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Tuesday, December 11, 2001


That's "Yet Another Microsoft Security Hole". This one's a biggie, potentially affecting IE versions 5, 5.5 and 6, Outlook and Outlook Express, even Eudora. According to this Newsbytes article, the hole can allow a black hat to execute programs on your system without your knowledge. A patch is forthcoming, but Microsoft won't say when. Nasty. Linux or BSD, anyone?

A.T. Hun comments: OK, now I know that Netscape has had holes in it as well, but is it just me or are there tons more holes in IE than in any other browser? Of course, none offer tighter integration with Windows, so that opens the door to a lot of abuse that no other browser would be vulnerable too. You start sounding like a broken record, but is this the company you will trust to be the guardian of all your online information?

20 Years of Usenet on Google

Google Groups announced that they have archived 20 years of the Usenet dating back to May 12, 1981. Yours truly was just wrapping up seventh grade at the time. Included in the archive is Linus Torvalds' first comment on this pet project of his. Very cool stuff. Thanks Slashdot.

The Master comments: To echo AT, that is very cool stuff :-)

Serious Sam 2 Demo

Croteam has released a demo of Serious Sam: The Second Encounter. It weighs in at a hefty 110.9M and is available from Gigex and FilePlanet. Thanks Blue

Monday, December 10, 2001

OK, One More Time Slooowly

I still see some sites bitching that Return to Castle Wolfenstein was priced by some retailers for nearly $60, especially in light of the fact that it is now on sale for $29. Look. I've said this before, I'll say it again. If you pay full price (that is, MSRP) for a game, much less MORE than full price, you are an idiot. Every game goes on sale. Wait a week or two. If you can't wait don't go griping in every forum on God's own earth about how you got ripped off. Seems to me the REAL problem is that too many people fit far too clearly into P.T. Barnum's analysis of humanity.

NFL Week #13 Final

Eeyore and I split the ones we had different, making us both a very robust 11-4. It's been awhile since we kicked butt and took names. At any rate, that makes me 115-73 (.612) and Eeyore is 107-81 (.569). Hooray for us!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to enjoy my frightfully dry martini . . .

Pondering the Imponderable

Well, I knew it would happen eventually. I am downloading the latest Mozilla nightly build. For the first time that I've had broadband, a 512K download seems slow. Aaarrrrgghh! Heaven help me if I ever have to go back to dial-up . . .

The Master comments: Heh-I know that feeling both at work (full T1) and at home (cable modem, 1.5mb DL [supposedly-never seen it tho]). When I get a 250kb/sec download, it's wonderful. I average 45kb or so. I don't mind. That's tons better than 3.2k/sec :-)

Happy Birthday, DOOM!

I saw on Blue's that today marks the eighth anniversary of the release of the shareware version of DOOM. It's hard for me to believe that it has been that long, but on the other hand it seems like it has been around forever. 1993 doesn't sound that long ago, bit I guess it is . . .

Q3A/RtCW Master Server Issues

id's Graeme Devine updated his .plan with information on an unexpected upgrade to the Quake III Arena / Return to Castle Wolfenstein master server. He also mentions how to resolve some CD key issues and that multiple users of the same CD key will be banned.

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