Thunderbirds Are Go

Well here it is, I finally have broadband. ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s taken the best part of 5 months but I have it setup and ticking along nicely. You may remember I ordered Esat’s broadband package instead of Eircom’s due to double the download cap and the fact that I’m not keen on Eircom anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰ There were numerous hold ups on the order due to a number of things but the line was due to be enabled last Friday and I picked up the modem from Elaine (friend from college who works in Esat) on Thursday. I tried to set it up that night but had no joy as it kept connecting and then cutting out. I’m convinced it was the service though as it’s working fine now and I haven’t changed the config.

Unfortunately, a second modem was dispatched to my office though so that arrived yesterday. I’ll need to send it back on Monday but I’m not too concerned now that I finally have at least one. ๐Ÿ™‚ When I got it going last night after football, the first thing I had to do was update AVG Antivirus. It had been moaning about a crucial version upgrade but downloading it on 56k would have been a joke. As soon as that downloaded, I updated the virus definitions and did a scan. Sure enough it found two trojans in the Windows directory. I had known about their presence for a while but AVG ripped them out thankfully enough. Happy days. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Two Years On

Two years ago today I started blogging with a piece of software called b2. I started mainly to keep a note of the developments I would be making on Orion (my final year project for college) and also to keep a note of events in my life. It’s covered a lot of topics in the intervening years and its been valuable to look back and see what’s happened to me. I was shocked recently at how few entries I had made and so have resolved to keep more up to date and I seem to be doing that so far.

On the technical end of things, the software which runs the blog changed in December 2003 from b2 to WordPress and the changeover couldn’t have gone smoother. WordPress continues to be developed by a dedicated team of programmers lead by Matt and Ryan. Incidentally, I was experimenting with the upcoming 1.5 release which has now gone into beta on the weekend. It looks great and now adds the facility to add “Pages” which lie outside of the blog structure but are still editable. There have been a lot of changes but I’ve decided to wait until a stable release is available before upgrading. Anyway, here’s to another few years on the blogging train. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gmail Security Flaw

Turns out that Google has a major flaw in its Gmail service. Slashdot is reporting that two punters have managed to view other peoples email by simply omitting a “>” on the end of the From: field. This is a serious flaw and theres a full explaination of how they stumbled across it at their site. GMail is still in beta but a lot of people are relying on it for their primary mail account.