Scatter/Gather thoughts

February 2005 Entry Index

Firefox 1.0.1 is out

A new release of Firefox is out. The changes mostly consists of security fixes, including the infamous hack meant to combat the use of IDN for phishing.

25 February, 2005 | read more

.NET Framework update hell

The latest batch of Windows updates included security updates for .NET Framework 1.0 and 1.1. As usual, they can't be installed cleanly on my computer.

23 February, 2005 | read more

Getting rid of favicon.ico

Annoyed by all the favicon.ico requests? Here's a simple technique to get rid of the unnecessary Apache processing, traffic, and error log entries for sites without favicons.

18 February, 2005 | read more

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie trailer

The trailer for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie is now available on the official site. It's a real trailer this time, rather than the short teaser shown previously.

16 February, 2005 | read more

Big weakness in SHA-1 found

Bruce Schneier reports that SHA-1 is broken. Detailed results and techniques used are not yet published, but Schneier says that the paper looks good and that the Chinese research team behind it is reputable.

16 February, 2005 | read more

Strange stuff you can buy from Amazon

Finding weird things you can buy on eBay is already an established pastime, but how about actual products you can order from Amazon?

15 February, 2005 | read more

Spiderspotting: WWWC/1.04

One of my web pages are regularly fetched by a user agent which only identifies itself as WWWC/1.04. It did take some digging around before I found what must be the official WWWC site.

13 February, 2005 | read more

A short note on HTML and XML terminology

While reading about the recent rel="nofollow" hoopla I was reminded of something annoying I've observed many times before. When discussing HTML and XML markup, please use the standard terminology!

11 February, 2005 | read more

World of Warcraft impressions

I've been playing the World of Warcraft beta I signed up for last week. This is Blizzard's first foray into the MMORPG market, and although they have managed some aspects of it better than I expected, there are still many issues they need to deal with.

6 February, 2005 | read more