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Tuesday, August 13, 2002

GenCon Report

One of the vendors at GenCon, Titan Games, just happens to be here in Battle Creek, Michigan (who'da guessed that something cool would be in this town?). This afternoon I went down to the store and talked to the owner to see how it was, since I couldn't get there this year.

He had an interesting comment on the move to Indianapolis: apparently the reason for GenCon's departure from Milwaukee is Milwaukee's extreme lack of hotel rooms for convention goers. When we lived in the area, we always noticed that during the summer it was impossible to get hotel rooms anywhere within 25 miles of the city. GenCon has never been able to host more than 30,000 attendees; the hope is that Indianapolis will be able to host more than 50K.

He also thought that Milwaukee, apparently aware of GenCon's departure, seemed eager to get all the cash it could from this year's attendees. Twenty bucks a day for parking? Come on, Milwaukee.

So what do you say, A.T.? Should we take a road trip to Indianapolis next summer?

A.T. Hun comments: Dunno. I've had some bad experiences with Indiana lately :)

IE/Konqueror SSL Exploit

A security flaw was found in Internet Explorer's SSL. It all has to do with the way that it handles security certificates. The same bug was reported in KDE's Konqueror browser. Basically, anyone with a VeriSign certificate can forge a certificate for anybody they want. While Microsoft downplays the danger, the Konqueror team got a fix into CVS within 95 minutes of the bug being reported. Thanks to several sources for both links.

The Master comments: Ahhh, but that nasty evil open source will cause more security nightmares and all kinds of problems . . . according to M$, who, of course, downplays the issue as not important. I can't tell ya how much I just LOVE Microsoft and their wonderous Marketing Department. Will you people just quit covering your a$$es all the time and FIX THE BLOODY PROBLEMS?!?!? Thank you.

AOL for Mac OS X Uses Gecko

America Online has released a new version of their software for Mac OS X. According to this article, the browser is powered by Gecko, the rendering engine behind Mozilla! Can a Gecko-powered version for Windows be far behind? Thanks Slashdot.

Monday, August 12, 2002

Sun Will Ship Solaris For Intel

Some cool news for Solaris fans--Sun is going to ship an x86 version of Solaris after all. Months ago Sun announced that they wouldn't be producing an Intel version of Solaris; apparently the outrage from Solaris fans has changed Sun's mind.

Long Tiring Day

This morning my wife and I took a few minutes and signed our lives away: we closed on our first house. Now I get to spend the rest of the week packing up our belongings and moving them 90 minutes north to the new Haus of Qbe. Anyone want to help?

After signing our lives away, we went to a mattress--er, dog kennel--store and signed them away again, buying a nice new king size dog kennel to replace the one damaged in the tornado 2 weeks ago. On Wednesday night we officially move in. It'll be very nice to get out of the rental game!

A.T. Hun comments: For those of you who don't understand the mattress/dog kennel reference, this link will help. I nearly wet myself when I read this post last night!

And did those feet in ancient times . . .

Flash Player Vulnerability

Macromedia has announced that there is a buffer-overflow vulnerability in its Flash player. The bug could allow for a hacked flash movie to gain unauthorized access to your computer. This bug exists in the Windows and Unix versions. The latest version on Flash is available right here.

Hun-Speak: My Next PDA

Prepare for a coronary; it's time for more original content from The Haus! Today, in the latest edition of my Hun-Speak column, I ponder what my next PDA will be like and why it may be a long time before it is actually in my hands. Are you in the market for a PDA upgrade? Are you finding what you are looking for?

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