003

How Hydrogen Can Save America

This Wired article starts out heavy on the government subsidy theme, but the last page or two give an interesting glimpse into a future 30 to 50 years from now when not only will fossil fuels be displaced by hydrogen but power use in general could be more efficient, decentralized and clean.

February 09, 2003

Shuttle Ruminations

Yeah

February 06, 2003

The future of the shuttle program

I hope I'm wrong about my earlier pessimism on the future of the shuttle program. However, I think we're starting to hear some of the critics voice their opinions now that the initial hysteria is wearing off. There is so much politics behind these things that I don't think it's easy to predict if the outcome will ultimately be a favorable one. I personally don't mind if the shuttle program is scrapped as long as manned spaceflight is continued under more cost-effective programs, but that doesn't seem likely.

The shuttle is cool but I don't think anybody is under the delusion that it has fulfilled the vision of a cheaper, more reliable, reusable spacecraft. NASA should go back to multi-stage expendable rockets until a solid permanent presence is established in space. Put the money and effort into building more space infrastructure: the ISS, more efficient and cheaper earth-side manufacturing and launching facilities, better rocket engines, perhaps even a fleet of orbital tugs that can ferry people and cargo between various orbits, move satellites to accessible locations for repair, and help with garbage cleanup.

Yes, I know I'm not a rocket scientist. I know very little about orbital mechanics and little about what's needed or useful to have as a part of a space infrastructure. Still I think that for the cost of the shuttle program, NASA could be launching dozens of conventional heavy-lift rockets and putting all kinds of stuff in orbit. Start with machinery to put things together and move them around, then toss up your ISS bits or your Mars mission components or your Hubble replacement on big dumb rockets and have the permanent orbital tugs and assembly units move it and put it all together. Finally, launch your astronauts on simple conventional rockets. Each launch might carry less payload, but might cost $100-200 million instead of $500+ million. Plus, a disaster is much more acceptable when you are only send half the cargo and no people. When you do launch people they are riding rockets that have more of a proven track record than the costly and time-consuming shuttle launch system.

Just for interest: Approx cost of US rockets and internation al rockets. I wonder what made the Energia capable of such a heavy payload. Shame the Russians don't make them any more...

Oh well, enough rambling I suppose. I need to get groceries.

February 01, 2003

Rest in Peace: STS-107 space shuttle Columbia

I slept in this morning and was awakened by Kerry phoning me around 11:30. She told me about the news reports on the shuttle disaster. My first thought was saddness for the loss of the crew, and deja vu to January 1986. After that, I thought, "this is the end of the shuttle program".

I'm sure over the next few hours there'll be thousands of people writing their own commentary on the tragedy, and I am one of them. My gut feeling is that a disaster of this magnitude will be fuel to the fire of criticism of NASA, of the manned space program. With the trend of budget cutbacks factored in, I fear that the will to continue the shuttle program won't be there.

On the other hand, there were several talking heads on the various television stations covering the story who suggested that this might be the catalyst for a renewal of the space program, and possibly even a replacement for the space shuttle. While these are unlikely, it's always nice to hope...

Of course all of the media reports about parts of the space shuttle being dangerous are just bollocks. The purpose of those announcements is to keep idiots from disturbing debris from the shuttle that could be evidence of its cause, or worse, to keep smarter idiots from scavanging souveniers. Yes, the propellants used in the manouvering thrusters are highly toxic, but there is relatively little of it on board, and the chance of any surviving the breakup and fireball is practically nil.

Everybody is wondering about the cause of the crash, and while paying lip-service to the requests to avoid speculation, lots of possibilities are being thrown around. What seems obvious to me, as a smart individual with an engineering background, but no direct space or aeronautics expertise, is that the shuttle was torn apart by aerodynamic forces and parts of it burnt up by the heat of reentry. Since it had already been in the atmosphere for little while, I guess the problem either happened during the descent, or else was originally very small and didn't cause a catastrophic failure until after some period of exposure to the reentry stress. At the speed an altitude of the shuttle, there is no way anybody could have bailed out, nor survived if they did manage to bail out, even though they did have parachutes. It is possible that some large portions of the ship may have survived, but not likely.

And to put to rest the fear-mongerers: even disregarding the official announcements about terrorism, it is easy to conclude that a terror attack is about as likely a cause of this crash as the annual rainfall in Tibet. I don't know who would think that sabotage or a missle could have don't this, but it's so absurd that I won't even bother to explain why.

January 10, 2003

Deja Vu

Guess when this was written:

The virus, which generally arrives as an email attachment, can infect any PC running Microsoft's Windows operating system. Moreover, computers that haven't been updated in the last two years with the patch for an old Windows problem could be infected automatically, without the user doing anything but viewing the email message. Computers running the Macintosh operating system and Linux are not affected.
It was written today in CNet's article on the new Livra virus, but it could have been any number of virus notices for the last four or five years.

In other news, this morning I had my car inspected, so now my trusty Honda Civic is fully Nova Scotian, new plates, registration and all.

December 04, 2002

Anti-Microsoft Rant for the Day

Just ran across this somewhere: Windows XP Shows the Direction Microsoft is Going. Despite a little hyperbole and a few minor technical inaccuracies, it covers a lot of ground and summarizes most of the reasons that computer-types dislike Microsoft.

A choice quote from the conclusion:

Human society in general is not effective at stopping abuse. People have a difficult time being clear about abusiveness, and therefore about protesting it and stopping it. It is especially difficult for the average person to feel clear about something technical like software. People tend to blame themselves rather than the software that should serve their needs.

November 26, 2002

Mozilla 1.2

I installed a new version of mozilla for the first time in about two months. Fixes a few minor problems I was having for the last few weeks, as well as makes me feel warm and fuzzy for having the latest features and fixes...

The build I installed is a 1.2 release candidate. Most of the cool new stuff that I'm aware of like Bayensian spam filtering and folder views are in the 1.3 cycle which is just starting, so I'll probably upgrade again in a little while, but enough fun for one day...

Some Sensible advice from the BBC

Slashdot highlighted a BBC article on spyware on your computer this morning. The most interesting bit: the article recommends the best defense is to stop using Internet Explorer, since most adware and spyware makers target the infamous swiss-cheese browser.

I don't know if this article had anything to do with the recent reports of a huge IE security hole, but since we're in an MS-bashing mood... if you don't have the energy to wade through the MS security bulletin yourself, the summary is that a standard module installed with all versions of IE (except on Windows XP) allows malicious websites to do anything at all with your computer if you visit their site.

The best part, though, is halfway down the security bulletin where it says

What caveats are associated with the patch? Although the patch does address the vulnerability, there is a niche scenario through which a patched system could, under unusual conditions, be made vulnerable again. This scenario results because it is not possible to set the "Kill Bit" used by one of the vulnerable components.

Translating that to English, it means that if you install the security update to fix the problem, the bad guy website can simply tell IE to install the vulnerable module again. IE has this "feature" that allows websites to specify exactly what functionality they need. Since the vulnerable module was originally written by MS, the browser thinks it it is ok to reinstall it. The solution recommended by Microsoft? Change IE's settings to never trust ActiveX controls that are provided my Microsoft (so that IE will warn you when a site tries to install a Microsoft control).

Yes, they're working on a more permanent fix, but the irony is just too delicious...

November 22, 2002

The Singularity

I've heard of the singularity before, but I never really paid attention until today. It started with this story on slashdot, which had several interesting comments 1 2 3. This, in turn, leads to me some new additions to my wishlist.

In more mundane news, I've decided to try shave every second day, but not trying to shave as close as possible, instead of shaving really well every third day. I expect this new game to yield many minutes of excitement.

...and on the work front: in my inbox this morning a link to Volker Holtmeyer's thesis translated into english. He was apparently working on line array modelling with the company that produces Ulysses, an acoustics modelling program. While this thesis doesn't really overlap any of my research, it does give a very readable and current overview of state-of-the-art industrial use of line array technology.

November 11, 2002

Hooray for Google!

I'm polishing my NECEC presentation today. Since I refuse to pay the toll($739 if you don't want to click the link and scroll to the bottom), I'm authoring my presentation in a great free office package. On the whole I give OpenOffice high marks - it's an incredible value that's for sure - but there are occasionally a few hiccups. For one, I couldn't easily discover how to display my formula in a white font. My presentation has a soothing blue background that the black text of the formulae tend to disappear into. So finally today I decide to see what I can do about it. 20 or 30 seconds and a Google search later I found this FAQ on the OOo site. Using the color {} command within the equation itself does seem a little obscure, but hey, it works. Yay for google.

October 18, 2002

SRC Optimization of Loudspeaker Arrays

So last night I found that it was a really stupid mistake in my plotting routines that was causing the apparent trouble with my optimizations. Turns out it was (sortof) working all along. In my bug-hunt I found a one or two small things that will lead to better optimization runs, I hope, but the good news is all well with the optimizations. Now to finish the paper by the end of the day.

August 23, 2002

This is how to support

So many companies these days seem to want to nickel and dime their end users. MA Lighting goes against the flow and demonstrates how to win more customer support and loyalty. MA makes theatrical lighting equipment, mostly computerized lighting controllers. These controllers basically PCs with a powerful software package and a really customized interface. Most companies in this very small and pricey niche market have what they call 'offline editors' available. An offline editor is essentially the software for the controller tweaked to run on a standard PC so that lighting designers can learn how to use controller without spending $40k US or more. In most cases you can also setup and program parts of a show, and transfer the files to the actual lighting controller. This saves time and money.

Most companies offer these offline editors for free download over the net. Unfortunately, without a warehouse with a couple hundred thousand dollars worth of lighting equipment, you can't really see what you're doing with the offline editor, so it's usefulness is limited. Most companies also make a complementary program called a 3D visualizer. This program is a simple CAD package with a 3D renderer. The user can draw the stage, place lighting fixtures, and see how the set will look. The program receives the serial data stream that the lighting controller normally sends to the actual fixtures, and renders the simulated movements and changes to the fixtures. Exciting stuff. The catch is that other 3D visualizers are pricey add-ons, sometimes requiring additional PC hardware to run. MA Lighting, however, offers their visualizer for free.

So, if you want to learn to program intelligent lights, head over to the MA lighting website, download the Grand MA off line editor(2.5 MB) and the Grand MA 3D visualizer (15.1 MB) and enjoy!

August 05, 2002

Bug 17917 - kudos

Bug 17917 - kudos to John Keiser and Alex Savulov who announced a draft roaming profile architecture document in this newsgroup posting. This encompasses a lot of features that I really have been looking forward to seeing in mozilla: the ability to use a common bookmark file from several computers is the biggie, but eventually it may also allow cool things like sharing bookmark folders between multiple users. Imagine: your own personal bookmarks, your workgroup bookmarks, and your friends shared bookmarks all seamlessly shared and synchronized between local and remote profile locations. I can't wait!

July 29, 2002

Web design

This is why good web design is important. There are no longer many good reasons to saddle a site with hard-coded font sizes and table widths, much less use graphics as text buttons. Check your site at least at a few different windows sizes, resolutions, and with several browsers. Need inspiration? Look at this list of minimalist websites (though I personally would prefer HTML over Flash for a long list of reasons that I'll post someday in my soapbox section).

June 14, 2002

Warning! That JPG file may contain a virus!

I submitted an article to slashdot this morning about the suspicious virus alert from McAfee this morning. Something ridiculous about a new virus that can be contained in an image file. "Watch out! Now your photos, your music files or ANYTHING could be a virus!" (Of course, my story was rejected but I'm not complaining. Seriously.) Shortly after, michael posted a story along exactly the same lines as my (and I'm sure many other people's) submission. His conclusion:
And that's really it. If you don't run Windows, you're safe. If you have basic email skills, you're safe. If you don't run Outlook, you're safe. That's the story of modern viruses, and fortunately or un-, it's a pretty boring one."
Of course, lots of virus writers take advantage of buffer overflows, which is essentially a data file being formed in such a way that some specific program will execute the data as code. But that's a far cry from a universal data file virus. In every case, the virus writer has to know the software that you will use to view the data, and then be able to find and exploit a specific flaw in that software.

blog: short for web log

While I'm on the weblog kick, daypop is a site that I think is strong evidence for the inbreeding the blogging community. Of course I'm falling into the same trap, composing my site entries by shamelessly reposting things I've read on other blogs...

June 05, 2002

Just in time

Of course, just when I think I can stop fooling around and focus on my research, Mozilla 1.0 is released. The start page has links to the press release, 1.0 Guide, FAQ and more. Of course mozilla.org is the main developer site for those who want to get involved.

Mozilla 1.0 Quick Download Links:

Check out the main release page for platforms or older releases

Better templates for everybody!

I knew bte was a good idea, when I ran across it a few months ago. It only took me about 15 minutes to get the about me page to generate using a template based on the nice blogger templates. Now I should be able to quickly redo the rest of my site to match the look of this page. On top of that, I'll be able to update the rest of the site by changing one template file if I ever decide to switch to a different blogger template for the blog portions of the site.

If I ever decide to stop using blogger.com, I think doing a weblog with bte would only be marginally harder than blogger, as well. whopee!