Cursory Notes

  • Novell bootstrapped Hula (yet another integrated web mail/calendaring/PIM/etc.) by releasing source to its NetMail product, and everyone is going nuts about it. No wonder, it looks pretty damn impressive. My take? They're trying to gang up on Microsoft by leveraging Open Source with "added value" - iFolder, Mono, etc... It's quite a product suite, even if it is a bit rough around the edges when you look at it closely.
  • Mozilla dropped IDN support in Firefox. After the recent fuss about accented characters in Portuguese domain names, it looks like the only browser that will support them is... what? links? It was a pretty dumb idea anyway, since there is no way to ensure IDN is safe enough to avoid phishing scams.
  • Microsoft announced IE7. No mention of tabbed browsing, of course. But, most importantly, not even a hint that all the "listening to customers" they apparently did has anything to do with following web standards.
  • Another paper-like display. On a modded iPod, too.
  • I think I want one of these. It's got to be one of the strangest remote controlled devices I've seen yet.
  • A long, verbose and ultimately, merely pretty essay about ssh -D, completely bypassing SSL/TLS (which is what all ISPs should provide to paying customers). Sure, SSH Tunnel Manager is nice and cuddly, but is it really necessary to explain it as if to a 5-year-old audience? And why did the author tunnel to his own box and then use unencrypted POP3 on the leg to the ISP? That's just half-baked security - no matter if the wireless leg is secured using SSH, he's just solving half the problem.