Saturday, March 5

"How Firefox Works"

If you're not using Firefox already, this article might "show you the light," so to speak. Also, if you're using Firefox (or Phoenix, or Firebird), but you're not yet at 1.0.1, go here and download the newest version. 1.0.1 fixes a vulnerability that allowed malicious hackers to possibly allow a seemingly-innocent URL to show in the browser's Address Bar (, or, perhaps) while showing their own content in the browser window. It doesn't seem that anybody actually exploited this vulnerability, but since there is such a large base of open-source developers working on the project I'm sure one of the throng just ran across the problem and developed a fix that added the ".1" to Firefox's already-popular "1.0" release.

In case you didn't take time to actually read the article to which I've linked in this post's header, realize that Firefox has a built-in popup blocker, has a tabbed interface, and is completely customizable. Seriously, anyone who wants to maintain a secure computer (especially on Windows, but Firefox can be used by nearly everyone) needs to be using this Web browser. In fact, I got one of the guys in the Sales center to start using it at work a few days ago, and he's thanked me repeatedly for the fact that his old, decrepit computer (Windows 98, or possibly even 95; I'm not sure) runs so much more smoothly now when he's browsing Web sites. Since he's generally the guy who makes flight and hotel reservations for everyone who's traveling, he's on the Web a lot.

Even if you're not on the Web a lot, get Firefox anyway. You'll really be glad that you did.

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The Geek Code desperately needs updating, but in any case here's mine (as of 2010-02-28):

Version: 3.12
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W+++ N o++ K? PS PE++ Y+ PGP t !5 X- R- tv+@ b++ DI++++ D--- e*++
h--- r+++ y+++ G+

If you really care about knowing what that all means, you either know the code already, or you can get it decoded for you here.