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Everybody hates Firefox updates - Evil Brain Jono's Natural Log

2012 Jul 16, 1:59

Former FireFox developer on the switch to their continuous update cycle. 

Oh no, Chrome is doing such-and-such; we’d better do something equivalent or we’ll fall behind! We thought we needed a rapid update process like Chrome. We were jealous of their rapid update capability, which let them deploy improvements to users continuously. We had to “catch up” with Chrome’s updating capability.

Dealing with servicing on IE for years had led me to some of the same thoughts when I heard FireFox was switching to continuous updates.

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ShapeCatcher

2011 Nov 14, 12:37

Draw ShapeCatcher a symbol and ShapeCatcher shows you the characters in Unicode that look similar.  Try a smiley face.  (via Eric Lawrence)

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How Flash Drives and Social Engineering can Compromise Networks

2010 Jan 22, 1:44"He seeded the customer's parking lot with USB flash drives, each of which had a Trojan horse installed on it. When the employees arrived for work in the morning, they were quite excited to find the free gadgets laying around the parking lot. Employees eagerly collected the USB drives and plugged them into the first computers they came across: their own workstations."PermalinkCommentsvia:ericlaw security usb windows social-engineering computer technical

Get cached images from your visitors | Diovo

2009 Dec 15, 2:01"Jeff Atwood (Coding Horror fame) was in for a horror when he realized that his server crashed and his data was gone and due to some reason, the backup mechanism was not working. ... So what should Jeff do now? Since Coding horror is a high traffic blog, I think there is a way to get back at least some of the images." Reconstruct the HTML from Google's cache, change the HTTP server to tell the client it has the correct cached image for all the images, add script to the HTML to grab the images and send them back. Awesome idea. Of course now I want to setup Fiddler to swap in random images...PermalinkCommentsvia:ericlaw jeff-atwood backup web http cache image javascript technical

RFC battle: Browsers vs. programming languages - cat /dev/random | grep security -

2009 Nov 25, 7:09Relative URI resolution differences in browsers vs programming language libraries.PermalinkCommentsvia:ericlaw url uri rfc web browser programming dotnet java technical

Coding Horror: The Paper Data Storage Option

2009 Aug 3, 11:06"But how efficient is the alphabet at encoding information on a page?"PermalinkCommentsvia:ericlaw humor paper storage encoding

Social Media Venn Diagram Tee

2009 Jun 2, 11:18"Social Media. Unlocking the awesome potential of behavioral disorders." Can't go wrong with a venn diagram shirt.PermalinkCommentssocial humor shirt facebook twitter via:ericlaw

InfoQ: HTTP Status Report

2009 Apr 29, 12:34"In this presentation, recorded at QCon San Francisco 2008, HTTPbis WG chair Mark Nottingham gives an update on the current status of the HTTP protocol in the wild, and the ongoing work to clarify the HTTP specification."PermalinkCommentshttp httpbis protocol ietf reference video authentication cookie uri url tcp sctp mark-nottingham via:ericlaw

Security Research & Defense : Released build of Internet Explorer 8 blocks Dowd/Sotirov ASLR+DEP .NET bypass

2009 Mar 23, 12:58Details on a particular browser exploit and how its been resolved in IE8. "One approach they presented allowed attackers to use .NET framework DLL's to allocate executable pages of memory at predictable locations within the iexplore.exe process. They were then able to demonstrate how .NET behavior could be combined with a separate exploitable memory corruption vulnerability to run arbitrary code."PermalinkCommentssecurity ie8 ie browser hack via:ericlaw

Dr. Horrible

2008 Jul 15, 3:50This is 'Dr. Horrible' (Neil Patrick Harris) a man in love, and also a super villain fighting Nathan Fillion. This is all Joss Whedon's Internet only awesome thing. Its free if you watch now but eventually it will go away unless you pay for it.PermalinkCommentshumor geek super-hero internet media video tv joss-whedon neil-patrick-harris nathan-fillion via:ericlaw

Slate V: archive player

2008 Apr 30, 10:35A humorous video on the topic of Internet video.PermalinkCommentsvia:ericlaw humor video internet progress-bar

MSDN's OpenProtocols

2008 Mar 15, 9:39Lots of intereseting previously undocumented protocols in here.PermalinkCommentsvia:ericlaw msdn uri scheme microsoft

Hot Air - Blog Archive - Video: 24 in '94

2007 Nov 16, 12:2424 parody: 24 set in 1994. Thankfully, specific knowledge of 24 is not a prerequisite to enjoying this video.PermalinkCommentshumor video via:ericlaw

Hixie's Natural Log: A low-bandwidth, high-latency, high-cost, and unreliable data channel (Cached)

2007 Oct 16, 12:22FTA: "Look at all those zero cents... there are data bits there, lying unused! It struck me that with every single restaurant transaction I could set the cents field to some number under my control, thus allowing me to communicate with myself at a lPermalinkCommentsblog humor hack food article encoding restaurant via:ericlaw
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