April 30, 2004

Pop-up killers and ad blockers

Pop-up Killer Review is a good place to look for popup blockers and cookie managers of the proxy type and otherwise.

Posted by tony at 10:22 AM | Comments (0)

April 26, 2004

Email services and more

I stumbled across cotse.net a little while ago and am seriously considering subscribing. They're an outgrowth of the cotse.com privacy site. For $5.95/mo. you get unlimited email aliases which you can turn on and off with 50MB of storage, POP3 and secure POP3, SMTP and secure SMTP, and both NNTP and web proxies. For a $25 setup fee they'll provide the same for your own domain (you handle the registration). Why would I do this? I'm an email alias junkie. When I sign up for something at a site and they want an email address, I create one and give it to them. Many times I keep that alias around to read their newsletters and such but sometimes I get tired of the advertising or just can't find out how to unsubscribe from their mailings so I need a way to disable the alias. Sure, I've got my own domains (tonys-links.com is one) so I can do what I like with email addresses but I like to keep tabs on my aliases and am willing to pay for it. I've been using Mailshell for a couple of years now for similar but less extensive services at about half the price.

Information about cotse.net's services is available here with more detailed info here.

I'll let you know what happens.

Posted by tony at 08:14 AM | Comments (0)

April 23, 2004

Anybody got a spare god lying around?

I kid you not, godchecker.com will give you the scoop on Norse, Greek, Roman, Native American, Incan, Mayan, Aztec, Chinese, African, Australian and Finnish gods .. OK, mythology, but they're there. Ever wonder what Freya was really all about?

Posted by tony at 02:46 PM | Comments (0)

April 21, 2004

US-CERT has RSS feeds available

You can subscribe to US-CERT's alerts via RSS by following this link and grabbing the appropriate URL.

Posted by tony at 03:44 PM | Comments (0)

Bringing the Internet to its knees?

No doubt you've heard about this "new vulnerability" that can "bring the Internet down". The real scoop is in US-CERT's TA04-111A. Well, first, it's not a new vulnerability, it's an exploit of an old one that was published back in 2001. Next, the chances of any of the major hubs NOT addressing this issue is almost nil.

So, what's the deal? I dunno, a slow newsday and the hounds were looking for anything that'd move product, I guess. I'm not saying it's an inconsequential flaw, just that it doesn't foretell the end of the world or anything like that.

Posted by tony at 03:06 PM | Comments (0)

NetStumbler V.04 is available

NetStumbler has been sitting at V0.33 for, like, a year and a half. Well, 0.4 is out along with a new MiniStumbler for WinCE/PocketPC. See the NetStumbler README and MiniStumbler README for details.

Posted by tony at 01:47 PM | Comments (0)

Free site: store files for 48 hours for pickup

The Dropload.com site says:

"Dropload is a place for you to drop your files off and have them picked up by someone else at a later time. Recipients you specify are sent an email with instructions on how to download the file. Files are removed from the system after 48 hours, regardless if they have been picked up or not. Recipients can be anyone with an email address."

Pretty neat. 50M filesize limitation and, of course, you shouldn't use it for illicit purposes.

Posted by tony at 01:35 PM | Comments (0)

April 16, 2004

Patches, patches, patches!

If you're at all tuned in to tech news you know that Microsoft released 3 critical and a 4th important patch to XP last Tuesday. Here's a quick description of the areas of each of the fixes from eWeek. Embedded in the story are links to the bulletins from Microsoft as well as a more detailed description and analysis of the issues.

Posted by tony at 09:50 AM | Comments (0)

PlanMaker 2004: Excel-compatible spreadsheet

PlanMaker from SoftMaker is in beta now. It's a spreadsheet that's compatible with Microsoft's Excel and is available on Windows, Pocket PC, Handheld PC and Linux. Free for now.

Posted by tony at 09:29 AM | Comments (0)

April 11, 2004

Increase Max Connections in IE

Internet Explorer has a default of 4 maximum simultaneous connections. That's just way too low.

Microsoft's KnowledgeBase article on this (183110) tells you how to change this. Modify the following two keys in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings: MaxConnectionsPerServer and MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server.

Posted by tony at 09:05 AM | Comments (0)

April 03, 2004

Philips introduces a camcorder on a key-ring

PC Magazine has this mini-review of the Philips KEY019 Key Ring Camcorder. It's got 128MB onboard and it's a camcorder, a 2MP digital camera and an MP3 player. It's pricey at $249 but if you're a gadget freak you've gotta have it.

Posted by tony at 09:01 PM | Comments (0)

Open Source Vulnerability Database

OSVBD.org is a free and independent repository for detailed information about security exposures and vulnerabilities.

From the "About Us" page:

OSVDB is an independent and open source database created by and for the security community. The goal of the project is to provide accurate, detailed, current, and unbiased technical information on security vulnerabilities. The project will promote greater, more open collaboration between companies and individuals, eliminate redundant works, and reduce expenses inherent with the development and maintenance of in-house vulnerability databases.

Posted by tony at 09:33 AM | Comments (0)

Satellite to test Einstein Theory

BBC News reports in this story. Here's an excerpt:

Einstein proposed in 1916 that space and time form a structure that can be curved by the presence of a body.

Gravity Probe B will test how space and time are warped by the presence of the Earth, and how the Earth's rotation twists and drags space-time around with it.

Posted by tony at 09:28 AM | Comments (0)

April 02, 2004

"Map" of the news

I found out about this site from Leo Laporte's Weblog. It "maps" the news, grouping it by area (Tech, Business, World, Health, etc) and color codes each story section by age. You can click on any headline and get the full story.

Posted by tony at 01:23 PM | Comments (0)