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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Updating Firefox is Good

Just a note to those of you who haven’t yet switched to the new version of Firefox, here’s a little incentive: if you’re having troubles with extensions and still using version 1.5, try upgrading. Though my extensions still have occasional problems, I find that restarting often fixes the problems, so the upgrade works better than the old version.

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Firefox Extension Incompatibility (?)

I recently noticed that some menu items were missing in my copy of Firefox, like “Restart Firefox” and “Extension Options”. I analyzed the errors and realized that they were all supposed to be written in the menus by one extension: MR Tech’s Local Install. After some diagnostics, disabling certain extensions, and disabling recently installed extensions, I found the culprit: GMarks. It seems the two extensions are incompatible. GMarks blocks the menu access or something. I’ve had to disable it, but it’s not as big a deal now that I have the Google Toolbar 3 Beta for Firefox, which has similar…

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IE-only Videos?!

The teacher in one of my classes (taught in Moodle, but that’s for another post; maybe next week) uploaded a series of videos to his class that provide pretty useful information. They also don’t play if you’re using Mozilla Firefox, my primary browser. They might be ASF files, and Firefox knows how to open them, but Windows Media Player coughs. The browser must have to download something first, and Firefox doesn’t know that, and WMP spits the file back out like sour milk. This isn’t the first time my school has given Mozilla Firefox the Micro$haft, however indirectly. The way…

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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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Wonderful Features, Apex. Not!

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I take AP classes at my school through an online portal from Apex Learning. That said, I am less than satisfied with their software. First of all, in the complete opposite functionality of Blackboard Academic Suite (the portal for the regular classes), the discussions in Apex have no threads. Navigating conversations is very difficult, since there is no threading, indenting, nesting, or any other helpful feature. Second, the course window times out after a certain period (I haven’t timed it, but it’s pretty short). It gives a very annoying error if…

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Freenigma: Free PGP Encryption for Webmail

At the beginning of the month, I about an Internet radio service called Pandora. Now, I’m going to blog about something completely different. I discovered a service called Freenigma, and it provides free PGP encryption for anyone with a webmail account from a major provider (Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo!, etc.). All you need is an account, one of these email addresses, and Mozilla Firefox (because Freenigma uses a browser extension to display the toolbar; IE support is under development). So, you sign up for an invitation at www.freenigma.com. You wait for a while, up to a few days. They’ll send you…

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Zero Reliability for Web Servers

I suppose technology just can’t be relied upon anymore. I have two websites hosted at a college, and neither of them works right now. This is happening way too often. The servers at said college are running Linux, too! I thought Windows was the unstable one, but Linux seems to crash a lot. Granted, the websites are nothing important, but the sites double as FTP storage for my homework (backup), so not having access for hours at a time is irritating. And, since they went offline after midnight, forget repairs until morning. At least I have a consolation prize: the…

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