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RIP Netscape Navigator

AOL has finally decided that there's no point flogging a dead horse: they are officially discontinuing Netscape Navigator, although security fixes will be released until 1 February 2008.

They have an amusing suggestion for the nostalgic: use Firefox with a Netscape theme Wink.

The Netscape ( portal will stick around for those who still want to use it (not many I gather).

Netscape was the first browser I used (oh so long ago...), but I sure am glad to see it gone. One less browser to test on Smile.
Posted by: Daniel, 16 years, 5 months ago

Unisys' Patent on the GIF format ended yesterday

Slashdot reports on the end of Unisys' patent on the GIF format which lasted ten long years. The patent expired as of yesterday, July 7th 2004, in Canada (it had expired earlier in the US, Europe and Japan). However, there is still one problem: IBM was granted a patent on the same algorithm, which hasn't expired yet (expiry date is August 11th 2006).

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However, even though we are now most likely free to use the GIF format, I'm not sure that it's a good thing - if we keep clinging on to the GIF format, it will hinder widespread adoption of the PNG format which is in most areas superior.
Posted by: Daniel, 19 years, 11 months ago

vBulletin 3.0.1 Released

vBulletin has released a new version of vBulletin 3.0, which contains mainly bugfixes.

Improvements Since 3.0.0
  • Archive now has .html extension to increase the search engines that will spider the archive as well as making the full version clearer
  • The majority of JavaScript should no longer generate Strict warnings
  • Obsolete data is no longer stored in the forumcache reducing size

Bugs Fixed Since 3.0.0

Some of the bugs fixed include:
  • Permissions duplicator would not duplicate permissions properly.
  • Disable search engine option did not function properly.
  • Certain phrases untranslatable.
  • TAB key can erase all text when posting a message under certain circumstances
  • Logout function made user-specific.
  • Can't see member groups in all situations.
  • Automatic URL parsing improved.
  • Rebuild stats does not delete previous, invalid statistics.
  • Thumbnail display order doesn't match upload order.
  • Improved email-link-insertion code in WYSIWYG and standard editors.
  • thread_view cookie now takes last shown post into account.
  • Added ability to disable search index duplication when copying a thread for performance reasons.
  • Subscriptions with now return output to the user after payment is complete.
  • Various phrase and template problems.

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Posted by: Daniel, 20 years, 2 months ago

New PHP Release: PHP 4.3.6

The PHP Dev Team has released yet another version of PHP 4.3.x Smile

PHP Development Team is proud to announce the release of PHP 4.3.6. This is is a bug fix release whose primary goal is to address two bugs which may result in crashes in PHP builds with thread-safety enabled. All users of PHP in a threaded environment (Windows) are strongly encouraged to upgrade to this release.

However, as it says above, you might not really need to upgrade yet since this release mainly corrects bugs for Windows users.

These are the other fixes which have been introduced:

  • Updated bundled PDFLib library to version 5.0.3p1 in Windows distribution.
  • Synchronized bundled GD library with GD 2.0.22.
  • Fixed bugs that prevented building of GD extension against external GD library versions 1.2-1.8.
  • Fixed a bugs resulting in leakage of session settings across requests.
  • Fixed several daylight savings bugs inside the mktime and strtotime functions.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented compilation of cURL extension against libcurl 7.11.1
  • Fixed a number of crashes inside domxml and mssql extensions.

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Posted by: Daniel, 20 years, 2 months ago

First spam message ten years ago

On April 12, 1994, a pair of attorneys in Arizona launched a homemade marketing software program that forever changed the Internet.

By Paul Festa and Evan Hansen, Staff Writers, CNET

Hoping to drum up some business, Laurence Canter dashed off a Perl script that flooded online message boards with an advertisement pitching the legal services of Canter & Siegel, the law firm he ran with his then wife, Martha Siegel.

Ten years after Web surfers began using the spam label to describe intrusive online marketing, junk e-mail has ballooned into an epidemic of massive proportions. But righteous anger over the problem has increasingly been replaced by resignation. With no effective solution in sight, many people now ruefully wonder whether the "Internet era" might more accurately be dubbed the "age of spam."

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I wonder if there are still copies available of this spam?

[Edit: I think this is it: Notice all the flaming afterwards.]
Posted by: Daniel, 20 years, 2 months ago

Websites "failing" disabled users

An investigation by the Disability Rights Commission shows that most websites are unusable by disabled people.

According to Geoff Adams-Spink, BBC News Online disability affairs reporter:

Researchers at London's City University, who carried out the study for the DRC, also found that many web developers were unaware of what needed to be done to make sites accessible.

"The web has been around for 10 years, yet within this short space of time it has managed to throw up the same hurdles to access and participation by disabled people as the physical world," said Mr Massie.

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Posted by: Daniel, 20 years, 2 months ago

Relative Font Sizes and Acessibility in UK Law

A List Apart's two latest articles deal with two subjects, which are actually both linked to accessibility.

The first, "Power To The People: Relative Font Sizes" by Bojan Mihelac, deals with providing your visitors with an option to change your site's font sizes, without having to use their browser's menus:

Relative font sizes may make websites more accessible — but they’re not much help unless the person using the site can find a way to actually change text size. Return control to your audience using this simple, drop-in solution.

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The second, "Web Accessibility and UK Law: Telling It Like It Is", deals with the new legislation which has been introduced in the UK regarding accessibility:

There’s been widespread speculation about the new legislation being introduced in the UK, which is intended to ensure that websites are accessible to people with disabilities. This article examines how these new laws will affect the way you design in the real world.

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Posted by: Daniel, 20 years, 2 months ago

"CSS and Email, Kissing in a Tree" at A List Apart

A List Apart has published a new article by Mark Wyner, entitled "CSS and Email, Kissing in a Tree".

This article explains how to safely use CSS in HTML emails (usually newsletters, but not necessarily).

Despite prevailing wisdom to the contrary, you can safely deploy HTML emails styled with good old-fashioned CSS. If you're not content to roll over and use font tags in your HTML emails, read on.

However you'll have a hard time getting around Hotmail's filter Sad:

Hotmail: the biggest demon of them all. It has no mercy for HTML emails utilizing CSS. It not only eradicated my styles, but also all of the following tags from my email: <head>, <title>, <meta>, and <body>. Kiss aesthetic design goodbye.

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Posted by: Daniel, 20 years, 2 months ago

Invision Power Services release IPB 1.31

Invision Power Services has released Invision Power Board 1.31, to clear up any confusion with the recent security announcements surrounding Invision Power Board 1.3.

There have been a few minor security updates since the release of IPB 1.3 and we've updated the main download files and released separate patches but as we haven't updated the version number (largely to prevent anyone reading reports on Bugtraq and hunting out vulnerable boards based on version number) there is some confusion within the security community who have been re-reporting possible vulnerabilities long since fixed. This release acts as a 'clean slate'.

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Posted by: Daniel, 20 years, 2 months ago

New PHP Release: PHP 4.3.5

PHP announced on Friday the release of a new version of the PHP 4.x branch:

The PHP Development Team is proud to announce the release of PHP 4.3.5. This is primarily a bug fix release, without any new features or additions. PHP 4.3.5 is by far the most stable release of PHP to date and it is recommended that all users upgrade to this release where possible.

PHP 4.3.5 contains, among others, the following important fixes, additions and improvements:

  • Fixed INI leak between Apache virtual hosts.
  • Fixed crashes inside fgetcsv() and make the function binary safe.
  • Fixed compilation with early versions of GCC 3.0.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented feof() from working correctly with sockets.
  • Improved the matching algorithm inside the get_browser() function.
  • Fixed resolving of open_basedir on Win32 systems.
  • Fixed incorrect errors for non-existent directories when safe_mode is enabled.
  • Bundled OpenSSL dlls on Win32 upgraded to 0.9.7c
  • Updated bundled PostgreSQL library to version 7.4 in Windows distribution.
  • Bundled PCRE library upgraded to 4.5
  • Synchronized bundled GD library with GD 2.0.17
  • A number of fixes for 64bit systems.

Aside from the above mentioned fixes, this release resolves over 140 various bugs and implementational problems.

For a full list of changes in PHP 4.3.5, see the ChangeLog.

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Posted by: Daniel, 20 years, 2 months ago

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