Steve Jobs puts on his birthday hat, Yelp gets sued, Twitter and Yahoo team up, and Internet Explorer 6 loses one more link to life support.
IE6 Funeral A Denver design firm, noting that Internet Explorer 6 is due on March 1 to be dropped entirely from Google Docs, Sites, and, later that month, YouTube, holds a service for the standards-defying browser’s “demise.” We’ll assume it’s not one of those “Celebrate their life, not their death” funerals.
Yelp Is Sued After Dispute Over a Review A veterinary hospital claims the review service gently suggested advertising contracts as a means of wiping away bad reviews. Here come the lawyers. [Bits Blog/NYTimes.com]
Windows only: You’re in Internet Explorer-only IT lockdown, so of course you’re using portable Firefox—but you don’t have rights to run the Flash installation program to hook up flashy web pages in the ‘fox. Luckily, when you’re on a computer that already has Flash installed, you can enjoy Flash on the go with a simple trick that enables Flash in Firefox Portable.
Copy these two files:
from the default install directory (usually
Paste them in the following folder in your portable installation of Firefox
Restart Firefox and check out a page with Flash content on it.
Got any other Firefox Portable tweaks that make life in IT lockdown more bearable? Let us know in the comments.
Typing Errors An extremely interesting and in-depth article discussing the commonly held claim that QWERTY is a scientifically inferior keyboard layout, particularly relative to Dvorak. [Reason Magazine]
Firebug 1.5 released! Every web developer’s best friend in the whole wide web, Firebug, releases a pretty significant update, with all kinds of great new features. [hacks.mozilla]
Grotendo writes “Microsoft plans to release an emergency patch for Internet Explorer very soon to counter targeted attacks and the publication of exploit code for a ‘browse and you’re owned’ vulnerability in its flagship Web browser. The out-of-band update will be released once the company is satisfied that it has been properly tested against all affected versions of Windows. This could happen as early as this weekend.” Microsoft has downplayed the seriousness of the IE zero-day, and insisted that it affects only IE6 even as security researchers close in on exploits for IE7 and IE8. Microsoft has had no comment about the firestorm that Google unleashed by directly accusing the Chinese of cyber espionage. ShadowServer has up a sobering post on the massive extent of the problem of “groups that can be referred to as the Advanced Persistent Threat.”
LinuxSecurity.com: Hackers seeking source code from Google, Adobe and dozens of other high-profile companies used unprecedented tactics that combined encryption, stealth programming and an unknown hole in Internet Explorer, according to new details released by the anti-virus firm McAfee.