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  • Our Incredible Shrinking Curiosity
    04/10/2005 12:05AM
    Finally! Someone has noticed:

    Over at Washingtonpost.com:

    Our Incredible Shrinking Curiosity

  • DVR Patents - good article with some background
    04/08/2005 11:19AM
    Another patent dispute article over at news.com. This one has some good background info on the whole fiasco.

    http://news.com.com/Patent+litigants+target+DVRs/2100-1047_3-5659298.html?tag=nefd.lede





  • European Software Patents
    04/07/2005 8:34PM
    I've got to find some time to write my "The Problems with Software Patents - Lack of Unambiguous Verifiable Result" article .. I've just been too busy of late.

    There's an article on Slashdot.org about  various very popular open source projects that are in serious danger as a result of software patents. This is very bad news.

     http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/05/04/07/2027223.shtml?tid=155&tid=219

  • MOBIE 0.8.0.22 installed on YML.COM
    04/05/2005 11:32PM
    Continuing my trend of using YML.COM as a test bed, MOBIE 0.8.0.22 has been installed. This /should/ fix the persistent login problems we were noticing.

    I've changed the caching headers that formVista sends out which should speed things up noticeably. (4 years of development and neglected to check the default headers PHP sends out.)

    You will notice that you can now use the BACK button on forms. However, you will still not be able to double-submit a form due to formVista validation.

    Please keep an eye out for weird caching bugs, especially images. I expect that I'm going to have to do some more tweaking to the caching code.

    I've also included a number of bugfixes. I keep trying to get time to work on the Xinha HTMLEditor and I keep getting thwarted.

    In other news, Personal Stock Streamer is out there. The site is holding up well. Not bad for a dual PIII 600 ...


  • Dictionary attacks on dns1
    04/04/2005 10:37PM
    From the "why it's important to have good passwords" department, we're seeing more and more dictionary style ssh2 attacks on our servers.

    Apr  4 17:28:19 dns1 sshd[3815]: Illegal user cvsadmin from 218.145.54.195
    Apr  4 17:28:19 dns1 sshd[3815]: Failed password for illegal user cvsadmin from
    218.145.54.195 port 44675 ssh2
    Apr  4 17:28:22 dns1 sshd[3824]: Illegal user learn from 218.145.54.195
    Apr  4 17:28:22 dns1 sshd[3824]: Failed password for illegal user learn from 218.145.54.195 port 44772 ssh2
    Apr  4 17:28:26 dns1 sshd[3826]: Illegal user learn from 218.145.54.195
    Apr  4 17:28:26 dns1 sshd[3826]: Failed password for illegal user learn from 218.145.54.195 port 44857 ssh2
    Apr  4 17:28:29 dns1 sshd[3829]: Illegal user webalizer from 218.145.54.195
    Apr  4 17:28:29 dns1 sshd[3829]: Failed password for illegal user webalizer from

    Make sure your passwords do not use full words. Intersperse letters, numbers and special characters. Do not use anything as a password that can be looked up in a dictionary.