Wednesday, January 25, 2006

GAIM beta

I have been using the Gaim 2.0 beta 1 realease for a few weeks now. I like it.

The project have said that "Gaim 2.0.0 beta 2 does not include voice or video ("vv") support". Shame - because to me, that would make the app complete. But good things come to those who wait.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Saved passwords as an anti-phishing measure

My wife gets a lot of phishing emails - don't know why - but she does. Quite a lot of them are ebay ones. She can spot them a mile a way and she says that some of them are quite amusing with their bad spelling and grammar.

Well, this morning she found one that was almost believable. For reasons known only to her, she decided to click on the "log in" link in the email. She said that another clear sign that this was not ebay was because her browser did not auto-fill the login form for her.

We all have heard the arguments for and against using the saved passwords feature. But I had never considered before that it could be a good anti-phishing tool.

Sunday, January 15, 2006


Sometime in the last 36 hours, my son's tricycle and scooter were stolen. They we taken from our front lawn - right outside our front door. Not only that, but they raked through the shed and found the parent bar.

Somebody who steals a child's toys is pretty low in my opinion.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Fighting fire with fire?

"Faced with the prospect of another year spent tackling the hundreds of tonnes of unwanted mail discarded in the Capital, the council has compiled an advice leaflet for residents."

Could an advice leaflet not be a euphemism for junk mail?

I do agree with the sentiment, and I hope they make a difference.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

We were too early

It turns out there was a positive leap second introduced between 2005 and 2006 to keep atomic clocks in sync with the rotation of the earth. There is a slashdot article about it which also references a couple of other articles on the matter.

So, does that mean that we who are in the UTC timezone celebrated New Year one second too early? Still I suppose being one second early for New Year is better than one year too early for the new millennium.