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Entries for December, 2008

Internet Censorship: What do Amazon and Wikipedia have in common?

Your first answer might be “nothing at all”, but that is not entirely true. Both Amazon and wikipedia.org host an image of the album cover of the Virgin Killer album by The Scorpions. The image has been on Amazon.com for at least 10 months and on wikipedia.org since april 2007,  but somehow it’s become big news […]

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Zero-day exploit for IE7

Just in time for the holidays, a new bug has been found in Internet Explorer that enables hackers to execute arbitrary code. This was first reported by McAfee: The root cause was found to be the incorrect handling of certain XML tags in Internet Explorer 7.x that references already freed memory in the mshtml.dll. We […]

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Last security update for Firefox 2.0 to remove security feature

Computerworld reports that the final update for Firefox 2.0 will not only contain security fixes, but also remove an important safety feature: the safe browsing support that warns users when they attempt to access a potentially unsafe site: Google asked Mozilla to disable the feature in Firefox 2.0.0.19 that warns users of sites suspected of […]

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Details about Europeana’s problems: some interesting numbers

Europeana, the pan-European digital library that went down shortly after their launch, has provided some additional details about why the site was taken offline. There are some interesting numbers in the documents that were published. Let’s start with the facts that were already published: The site received an unexpected amount of visitors after the launch […]

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YouTube now officially offering HD option on some videos

TechCrunch just noticed that YouTube has already turned on the new HD resolution discussed earlier. Videos that were uploaded in 720p or higher resolution how offer a “watch in HD” option that provides far better resolution than the “high quality” option that preceded it. If you want to see the difference, have a look at […]

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Creating compressed .dmg files

Here’s a quick howto for people that need to distribute files to Mac users. I used to create .tgz files when I needed to transfer a large amount of data to another mac, but I recently found an easier way. With a little bit of scripting (or a lot of mouseclicks in Disk Utility) you […]

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Viruses? On a Mac? Did Apple really write about that?

Apple has just removed the article recommending the use of anti-virus software from their homepage. Does that mean you don’t have to worry about viruses infecting your Mac?

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Apple encouraging users to use anti-virus software

Heise notes that Apple is now officially recommending the use of anti-virus software on MacOS X. In Apple’s their own words: Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult.  It’s pretty tempting, but I’ll […]

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