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Unpatched IE Flaw exploits in the wild

If you’re using Internet Explorer, or are forced to use it at work, you should seriously consider switching browsers until Microsoft deems it time to release a patch to the latest Internet Explorer security hole. This one is pretty serious as it does not require any action on the user’s part beyond visiting a compromised website. Once you visit such a site, spyware and keyloggers can be installed on your machine to steal personal information. From the washington post article linked above:

Rather than download a “beta” (read: potentially unstable) version of
IE or wait around for Microsoft to issue a fix, a far better idea would
be to ditch IE altogether (or only use it only when absolutely
necessary). I use Mozilla’s Firefox for everyday browsing, but your mileage may vary. There are other options, of course, such as Opera and Netscape, to name a couple.

More details and interesting links on Asa Dotzler’s post titled Just think of it as an executable.

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Firefox extension for blogging

Performancing has released what looks to be a cool Firefox extension that makes it easy to update your blog using the browser and a client-side WYSIWYG editor. If you’ve got a wordpress, movabletype, or blogger blog, it’s worth checking out. Now, I’ve got to implement an xml-rpc service so that I can use this.

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Firefox 1.5 released last week.

I know I’m a bit late to the game, but some of you may not know that Mozilla Firefox 1.5, was released last week. If you are still using Internet Explorer on your Windows machine, you should install and start using Firefox because its more secure, faster, and extendable. This Introduction to Firefox is a great starter’s guide for making the switch form IE.

If your a web developer or designer, you should be interested in what’s new in the browser. Simon Willison has an overview of new CSS tags, and other feature, that Firefox supports.

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IE developer switches to Firefox

Scott Berkun, who designed and worked on the development of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer versions 1 to 5, explains why he switched to Firefox.

He has great praise for the design team, particularly those who have kept the browser focused on appealing to the mainstream user.

“Firefox feels to me like what IE 6.0 should have been (or what i
expected it to be after I left the team in ‘99). It picked a few spots
to build new features (tabs), focused on quality and refinement, and
paid attention to making the things used most, work best.”

He also has some helpful critiques for improving the browser, to which Asa Dotzler responds.  The comments to Asa’s post are very informative too, Scott has even replied there.

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Google Maps Bookmarklet

Couldn’t find one so whipped one up myself. Tested on Firefox and I suspect it won’t work in Safari. For some reason I can’t get the new window to get focus(). This bit of javascript code grabs whatever you have selected (preferable an address) and displays it in google maps. Drag this Google Maps linksto your toolbar.

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IE7: Don’t belive the Hype and FUD

It seems Microsoft is trying to stem the tide of users ditching the security hazard that is Internet Explorer for Mozilla Firefox. They just announced that Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 Beta Due This Summer. Why wait until this summer for a preview version of their next browser when you can get Firefox today? Not to mention that If You are Not Running XP It Will Only Cost You $100 and may only be available for the latest Windows version – sorry win2k users!.

Firefox 1.0 is better right now than IE 7 will be when it comes out. Don’t wait. Get Firefox now. 25 Million Downloads can’t be wrong.

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upcoming Mozilla Calendar features

I really hate the kitchen sink: New stuff coming for Sunbird lists the features in store for mozilla’s calendaring application.  Of particular note, it will eventually support meeting invitations and easier synchronization with a palm pilot.  Both of these features have been holding its adoption back at work as we look for an Outlook/Exchange replacement.

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Tweaking Firefox & Thunderbird in Linux

Both on my Debian PC’s at home and work, I’ve been annoyed that my Firefox and Thunderbird installations didn’t launch each other when I clicked on a link or email address. For example, at work, Evolution would come up if I clicked on a mailto link on a web page. Inside each program’s preferences there were no options for controlling this behavior. These preferences are set in the gnome-control-center. Each application will respect the preferred browser and preferred email programs defined in there. I forgot where I found this tip recently but I can’t take credit for discovering it on my own.

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Can MS count on IE’s dominance?

At least in sales pitches? From DivaBlog: What if Mozilla were to win in the end?

Anyway, the presenter was doing his pitch in a polished way and at one point he said he wanted to show us a “really cool” feature and he looked up into the audience and said “Show of hands…How many of you use Internet Explorer?”.

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They said “Mozilla/Firefox”

I can’t believe it. Actually saw this in an email from a potential client at work: “with Mozilla/Firefox being the browser type of choice”