Archive for January, 2006

Javascript Lurking in Adobe Reader

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

I’ve been using Adobe Reader 7.0 for Linux for a while now. When I first installed it, I went through the Preferences settings to see what new and interesting features were available. One thing that caught my eye was a setting to enable/disable Acrobat Javascript. Since I couldn’t think of a reason why I would […]

OS War Over Laptop Program

Monday, January 30th, 2006

A recent New York Times article reports that Microsoft has unveiled a mock-up for a “cellphone PC” that would be used to bring laptop computing to the people of developing countries. While this is a great plan, it is clear that it is in reponse to the brouhaha between Microsoft and Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of […]

Mapping the Internet

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

The other day, I attended a talk by Bill “Ches” Cheswick of Lumeta at the Princeton Joint Chapter of the ACM and IEEE Computer Society. If you haven’t seen him give a talk and you have the opportunity to do so, I recommend it. His style is quite entertaining. He co-authored the book Firewalls and […]

Privacy Implications for iTunes Users

Friday, January 13th, 2006

PC Magazine provides some insight into the traffic that is sent back to Apple when users listen to songs in their iTunes collection. This is apparently a due to a new “feature” called “MiniStore.” This allows Apple to place advertisements in your iTunes window. In a follow-up posting, the author, Oliver Kaven, comments on how […]

Credit Card Information Found in UK Hotel Dumpster

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

The BBC reports that a passer-by discovered hotel registration cards in a skip (dumpster) from the Grand Hotel, Brighton, UK. The cards contained signatures, credit card numbers, and contact information. This news item caught my eye as I happened to be there at last October’s SOSP’05 conference. Fortunately for me, I stayed in the hotel […]

Weblog is Back Online

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

Since there were no postings of consequence (yet!), folks probably didn’t even notice that this weblog was down for a while. My upgrade to WordPress 2.0 went smoothly. The trouble started when I was having a “Monk moment” and started to fiddle with the backend database so that I would eventually reuse the ID numbers […]