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April 21, 2006
In 2004 Microsoft lost a lawsuit to Eolas Technologies concerning a patent for "Distributed hypermedia method for automatically invoking external application providing interaction and display of embedded objects within a hypermedia document"

What this basically means is that Eolas owns the patent to embedding objects like Flash or videos in your web pages. Recently, Microsoft has updated their Internet Explorer to comply with the decision of this lawsuit.

What it does

The update has not stopped these objects from being displayed in your browser. They in fact still load up normally. What is different is that when you mouse over these embedded objects a border appears around them and a small popup informs you that you need to click on the object in order to interact with it. So although the Flash movie will play out normally, any interaction with it requires that you click on the Flash movie. This is also true with embedded video, java and any other embedded objects.

Workaround

Although this patent provents the browser from automatically allowing interaction with embedded objects, it does not prevent code to be loaded from an external source. Having your embedded code load from a JavaScript file will solve this problem. Simply print out your embed code using the document.write function and this will allow your object to work normally.

This is a hassle for us web developers but it's the best solution for now. It's hard to believe that for once I'm on Microsoft's side.
April 20, 2006
'Non SGML Character', that is the error message you get when you try to validate your HTML code at validator.w3.org if you have non-standard characters in your code. HTML uses the standard UNICODE Consortium character repertoire, and it leaves undefined (among others) 65 character codes (0 to 31 inclusive and 127 to 159 inclusive) that are sometimes used for typographical quote marks and similar in proprietary character sets. So, when using one of these non-standard characters, you will need to encode them using the appropriate character entity. That's not the easiest table to look up so I've made a form that will allow you to input your character and it will spit out the correct encoded character.

Encoded value:
April 1, 2006
MinimizeToTray is a great Firefox extension that allows you to minimize Firefox to the system tray. This is useful if you need to use a web site periodically throughout the day. I have created a web page that saves my IP address every hour. I leave this web page open on my home computer so that I can find out what my IP is should it change for some reason while I'm not at home. Having this web page loaded in the system tray keeps it out of the way.

Quick Description

Minimizes Mozilla windows into the system tray. Also includes a right clickable tray icon menu to further load only the windows you want visible.

MinimizeToTray's extension options allow you to configure your desired behavior. The three options are:
1) Always minimize to the tray instead of to the taskbar.
2) Minimze to tray on close.
3) Require a double click to restore from the tray.
April 1, 2006
A lot of people now own notebook computers and want to be able to access their Internet from anywhere in their house. This can be done easily by getting yourself a wireless router and a wireless network card for your computer. Many laptops today come with wireless networking capability built-in.

When setting up your wireless router there will be a section to set up the type of security you want for your wireless connections. One option you have is WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy). Unfortunately, WEP does not provide very good security. Having no security on your wireless network is like leaving the door to your house open. Using WEP is like locking your door with a lock that many people know how to pick. There are a few WEP cracking tools out there that will allow people spy on your network and crack your WEP key. Obviously, not everybody is a hacker so for the most part you will stop non-hackers from using your wireless network.

Some wireless routers will also support another more secure method known as WPA (WiFi Protected Access). WPA requires an authentication server. This is mostly for enterprise solutions. For most home users, WPA-PSK (Pre Shared key) is the most simple way to use this more secure method, which does not require an authentication server. You simply enter a Passphrase on your router and type in that Passphrase when you connect. The longer and more complicated the Passphrase, the more secure your network will be.

Why is WPA-PSK better than WEP? WPA-PSK uses strong encryption where the encryption key automatically changes after a specified period of time or a specified number of packets is transmitted.

If your router supports WPA-PSK, it's best to use it instead of WEP.
November 29, 2005
I've noticed recently that on a lot of message boards and places where visitors can post comments, they have implemented a mechanism to stop bots from posting material on their site. A bot is a program that goes out and finds places like message boards or any forms where visitors are allowed to post comments and automatically post whatever they have been asked to post. I'm not certain about this but I believe that most of these bots are posting advertisements but technically they can post anything including links to viruses.
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November 27, 2005
Spam is a big problem and if you're like me, you hate spam and curse spammers whenever you get the chance. One of the methods that spammers use to get your email address is to search websites. Find out how you can have your email on a website and avoid the spammers.
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November 26, 2005
For those of you who are not familiar with podcasting, it's simply an audio equivalent of rss news feeds. An rss news feed is a way for a website to "push" news headlines to you. You need to download a program to accept these rss news feeds then you can subscribe to different news feeds from different websites and have all your news sent to you and organized in one place. In podcasting, instead of receiving news headlines you receive headlines for the audio broadcasts you subscribe to.

Podcasting comes from the combination of the terms "iPod" and "broadcasting". You can subscribe to podcasts in iTunes and download them to your iPod. There are other podcast fetching software or "podcatchers" out there that are not associated with iPod or iTunes. I'm not sure how iPod was able to get their name associated with this technology. I personally don't see this technology as very useful. I don't see why people need to have audio broadcasts sent to them rather than just going to the website to download it. I suppose on an iPod having the files sent to you is more convenient since you don't have a browser interface. In anycase, having said that I will now join the useless over-hyped world of podcasting.

Subscribe to my podcast here http://vxt.ca/vxtcast.rss. I'm not sure what's the best program to use for podcasting but since I already have iTunes I just used that. In the first ever edition of what I'm calling vxtcast I've included two old files from my "guitar sessions". In the original files there were no vocals. I've updated them to include vocals for the debut of vxtcast. I'll be honest here. There's not likely to be too many vxtcasts but you should subscribe to it anyway for three reasons. It's free, there are no obligations, and podcasting is trendy and I know you wouldn't want to be untrendy.
November 24, 2005
One way to keep Windows Messenger from running in the background is to go to the Start Menu > Run, type gpedit.msc. In the Group Policy window that opens, go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Messenger and disable both options that appear.
October 28, 2005
So I recently upgraded from Sympatico Highspeed Edition to Ultra Highspeed. It was only an extra $5/mo for 1.67 times the speed so I figured, hey why not.
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May 13, 2005
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