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FireFox is a great browser, but many people like me are wedded to IE whether we like it or not. Too many websites are only tested on IE, especially corporate intranets. So what to do when you want modern browser features like tab browsing, ad blocking, etc., but aren’t prepared to dump IE as your primary browser? There are many good browsers that use IE for rendering. My favourite among them is Avant Browser. It’s freeware, quite stable (something I can’t say about a number of other IE-based browsers that shall remain nameless), and has some great features. I run both FireFox and Avant now, but Avant is my current browser of choice.

The GMail Notifier from Google is a must-have utility for GMail users. It runs as a tray icon and has some great features, including:



  • toasts when new mail arrives

  • double-click tray icon to launch GMail

  • optionally allow GMail to intercept mailto: links in web pages

It’s patch-time again and this one’s not from Microsoft! (Let’s face it – poor security is an industry-wide problem.) Anyway, this one is brought to you by Sun Microsystems…

A vulnerability has been discovered in the Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) where applets can break out of the sandbox. This vulnerability applies to all OSs where Java can run. Only the latest JRE/SDK has the fix – 1.4.2_06 (and later) and 1.3.1_13 (and later). Here’s the security alert from Sun:

http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-26-57591-1

For a chatty description comparing Java applets to Hannibal Lechter (Silence of the Lambs), check out:

http://isc.sans.org/diary.php?date=2004-11-23

Various security advisories with more details than the Sun security alert can be found here:

http://secunia.com/advisories/13271/

and here:

http://jouko.iki.fi/adv/javaplugin.html

Well, I’m finally blogging – compliments of my friend, John Bristowe, who is kindly hosting my site. A bit of introduction is in order, I suppose. I am an architect, developer, trainer, and jack-of-all-trades working for Quadrus Development Inc. helping clients build software solutions using a variety of technologies, predominantly .NET. My experiences range from smart clients to web applications to full-fledged servers using a variety of connecting technologies including web services, .NET Remoting, MSMQ, sockets, and others. (I tend to get around in the .NET space.) In my wanderings, I’ve solved a variety of development problems and my hope is that by documenting them, it will help others find answers to those same problems. (OK, I’ll admit it. Sometimes it will help me re-find my own solutions months down the road.) So welcome to my blog. I hope you enjoy the stay.