September 30, 2003

Shameless Plug :: Vertical Studio

Now, I really like the logo on this site that a dear friend of mine is running.

His studio is up and running and the great folks over there are ready to build some sites for you. No matter what your business needs are, drop Jon a message.

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September 25, 2003

The Birthday Card from my boss

Here is the card that was sitting on my desk when I got to work this morning...

To: Anthony (The Great One)
From: Trent (The Greater One)

Have a Happy Birthday!

(If you need a hug just stop by!)


The hug is an inside joke, kinda thing. All the world knows that I am pretty anti-touchy/feely.

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Happy Birthday to Me

Wishing me a happy 33rd Birthday...

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September 18, 2003

The Star Wars Trilogy coming to DVD

Notes from my movie buff friend and co-worker Richard C. Wilson, Jr.:

Star Wars Trilogy (DVD): Finally, the classic original series trilogy may at last be coming to DVD in order to help the buzz for "Episode Three". The Digital Bits reports that Lucasfilm is so happy with the format of their upcoming "Indiana Jones Trilogy" DVD set hitting shelves late October that they're rumoured to be planning to use the same style to release the classic Star Wars films. This would mean a four disc set with one film on each, plus a fourth disc with extra features for all three films. Work is believed to have already begun with a 4th Quarter 2004 release date being targeted. For now though this is still rumour, nothing official has yet come from Lucasfilm about this. Thanks to 'FanHalen'.

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September 14, 2003

Online Dictionary -

I don't even remember how I found this little jewel, but I think that I am dumping the other dictionaries [Merriam-Webster's and] for this Online Dictionary, called "HyperDictionary."

The format is clean and straight-forward, ripe for automation, scripting or creating an MT-plugin.

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Online Dictionary -

I ran into this site today, merely by accident, now I am adding it to my bookmarks. Ahh the power of the internet.

Check out this Online Dictionary over at

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September 12, 2003

Yet another reason to blog...

Free at last! Since Google has the cash, the Blogger Pro features are going to be rolled into the unleaded version of Blogger. Those who have already paid for the Pro features can get prorated monetary refund or a $24 Blogger sweatshirt.

I would probably take the sweatshirt.

Google-owned Web log-creation site Blogger is eliminating its paid version and folding premium functions into its free service, bucking a trend toward making people pay for Web site extras.

The creation of Blogger Pro, which cost subscribers a yearly fee of $35, came about as a result of financial necessity, Blogger co-founder Evan Williams wrote in an e-mail to subscribers. Now that Google owns the service, that need has passed.

"Pro subscribers helped keep us going as a struggling start-up, when servers and bandwidth were at an extreme premium," Williams wrote. "We wanted to keep basic Blogger free, but we needed to start charging in order to keep the lights on…Today, as you may know, Blogger's situation is much different. For one thing, we're part of Google. Google has lots of computers and bandwidth. And Google believes blogs are important and good for the Web."

[Blogger bucks premium-services trend @ CNET]

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Redirect mailto: for Spam Prevention

I am working on a couple of new websites and have been considering a way to use fake hyperlinks instead of the standard mailto: tag. Searching GOOGLE, like everyone else does, I found a really slick implementation of this concept. James Thornton's article "Redirect mailto: for Spam Prevention" handles this difficulty. He includes source code for Perl, PHP, OpenACS, ColdFusion, and ASP.

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September 11, 2003

What You Should Know About Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-039 (824146)

What You Should Know About Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-039 (824146) [Security Update for Microsoft Windows].

This is the end user version of the TechNet article that I mentioned earlier.

Not too much technical information here, just enough to let the end user know that this is a Critical Security Update.

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Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-039 : Buffer Overrun In RPCSS Service Could Allow Code Execution

Microsoft TechNet issued a CRITICAL update to Windows NT, 2000, XP and Server 2003. Once again, let's get those systems patched.

I'm sure that as we sleep, someone from the Internet "underground" is writing the appropriate virus/app/prog/worm to exploit these vulnerabilities.

NOTE TO READER: Happy consumer, please apply the critical patches from MS on a regular basis. Thank you!

From FAQs @ Microsoft:

What’s the scope of the vulnerability?
There are three different vulnerabilities discussed in this bulletin. The first two are buffer overrun vulnerabilities, while the third is a denial of service vulnerability. An attacker who successfully exploited either of the buffer overrun vulnerabilities could gain complete control over a remote computer. This would give the attacker the ability to take any action that they wanted on the system, including changing Web pages, reformatting the hard disk or adding new users to the local administrators group.

An attacker who successfully exploited the denial of service vulnerability could cause the RPC Service to hang and become unresponsive.

To carry out such an attack, an attacker would need to be able to send a malformed message to the RPCSS service and thereby cause the target system to fail in such a way that arbitrary code could be executed.


What could these vulnerabilities enable an attacker to do?
An attacker who successfully exploited the buffer overrun vulnerabilities could be able to run code with Local System privileges on an affected system. The attacker could be able to take any action on the system, including installing programs, viewing changing or deleting data, or creating new accounts with full privileges.

An attacker who successfully exploited the denial of service vulnerability could cause the RPCSS Service to hang and become unresponsive.


Who could exploit these vulnerabilities?
Any user who could deliver a malformed RPC message to the RPCSS Service on an affected system could attempt to exploit these vulnerabilities. Because the RPCSS Service is on by default in all versions of Windows, this in essence means that any user who could establish a connection with an affected system could attempt to exploit these vulnerabilities.

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Macromedia - MX Developer's Journal

Free Premiere Issuse of the MX Developer's Journal, that focuses on the MX Product line from Macromedia is being offered by SYS-CON Media. Register to download now at SYS-CON Media.

If you are a Macromedia DevNet Professional subscriber, you will receive a complimentary subscription to the digital version of MXDJ.

Introducing MX Developer's Journal, the world's first magazine focused on the transformation of web interactions into great digital experiences--and into great business--using the Macromedia MX product line.

If you're a web professional or software developer designing, building, or intending to build Rich Internet Applications using the integrated Macromedia family of tool, server, and client technologies--such as Macromedia Flash, Flash Communication Server, Dreamweaver, FreeHand, Fireworks, ColdFusion, and Director--get the free preview issue of MXDJ, available today through an exclusive arrangement with SYS-CON Media. MX Developer's Journal will appear bimonthly throughout 2003, and then be published monthly from January 2004 on.

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September 09, 2003

File-swap suits strike a nerve

CNET News has a list of links that are all dealing with the RIAA's suit of 261 file swappers.

The major record labels have filed a series of landmark lawsuits against 261 alleged music pirates. Now comes the hard part--proving the case amid a tangle of Net accounts and privacy complaints.

Will file traders face the music?
As emerging details cast defendants as parents of Kazaa-loving children or as unwitting targets, some RIAA suits may turn out to be more complicated than they appear.
September 9, 2003

RIAA sues 261 file swappers
The Recording Industry Association of America files suit against alleged file swappers, charging them with "egregious" copyright infringement potentially worth millions of dollars.
September 8, 2003

File-swapping lawsuits: Are you next?
A step-by-step look at how the major U.S. record labels find, investigate and sue file-swappers through RIAA activities.
September 8, 2003

Related coverage
Piracy investigator lauds Australia case
An Australian case in which three men pleaded guilty to online music piracy has "exploded many of the myths" that relate to copyright infringement, an investigator asserts.
September 8, 2003

RIAA turns down some heat on file sharers
The music industry trade group is offering an amnesty program to some individuals who are involved in the illegal sharing of copyrighted music files online, according to reports.
September 5, 2003

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Flash MX Professional 2004

Macromedia has recently introduced Flash MX Professional 2004. This version of the already popular web authoring tool, promises to be the greatest of all.

Macromedia has this to say about the new product.

Flash MX 2004 is the latest version of Macromedia Flash, the industry standard tool for creating effective rich content and applications. Flash MX Professional 2004 is a new, advanced version of Macromedia Flash. The Professional version includes all the features and benefits of Flash MX 2004, plus advanced functionality for creating more sophisticated interactive content, rich Internet applications, professional quality video, and easy deployment to devices.

For a comparison between Flash MX 2004 and Flash MX Professional 2004, Macromedia has created this table "What's the difference between Macromedia Flash MX 2004 and Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004?"

What to the professionals have to say about this new line of MX products?

All I can say is that I cannot wait to get it... This would be a good time to sign up for DEVNET, you if haven't already!

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September 08, 2003

Relative vs. Absolute URLs - Brainstorms and Raves

One day, I will be able to blog with significant content like "Relative vs. Absolute URLs" at Brainstorms and Raves.

As a user of Movable Type, I'll admit, I haven't even thought about file size issues with using absolute URLs as compared to relative URLs.

What's the difference?

Something like this...
Absolute URL :

Relative URL:

The difference is 39 bytes. Just altering only one link. With the number of links that MT generates, at the cost of 39 bytes per link, this technique can bandwidth. Saving bandwidth saves download times and $$$.

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September 04, 2003

Happy Birthday, Montina Valley!

Just wanted you to know that after all these years, I still love you!

I choose you...

May this new year in your life bring you much grace, peace, and success.

You have been all the wife that I need, all that I ever hoped. I cannot imagine what the rest of our life together will be like. You have already exceeded my expectations as a wife, mother, and friend.

If I had to do it all over again and could choose any one in the world, I want you to know that I would still choose you!

You complete me!

Love you forever,
Anthony Keith Valley

(Let me know when you read this...)

For the next few weeks (until my birthday on the 25th) we are the "same age" as you put it: 32

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