Google breaks the Internet

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 31st, 2009
2009
Jan 31

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Lots of companies have seen their websites hacked this past year, thanks to SQL insertion vulnerabilities, where commands could be inserted into search boxes to return all database info including minor items like admin passwords (nice), and for some sites actually insert code into the site that did little things like run invisible malware scripts when you visited (even nicer).

With new browser releases and their anti-phishing features, when this happens you get the dreaded “this site may harm your computer, it is known to have malware on it” message when you browse to it. It’s not something you want to see.

Guess what, that’s what you saw this morning for every single web site, thanks to one erroneous mouse click by some employee at Google. Yup, one click made every single web site unreachable through current browsers. Ooops! :-)

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Book Scanning & Online Search – My 1981 thesis

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 31st, 2009
2009
Jan 31

We’re all used to Google giving us access to book excerpt now, and being able to search current scientific journals. I was surprised the other day however, to find out that my old university thesis … “Analysis of fine structure abberations in the movement of carbon-11 and nitrogen-13 in the stems of plants” … was now listed online.

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Seiko crumbs from the Interweb: 09.01.29

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 29th, 2009
2009
Jan 29

Odds and ends from the online world that I thought worth mentioning, for your reading enjoyment.

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Seiko HS533W – world’s most efficient solar clock

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 27th, 2009
2009
Jan 27

So you want to reduce your carbon footprint? Well here’s a way to do it with your wall clock.



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Seiko Watches of the 1950s

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 25th, 2009
2009
Jan 25

GMT+9 continues his great articles on vintage Seikos, as well as his personal collection of such pieces, with a post on their models in the 1950s.

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Layoffs, Nikki Sixx, Edwin Outwater, Yuja Wang, Bleach

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 23rd, 2009
2009
Jan 23

It was not a good last week – layoffs. Hopefully temporary, but still not good.

I counted up the other day, and I’ve now been through 7 layoffs (yes, I worked in the software industry after Y2K and during the dot com bust). Three times as one of the people laid off, three times as the manager laying people off, and now twice as a survivor.



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Jon Favreau – Barack Obama’s speechwriter

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 21st, 2009
2009
Jan 21

Although there are some pundits who think that his inauguration address was not one of his best speeches, even they agree that compared to the last 8 years, anything coming from Barack Obama’s mouth is both strongly spoken, and a refreshing wind of (dare I say that recently oft-repeated word), change.

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Villemont Files for Bankruptcy

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 20th, 2009
2009
Jan 20

We’re seeing several watch brands falling victim to economic woes at the moment.

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