sunspot.net - plugged in

sunspot.net - plugged in: "Though many amateurs may be looking for, and finding, holes in Windows, the FreeBSD Unix code that forms the foundation of OS X has been prodded by legions of expert programmers for 30 years."

Tony Blair for President

Tony Blair for President

Ars Technica: Macintosh Browser Smackdown - Page 1 - (8/2003)

Ars Technica: Macintosh Browser Smackdown is a well put together article about the state of the Macintosh browser market including the speed, compatibility and support of standards in current browsers. Most interesting to me, of course, was the fact that they used PGA.com as one of their test sites. I don't think that something I have worked on has ever been used in this manner. Equally interesting was the ability to compare our load times against ESPN.com across all of the browsers. As a team, we know we have some work to do in the page weight and markup department on the main site, some the issues resulting from an image heavy design, others from limitations imposed by the content management system that we use.

The Cult - The Official Site of Chuck Palahniuk

Considering I've read all his books except for his newest, just released one, Diary, it's pretty surprising that I hadn't made it to Chuck Palahniuk's Web site before today. Lots of good stuff over there, I ended up knowing how to pronounce his last name properly, and with a list of ten other authors I plan on checking out.

WinInfo Short Takes: Week of August 25

Paul Thurrott says: "Is Windows inherently insecure? Of course not. We're targets because we represent 95 percent of the computing population. Attackers aren't going to attack Mac OS X users for an obvious reason: The OS has only a few users. If we all jumped ship to Linux, for example, that platform would then come under attack."

I keep hearing this argument from people, that Windows has more exploits only because it is more widely used. I have to take issue with this gentleman's statement, and those of a similar nature. I understand the context he is coming from, that he has built his career around reporting on Microsoft, so he is subjective, but I believe he does his readers a disservice with this particular set of statements. Of course one of the reasons why there are more exploits for Windows is that it has marketshare. Where I take issue, however, is with his implication that Windows is just as secure an operating system as Mac OS X or Linux. It simply is not as secure. Linux has a large amount of the Web server market, yet I haven't heard of a worm bringing down thousands of Linux machines across the Internet. This isn't to say that Linux is without exploitable security flaws at all, I've had machines that were attacked or exploited. In virtually every instance, it was my fault for not patching something. Microsoft is more concerned with getting product out the door than they are in getting things right on the security front. This has made each of us who use a Microsoft OS beta-testers. The second and more relevant reason why there are more exploits for Windows XP than Linux or Mac OS X is that Microsoft has provided people who wish to develop exploits with a lot of facilities for creating them, so it is far easier for someone to create an exploit. I would like to see some of these very biased Windows journalists admit this fact for a change, it's as annoying to me as partisan politics in this country, throwing practicality and fact to the wind in order to advance a very biased viewpoint linked to a career path.

Here's a Slashdot thread with some interesting information on this subject.

Salon.com Technology | Truncat

Truncat is a sequel of sorts to Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom.

Ernie Ball in the house

I really enjoyed reading this Ernie Ball Story on News.com. Nice to hear someone debunking the idea that "you can't run a business without Microsoft products." Especially amusing to me because my bother Chris' wardrobe consists of almost nothing but Ernie Ball shirts. Big up to Have Browser for the link.

Apple does good

A week ago, the latch on my 12 inch Powerbook, which has become my primary computer over the last couple of months, broke. I could no longer close the lid. I dreaded sending the machine back to Apple because it meant being without it for several days, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I backed everything up, because you never know, and dropped the machine off at the local Apple for shipment back to Apple on Thursday. I was absolutely shocked to get a call yesterday to let me know that it was back and I could come pick it up. That's the best turn around time I think I have ever had on a computer repair, and they had to replace the whole bezel, so it wasn't a trivial repair. They also replaced the missing feet from the bottom of the machine that have been missing since I bought. All in all, a great experience, thanks Apple.

Why coders don't name software.

The application formerly known as Hydra is now SubEthaedit? Um, not a good name, sorry guys.

Thunderbird Mail Client

I've been trying out Thunderbird as an Outlook replacement on my PeeCee laptop. I don't think that I could be happier with it, aside from some wonkiness with its address book, it is a perfect snappy replacement for Outlook.

Matrix Revolutions

The Matrix Revolutions

Mach-II.com

Mach-II for ColdFusion 1.0 has been released. I haven't had time to take a look at it too closely yet, but it looks interesting.

Wired 11.09: The New Diamond Age

The New Diamond Age is a great article, which is also the cover story of the most recent issue of Wired, about man made diamonds and their implications for both the jewelry and processor industries.

iChat Streaming Icon

iChat Streaming Icon lets you automagically set your buddy icon based on any video source, I'm using it with my iSight, and it works great.

Terry Tate, Office Linebacker

I think if I lived in California, I would be casting my vote for Terry Tate, Office Linebacker.

The 85th PGA Championship

It's going to be a very long week, we have The 85th PGA Championship going on Thursday through Sunday. You'll be able to see the fruits of my coding stylings over there then.

Showtime - Out of Order

If you have Showtime, you really owe it to yourself to watch an episode of Out of Order. It is, without a doubt in my mind, one of the best things on television right now. If I had to make a choice, I would be very hard pressed to choose between it and Six Feet Under on HBO as my favorite show. The writing is just great, and even Six Feet Under doesn't have some of the great one liners that the writers of this show have come up with. Like most things I like, it is inventive and innovative.