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U.S. Military: HTML Email Is a Security Threat

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 12/26/06 (5:34am)

The Department of Defense is automatically converting all formatted email (aka 'html' email) to plain text:

The [Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations] mandated use of plain text e-mail because HTML messages pose a threat to DOD because HTML text can be infected with spyware and, in some cases, executable code that could enable intruders to gain access to DOD networks, the JTF-GNO spokesman said.

Attachments like Powerpoint "used for briefings" can still get through. Article here... (h/t ZDNet)

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All Things Ruby on Rails

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 12/25/06 (1:34pm)

Justin Williams has a good primer on Ruby on Rails (AKA 'RoR') called 'Ruby on Rails for the Rest of Us'. RoR is a "rapid development framework" for creating online applications. It's generated a lot of interest recently because it's a handy way to develop database-driven sites.

Microformat Extension for Firefox

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 12/25/06 (5:38am)

"I've seen the future of web browsing", writes John Allsopp with self-conscious hyperbole, "and it is Operator."

Social Networking Awards from Mashable.com

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/24/06 (4:28pm)

Having trouble keeping track of all those new social networking services? Well, Mashable.com has put together a handy guide as part of their "2006 Social Networking Awards".

The list reads like a Who's Who of social networking services with everyone from MySpace and YouTube to Flickr and Digg having made the grade. There are also popular picks ("people's choice") and best bets for the coming year.

Happy Holidays!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/23/06 (11:18pm)

Happy Holidays from Klein & Friends to you and yours!

Xmas Dinner

Bob, Regie & Leo: At the salade stage of the meal.

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Adobe Icon Controversy

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 12/21/06 (3:38pm)

Nothing like a graphic design controversy to brighten up the day!

If you look at the Mac taskbar above and can figure out the difference between 'Lr', 'Ps', 'Ai' and 'Id', maybe you'll have no problems with the application icons in Adobe's new Creative Suite 3 currently in Beta.

For many designers however it's been thumbs-down.

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Current Cites for December 2006

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 12/20/06 (1:51pm)

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Current Cites for December 2006 is out. I've got three citations. You can find the issue here...

Usability Report on ALA's Website

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 12/18/06 (5:07pm)

I find usability reports fascinating. I went through the ALA's "Usability Assessement Report" and my favorite part was "Appendix F – Usability Testing Notes".

But the entire report is worth a read. The people who put it together did a good job. I mean, who can argue with a recommendation like this:

Domain Registration While Drunk

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 12/18/06 (1:54pm)

Godaddy Domain Registration

Friends don't let friends register domain names while drunk. Unfortunately, no one was there to stop Robert Scoble. He went ahead and did it. Now he's the proud owner of 'somethingfuzzy.com'.

In the same spirit of candor, I confess to the following transgressions:

  • Draft-Al-Gore-2008.com
  • DemocraticBarfly.com (+ .org, .net & .us!)
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