Leave it to Google to come up with interesting new things. I downloaded the latest version of Chrome and noticed that several things have changed. You can now synchronize extensions and preferences across browsers. The best part though is the new graphic for SSL certificates:
Beware the security devils!
This is the graphic that you now see when you are visiting a website with a valid certificate that is loading page elements that are not encrypted. It’s not a terrible thing security wise but nevertheless, beware the red skull of security! Even though I know it is going to generate support calls I still love it. Well done Google!
Don't expect any help from the Roadrunner.
The Roadrunner delivery issue at work has been resolved. I waited all weekend to see if our e-mail would deliver. Roadrunner’s block on our IP address was never removed. I sent an e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org with no luck. There isn’t even an autoreply configured for that account. All of the other major ISP’s resumed service with us after a few hours on Friday afternoon. Once I was desperate enough I had to eventually change the IP address of our outbound mail delivery. Thanks for nothing Roadrunner, I fixed it myself.
As I was navigating the internet today at work I noticed a new Google feature that seems rather interesting:
Google has released the beta version of their https encrypted search website. Google probably didn’t encrypt their searches from the beginning due to the increased overhead of the https protocol. After several test searches I cannot tell a difference between the http equivalent. Now we can all search whatever we want in the coffee shop without much worry of wireless sniffers watching our every move. Very impressive!
Google is taking a courageous stand against China. Good for them!
We launched Google.cn in January 2006 in the belief that the benefits of increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed our discomfort in agreeing to censor some results. At the time we made clear that “we will carefully monitor conditions in China, including new laws and other restrictions on our services. If we determine that we are unable to achieve the objectives outlined we will not hesitate to reconsider our approach to China.”
These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered–combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web–have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.
I remember setting up my first Geocities webpage back when I was in college. In 1995 anyone who could make their own webpage was some kind of technical wizard. I spent a lot of time hand coding html files with a text editor. Creating a website is a completely different process now.
This is the week that Geocities went dark forever. There is no backup or spare copy. It’s simply gone. With it goes a big portion of the history of the internet. That is a true shame. Lucky for us some people saved at least some of it for historical purposes.
When Yahoo! switched off the servers for GeoCities, the Web posting service, on Oct. 27, some 7 million of the Internet’s first websites went dark forever. The bulk of these were people’s personal home pages, which were pulled offline with no backup and no permanent record of those users’ frenetic early forays online.
Now a ragtag effort by several groups of budding computer historians is feverishly — and angrily — trying to bring as much as they can back online.
ArchiveTeam is still sorting through the data, but Scott estimates that he was able to save more than a million accounts, which translates to more than 2 terabytes of data (about 20 average computer hard drives). And he wasn’t alone — Scott says that four or five others were working to save GeoCities. One of these people, Jacques Mattheij, managed to get nearly 2 million accounts, operating just eight machines out of the Netherlands.
I’m surprised there wasn’t some deal struck with Archive.org or some other institution. At least someone is doing something. Kudos to the Archive Team!