Archive for April, 2004

Pop-up killers and ad blockers

April 30, 2004

Pop-up Killer Review is a good place to look for popup blockers and cookie managers of the proxy type and otherwise.


Email services and more

April 26, 2004

I stumbled across a little while ago and am seriously considering subscribing. They’re an outgrowth of the privacy site. For $5.95/mo. you get unlimited email aliases which you can turn on and off with 50MB of storage, POP3 and secure POP3, SMTP and secure SMTP, and both NNTP and web proxies. For a $25 setup fee they’ll provide the same for your own domain (you handle the registration). Why would I do this? I’m an email alias junkie. When I sign up for something at a site and they want an email address, I create one and give it to them. Many times I keep that alias around to read their newsletters and such but sometimes I get tired of the advertising or just can’t find out how to unsubscribe from their mailings so I need a way to disable the alias. Sure, I’ve got my own domains ( is one) so I can do what I like with email addresses but I like to keep tabs on my aliases and am willing to pay for it. I’ve been using Mailshell for a couple of years now for similar but less extensive services at about half the price.
Information about’s services is available here with more detailed info here.
I’ll let you know what happens.

Anybody got a spare god lying around?

April 23, 2004

I kid you not, will give you the scoop on Norse, Greek, Roman, Native American, Incan, Mayan, Aztec, Chinese, African, Australian and Finnish gods .. OK, mythology, but they’re there. Ever wonder what Freya was really all about?

US-CERT has RSS feeds available

April 21, 2004

You can subscribe to US-CERT’s alerts via RSS by following this link and grabbing the appropriate URL.

Bringing the Internet to its knees?

April 21, 2004

No doubt you’ve heard about this “new vulnerability” that can “bring the Internet down”. The real scoop is in US-CERT’s TA04-111A. Well, first, it’s not a new vulnerability, it’s an exploit of an old one that was published back in 2001. Next, the chances of any of the major hubs NOT addressing this issue is almost nil.
So, what’s the deal? I dunno, a slow newsday and the hounds were looking for anything that’d move product, I guess. I’m not saying it’s an inconsequential flaw, just that it doesn’t foretell the end of the world or anything like that.

NetStumbler V.04 is available

April 21, 2004

NetStumbler has been sitting at V0.33 for, like, a year and a half. Well, 0.4 is out along with a new MiniStumbler for WinCE/PocketPC. See the NetStumbler README and MiniStumbler README for details.

Free site: store files for 48 hours for pickup

April 21, 2004

The site says:
“Dropload is a place for you to drop your files off and have them picked up by someone else at a later time. Recipients you specify are sent an email with instructions on how to download the file. Files are removed from the system after 48 hours, regardless if they have been picked up or not. Recipients can be anyone with an email address.”
Pretty neat. 50M filesize limitation and, of course, you shouldn’t use it for illicit purposes.

Patches, patches, patches!

April 16, 2004

If you’re at all tuned in to tech news you know that Microsoft released 3 critical and a 4th important patch to XP last Tuesday. Here’s a quick description of the areas of each of the fixes from eWeek. Embedded in the story are links to the bulletins from Microsoft as well as a more detailed description and analysis of the issues.

PlanMaker 2004: Excel-compatible spreadsheet

April 16, 2004

PlanMaker from SoftMaker is in beta now. It’s a spreadsheet that’s compatible with Microsoft’s Excel and is available on Windows, Pocket PC, Handheld PC and Linux. Free for now.

Increase Max Connections in IE

April 11, 2004

Internet Explorer has a default of 4 maximum simultaneous connections. That’s just way too low.
Microsoft’s KnowledgeBase article on this (183110) tells you how to change this. Modify the following two keys in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet&nbspSettings: MaxConnectionsPerServer and MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server.