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Sunday, December 23, 2001

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The end of Independent Thought

I publish on the web because I can. You can and you should. You have access to one of the largest explosions of information, opinions, and creative output since the beginning of time. You can be part of this revolution. But if you are not vigilant, you will not have this freedom long. Your access to independent information may be curtailed soon.

Mark Crispin Miller posted this article on the Nation.com.

What's Wrong With This Picture?
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Source: thenation.com

FBI warns Microsoft XP users

In an Associated Press story at ABC News.com

"Consumers and corporations using Microsoft Corp.'s new Windows XP software are being warned by the FBI to take added steps against hackers who might try to take advantage of major flaws. "
"The bureau's National Infrastructure Protection Center said Friday that, in addition to installing a free software fix offered by Microsoft on the company's Web site, consumers and corporations using Windows XP should disable the product's "universal plug and play" features affected by the glitches. "

FBI warns Microsoft XP users
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Source: ABC News.com

It is important to remember that "This is the most Secure Windows Yet! "

Maybe this will the hot poker up the ass the Department of Justice needs to get Microsoft cut into pieces and a serious oversight panel with statuory authority to review everything they do for the next 5 years or when they declare bancruptcy.

ADVISORY 01-030.1 Update: "Universal Plug and Play Vulnerabilities" December 21, 2001
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Source: National Infrastructure Protection Center

Another Patch?

Microsoft has released yet another patch for Internet Explorer.

This update eliminates all known security vulnerabilities affecting Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Internet Explorer 6, and addresses the "Incorrect Content-Disposition Handling Can Cause IE to Execute Code Automatically" security vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 and 6, and is discussed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS01-058. Download now to protect your computer from all previously discussed security vulnerabilities affecting Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 and 6, as well as three newly discovered vulnerabilities: the File Execution vulnerability, a variant of the Frame Domain Verification vulnerability, and the File Name Spoofing vulnerabilty.

Security Update
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Source: Microsoft

Note: I would have posted this sooner but I have been busy installing this on client machines.

p i x e l v i e w
- behind the screen with independent designers, developers and others.

Our current interview spotlights Steve Champeon.

The 'Web' is a small portion of the technology which makes up the Internet. On the backend are servers, databases, mail clients, low and high level languages that glue the front end to the back end. This is where Steve Champeon lives.

Steve not only writes about what he learns, he also helps others do the same.

World Domination Continues

The Essay I wrote for Independents Day has been translated into French

"The most dangerous words on the planet" - American Version
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"Les mots les plus dangereux de la plančte" - European Version (French)
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Hattip: Carole Guevin

Mine is only one. I am in some pretty fast company here, with Marko Radakovic, Carole Guevin, Jeffrey Zeldman, Philippe Gully, Christopher Robbins and Kitty Mead.

Current Opinion

No RAND for Me

The web works because HTML is an open system.

The majority of what you see on your screen is written in Hyper Text Markup Language. This language has been carefully created to extend the capabilities of what can be communicated from one computer to another. The source for this is the W3C World Wide Web Consortium.

The W3C holds a special position in our little world. We in concert, without clubs, memberships, secret handshakes, or free mouse pads, have decided to agree on the W3C Recommendations as the stone tablets of our universe of the web. We are here as these 'standards' are non-proprietary, open source, and do not 'belong' to anybody. This means that we have a baseline to begin our exploration and experimentation with what we can get to show up in a browser.

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