Firefox fanboy no more

July 26, 2006

I like the new IE 7.0 in Vista, like it to the point where I might consider switching back to using it full time over Firefox. This is a big statement coming from me. From the first time I started using browsers, I’ve used some variant of Netscape – Netscape 4 and 4.5, every Mozilla, Phoenix, Firebird and Firefox release there has been. That’s more than 8 years of browsing the web sans IE. I remember how Usha got so mad at me when I uninstalled IE5.0 from her machine and installed Netscape 4.5 instead. That it would break her web browsing experience to the extent that it did was something I hadn’t foreseen.

Dealing with badly rendered websites has become the norm since I decided to stick with Netscape. IE7.0 mucks up some pages too so it feels more like home than did earlier versions. But wait – I can’t theme it, I can’t extend it, I can’t… Do I really want to do any of those things anymore? All I care about is opening a browser and viewing sites on the web. IE can do that just fine… 

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Pimp My Firefox

July 26, 2006

This page has a lot of information and ratings on how Firefox can be themed, extended and customized. IOW, it’s the site to go to if you want to Pimp Your Firefox install.

:Pimping Instructions:

Enjoy!

This is a trick that has been known within closed circles at Microsoft since we first shipped XP. That this tip is now available for public consumption raises some questions about whether we will block this in future service packs. This tip will definitely help legit users who are upgrading their current XP machine, as indicated by the introduction:

When you activate Windows XP, Microsoft stores the data in the Windows Product Activation database files wpa.dbl and Wpa.bak in the folder %systemroot%\system32. If you change the motherboard or make significant hardware changes, XP will require you to reactive.

The article :Link: goes on to describe what to do to ensure you don’t have to reactivate and/or buy a new Windows XP Key. Don’t cheat guys 🙂 and yeah, this won’t work on Vista (trust me)!

Rootkit researchers have discovered a way to create malware that is 100% undetectable. An excerpt from the article:

Joanna Rutkowska, a stealth malware researcher at Singapore-based IT security firm COSEINC, says the new Blue Pill concept uses AMD’s SVM/Pacifica virtualization technology to create an ultra-thin hypervisor that takes complete control of the underlying operating system.

Rutkowska plans to discuss the idea and demonstrate a working prototype for Windows Vista x64 at the end at the SyScan Conference in Singapore on July 21 and at the Black Hat Briefings in Las Vegas on August 3.

All I gotta say to this is, WHY? Wait, better idea would be to read the paper and see if the researchers have missed something!