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Community Discussions (Non-Forum Related) / Proggys & Downloads
« on: September 01, 2002, 07:09:47 AM »
Well, here's a list of some proggys that I use regularly.

GNU Emacs editor from
if you can't do it in Emacs, it's not worth doing
(Actually, I also use UltraEdit for a few things)

The Cygwin Unix environment for Windows from
makes all the good Unix commands available on Windows.

Atomic Clock Sync for keeping your system clock synched to an atomic
clock time source on the internet,

Download Accelerator (DAP) from
for downloading files.

OpenSA Web Server from A distribution of
the Apache web server packaged for Windows.

Process Explorer for Windows from
for telling you everything you could imagine about processes running
on your machine. In fact, everything I've used from this site was
good. These guys really know the internals of the Windows OS,
if you're not familiar with this site, you should take a look at what
they have.


Ahh, I'm not using Outlook Express, I'm using the full-blown
Outlook from Office 2000. For some reason it uses the same
User-Agent as MSIE. (I had to go double-check just in case
I had done something stupid like overwriting it with a filter,
as you suggested )


Yes, that's exactly what I meant!
Before I started using Proximitron, I had ZAP configured to allow
internet access for the NAV popproxy.exe, (which shows up in ZAP as
"Norton Antivirus Utilities" for NAV 2000)and deny internet access
to Microsoft Outlook. That was great because it totally prevented
Outlook from accessing the web when rendering HTML email, so it blocked
all mail "bugs" that people put in HTML email. But now that I
use proxomitron, I can't distinguish Outlook originated
requests from MSIE originated requests. (I wish Outlook would
use a different HTTP Agent value!)


are you running any kind of local pop proxy program, like MailMorf,
or a virus checker that does email virus checking through a pop proxy?


Well, that's B.S., HTML authors have never had an "exclusive right
to control how their pages are displayed". That's not what HTML
is about. If they want that, they should use PDF or something.

I dare them to try and say that a sight-impaired person must not
increase font sizes because it "interferes" with the web publishers'


Questions and Answers / phpAds
« on: August 09, 2002, 01:22:24 AM »
This might be of interest to some of you. If you want to read about
how some of the web sites incorporate ads into their pages, here is
an article I happened upon for developers using a tool called phpAds:


Community Discussions (Non-Forum Related) / w2k sp3 and privacy question
« on: August 09, 2002, 01:19:19 AM »
I don't think that sending that information is anything new, Windows
Update has to get something in order to work. I think they've just
changed the way they do it. As I mentioned in another post some
time ago, they are sending this information by POSTing SOAP
messages. If you want to see what is being sent, select
"View Posted data" in the HTTP Message Log window.

I'm also glad they provided a way to disable the automatic update, but
realistically they had no choice. There are too many people like
me who develop, test and integrate complicated systems who have
absolutely zero tolerance for uncontrolled updates to Windows.

I also have no confidence in the drivers that Windows Update
suggests I install. I generally try and keep up to date with
Windows Update, except for things I don't use. But I've had
problems with an IR driver and a mouse driver that I installed
via Windows Update, and I currently see it offering drivers
for hardware that I don't even have in my machine. I no longer
trust Windows Update for driver updates.


Community Discussions (Non-Forum Related) / Failures
« on: July 17, 2002, 04:07:51 PM »
Maybe you should educate your ISP on what RAID is! Given that
you can buy consumer-level motherboards supporting RAID 0 and 1
there's no excuse for an ISP not using RAID to protect their
users like you from being affected by harddisk failures.


Questions and Answers / blocking an ip-adress
« on: July 17, 2002, 04:03:24 PM »
I suggest that you look at buying one of the small hardware routers from Netgear,
Linksys, D-Link, etc. They come with a built-in "firewall" and the
price of these things has dropped considerably (and if you wait for
the right time, you can usually get a good rebate offer). Plus, it also
gives you the ability to connect multiple computers to the internet.

I used the ZoneAlarm software firewall on my computer, and while it
does a pretty good job, I didn't feel completely confident about it
protecting me so I also bought a Netgear RP114 router and now have both
it and ZoneAlarm running.

Although I must admit that I'm running far more server programs on my
computer than the average user, and probably have a higher need for
protection. For a normal computer user, a software program like ZoneAlarm
is probably good enough (I haven't used any other software firewalls
other than ZoneAlarm)


Questions and Answers / Cutting the chord.
« on: July 17, 2002, 03:42:53 PM »
You shouldn't depend on Proxo as a way of blocking access to MS for
your computer. First of all, Proxo only deals with HTTP access, and
secondly, it can only control access for software programs that you
explicitly configure to go through Proxo. For example, Windows Media
Player can use a number of different protocols, including HTTP, and
when using HTTP it will only go through Proxo if you configure
it to. Even if you tell it to use Proxo for HTTP, it can still use
any of the other protocols (and bypass Proxo) unless you explicitly
disable the other protocols. And then, of course, who knows if
all the protocols that it can use for all communications can be
disabled via the Options menu?

You really need to use something like a firewall for this.


Site Specific /
« on: July 15, 2002, 06:30:52 AM »
Yahoo has made changes to pages which happens
to make it easy to strip out a few advertisment sections.
This filter removes tables which contain certain key words:
ADVERTISEMENT which conviently marks a table of ads,
MTFSID which seems to always be part of a comment line inside
the table for the advertisement banner on the page, and
MTFAD:N:750x100 which catches some other banners that don't
have an MTFSID comment.

Name = "Kill advertisement tables"
Active = TRUE
URL = "(story.|)*"
Bounds = "$NEST(<table,</table>)"
Limit = 10000
Replace = "<!-- Yahoo 1 removed -->"

So far I haven't seen where this has removed any legitimate content.
Although it would on older-style yahoo pages such as
and if you used it on them (which is why I've been so
specific with the URL match)
Hopefully they are moving those other pages to this new format!!
I'm sure this filter will evolve, I've re-written it several times
since I started posting this
(and now editted it once since posting!)

Edited by - pooms on 15 Jul 2002  07:44:12

Check out this site that is collecting variations of this scam:
some of the funniest are where people reply and see how far they can
string the scammers along.


I guess it depends on what you mean by disabling the "go back" feature.
Most times I've seen this it isn't actually caused by disabling
the "go back" feature but is caused by a page that does a redirect to
another page. Once you are viewing the page that you've been redirected
to, and you try and use the "go back" feature, you go back to the
page doing the redirecting, and then get redirected back to the page
you were one. So it looks like the "go back" is disabled.
Here is one example that I occasionally visit:
When you go to that URL, you get a "sniffer" page that uses javascript to
check browser characteristics and redirect you to an appropriately sized
page. Once you are on that page, if you try to "go back" you go to the
sniffer page, which once again redirects you. Sometimes if you "go back"
twice very quickly you can get past the redirection before it has time
to work, but the easiest way is simply to use the browsers back history list
to go back two pages. (In IE, right click on the back button, in Opera
click on the little arrow to the right of the Back button).

(BTW, if you visit the URL above, your filters may prevent the "sniffer"
page from working)

Here's another example: in this case
they try to redirect you to a french version if they can detect that
your browser language is french.


Questions and Answers / Why hide browser properties from JS....
« on: July 08, 2002, 05:54:40 AM »
Personally, hiding my browser characteristics has never been very important
to me. If I do it, it is really only to discover what sites (ie Microsoft)
explicitly want to see certain browsers, or to amuse myself with the thought
that a webmaster might look into their web log and see a very strange
browser user-agent


Questions and Answers / mime fix list doesn't fix this site
« on: July 05, 2002, 04:09:19 PM »
Just a warning about the content on that site: you might not
want to visit that page if you are at work!

As sidki3003 mentions, the mime fix works by looking for extensions, and
there is none in this case. I was a bit surprised that the MIME Fix List
does not have an entry mapping .htm or .html to text/html. I'm guessing
that this is because some/most browsers do this automatically. Even with
altosax's page having no .htm or .html extension and the wrong mime type,
IE6 renders the HTML, although Opera just displays the raw HTML text.
I guess IE must also look into the content to decide it is HTML.

On the other hand, I notice that Jor's MIME Fix file has an entry
for the extension pattern "(?|)htm(l|)", so I guess some browsers must
have needed it.


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