Archive for January 7th, 2006

Great suggestion now implemented

I received an email from “Melanie” earlier in the week, she had a great idea.

Long time listener first time caller. I’ve been trying to read through your archives, but I find myself giving up after one or two entries, because you have no links to the next entry from the current entry. I’m not sure how simple this would be to implement, but I think it would make newer readers, who are looking to delve into your back catalogue, a bit happier.

Well, I’m pleased to say that this has now been implemented. Every post page now contains a link to the next and previous post, for example, here is what it look like on Coffee Filled With Lovely Antioxidants, from August 29, 2005.

Next and Previous navigation preview

As I said to Melanie in a reply, this will make it much easier to fix up all of those old posts from the old blogger.com site.

Samuel

January 7th, 2006 at 11:49pm

Microsoft release WMF patch

As you would probably be aware by now, Microsoft have released a patch for the WMF exploit. Microsoft have only released the patch for Windows 2000, XP and Server 2003, if you’re using another version of Windows then you’re out of luck for now, but Steve Gibson from grc.com has said that he may explore writing a patch for the unpatched versions of Windows. Steve, incidentally, helped in the development of the unofficial patch written by Ilfak Guilfanov.

To download the patch from Microsoft, visit http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS06-001.mspx and follow their links, or run Windows Update.

To establish if you are vulnerable to the WMF exploit, you can download this WMF file (thanks to the Internet Storm Centre). Download it to your desktop and open it, if you are vulnerable the calculator will open and possibly crash Windows Explorer or whatever program you open it with, this WMF file will not harm your system. If you open it and the calculator doesn’t open, then you are safe. Upon further inspection I have discovered that Norton Anti-Virus detects it as “Bloodhound.Exploit.56” (it’s name for the WMF exploit) and claims that it cannot repair the file. If you are running anti-virus software you might not be able to test the file.

Samuel

January 7th, 2006 at 10:14pm

Nightline Bias

Well Channel 9 outdid themselves with their late night news bulletin, Nightline, last night. I could have been certain that I was watching A Current Affair with an altered background.

For one reason or another, each and every story had to be introduced with an opinion, for example, a story about Victorian highland drovers hering their cattle through national parks was introduced as “it’s illegal, but it’s alright because they are trying to save their heritage” (paraphrased).

Channel 9 are supposed to be a respectable news agency, I do hope this was just a bad night and not a new mandate…unless they are trying to rid themselves of an audience…

Samuel

2 comments January 7th, 2006 at 10:00pm


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