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[volunteers] Re: Site will be off-line for a critical upgrade today

On Thu, 2006-05-25 at 10:26 -0400, G. Roderick Singleton wrote:
> There is a critical upgrade required for our drupal installation. This
> message is fair warning that during the upgrade the site will have to be
> shutdown. At the same time, we will also attempt to correct whatever
> was done to the frontpage node of cluecan.ca so that it again will
> adjust the centre column for various sizes of browser displays. If any
> of you know the secret to correcting this an email will be appreciated.

Upgrade completed for www.cluecan.ca and we found the cause of the wide
middle panel. Thanks to Bill Traynor who took time to track down the

[volunteers] Re: Site will be off-line for a critical upgrade today

On Thu, 2006-05-25 at 10:26 -0400, G. Roderick Singleton wrote:
> There is a critical upgrade required for our drupal installation. This
> message is fair warning that during the upgrade the site will have to be
> shutdown. At the same time, we will also attempt to correct whatever
> was done to the frontpage node of cluecan.ca so that it again will
> adjust the centre column for various sizes of browser displays. If any
> of you know the secret to correcting this an email will be appreciated.

Upgrade completed for www.cluecan.ca and we found the cause of the wide
middle panel. Thanks to Bill Traynor who took time to track down the

Re: [discuss] don't use lengthy text strings for displayed links please

On Thu, 2006-05-25 at 18:02 -0400, G. Matthew Rice wrote:
> Evan Leibovitch writes:
> > > There's always tinyurl, shorturl, ...
> > >
> > Doesn't help. The problem isn't in the length of the URL but the text
> > between and . If that is a long, unbreakable "word", most
> > browsers will scroll to acommodate. Thus the longer and unshrinkable
> > middle column.
> >
> > Going to tinyurl is only useful here if you care about reading the raw
> > HTML or really want to use the URL in the displayed text.
>
> Wasn't Bill's problem a URL _as_ the text? Anything in a language

Re: [discuss] don't use lengthy text strings for displayed links please

On Thu, 2006-05-25 at 18:02 -0400, G. Matthew Rice wrote:
> Evan Leibovitch writes:
> > > There's always tinyurl, shorturl, ...
> > >
> > Doesn't help. The problem isn't in the length of the URL but the text
> > between and . If that is a long, unbreakable "word", most
> > browsers will scroll to acommodate. Thus the longer and unshrinkable
> > middle column.
> >
> > Going to tinyurl is only useful here if you care about reading the raw
> > HTML or really want to use the URL in the displayed text.
>
> Wasn't Bill's problem a URL _as_ the text? Anything in a language

Re: [discuss] don't use lengthy text strings for displayed links please

Evan Leibovitch writes:
> > There's always tinyurl, shorturl, ...
> >
> Doesn't help. The problem isn't in the length of the URL but the text
> between and . If that is a long, unbreakable "word", most
> browsers will scroll to acommodate. Thus the longer and unshrinkable
> middle column.
>
> Going to tinyurl is only useful here if you care about reading the raw
> HTML or really want to use the URL in the displayed text.

Wasn't Bill's problem a URL _as_ the text? Anything in a language
(ie. English, French, ...) would have spaces and would break up properly on

Re: [discuss] don't use lengthy text strings for displayed links please

Evan Leibovitch writes:
> > There's always tinyurl, shorturl, ...
> >
> Doesn't help. The problem isn't in the length of the URL but the text
> between and . If that is a long, unbreakable "word", most
> browsers will scroll to acommodate. Thus the longer and unshrinkable
> middle column.
>
> Going to tinyurl is only useful here if you care about reading the raw
> HTML or really want to use the URL in the displayed text.

Wasn't Bill's problem a URL _as_ the text? Anything in a language
(ie. English, French, ...) would have spaces and would break up properly on

More on Phishing epidemic

As a followup to yesterday's thought on phishing, I thought a quick review of how to check if a message is phishing or not might be useful.

  1. What is "phishing"? The best answer I found was this google link
  2. What to look for? Well links that ask for updates to personal information, accounts or memberships et cetera.
  3. Check any links offered to see if they actually belong to the company perportedly asking for the information. In yesterday's email example the link to developer.bellmobility.ca turned out to be in other IP space.

Phishing epidemic?

For the second time in two days I have received a phishing email. It is puportedly from Bell.ca but a little research shows that it is really out of the IP space of Speedware.com a Montreal based company that develops and sells business intelligence solutions. Most annoying especially after reporting to abuse@bell.ca yesterday and getting no response.

So what to do? I found no Canadian sites collecting data on phihing exercises but I did find a couple elsewhere:
http://www.antiphishing.org/index.html and
http://wiki.castlecops.com/PIRT
I reported to both.

So be warned, the attempts are getting more and more sohistcated. By way of example, here's an excerpt from the messages I received:

John Dvorak attacks DRM, a few years too late

There's not much that longtime tech columnist John Dvorak has to has that I find agreeable. He's been wrong on so many issues related to open source it's been hard to keep track.

This week, however, there's finally something on which we can agree, as he implores his readership to Screw the Digital-Rights Bugaboo. Of course, in the US such a plea at this time is somewhat pathetic, as the DMCA is already in place. Where was this opinion when the DRM debate was actually going on south of the border? I guess I shouldn't expect more from Dvorak, but I guess it's (maginally) better late than never.

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