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Sunday, December 23, 2001

NFL Week #15 Final

There's no Monday night game this week because of Christmas Eve so this week's NFL slate is in the books. I was 11-4 and Eeyore was 10-5. A pretty nice week overall. Year-to-date, that makes me 136-82 (.624) and Eeyore is 126-92 (.578). Only two more weeks left in the regular season! Unfortunately I just figured out that even if I get two more 11-4 weeks, I'm still going to end up a bit shy of last year's .641 winning percentage. Eeyore is a good bit ahead of last year's .566.

Linux Printing Made Easy

LinuxLookup reviewed Turbo Print 1.43 which claims to make printer set-up "as simple as on Windows or MacOS". Personally, I don't find setting up my printer to be a chore at all in Linux using Red Hat's printconf. I never could figure out CUPS in Mandrake though, even though it is supposed to be easier. But if it makes things easier for some, I'm all for it. Thanks Slashdot.

Saturday, December 22, 2001

FBI and Windows XP

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Defense have issued a bulletin about the WindowsXP exploit that was recently discovered in their plug-and-play code. I'm not so sure how I feel about this. Government pressure on Microsoft wouldn't be bad since they appear to be their old, arrogant selves about this. They have refused to contact customers about this patch, even given the severity of it. On the other hand, I've always felt it necessary to keep the government out of people's lives as much as possible. Thanks Slashdot.

This is a classic case where security through obscurity doesn't work. M$ refused to issue any warning about this until a patch was available. As a result, anyone using WindowsXP and connecting to the Internet was wide open to a complete takeover of their box or to become a zombie for a DDoS attack. I find that to be utterly unacceptable. They're hoping that since this was not publicly announced, no one would know about it and exploit it. Are you willing to bet your box and your data on it?

NFL Week #15

Eeyore's picks for Week 15: Dolphins, 49ers, Raiders, Falcons, Ravens, Rams, Chargers, Giants, Saints, Bears, Vikings, Steelers, Cardinals, Packers, Jets.

A.T. Hun comments: I keep forgetting about all these early games! Here we go: Patriots, 49ers, Raiders, Falcons, Bears, Seahawks, Rams, Steelers, Ravens, Chiefs, Saints, Jaguars, Cowboys, Packers, Jets.

Mozilla 0.9.7 Released

Version 0.9.7 of the Mozilla open-source web browser project has been released. Check out the release notes for the changes and other pertinent information. What are you waiting for?

UPDATE! Hooray! It appears that whatever bug was causing some fonts to be displayed too small has been fixed. Once I switched my display resolution in the Mozilla preferences to 96 dpi, everything is peachy again. Sweet! The only weird thing is that my X dpi is actually 81x81 according to xdpyinfo. Oh well, as long as it works. N.B. I only had this problem in Linux, not in Windows.

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