Good Boy, Google

It’s about time. I noticed that Google finally fixed the Gmail sign-in page. Since January 1, it has been stuck at 2800 MB, since someone forgot to write the code that would manage the storage increase past New Year’s Eve. Now I see that it is counting up once again. Good boy, Google! You fixed something that should have been taken care of, uh, December 1st, 2006.

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Hey Google! Mind Your Code!

Today, the storage counter on the Gmail sign-in page stopped. It got stuck at 2800 MB, and it stopped because some programmer at Google forgot to write the code to make it work past the new year. Now I know you’re busy, Google, but you’ve got to mind your code. Having the Gmail storage counter stop on January 1 is inexcusable. Make the changes before the new year, say around December 1?

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Website (Redux)

‘Ello, everyone. A while ago, I about updating one of my websites with an LCARS template (you know, the Star Trek interface?). I also posted an update to that same post that said the upgrade was canceled. I regret to say that this is true; I didn’t have time to implement the design. It would have required editing graphics files, using all kinds of absolute positioning, etc. It just wasn’t worth the trouble. I did say there was a new template in the works, though. That is true; I’ve been working on it for a while now, say two or…

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FireFTP vs. FileZilla

I have been using the FireFTP XUL application for months now. It is a Firefox extension written by Mime Čuvalo that is a really good FTP client. And it’s integrated with Firefox. Since then I was poking around on the Internet, looking actually for Notepad++ (the programmer’s editor) on SourceForge. In one of my searches I found FileZilla. Now here is a real FTP client. FireFTP was good, but it was unable to use SFTP (that I could find), so connecting to Web storage at the University of Minnesota, where I have 20MB of space, was not an option. They…

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[email protected] is Criminal?

Hi again. Here at Technobabbles I usually express opinions on various things, but in this case we are posting a warning. According to some of the the more-recent reviews at http://www.webhostingjury.com/reviews/Globat, the cheap web host [email protected] is running a scam. Nefarious business practices like hidden charges (up to $39.95, from what I saw), and horrible tech support combine to give this hosting provider a very bad reputation. From what I can judge by the reputation data from WOT, this site does a very bad job with personal information, and reviewers back at the Web Hosting Jury say this host charges…

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Microsoft Dumbernet Explorer

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer program has never had good standards support. Not for CSS, at any rate. Now I find that the new version, IE7, has little better support than IE6, or even IE5. The cause? Badly written CSS parsers and just plain ignorance. Microsoft has had many opportunities to update IE with the new standards, but hasn’t. IE7 was years in the making, and its support is almost worse than IE6.A new website I am developing works perfectly in Mozilla Firefox versions 1.5 and 2.0, but breaks something horrible in IE 6 and 7. The code, validated by the W3C,…

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Gmail Security

I have found a petition on the Internet that advocates making Google change Gmail to use HTTPS by default. Gmail has a secure interface, but Google makes the unsecured interface the default. This is exposing your private correspondence to anyone who wants to read it as it is transmitted from Google’s servers to your browser. Please sign this petition; it will make all users of Gmail safer from online threats including phishing and identity theft.The link is here: http://www.petitiononline.com/gmailssl/petition.html

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Mozilla Firefox: Absolutely the…

…Best Browser Ever! Mozilla Firefox has taken the browser market by storm, generating hundreds of millions of downloads, thousands of extensions and themes, and stalwart support by millions of users worldwide. Since its release, Firefox has steadily gained browser market share (the percentage of users using a given browser). It has now eaten away over 15% of MSIE’s share. If there is any shred of usefulness in you, please download this browser. I can guarantee you will have a better browsing experience (install the IETab extension for best results; it provides an IE rendering engine in a tab to make…

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